Feng Shui for Kitchens

From on September 25, 2008 in Kitchen Remodel

Feng shui kitchen“Feng Shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China,” Rodika Tchi writes in her article about it for About.com. “It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune of people inhabiting it. ‘Feng’ means ‘wind’ and ‘Shui’ means ‘water. It’s pronounced fung-shway.”

In particular, the kitchen is very important energy-wise, because it represents health and prosperity. Although there are different approaches among Feng Shui schools and practitioners, here are some commonly shared ideas for bringing harmony to your kitchen.

Kitchen Placement
It’s recommended that the kitchen be in the back half of the house. And also, that the kitchen is not visible from the front entry. Unless you’re building or doing a major remodel, you may not be able to change your kitchen’s placement to suit these suggestions, but Feng Shui experts say there are always methods, or remedies. See She Knows for some useful tips.

Command Central for the Cook
Placement of the stove should be such that the cook has a view of the whole space. Kitchen islands with stoves facing into the room are ideal for this purpose. If your stove is facing a wall, the recommendation is to place a shiny, reflective object there, so the cook will have at least a reflective view of motion and peoples’ comings and goings. All the sources I found are in agreement on this idea.

Colors for Positive Energy
According to an article about Feng Shui decorating at KitchenSource.com, “The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the modern household. This is where guests converge for conversation and the place most families eat together, so it’s really the center of all social functions. To promote energetic behavior, use lively colors such as yellow, orange, and yellow-orange. You can choose one dominant color and use the others for highlights and accents.”

A key understanding about Feng Shui is that it is all about energy and the presence of it in nature. The methods of Feng Shui are designed to bring the elements of nature into living spaces to promote harmony and well-being for those who gather there.