5 Ways to Feng Shui Your Kitchen
From ancient times, the kitchen has been the heart of the home. At almost every party or home-centered event, it ends up being the place where everyone seems to gather, and there’s a good reason for that. Your kitchen is the part of the home that nourishes and sustains life; it is where delicious and nutritious food is prepared, where the family spends time together eating meals, and where friends hang out with coffee cups or wine glasses when they visit. People tend to gravitate toward a room that has good energy, and that’s where feng shui comes in.
Feng shui (pronounced “fung schway”) is an ancient Chinese science – and New Age design trend – of creating happiness and abundance by altering or modifying the movement of chi energy in a room. It does this by balancing the effect of the elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water and directions objects are facing within the room. This science creates positivity and suppresses – or even destroys – negativity. For this reason, your kitchen is a very important room in your home. The kitchen is also part of the very important feng shui triangle (bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen) which is directly connected to the state of your health and well-being.
Homeowners endeavoring to create the right “feel” in the room where they cook, snack, and socialize are increasingly turning to the practice of feng shui to make their kitchens as inviting as possible. Kitchens are unique in the feng shui approach because they incorporate so many crucial elements. If you’re unfamiliar with the principles, first know that there are really no “shoulds” in effective feng shui applications. It is always best to go with what you love and are drawn to. Good feng shui energy comes in all forms, shapes, and sizes, and is important in your kitchen because your body is deeply connected to the energy of that room.
Here are five ways to feng shui your kitchen:
- Where your kitchen is located is essential to good feng shui. Placement of the kitchen within the overall floor plan is one of the first ways to ensure proper feng shui. The center of the house is not the best place for a kitchen. If your kitchen is at the back and you add a family room behind it, this could place the kitchen in the center. For better feng shui, the kitchen should remain at the back (perhaps add a living room to the front of the house and convert the existing one to a family room).
- This can be one of the easiest methods of bringing balance to a room. If your kitchen needs a fire element, perhaps a red wall will do the trick. Need more earth in your kitchen? Try granite countertops. Accessories using colors that represent the five elements is another easy way to bring balance.
- A window in your kitchen with a view of sky and trees can bring light, life, and energy into the room. Using a mirror to reflect that light will brighten and expand the space; this is a great trick to use in smaller kitchens. Painting a wall blue can add even more of an open feeling to the room.
- Consider using a herb garden in your kitchen to bring the outdoors in, and infuse the room with the vibrant, alive energy of growing plants to connect you to the simple, pure things in life. The aroma of fresh herbs can be both stimulating and relaxing, and using fresh herbs in your cooking is a healthy way to give your family the best. It is also a reminder of the nourishing power of the earth in all its beauty. Adding a bay window to house your herb garden has the two-fold benefit of increasing the light in the room and saving your counter space for food preparation.
- If you have a smaller kitchen, make sure you don’t have more items than your kitchen can comfortably accommodate. If you have wood cabinets, painting them in a light color can help your kitchen appear brighter. Using open shelving (and keeping it clutter free!) is another way to make your small space appear more open. If you like the idea of a cupboard, consider replacing the wood doors with clear or frosted glass ones. Lighting is critical in a small space, so be sure to use a variety of lighting sources if possible, and experiment with lighting at different levels.
Remember to keep a good flow of light and air through your clean, uncluttered, well-lit kitchen for good feng shui. Experiment with colors, textures, and accessories that make you feel good, and soon you’ll find you have a kitchen where friends and family gather for food and fellowship, and where memories are made that you will enjoy for years to come.