The Feng Shui Trinity: Kitchen

elements of feng shui in the kitchen

Feng Shui may sound like New-Age nonsense, but its principals are based on literally thousands of years of collective wisdom, and are actually very helpful when designing the interior of your home. Feng Shui is all about the interaction of human with their surroundings, and the effect this interaction can have: maintaining positive energy is key.

In order to maintain this positive energy (and who doesn’t want more positive energy!), Feng Shui principles are especially important to apply in the “trinity” of your house: the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom. These rooms really make up the heart of the house - it makes sense that these rooms should be the most pleasant, since we end up spending the most time in them!

 

The kitchen is where you create the physical energy Feng Shui Kitchennecessary to live: food!

So the energy in the kitchen should be as positive as possible, to make preparing food a pleasant experience - an unpleasant kitchen means more greasy takeout and microwavable dinners.

Here are a few Feng Shui principles to keep in mind to make your kitchen as harmonious as possible:

 

  • Kitchens should not be within immediate view of the front door: otherwise, all that positive energy you stir up in your kitchen could simply escape through the front door! A small part of the kitchen being visible from the front door (such as an island), is perfectly fine.
  • Similarly, stoves should not be close to windows: the wind can steal the delicious “chi” (energy) from your food.
  • And unused stove means you aren’t accessing your full potential: use your stove as much as possible, and rotate burners to ensure all are used.
  • Fire and water elements should not be placed side by side: make sure your stove is not directly adjacent to a sink or refrigerator, otherwise they will clash!
  • In the same vein, water should not be left on the stove for long periods - it will dampen the fire and cause depression.
  • A kitchen should not be under or share a wall with a bathroom: bathrooms are a place where waste is disposed of, and kitchens are a place where sustenance is created. It makes sense not to mix these two energies!
  • The cook should never have their back to the kitchen entrance: if they can’t see what’s going on, they may be startled, which would transfer that anxious energy to the food they are preparing. If this can’t be avoided, having a reflective surface near the cook can help.
  • Clutter should be minimized: all those fancy kitchen gadgets and gizmos should be neatly put away and out of sight if not in use. Clutter frustrates the free flow of energy.
  • Kitchen garbage should not be visible - hide it in a covered receptacle in a cabinet.(Who wants to see garbage anyway!)
  • Food encourages prosperity and contentment: food related imagery in the kitchen increases the sense of abundance. For example, a beautiful gold-leaf design on a marble, travertine or slate backsplash!

Applying a few of these principles of Feng Shui to your kitchen can help it become a space that radiates positive energy.

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