How To Design A Feng Shui Kitchen
In Eastern cultures, the kitchen is a room that symbolizes prosperity and wealth. And according to the art of Feng Shui, it's not just an ordinary room, but a meeting point for the family, which should be as welcoming as possible to make you want to spend time there. To accentuate positive energy and ensure that everything in your kitchen brings as much balance and harmony as possible, you need to follow a series of essential Feng Shui rules. This OneHowTo article will explain how to design a feng shui kitchen.
When decorating in line with Feng Shui rules, the location of your kitchen in the house is particularly important. Ideally, it should be facing south and should be near the front door, although without being seen from the main entrance. You should also try and make sure that the kitchen door is not facing the bathroom, and that when someone's cooking they don't have their back to the door. If this can't be helped, a good solution is to put a reflective surface, a mirror for example, in the kitchen so that you can see what's going on behind you while you cook.
Feng Shui Balance of elements
The kitchen is strongly associated with two of the four elements: Fire, from the stove, oven and microwave, and Water, due to the sink, dishwasher, fridge and washing machine. Feng Shui establishes rules to harmonize and balance these two elements, to avoid negative energies. The ideal kitchen is one that keeps fire-related devices separate from water-related ones. So the stove, oven and microwave should be together on one side, and the sink, dishwasher, fridge and washing machine should be on the other. Never have one group of items next to or opposite the other. If you don't have that much space in your kitchen and this isn't possible, try to keep them separate even if it's only with a wooden or metal object.
Feng Shui Kitchen Colours
As the elements of Fire and Water are already present, when it comes to painting your kitchen and choosing the furniture, it's better to avoid red, the color of fire, or blue, the color of water, and use them sparingly. Feng Shui prefers neutral colors like white, beige, earth or cream, which promote tranquility, or different shades of yellow for greater warmth. You can combine these colors with decorative elements that have brighter tones, for a more colorful and striking decor.
If you need more information on Fneg Shui colors, visit our article on the meaning of colors in Feng Shui.
Feng shui lighting in the kitchen
When decorating your kitchen with Feng Shui, natural light is by far the best way to light the room. And for the times of day when you do need artificial light, go for bright lights that light up every corner of the room.
Decorative elements for your Feng Shui kitchen
The kitchen should be a meeting and gathering point for family members, so space permitting it's essential to have a table for breakfast or to prepare food. To increase the positive energy flow, you should also include decorative elements like plants, natural fruits, fresh flowers and other food-related items. Your kitchen will be a fresh, natural and more prosperous place as a result.
Keeping your kitchen neat and tidy is another key aspect of harnessing all of its positive energy, according to Feng Shui. Your kitchen should be a warm, welcoming and inviting room where you can spend some quality time alone or with your family. Not having electrical devices like televisions, radios and telephones will also prove beneficial to your family relationships.
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