The Art of Feng Shui
Can Help in Your Kitchen
Spring Home & Garden
By Tracy Boyce
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This spring, if you are looking for a way to renovate your kitchen
and also make it a place that is full of life and positive energy,
then you might want to think about the art of feng shui.
Feng shui (pronounced fung shway) literally means “wind water.”
The idea of feng shui is to have good movement (wind) and containment
(water) of chi. Chi is life force and energy. Chi is in all objects,
both tangible and intangible.
By using feng shui to make a few changes in the set-up of your
kitchen, you will not only have a room that looks different,
but feels different, too. Have you ever noticed that at the parties
and get-togethers in your home, no matter how carefully you have
planned for the traffic flow, everyone always ends up in the
kitchen? Why is that?
People have always instinctively gathered where meals are prepared,
whether it was outside, huddled around an open pit, or inside,
sitting near the hearth. Thus, it is not surprising that the
kitchen is at the heart of the home. Though we have become more
concerned with how we present our food than on how we prepare
it, food is still the sustenance of life. It is fuel for our
With that said, it makes sense that what goes on in the kitchen
has a great impact on our health. We not only look to the quality
of the food, but also to its preparation. The health of the cook
also affects the food. The energy of the cook goes into the food
during preparation. This food, in turn, goes into our stomachs.
Therefore, we want the cook to be happy so this positive energy
is passed through our food into us.
The overall “flavor” of the kitchen should be functional, comfortable
and inviting. From a feng shui point of view, we want a good
balance to enhance the health and wealth of the family. To many
people health is wealth, but I am referring to wealth in a financial
Wealth is represented by the stove, especially the number of
burners on a stovetop. The more burners, the greater the wealth
of the family. The stove should be placed in a good position
for the cook, which is facing the doorway. If this is not possible
than a remedy is to place a mirror against the backsplash or
wall so no one can sneak up on the cook. This also enhances the
wealth aspect because the reflection doubles the wealth.
The kitchen is of the earth element and the earth is represented
by square shapes, so the best shapes for a kitchen are square
Lighting in the kitchen is also very important. We want a good
yin (dark) and yang (light) ratio—windows to wall or cabinet
space. Since we can’t have sunlight 24 hours a day, seven days
a week, it is important to create a lighting scheme that seems
natural. The lighting should correspond with the feeling of the
room. Also it is important to have proper “task lighting” in
the cooking and chopping areas.
Here are some other tips on how to bring good feng shui into
- Keep the kitchen clutter free. Countertops should be as clear
- Use natural products such as wood, marble and stone for cabinets,
surfaces and floors.
- Have fresh fruit beautifully displayed. It is a better snack
choice and more likely to be eaten when readily available.
- When choosing a design theme for the kitchen, keep it simple.
Plan out the kitchen with your personal needs and lifestyles
in mind. The kitchen should be set up to work for you.
- A center island is always good. It can act as a command post
for the cook who is in charge of the kitchen. The space invites
people to gather, socialize, and hopefully help the cook! Edges
of the island should be rounded. Sharp corners are not advised.
- Clean with nontoxic products when possible. A suggestions
for cleaning sinks is to sprinkle baking soda, pout white vinegar,
watch it bubble and then wipe. Lemon juice is another antiseptic
- Plan the major appliances in a triangular pattern. For good
feng shui, we like to keep the elements of fire and water in
check. The stove should not be directly next to or in front
of the sinks so these elements don’t conflict.
- Maintain everything in good working order, since the kitchen
represents wealth of the household. A leaking faucet could
indicate money going down the drain. Nonfunctioning burners
could indicate financial shortcomings.
- Keep a plant near the sink. It is good for uplifting the
- Give up the microwave. Try it for just one week. It is not
as hard as it seems.