This is part one of our Feng Shui series. In this series we will look at Feng Shui design and construction tips to incorporate throughout your home. In part one we are going to look at everyones favorite room in the house; the kitchen.
To begin talking about Feng Shui and the kitchen we must first remember that the kitchen is considered part of the Feng Shui trinity – the front door, the bedroom and the kitchen – due to its importance and reliability towards your health and overall well being. While it provides the space necessary to create that which sustains life, if built correctly it can also determine the overall energy of the home and the daily experiences of it’s residents.
During planning, it is important to make sure that your kitchen is not at the center of your home plan, and this has to do with its connection to the fire element. When at the center, the kitchen symbolizes fire attacking the heart, with the center of your home being the heart of your home. As opposed to central to the entire home, we want your kitchen to compliment and encourage the positive energy of the house in cooperation with the other rooms and elements.
Your kitchen should also NOT be next to a bathroom. This might be self-explanatory for some people, but it applies to the conflicting elements in each room. The restroom is completely water element, while the kitchen holds a lot of fire, each able to cause many disruptions and cancel out either benefits when connected.
The stove is said the be a powerful Feng Shui of wealth in your life. Making it the most important aspect of the kitchen for overall energy. Along with placement benefits, it must be kept clean and tidy to give off the intended affects.
It’s recommended that your stove be centered on the island in your kitchen, if one is possible. This allows the chef to create meals with command, and being at the center of the kitchen, it draws all of the kitchen’s energy into the food that someone is preparing. It also allows for a more communal experience in cooking, being able to have family and friends experience it from all angles.
There is a belief that the kitchen stove should not face the front door. This is an ancient belief that if you can see the stove right as you enter the house, the occupants of the house will have problems with expenses and trouble saving money.
Your stove is a complete fire element, which is why it is recommended not to place it directly next to the sink, the main water element in the kitchen. This is the same reason as part of why we shouldn’t place the bathroom next to the kitchen, conflicting elements can cancel out the other’s intended effect.
Finally, in terms of design, it’s recommended that you try and balance out all of the elements of the space. The kitchen already has four of Feng Shui’s five major elements – fire, water, metal and earth, the one that is missing is wood. During construction, try and incorporate a local timber or wood to bring stability from your surroundings. Or you can use wooden bowls to hold your fruit and bread for both design and elemental benefits.