The kitchen is one of the most important Feng Shui factors of a home. Kitchen Feng Shui affects family harmony, health and wealth of the occupants. All homes have positive and negative sectors. A kitchen located in a negative sector is a plus as it presses down negative energy. The negative and positive sectors are determined from a compass reading of the home. A Feng Shui consultant will let you know whether your kitchen is in a good location.
Important element features to consider:
Kitchens are a bastion of the conflicting elements, water and fire. Water includes refrigerators, faucets and dishwashers. Fire includes the stove, oven, microwave, toaster, rice cooker and any heating element.
5 General Feng Shui kitchen tips
- The kitchen and stove should free of crusty food and grease to limit bacteria, insects and mice.
- It should be open, bright airy and have adequate lighting.
- Round tables signify harmony and togetherness. Place the dining room table so everyone can see one another to encourage social interaction.
- This is not the room to place Feng Shui figurines or mirrors. The fire element already too strong. Mirrors magnify fire.
- Green (wood element) is a good color. Wood balances the fire and water elements.
3 Factors about kitchen and stove location
- Kitchens should be in protected part of the house. Ideally in the rear of the home.
- A kitchen located in the center of the home brings too much fire, which radiates out. The center, or the heart of home, should be quiet and calm. Or, health issues may be aggravated in years negative energy come into the center of the home.
- An appropriately oriented stove can bring enormous good fortune to a family. When the door mouth of the stove opens to one of the best directions of the patriarch or main breadwinner, the food cooked in it becomes auspicious for the whole family. Good directions are determined from the BaZi birth chart
8 Don’ts about stove and rice cooker placement
- The kitchen stove and other heating elements should not be in the northwest sector of the home. NW is the Qian Gua or Heaven Sector. It is the location affecting the patriarch or main breadwinner. A NW kitchen is called, ‘Fire at Heaven’s Gate.’ NW affects long-term wealth, heaven luck, benefactors and mentors. It is associated with the metal element. Fire consumes the metal element. This will affect the career, money and benefactors for the family, especially the head of the household. Minimally, make sure heating elements are not in the NW sector of this room.
- A toilet should not be over the stove on the floor above. The stove should not directly face a toilet door or be on a wall directly opposite a toilet. These features bring health issues.
- You should not see a stove from the front door, a bedroom door or be on a wall opposite a bed. The fire element consumes the Qi before its benefits the occupants. This brings health problems and arguments.
- Avoid placing the stove directly opposite the sink or refrigerator. The water and fire element conflict.
- It is best to see the kitchen door while cooking.
- A window above the stove is not good.
- It is best if the stove and sink are two feet apart to reduce the fire/water conflict.
- Do not place the stove under an exposed overhead beam.
White Lotus Feng Shui
Patricia Lee, Certified Feng Shui Consultant
San Francisco Bay Area, California, Washington DC Metro Area, Maryland, Virginia, United States
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