What Is Feng Shui For Kitchen
Following kitchen Feng Shui rules is very important because kitchen is directly connected to the state of your health and well-being, and stove is the center point in this story.
Taking good care of your kitchen is the best possible way to care of your finances, career and the future prospects of your family.
Therefore, you need to pay attention to some kitchen Feng Shui rules.
Keeping it clean and filled with healthy food – has a direct impact on family health and abundance.
Maybe this will sound funny to you, but it really affects those aspects in life.
If you want this energy to have a healing purpose, food preparation need to be done in a harmonious and well-organized kitchen.
Here are a few more basic good kitchen Feng Shui rules and guidelines:
- The kitchen should have proper lighting, to be airy and spacious, bright, clean and welcoming
- For good Feng Shui, keep the kitchen simple and do not overload it with gadgets, as they are considered as clutter
- De-clutter your kitchen
- Keep fresh flowers as they bring beautiful uplifting energy to your kitchen
- Place a bowl with fruits, a vase with fresh flowers, or even a living plant on your kitchen table, windowsill, or wherever is suitable in your kitchen
- Choose colors that blend well and give a good feel all together. The color yellow is a good choice for the kitchen. You can choose this color as light as “butter – vanilla yellow”, or vibrant one as “squash yellow”, if it blends with the overall interior design.
If you are designing a new home, or renovating an existing one, you can follow the best Feng Shui guidelines for the location of a kitchen and everything that goes with it.
Even if your current kitchen is in a challenging Feng Shui location, you can still do your best by applying the basic kitchen Feng Shui rules, as well as constantly creating good, fresh and vibrant energy full of love and care.
This good energy you create in your kitchen will come back to you tenfold, so it is an excellent investment in your health and well-being!
Colors And Shapes Of Plates
A clean white plate is always the best choice, and a round shape is the best one for having a flow of harmonious movement. It produces fresh energy most suited to maintain, present and enjoy food.
This doesn’t mean that square shaped plates are bad Feng Shui, they just have a different energy which is slower and more grounding.
Using Herbs For Good Kitchen Energy
There are many ways you can improve the quality of Feng Shui vibes in your kitchen, and the best way to do it, is by using aromatic herbs.
Creating your own little herb garden can be a really enjoyable process with numerous benefits. If you enjoy cooking, the smell of fresh herbs in the kitchen can be great if you want to improve your kitchen Feng Shui.
You can use basil, rosemary, thyme, mint and lavender, but you can always add some new species for the matter.
They have a vibrant and alive energy that connects you to the simple and good things in life. It’s a reminder of the nourishing power of Mother Earth in all its splendor.
The best Bagua areas for the wood element of the herbs are East, Southeast and South, but the very first criteria would be the energy flow in your kitchen, including the natural light.
Simple Kitchen Feng Shui Rules To Follow
1.Get Good Chi Energy Flowing – Fix What Is Fixable
- Fix things that are broken as they send bad energy in such state
- Check that doors swing freely (it’s not stuck)
- Replace chipped bowls and sharpen your knives (they don’t send good energy)
In Feng Shui this is a crucial step – things that are well-cared-for, signify your intention to take care of yourself, too!
2.Clean Everything Inside & Out
Yes, you need to do this on a more permanenet basis.This includes all kitchen drawers and cabinets, appliances, walls and counters.
It is good to line shelves with new liner paper, and give the floor a good scrub.
3.Leave Items You Really Use
As you remove things from cabinets and drawers, ask yourself when was the last time you’ve used most of them.
If you want to keep an item you occasionally use, consider deep storage, or make room for it on a higher shelf.
4.De-clutter The Counters
Women just love having kitchen appliances of every kind, but if they take up permanent residence on counters, you won’t have enough space to work comfortably.
Remove everything, thoroughly wipe all surfaces, and replace only the things you use on a daily basis.
5.Similarities Go Together
As you sort through your cabinets, try to make your life easier by putting similar usage things together.
For example, you can separate sweet baking spices from savory ones, and store coffee filters near your coffee mugs.
As you put things back into the cabinets, separate tall items from shorter ones, and adjust your shelf-height accordingly.
It’s all matter of good organisation.
7.Balance The Feng Shui Elements
Following kitchen Feng Shui rules, it already contains the four of Feng Shui’s Five Elements: Fire, Water, Metal and Earth.
The element that’s usually missing can be added accordingly. For example, Wood, can be brought in with a bowl of fruit, a small plant or even with a picture of one of these.
When the elements are balanced, it all goes well and energy leveled.
8.Add Artwork Of Abundance And Good Health
Abundance means different things to different people, so choose something that really lights you up every time you look at it.
There are many Feng Shui cures you can choose from and invite abundance into your home.
9.Why Your Stove Position Matters
The stove is very powerful Feng Shui element of representing Wealth.
This is the master centerpiece called the “Heart of Your Home” and it must be treated with great deal of respect. Keep it always clean and read following lines for it’s position in the kitchen.
Kitchen Placement and Location
Maybe you think it doesn’t matter – but on the contrary, when applying Feng Shui to your kitchen – it matters. Following positions are do’s and don’ts to be considered when making kitchen changes.
Kitchen Position Should NOT Be In The Center Of Your Home
As previously mentioned, kitchen is filled with fire element.
And with the kitchen at the center of your home, it will symbolize that “fire attacks the heart”. Center of the house is the “heart” of the home.
If you have such kitchen position, it has the ability to bring down the luck of all house residents, causing instability and many health issues.
Look at this from a practical point of view as well.
If the kitchen is at the center, cancer causing grease smoke and cooking steam is travelling through your home including your bedroom.
Do you want this for yourself?
Kitchen Position Should NOT Be In Front Of The House
The kitchen should not be close to the front door.
In ancient times, kitchen has been seen as a source of wealth because of its function- producing food.
As the amount of wealth a family has is a private matter, the kitchen should be placed at the back, so you won’t be exposing your wealth to the public.
Thus, if kitchen is at the front of the house, there is a potential that wealth is leaking away.
It has a point, right?
Kitchen Position Should NOT Be Outside Of The House
As mentioned earlier, the kitchen’s main function is production of prosperity, and having your main kitchen outside of the house, will make it hard for the good Qi(energy) of prosperity to gather.
Not only this break all kitchen Feng Shui rules, but it is also harder to maintain it, and its use greatly depends on weather conditions.
Wealth is not the only aspect that will be affected here.
Some experts say that this setup can cause family members to live in different regions, making a family reunion difficult.
However, this will not be a problem if you have an outdoor kitchen that’s barely and rarely used.
Kitchen Position Should NOT Be In North-East Position
To be specific, the kitchen should not be located between 300 and 330 degrees Northwest of the house (according to the compass).
If so, just make sure the stove isn’t within that section.
This is mainly because the North-East section is correlated with the health of the father (or the male head-of-household).
Kitchen at this location can cause various health issues, including:
- high blood pressure
- or other head-related illnesses
Older male family members living in the same house may also be affected.
The effects for women is not as harsh.
Instead of health, social relationships will be negatively impacted, especially in terms of career promotions.
Kitchen Position Should NOT Be In South Position
To be specific, the kitchen shouldn’t be located between 165 and 195 degrees South of the house. If so, just make sure the stove isn’t within that section.
With kitchen at this location, residents of the house have a tendency to be ill-tempered, and social relationships will not be as desired.
However, if your kitchen stove is not between 165 and 195 degrees South, the effects are greatly reduced.
Kitchen Position Should NOT Be In North Position
To be specific, the kitchen should be located in the North of the house.
Kitchen at this location affects relationships between family members, including the family’s marital relationship.
Kitchen Should NOT Face The Front Door
Technically, this applies if the kitchen stove faces the front door. Some experts will say that the kitchen door should not face the front door.
You’ll have a Feng Shui problem if the kitchen stove and front door forms a straight line.
If the kitchen door or stove forms a straight line with the front door, then the Qi that enters the home will be demolished by the kitchen energy.
Further, it is possible to experience health and financial problems.
One of kitchen Feng Shui cures is to place a heavy furniture, or a simple decorative divider between the front door and the kitchen, and blend this with your interior as well.
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Kitchen Location Based On The Bagua
The kitchen brings strong fire element, and its strength is much greater than colors or shapes that are used to boost the Fire energy.
That’s why you’ll also need to check your kitchen’s location in your Bagua.
You need to check whether there’s a conflict with the element associated with that location. (Water conflicts with fire, and fire weakens the wood)
Generally, South and South-East are best Feng Shui spots for the kitchen according to the Bagua, as long as the stove is not within the narrow southern section.
If it is at other locations, you’ll need to find remedies to balance the energy of that area in order not to affect the quality of life, health and prosperity.
Rest Room Should Not Face The Kitchen or Be Next To It
The kitchen is where food is prepared, and the restroom is where bodily waste is disposed. Having the two face each other can disrupt appetite you know?
After all, when was the last time the sight of a restroom felt appetizing?
Further, the restroom is full of water element.
Having the two face each other produces a conflict between the water and the fire element, which can potentially cause many kinds disruptions in life.
The easy cure in this situation is to close the restroom door.
Make it a habit!
Kitchen Should Not Face The Bedroom or Be Under The Bedroom
The reasoning here has more to do with hygiene than Feng Shui.
The kitchen produces grease smoke, which is known to cause health problems. Would you like to inhale that toxic gas even when you sleep?
Of course not.
Furthermore, the smell of food can linger in the bedroom, which can harm the sleep quality for some people.
The easy cure is to close the bedroom door when cooking and keep your kitchen well ventilated.
Kitchen Is NOT Suitable In The West
There is a saying that the kitchen is not suitable at the west sector is because it tends to have higher room temperature (caused by the setting sun).
Because of this, food has a higher tendency to spoil, bringing extra health risks.
This may be true in ancient times.
Today, however, we have the refrigerator where food can be stored for days (or weeks) without spoiling.
Feng Shui For Kitchen Stove
Stoves On Center Island
Having the stove to the center island allows the cook to prepare meal in a command position, which is preferable.
This is similar to having the bed placed in command position, which gives you a sense of security because you have vision of the whole kitchen area (and perhaps the living room).
Wall At The Back Of The Stove
Most Feng Shui experts from Asia says that stove on a center island is bad Feng Shui because it doesn’t have its back against a wall.
The stove is the key element of the kitchen, similar to the bed for the bedroom, desk for the study room, and couch for the living room.
They should all have their back against a wall.
Some say that an island stove setup makes it hard to accumulate wealth, get married or have children.
Another renowned expert say that Qi can come from multiple angles to the stove and affect the food, thereby bringing certain health issues.
The conflicting information from different experts may be due to architectural differences and preferences in different continents.
Kitchen Door Facing The Stove
This applies mostly to architectural designs in Asia where the kitchen is walled off instead of being in an open area.
Having the kitchen door aligned with the stove forms a mini T-junction. The incoming Qi from the door is said to affect the food and thereby your health.
The simple remedy (if simple enough) is to move the stove to another location.
Avoid Beams Over The Stove
Beams are notorious in Feng Shui because they bring suppressive Qi.
Although beams can be cured by large upward-growing plants, they are not suitable in the kitchen area.
Not only do beams harm the person who’s preparing meals, it can also cause fluctuations of Qi. As a result, the Feng Shui of the stove can be violently affected and can bring ups and downs to the family.
Stove Facing Water Element
This happens when the sink and the kitchen stove face each other and forms a straight line.
When this happens, the Water Element of the sink and the Fire Element of the stove will conflict. Having this setup can bring health issues, lovers quarrel, or a decline in intimacy between lovers.
If moving the stove cannot be done, then placing an island in between will do.
Cure: Wood Element can be used as a cure, such as placing a green rug or mat in between the stove and the sink.
Stove Next To Water Element
Again, this has to do with the clash between the Water and the Fire Element. It only applies to the sink and the stove.
The clash between water and fire exists only when the stove and sink are next to each other, which can cause relationship problems such as infidelity.
If the sink and the stove are 1 – 2 feet apart, you do not have a problem with the clash between water and fire.
Mirror Is Not For The Kitchen
Mirrors have the ability to amplify the energy of the Fire Element, which can cause an imbalance and fluctuations in your life.
Avoid those in the kitchen.
Avoid Having Leaky Faucets
There is the saying that a leaky faucet causes an outflow of wealth. That’s because some experts equate water as wealth, and that a leaking faucet is similar to an outflow of wealth Qi.
Yes, your water bill will go up unnecessarily. Perhaps this is what was meant by losing wealth?
Knives are sharp objects, and they have its own form (negative Feng Shui energy): a sharp cutting edge.
That is why some people feel discomfort when they are in plain sight.
They look hostile.
Kitchen Hygiene – One Of The Main Kitchen Feng Shui Rules
As kitchen is where food is prepared, leaving food scraps can linger in various corners of our kitchen.
If these food scraps are not cleaned up, bacteria will grow and can cause hygiene problems. Furthermore, these food scraps, if not cleaned, can attract insects and you’ll have another problem to deal with.
Summary: if you don’t keep your kitchen clean, the negative Feng Shui brought by the kitchen can be worse than your restroom!
Feng Shui kitchen is essential when you want to Feng Shui your house.
Keeping all kitchen Feng Shui Rules in order, can keep your health and wealth in check because of the good Qi (energy) influence to the quality of the food prepared.
Also, negative Feng Shui energies produced by the kitchen can be used to suppress other negative Feng Shui elements based on you and your home’s Kua number.
Although kitchen Feng Shui is important, it is just one part when looking at a home’s Feng Shui.
If you truly want to benefit from Feng Shui, we strongly suggest that you find a consultant rather than doing it yourself.
In case you have applied any of these kitchen Feng Shui rules and tips, feel free to let us know how they worked for you in the comments below!
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