If you read our piece about feng shui in the bedroom (and implemented all of our great advice), then it’s surely become a den of harmony and serenity in your home. Well, good news: we’re back with tips for turning your kitchen into a space that will rival your bedroom when it comes to good vibes. Remember, feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of arranging things in such a way that positive energy, or chi, can flow freely.
As the heart and hearth of a home, the kitchen is considered to be one of the most important rooms in a house. Feng shui principles dictate that kitchens should be happy, clean and well-lit spaces that invite people to do more than just gather, but to connect.
Ideally, the kitchen is positioned somewhere besides the center of your home. It should also be away from either the front door or back door, so none of that feng shui energy is slipping away. If you can’t move your kitchen – or the back door – here are a few things you can do:
- Organize, organize, organize. Arrange your kitchen items with an eye for finding “a place for everything, and everything in its place.” That means clearing out the stuff you don’t use, and tidily stashing away all those gadgets cluttering up the countertops. It’s also important to keep your pantry in order, so toss or donate anything you aren’t routinely using.
- Cluttered surfaces can spark frustration, so go for simplicity on the countertops – try a vase with fresh flowers that you replace regularly. You’ll bring in wonderful energy with flowers, a plant, or even a bowl of fruit. Whatever you choose, make it something meaningful to you, which will bring positive chi.
- Safety is an important part of feng shui. Store your kitchen knives out of sight.
- Spring for proper lighting. Get rid of harsh light in favor of soft overhead lights and focused task lighting – think under cabinet lights or pendants over the island. Just remember, you’re going for several layers of lights that work on more than one level.
- Color matters. Yellow is a great feng shui choice, since it’s good for digestion, but soft whites and grays are popular too. Use a color palette that is harmonious and relaxing.
- Keep your kitchen clean, including the cooktop and refrigerator. This is where you store and cook food, which nourishes life. The idea is that properly stored and prepared food will have a positive impact on your ability to work and earn a good living. According to feng shui principles, the chi of your cooking area will affect your meal, and that affects you.
- When it comes to decorating, prosperity is reflected (literally) with mirrors or images of fruits and veggies.
At the end of the day just remember, the most effective feng shui energy is what makes you feel good. It’s really as simple as that. Understanding that your body is connected to the energy in your home- especially your kitchen- then taking steps to make that space as relaxed and meditative as possible, is the best way to bring harmony into your kitchen – and your life.