Why is Feng Shui important in the kitchen?
In many cultures, the kitchen is the most important room in your house, the “heart of the home”. The kitchen is a Feng Shui symbol of wealth and prosperity. Therefore the Feng Shui (or lack thereof) in your kitchen makes the biggest impact on your life. Many modern designer kitchens seen in magazines are clean and clutter free (tenants of Feng Shui) but offer a feeling of coldness from gleaming stainless appliances and sparkling countertops. The heart of the Feng Shui home should be a warm and inviting area that still feels airy and open.
Yin and Yang
Yin and Yang are two opposing forces of energy that need to be balanced in your life and home. Yin is passive, dark and yielding with muted colours, circular shapes, detailed patterns and the soft plush surfaces that are conducive to relaxation. Yang spaces are bright, active and extroverted containing slick glass, metal and plastics, high ceilings, airy open feeling, hardwood flooring, tile and cement and the angular features that make for a dynamic active space. Every space should have a balance of these elements with Yin spaces having slightly more Yin elements and Yang spaces slightly more Yang elements. Being a Yang space, the kitchen is a good place for gleaming stainless appliances and sparkling countertops as long as they are countered with enough Yin elements to balance them.
Before you start thinking about kitchen colours and materials it’s important to remember the basic tenants of Feng Shui, and that is, to create a harmonious uncluttered space that allows for proper flow of Feng Shui energy throughout the home. If you have a choice in the placement of your kitchen, locate it near a front or back door to allow energy to escape the home easily. Make sure that there are no unnecessary items or gadgets in your kitchen, on the shelves, on the counter, or in the cupboards. Even items hidden behind cupboard doors need to be organized and ready for viewing in order for the energy to flow properly. It’s encouraged that you add open or glass-fronted shelving, so that the plates and cups used by your family can add to the warm atmosphere of the kitchen.
Colours and materials
In a kitchen, the fire element is key and so, warm colours that stimulate the appetite such as red, orange and yellow are preferred, warm earthy browns and clean whites are also good colours to choose. Blacks and blues should be avoided in kitchens as they relate to fire’s opposite, water. While concrete, glass and tile are appropriate ways to add Yang energy to the space try to soften these materials by choosing some warm mid to dark tone colours. While Yang spaces should be more angular with simple detailing make sure that there are no really sharp edges as those are considered weapon-like and troubling in a Feng Shui space. Hanging pots and pans are another thing to avoid in a Feng Shui kitchen as it’s thought that even the remote possibility of one of the pans falling on you is enough to make you feel subconsciously uncomfortable in the space.
Great ways to add pop to an active Yang kitchen, after the design process, is to add something bright and lively: fresh flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit, a bright image of food or plant life, or a living plant. The life energy from these additions will improve the flow of energy through the space. Enjoy the Feng Shui kitchen gallery.
This is a very bright airy open Yang space that is evened out by the dark Yin hardware and flooring, the rounded shapes in the lighting hardware and furnishings and the fresh plants and fruit. Image Source (source)
This is a warm, yet open space, where we can see that everything on the countertops and in the glass-fronted shelving is clean and organized. Image Source (source)
A lot of angular design in this kitchen is balanced with the dark countertops and seats, and the round bowls on display. The space is warmed up by the addition of the colour red. Image Source (source)
The warm yellow colour aids in digestion and the bright angular surfaces are balanced by the dark cupboards. Image Source (source)
This kitchen is full of herbs to bring live energy into the home. Image Source (source)
White is still a good colour to use in creating a warm kitchen as long as other tenants are followed to prevent it from looking sterile. Image Source (source)
The warm woods make this kitchen open and inviting, despite the angular aesthetic. Image Source (source)
This kitchen is not Feng Shui, while aqua may be a lovely colour, its use in this room does not make for a warm and inviting heart of the home. This kitchen is more likely to make you want to put on a sweater than it is to inspire gourmet dishes. Image Source (source)
This kitchen has a great mix of rectilinear and organic forms while being clutter-free in such a small area. Image Source (source)
This kitchen pairs the Yang bright orange colour and stainless steel with Yin dark cabinets. Image Source (source)
This kitchen combines angular bright walls and countertops with natural wood elements to create a warm and inviting modern space. Image Source (source)
This modern angular kitchen was warmed up with redwood cabinets and furnishings, the plant life and fresh fruit help to brighten the space. Image Source (source)
This kitchen is a great example of visible storage and uncluttered countertops, the detailed stools, dark island and rounded light fixtures add the Yin to this space. Image Source (source)
The warm copper inner of the stove hood and the warm earthy wood of the faux beam give this space a much warmer feeling that it could have without them. Image Source (source)
The warm yellow glow of this kitchen area gives the impression of a warm and inviting space where many meals can be created happily. Image Source (source)
This kitchen is more Yin in it’s detailing but is still open and bright and contains metal and reflective surfaces to incorporate the Yang force. Image Source (source)
This kitchen combines the warmth and fire-toned palate, needed in the kitchen, while allowing for the open bright and airy elements if a Yang space, with a few dark and detailed Yin elements for balance. Image Source (source)
This kitchen is very bright open airy and angular (Yang) while remaining warm and inviting due to it’s materials and finishes. Image Source (source)
This kitchen follows Feng Shui but if you are including an office area into your kitchen make sure that it can be kept tidy. Image Source (source)
At a glance this seems to be a Feng Shui kitchen but the foreboding feeling of having so many heavy pots hanging over you while you cut vegetables or use the prep sink will eventually make the whole space seem hazardous and uninviting. Image Source (source)
In a Feng Shui kitchen knives should be kept in knife blocks not displayed, you are meant to feel safe and cozy in your Feng Shui home, which means not having to look at sharp dangerous edges. Image Source (source)
The Yellow colour of the walls and yellow tones in the hardwood make this a warm and inviting kitchen. Image Source (source)