Feng shui basics for the kitchen

Why is feng shui integral in kitchen design? The kitchen is where we prepare the food that nourishes our body. Eliminating bad energy and encouraging good energy can bring benefit to those living in the home. Here are need-to-know basics in designing the kitchen.

A space that is almost sacred in terms of its effects on our health, the kitchen must be designed to allow good qi to flow for a happy and healthy life. Every kitchen has a hob and a sink, both of which are crucial elements in the preparation of food. The hob (element of fire) and sink (element of water) naturally clash, in effect neutralising each other. In feng shui studies, however, this can have an adverse effect on the health of the residents.

The golden rule is not to place your kitchen sink right beside the hob. However, there’s really no need to separate them too far apart from each other. Having a gap of one or two feet between them is sufficient to avoid the two elements from clashing.

You also don’t have to place the hob and sink facing each other on opposite walls. In fact, this is a classic case of the two elements clashing with one another, and can potentially have negative impact on health. If there’s no way of avoiding this, counter the effect with a console or island between the two.

This leads to the question of what it means to have a hob on the kitchen island. Even as this is an increasingly popular kitchen design for many these days, it is, however, not advisable according to feng shui practices. The hob needs to be placed against a wall to give it stability. Food cooked on the hob in the centre of the space allows qi to affect it from all sides, therefore affecting health.

Next, never place the hob facing the entrance to the kitchen. This exposes it to negative qi, which of course is detrimental to the food cooked and consumed. Note that it is advisable to place the hob in a manner where the cook can have a better view of anyone entering the kitchen. But if your layout doesn’t allow that and the cook’s back faces the door instead, the solution is fast and simple. Place a mirror in a way that allows the cook to be better aware of the surrounding.

Before planning out the layout, look for beams in the kitchen. Avoid placing the hob beneath the beam. This can cause qi to be inconsistent within the space.

Allow light to flood the kitchen space, either by introducing different lighting options or putting up mirrors. Always keep clutter within control. A good rule of thumb to feng shui is to keep every space free from clutter.

In a confined kitchen space, however, an open shelf or two can help to visually open the space. This can create a better sense of well-being. Make the kitchen a space where you enjoy spending time. Display colourful objects and favourite items for a cosy and inviting feel. After all, the kitchen is where the food that sustains our lives is prepared, so make it a space where you feel truly comfortable.