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Feng Shui for Kitchens

Safety is Paramount

Safety is always of utmost importance in Feng Shui. We not only look at the things that are obviously dangerous, but the subtle things. Anything that looks like a weapon will keep us on ‘alert’ in the space.  Kitchen knives should be put out of sight in knife blocks or drawers designed for them. Remove all heavy pans, hooks or objects hanging off walls, ceilings and up high on cabinets. Store up high only lighter things such as baskets that will not injure if they fall.  Remove all flammable objects from close proximity to the stove. You will be amazed how much more you enjoy being in the space when the pans hanging on unfriendly hooks are removed.

The Importance of the Stove

The stove is considered extremely important and is connected to our health and wealth.  Stoves and burners should always be clean and in working order and ideally be in the empowered position, where the cook can see the action. If they have their back to the door while cooking, put a mirror or a reflective metal piece behind the stove so they can see what is going on behind. If you are remodeling your kitchen anyway, the happiest place for the stove is on a cooking island where the important chef will always feel like a vital part of the family while preparing meals.

Have an Attractive place to Share Meals without Televisions

Sharing a meal with family and loved ones should be an intimate and nurturing experience.  It is an important time to share our day, calm down and replenish our bodies. You need a good place to eat everyday, a place for people to connect and communicate. It is important to have comfortable chairs and an inspiring piece of artwork on the wall. Television shows are fine to watch as a family but are not conducive to good conversation or good digestion during a meal. Discipline yourself to always keep them off during meals.

If you live alone, make a ritual of eating. Turn off the television, light a candle, put on inspiring music and treat yourself as if you are the important person coming to dinner.

Bring the Earth Element into Kitchens

Bring in the Earth Element

Balancing the Five Elements in each room is an important part of Feng Shui for the home. (See my article on the five elements.) Kitchens should have a good amount of the earth element represented by earth tones, squares and rectangles and things made from earth such as tiles, adobe and stucco. The earth element encourages us to be in our bodies which is important in kitchens where we are working with potentially dangerous things like fire and knives.

If you were planning on remodeling your kitchen, a good choice for the counter tops would be earthy granites or tiles in earth tones. There are beautiful tiles made of recycled glass that look spectacular on counter tops and will support our commitment to  green building. Avoid darker tone in counter-top materials such as black, dark green or dark blues.  These represent the water element and encourage us to be out of our bodies, which is counterproductive to the activities we need to perform in kitchens.  If you already have a lot of black and metal you can add still add the earth element by bringing these colors onto the walls, adding terracotta or earth- tone pottery, table mats and table cloths.

Inspire with Nature

Bring in Nature

We are all deeply connected to the natural world and biologically programmed to feel a sense of belonging and connection when we encounter it. Bringing in vibrant plants along with  pictures and objects made from natural elements will energize your kitchen and make every one feel truly ‘at home’ here.

 

Creating a nurturing, happy, organized and inspiring kitchen will support the needs of the family while uplifting their souls, making your hearth truly the heart of your home!

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Erica Sofrina

Erica Sofrina is an Internationally recognized Speaker and Teacher and Author of the book Small Changes, Dynamic Results! Feng Shui for the Western World. She is also a life coach and motivational speaker and is the founder of the West Coast Academy of Feng Shui. She has run a successful business as a Professional Organizer, Interior Designer and Certified Feng Shui Consultant for over a decade and resides on the charming coastal town of Half Moon Bay in Northern California. Find out more at www.ericasofrina.com.

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4:06AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

The kitchen is the feng shui part of the home that nourishes and sustains life. Feng shui kitchen will bring energy and good health to your home. Feng Shui dictates that the different areas of your house connect to corresponding areas of your life.

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11:24PM PDT on May 10, 2013

wow how awesome!

2:34AM PST on Nov 20, 2011

Great post

1:01AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for these great ideas. Love it.

1:01AM PST on Nov 9, 2011

Excellent article. Thanks for these great ideas. Love it.

8:42AM PST on Nov 8, 2011

Two tasks for this week: clear counter tops and declutter drawers. My kitchen urgently needs it.

11:02AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Great tips - thanks.

I've been doing a lot of de-cluttering recently and the kitchen is down to 2 cabinets - I seem to be having trouble finishing it off though. I think it will be a definite on my list for this week. The rest of it feels wonderful now that it is freer and more functional. I didn't have much to ditch, but just see what was there, tidying it up and putting like things together really helped.

8:14AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thanks

7:28AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

interesting

4:24AM PST on Nov 6, 2011

Thank you for the information.

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