Feng shui kitchens are vital to a home’s overall feng shui health. Feng shui principles dictate that your kitchen is the heart of your home. The Chinese placed the kitchens in the east or south sectors of their homes to promote the kitchen’s fire elements. Location is everything when it comes to your kitchen.
The kitchen is very importantly associated with our prosperity (wealth) and health. Because the kitchen is also considered as the “heart of the home”, any problems in this area will result in a significant impact on our family – health wise or money wise.
The location, design and feng shui basics of your kitchen are all considered very important in a good feng shui floor plan. In fact, your kitchen is part of the so-called “feng shui trinity” – the bedroom, the bathroom and the kitchen – because of its utmost importance for your health and well-being.
So, what is the best feng shui positioning of a kitchen in a good floor plan and what is the worst one? Here are some basic guidelines for you to explore.
The worst feng shui positioning of a kitchen is the one where the kitchen is close to the front door and is the first view you see as you come in. Please note this does not apply to a kitchen further away from the door that you can partially see from the front entrance; this only applies to a floor plan where you literally come home through a kitchen.
Even in this case, there are better and worse scenarios. An oven that you can see from the front door, or aligned with the front door, is considered very bad feng shui. It is a bit better if you see a nice view of your kitchen, let’s say a kitchen island with some flowers on in, or a little herb garden for good feng shui.
Another bad feng shui floor plan kitchen location is a kitchen either under the bathroom, or facing the bathroom door (a bathroom door in proximity to the oven or kitchen island is the worst). The reasons here are plain common sense – the two energies should be kept apart and never mixed.
The last bad feng shui kitchen location is a kitchen very close to the staircase – these two energies are opposite each other and are best kept at a distance.
Moderately challenging kitchen locations are a kitchen very close to the laundry room or the garage; but these scenarios are much easier to work with and improve.
There are several elements that are important in the actual design of the kitchen. The designer triangle principle – where the oven, the fridge and the sink form a triangle – is good feng shui and well-known to many. Less known, but very important feng shui factor is to avoid having your oven positioned in way where you cook with your back to the door.
*** Don’ts in Kitchen Feng Shui ***
- Do not place your kitchen under or next to a bathroom. A kitchen should never share a wall with a bathroom [cure: mount a regular sized mirror where the reflective side is facing towards the kitchen wall with the bathroom on the other side of it… do not use the bathroom if at all possible]. A bathroom is deemed as a place where we wash away our dirt and where the toilet is located, and therefore, having a kitchen under this is deemed very inauspicious.
- Do not place your stove under a big beam. A beam is considered a heavy support and if your stove is under it, it is like the energies of your stove are being oppressed by this beam. Not good to cook in such a situation. Why? Because the stove is symbolic of wealth and in such a negative placement of stove, it means your wealth is being suppressed. You can’t prosper.
- Do not face your stove to water basin or refrigerator, this can lead to arguments and conflict within the family. Fire and water are opposites of and fight each other, and so the placements of the sink and stove are important. If they are directly opposite each other, then this may lead to arguments, conflicts and fighting among family members. Conflicts and tension at home means negative energies. A stove and sink side by side also means a weakening of the energy of the kitchen.
- Do not clutter your kitchen – stagnant and dirty chi is no good for food. Clean out your food cupboards, pantry and refrigerator regularly.
- Do not place stove near windows and skylights – the chi can flow out of the house through them.
- Do not design the kitchen door be in a direct line with the back door or front door of the house. That placement allows the chi to flow from the kitchen all the way outside. If your doors are placed in line, keep the kitchen door closed, or use plants to block the flow.
- Do not delay in maintaining the stove. A stove that is not in good working order implies a problem with financial resources. If any part of the stove (burners, oven light, fan, etc.) does not work, get it fixed as soon as possible.
- Do not leave you stove unused – an unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities. Even if all you do is boil water for tea, rotate which burner you set the kettle on so that all of them get regular use! And use the oven, too, from time to time, instead of always relying on the microwave.
- Do not place your kitchen in the North West sector of your house, because it will bring negative elements to your family. The NW sector of your house represents where Heaven’s energy flows into your house, and by having a kitchen there, it means that fire will destroy this good energy. A term for this kitchen location is “Fire at Heaven’s Gate.” The family breadwinner could lose his job, lose his wealth, or worse, lose his health. If your kitchen is already in this sector, try to move the cooking elements like the stove or oven away from this sector.
- Do not use any odd-shaped objects in the pots or frying pan at any time.
- The kitchen should have a window, meaning, it must not be in the center of the home.
- The stove must be against an outside wall; garage wall is okay, just as long as that wall will be directly seen if you’re standing outside of the garage looking in. This is from my personal observations: I have personally experienced (from a rented home) and has observed a lot of failed marriages and finances of people living in homes with stoves not against an outside wall.
The Rooster is often used in feng shui for career advancement purposes, because the same Chinese word used for the official is also used for the Rooster’s chest. No matter which culture you come from, though, if you watch Roosters you will notice that they tend to be quite bossy, don’t they? For career advancement purposes the image or decoration (ceramic, metal or wood) of the Rooster is best placed in one’s lucky feng shui direction in your living room or office.
The Rooster wakes up very early and announces the dawn of a new day/the dispersing of darkness and dark spirits, so the Rooster also came to symbolize the ability to ward off evil spirits.
*** For your lucky feng shui directions, find your Kua number.