(Re-)Creating Your Kitchen with Feng Shui

June 03, 2018
Since a kitchen represents fire in the five element cycle, and the energy force called ch’i/xi activates our wealth, you want good food to feed a person’s health and effectiveness.  The better the quality of the food, the more capable the person is and the larger his potential income. According to Grand Master Professor Lin Yun in his book, Interior Design with Feng Shui (ISBN 0-14-098608-0) "the cook should work in a spacious, brightly lit, and well-ventilated area."  
The kitchen is complicated to design. Why? Well, there's electrical needs for good lighting, which is imperative for the good flow of ch’i/xi in the kitchen, as well as its many appliances: oven, cooktop, refrigerator, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and even microwave.  If your cooktop/oven is gas, then there’s an additional component.  Add in the plumbing needed for a sink, garbage disposal, and dishwasher. All these should be designed and built using the highest quality you can afford, as their performance can affect the inhabitants of the home.  Make certain all the parts and pieces stay in good working order once they're installed, as well. The electrical system can negatively impact your nervous system if not working properly. The plumbing can affect your digestive system if it’s not functioning well.

Location Within the House:

The ideal location for a kitchen is in the back half of the home.  If there’s lot of space within the kitchen and it has good ventilation, then the residents of the home will be able to move and advance in life and finances.  A small kitchen, however, shouldn’t be located on the mid-line of the house.  

Location of the Cooktop:

Symbolically, the cooktop is an important component in a home’s finances. Ideally, you should be aware of anyone entering the kitchen while cooking. If surprised, the cook can unintentionally negatively affect the health, wealth and relationships within the home.  When standing at the cooktop, the cook should be facing the main entrance into the kitchen.  This usually means that the cooktop is placed on an island or peninsula.  A cooktop crammed into a corner will inhibit the cook’s movements and the flow of ch’i, thereby lowering the quality of food served (thus negatively impacting the health, wealth, careers, and family relationships.)  “When a stove faces a door directly, bloody accidents may ensue. It is also negative to have a stove between two aligned doors.” Feng Shui Design by Sarah Rossbach and Master Lin Yun (ISBN 0-670-88223-2)

The Cooktop:

The more elements on the cooktop, the better for the wealth of the family. You can use a reflective backsplash to double the number of burners, and allow the cook to view anyone entering kitchen if it’s not ideally located. It’s vital that all elements on the stove to work effectively.  Placing a small wind chime above the head of the cook helps to bring good energy to the cook and the entire family!




Natural Elements:

Wood cabinets will help create a natural flow of energy.  Baskets, cotton towels, and plants also help those cooking to relax with the gentle flow of Ch’i/Xi.  Countertops and backsplashes of granite, quartz, porcelain, or ceramic tile bring in the metal and earth elements.




Color Scheme:

According to Professor Master Lin Yun in his book Living Color (ISBN 1-56836-014-2), the best color for the kitchen is white.  White is a metal color, and because in the Five Element Theory* fire overcomes metal.  It shows off the colors of food, and is the color of cleanliness and purity.  Because the kitchen is a fire element room, you should avoid grey and black, which are water colors, and water destroys fire. Avoid a red kitchen because that’s just too much fire, and the cook will always be hot tempered.  It is fine, however to use any of these hues as accent colors in a white kitchen.



In conclusion:

What comments or questions do you have running through your mind about feng shui principles or kitchen design?  Do you need help (re-)designing your kitchen using these principles?  Give us a call/send us an email and we can discuss your needs.  

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