Health, well-being and prosperity benefit from a feng shui kitchen. It is considered an important place in a home -- where we prepare nourishment for our family. The quality and amount of food is symbolic of the household's health and wealth.
A kitchen is often the hub of a home -- an area where families gather to prepare meals together. Or in modern, open concept layouts, simply to be in the company of those cooking and baking. : )
Sinks and refrigerators represent water while stoves -- or cooktops and wall ovens -- are fire energy. Consider the following factors when positioning them:
a) Sinks and stoves should not be directly opposite (or immediately next to) each other.
This type of alignment creates confrontational energy as water controls fire.
Tip: If you have this negative alignment, hang a faceted crystal from the ceiling between the sink and stove, and high enough so it isn't in the way.
b) Position large and small appliances to have the power source -- electric or gas -- come from a fortunate personal direction.
c) Oven doors should also open toward a favorable direction.
Note: Heed the Northwest -- it is associated with heaven and any active fire elements in the northwest corner of the kitchen represent fire at 'heaven's gate' -- unfortunate energy.
Those preparing food should also see anyone entering -- rather than having their backs face the kitchen entrance.
Nurture an enhancing cycle. By their very nature, kitchens incorporate some of the five elements.
Water and fire are already present. Earth is found in the cabinetry -- shape and perhaps color. The countertop and backsplash may be stone and tile. Appliance colors often reflect white or stainless steel and metal material is contained in them as well.
The wood element may be added through color -- such as green paint or backsplash -- as well as plants. A kitchen window is a great spot to grow fresh herbs with which to enhance flavors and nourish your family. : )
Do add color to a kitchen -- it's a wonderful location to add accents of wood and other elements for balance.
Think about a contemporary home where the kitchen is full of neutral tones -- or there's an over-abundance of a particular element . . . too much white, black or brown perhaps.
Now think of a kitchen where there's color -- maybe green, blue, red, orange or yellow -- and the combination of colors appears more balanced! Doesn't the neutral feel 'ho hum' . . . whereas the one with brighter color feels more lively -- life-giving and inviting? Where would you rather spend time preparing food with love?
Remember, kitchens foster health and wealth. Knives on display or left on the counter send harmful cutting energy. Store them in a drawer.
We all have various things spread out when baking or cooking. However, part of a good feng shui kitchen is cleaning up after we are done. And discard food that is spoiling.
Create a nourishing environment to nourish your family. : )
If planning a kitchen renovation or building a new home, stay tuned . . . for more important guidelines and tips coming soon for creating an auspicious feng shui kitchen.