The kitchen is one of the most important parts of a house in feng shui. If the front door brings in "chi" or energy to your life and dwelling, the kitchen is what feeds that energy to you. A well-kept, well-designed kitchen is thought to bring health, happiness and nourishment to the whole family. Feng shui experts have various cures and tips to help improve energy flow in this most vital area of your home.
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The kitchen is prone to clutter, perhaps more so than any other part of the home. Do not store too much food or cookware in the kitchen. Search your cabinets and drawers for things you do not really use, and move them to another part of the house. Leave plenty of free space so energy can circulate throughout. It will also make it easier for you to move around and get things done.
Mirrors are useful when you have your back to a door while working in the kitchen. Ideally, the door should be facing the cook, but if this is not possible, place a small mirror or metal kettle before you, so you can see if someone is about to enter. To attract more fire and energy, place a mirror where it will reflect fire from the stove, doubling its power.
Plants are always good to have in or near the kitchen. All plants are associated with the wood element, which feeds the fire of the stove. They can also ease the conflict between that fire and the water from the sink and refrigerator. Choose healthy plants with colourful flowers, or herbs that you use for cooking. Place them at the window to invite the "chi" into the kitchen. If you cannot use real plants, hang a picture or painting of one.
Food is a symbol of abundance and nourishment. But merely stuffing your kitchen with food is not enough in feng shui. Choose fresh, healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables. Stock your kitchen with only as much food as you and your family will consume. Do not allow food to go bad as this creates stagnant energy.
Like traditional families in other societies, the ancient Chinese had a deep respect for their ancestors. In feng shui, it is thought that symbols of one's ancestors bring blessings to the present generation. Display photographs of your late relatives, or frame and hang a beloved recipe passed down from your elders.
White is commonly used in the kitchen. Bring some life into the overall picture by adding a strong shade or two. Green denotes health and freshness. Use it to complement any plants at the window. Since each of the five feng shui elements has its own colour, mix it up a little. For example, use red cookware if the kitchen theme is rather bland.
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