Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of creating harmony and attracting luck by working with the environment.
This is one of a number of articles that look into how you might bring peace, happiness and harmony into your home through feng shui. This article focuses on your kitchen.
Because the kitchen is where food is prepared, this is a good place for mirrors. It is believed that where mirrors reflect food it will help double your luck potential. Also, the kitchen is associated with nourishment and therefore it is important for the health of all occupants in the home, to have good feng shui here.
The kitchen door should never be opposite the front door of the house. If it is, then place a large plant between entrances so as to dispel energy. Also, it is not good feng shui to have either the cooker or the sink unit opposite the kitchen door. This is because it would mean those working at the sink or cooker will have their back to the door and won’t be able to see people enter.
A cooker under a window is not good feng shui either, however, there is nothing negative about having the sink below the window.
How to Feng Shui Items in the Kitchen
Firstly take a look at items near the doors and windows. These should have no straight edges pointing inwards.
Use plants at the window, blinds and net curtains to help obstruct views of other buildings especially where there is a lot of brick outside.
Each item in the kitchen has its own element and it probably sounds obvious to say that the cooker is Fire while the sink and fridge both come under the Water element.
And because fire and water should never come into contact, if you have these items nearby, why not place a plant or ornament between them to alter the course of energy.
Colours in the Kitchen
The colour green is always good in the kitchen as this symbolizes the element Wood, giving balance to the Fire and Water elements already within.
Choose colours that go well together. Yellow is a good feng shui colour for the kitchen as it is believed to aid digestion. The room should have good lighting, it should be clean, bright and airy.
Work surfaces should be free from clutter and the main worktops should not be opposite the door, again, because this would mean the door opening directly onto someone’s back.
Kitchen Feng Shui Reflecting the Health of Occupants
Finally, many people who practice feng shui will also say that any trouble with washing machines, central heating, radiators, leaks, floods and the like actually signify that a member of the family has problems with his or her internal plumbing. – Should ever you come across such problems, it’s worth giving this a thought!
Shurety Sarah, Feng Shui for Your Home: An Illustrated Guide to Creating a Harmonious, Happy and Prosperous Living (Rider & Co. (1997))