Kitchen Feng Shui

The kitchen is another one of those rooms that in some Feng Shui literature, has a lot of misinformation, superstition and myth associated with it.  I’m going to share some basic information with you on how you can create a kitchen that has good Feng Shui, while dispelling a couple of the myths you may have heard.

      Let’s start with the myths. One of the most common Feng Shui myths is that your stove should never be located directly across from your sink.  This myth stems from misunderstanding the Five Element cycle in Feng Shui.  The Five Element Cycle dictates that the water element “puts out” or destroys the fire element.  While this is true, it isn’t the reason that ancient Feng Shui knowledge tells us to avoid placing the stove (fire) next to, or opposite the sink (water).

    The reason Feng Shui originally recommended avoiding having water too near fire is because in ancient China (where Feng Shui began) people cooked over an open flame.  Before the invention of matches, starting a fire was an arduous task. The last thing you wanted to have happen when you were cooking over fire is the flame to go out, hence, it is just common sense that you would want to avoid water near that area. 

        Today we have gas and electric stoves instead of wood-burning fires to cook over, and running water in sinks instead of sloshing open buckets.  The rule of having the water (sink) near the stove (fire) does not apply to our modern kitchens. There is absolutely nothing to be concerned about if your sink opposes or sits next to your stove. In fact, my sink is directly across from my stove, and nothing has happened because of it in all the many years I’ve lived in my home.  If this is the case in your home as well, you have nothing to be concerned about, despite what you may have read in some Feng Shui books.

     Another myth you may have heard is that you need to put a mirror behind your stove to bring prosperity.  This is nonsense.  Putting a mirror behind your stove can add light to a dark area under a range hood, but it won’t do more to increase your finances than rubbing a rabbit’s foot. Now let’s explore some basic tips:

1. Provide full-spectrum lighting.  Full-spectrum lighting will provide a clean light in your kitchen without the dingy yellow cast that traditional light bulbs offer.  You can get full-spectrum bulbs at home improvement stores.

2. Consider your paint color. Reds stimulate the appetite, while blue suppresses it.  Too bright yellow can create irritability and increase the frequency of arguments.  White can feel cold, black can be depressing.  Most people prefer warm, friendly earth tones in their kitchen to provide a relaxing and friendly atmosphere.  

3. Get your knife block off the counter and put it in a cupboard.  Feng Shui strives to make a space feel safe and secure.  The police department recommends that the knife block should be kept off the counter because if an unarmed person breaks into your home and they are startled, they know to go directly into the kitchen to obtain a weapon.  This knowledge in and of itself should be enough reason to put these dangerous objects away.

4. Keep your counters free of clutter.  A good rule of thumb is that if an appliance is used less than three days a week it should be put away.

5. If you use a kitchen table, get a round one. Round tables encourage people to relax, converse and share with one another.  If you want your children to talk about what happened during the day, sit at a round table at meal time.  You will be surprised at the difference!

          The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home.  A well-functioning, attractive kitchen can be the hub of activity in a busy home.  The happier and more comfortable the kitchen feels can carry over to the overall feeling in the entire home. 

Copyright protected c. 2010 Cathleen McCandless http://www.sandiegofengshui.com

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