- Shelves, counters, or furniture with sharp corners that point directly toward the front entrance. Instinct says, “Danger, there’s an arrow pointed right at me!”
Here’s where you can employ some classic Feng Shui.
Avoid clutter: Often, in an effort to make the store more attractive, too many things are displayed near the door. Think of this area as offering customers a delicious taste of what’s to come. Rather than piles of things, make it an inspiring place to rest the eye, a montage of possibilities, a collection of juicy tidbits that hint of the feast inside.
Visualize the front entrance area of your store as the floor of a valley. About eight feet inside the door, the first low “hill” or display rises. Designed to be the “greeter,” it’s decidedly welcoming and communicates complete safety and allure. This could be a table or area that includes soft detailing such as fabric, upholstered items, plants, or flowers that do not block the view into the store. Ideally, there are two pathways around it that are four or five feet wide so that two customers can walk side by side or pass each other with ease. The various displays then rise incrementally higher as they move back into the store. This “command view over rising hills” from the front entrance, as well as the ease of passage into the store, is very compelling to shoppers as they instinctively respond to the inviting landscape of your store.
Add to this a display area that’s especially attractive in the center of the store, and shoppers are drawn in to explore the heart of the space. High shelves and other displays can act as beauty marks and define the outer boundary around the perimeter of the store. In larger stores, they can be used to embellish and define sub-areas within the space.
The point is to create a commanding and very inviting view into the store wide from the front entrance. Multiples of these items can be sprinkled around the store and the treasure hunt begins. Include representations of all five elements (see below) to you’re your displays especially tantalizing.
Create a safe and comfortable space: One of the most common Feng Shui faux pax is the “rude pointing” of sharp corners on furniture and displays, especially toward the front entrance. Like a finger pointing emphatically to “leave this instant,” sharp corners direct people out and away from your store! Choose store furnishings with rounded lines, or reposition offending corners and camouflage them with attractive plants, fabric, or displays of merchandise.
Enhance your space with lighting: Along with the interior landscape, lighting is crucial in creating great Feng Shui. Your store could be perfectly arranged, and under florescent lights lose its soul. The harsh glare of florescent lighting diminishes the beauty of your merchandise and your customers alike. Though big stores such as grocery and drug stores usually don’t bother with creating much atmosphere, pools of incandescent and/or energy efficient halogen lighting can be incorporated to enhance the shopping experience as high-end groceries have discovered.
Attractive florescent- free lighting causes people to relax and linger in the space. They make multiple purchases because they take the time to browse. Your store is like a beauty queen- it’s all about the lighting. When customers feel beautiful (or handsome) while they’re shopping, you’ve got great Feng Shui.
Don’t forget the store room: The recesses of your store, or the places you may consider unimportant because “no one sees them,” take on a vital part in creating great Feng Shui. Essentially, all areas should be clean, attractive, and organized. Flurries of activity, with all the attendant mess and disorder, happen every day as a natural and necessary part of running a successful business. The key to keeping prosperity flowing in the door is to “stay in the loop” and reorganize the various areas between bursts of activity. This is one of the most powerful ways to maintain the financial health and well being of your business.
Consider disorder as the exhalation and order as the inhalation. As with all living things, the goal is to keep your store breathing! Products arrive, are unpacked, stored, displayed, and sold or returned. Bathroom, storeroom, and office areas are kept orderly and clean. The whole store functions better when all areas are fully recognized as equals in the family of spaces that make up your business. (And someone does see the back rooms of the store- you!)
The Five Elements Essential Feng Shui® views the five elements of Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water as the basic building blocks of life. All five elements are present within our bodies, and represent different aspects of our human experience. Because there is an instinctual resonance that occurs when we’re in an environment composed of all five elements, your store’s success is best “held in place” when they are all included in your space. Each element is expressed in a wide variety of ways, and learning to work with them is like learning a new language. The more fluent you become, the better!
Each element also brings essential qualities into your store that, when balanced, environmentally nurture and sustain your customers:
The Wood element fosters intuition and creativity.
It is found in: