Believers in Feng Shui say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence your prosperity and health.
The first thing to bear in mind when considering any Feng Shui advice is that ultimately, Feng Shui is a complex practice with several different schools, and the recommendations will vary from school to school and from one practitioner to another. So too, advice will differ depending upon the unique home — and the unique people living in it. Despite the fact that different schools may have diverse views on some topics, there are basic Feng Shui principles that apply to all kitchens.
If you have a chance to build the house and deside where kitchen will be.
We can’t always decide where each room in a house or apartment will be in relation to the others, but if you’re working with new construction or doing extensive renovations, ideally the kitchen will be in the back of the house, at least behind centerline of house.
In any case, it’s better if you don’t see the kitchen immediately upon entering the house, as this can portend digestive, nutritional, and eating problems. Having the kitchen at the entry point can also mean that guests will come over and eat and then leave immediately, and such a placement can also encourage the inhabitants to eat all the time.
If you moved to the house and you cant or don’t want to rebuild
If your kitchen is in the front of the house, don’t panic; there are remedies that can take care of this. Use this as an opportunity to get creative. Try hanging sheer or beaded curtains over the kitchen door. Another idea is to provide something delightfully eye-catching across a hall or in a vestibule near the kitchen. That way, attention is diverted from the busy kitchen.
Inside the kitchen
It is very important for the cook to be in a “commanding position” when at the stove. The cook should be able to clearly see the doorway without turning away from the stove. Some F
eng Shui consultants recommend an easy solution: hang something reflective, such as a mirror or a shiny sheet of decorative aluminum, over the stove. The reflective surface can be any size, but the bigger it is, the more powerful the correction will be.
A stove jammed against the wall is bad, and one in the corner is equally troublesome, as it restrains the cook’s movements, blocks his view of the doorway and restricts the free flow of positive ch’i. Pull the stove out and let the ch’i flow, while allowing a more spacious area for the cook’s movements.
You can istall a cooking island. Placing the stove in a central island allows the cook to see the entire room, including the doorway. The wider your view, the more you’ll be able to comfortably talk with dinner guests or keep an eye on the kids as you prepare the meal.
In any room, fluorescent lights do not promote good health; they are constantly flickering, affecting the eyes and nervous system, and can cause hypertension, eyestrain and headaches. If you decide that you do need fluorescent lights in your kitchen, use full-spectrum bulbs.
Triangle model – very convenient in the kitchen and saves time
According to Sheffield Feng Shui Course instructor Marelan Toole, good kitchen design is based on a traditional triangle model, with the sink, refrigerator and range making up each point of the triangle. There should be a 6-8 foot distance between each appliance; this allows for maximum convenience and a minimum of repeated moves.
Because you’ll have that space between each of the major appliances, it should be easy to adhere to the Feng Shui principle of having fire elements—such as the stove and microwave—separated from water elements—such as the refrigerator, dishwasher, and sink. Fire and water fight each other, so the placement of the stove and sink is important. If they are directly opposite each other, this can lead to arguments and conflict within the family. Fix this by placing something green between them, such as a green rug on the floor or a living plant on a table in the center of the room. A sink and stove that are side by side also weaken the energy of the kitchen. Place something green between them. They can also be separated by something made of wood, or by something representative of wood, such as a plant or a painting of a plant.
Basic feng shui – no clutter, broken things, unused
As with all rooms in the house, the kitchen should be kept neat and uncluttered, and any broken appliances should be tossed out—even if it means living without a toaster at all for a while, it’s better to have no toaster than one that doesn’t work very well. A stove that is not in good working order implies a problem with financial resources. If any part of the stove (burners, oven light, fan, etc.) does not work, get it fixed as soon as possible.
No broken and unused equipment
An unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities. Even if all you do is boil water for tea, rotate which burner you set the kettle on so that all of them get regular use. Make sure your plumbing is working properly. Leaking pipes and dripping faucets are signs that wealth is being drained from your life.
Fresh flowers bring beautiful uplifting energy to the kitchen. Place a bowl of fruit, a vase of flowers, or a living plant on your kitchen table, windowsill, or wherever the layout of your kitchen allows.
Animals, birds, birds
Living things are the greatest source of positive energy. If you love animals, then nothing can bring greater positive energy than a pet. If you haven’t the time or patience to care for a dog or cat, consider fish.
If your windows do not reveal grass, trees, or clean water, then cover the window and make sure to hang artwork of natural scenery on your walls. A painting of the forest will bring positive energy to your kitchen.
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