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Tips for Kitchen Feng Shui

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The kitchen is traditionally the heart of the home, and a place where the whole family can gather for cooking, eating and socialising. It is a place that needs careful Feng Shui attention because a kitchen nourishes the family and directly influences the family’s health and well-being.

In the Chinese culture, the amount of food in your home is closely associated with wealth. It is recommended that your kitchen cupboards and fridge are filled with fresh and healthy food. A clean, clutter-free and organised kitchen will also encourage a good Chi energy flow into the room.

The area where your kitchen is located in your home can greatly influence your life. If the kitchen is the first room you see upon entering your home, it is said the focus will always be on food. This may have consequences with overeating. The best location is at the back of your home and close to the dining room.

You may find the article, How to Balance Your Environment Using the 9 Sectors of the Bagua helpful in applying the following tips:-

Feng Shui Tips

  • The main Feng Shui principle of the kitchen is that the cook should feel calm and safe while preparing and cooking food there. Ideally a stove should be placed so that the cook can see the door at all times. If this is not the case, place a small mirror behind the stove, which reflects the door. This action also serves in doubling the food and wealth of the family.
  • Gas appliances are considered more beneficial than others in Feng Shui. This is because gas is a natural resource and represents the fire element.
  • In Feng Shui, a stove symbolises abundance and prosperity and should always be kept sparkling clean and in good working order. It is considered that the more burners on a stove, the more wealth and abundance.
  • The kitchen should be large, clean, fresh and bright, which promotes health in Feng Shui. The large size of a kitchen is said to cause finances to grow.
  • Overlooking a window while preparing or cooking food may cause distractions, so it is recommended to keep work surfaces away from them.
  • Wood is the most natural choice for cabinets. Stainless steel and metallic kitchens are often associated with fast-food outlets and do not encourage spending time and energy preparing food.
  • White is the ideal colour for a kitchen, which symbolises cleanliness and purity. Red is not advised because it is associated with the fire element and can cause tension as well as encourage over eating. Green is suggested to promote good health.
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