The kitchen is not just a space for preparing food, which is why it must be arranged with great care. In Chinese tradition, the kitchen is considered the heart of the house, the place where the entire family gathers to cook, eat, and socialize. Here is where friends come together, discussions and plans emerge, and the best food is consumed. It is one of the areas in the house that needs special attention because it feeds not only the body but also the soul, with a direct impact on the health and wellness of the entire family.
The interior design will have to be thought out in the tiniest details to induce a good mood and bring luck and prosperity. According to the principles of Feng Shui philosophy, even the most insignificant details such as wallpaper color or the placement of electrical appliances can influence the harmony and well-being of the family.
In Chinese culture, the quantity of food prepared in the house is associated with well-being. That’s why, in the Year of the Rabbit 2023, it is recommended to have the refrigerator and the pantry always full so that things go well for you. The more orderly and clean it is, the more easily Chi (qi) energy will circulate through your home.
For the food to have positive energy and favorable to health, it is indicated to take into account the Feng Shui rules for the arrangement of the kitchen, which refer to the furniture, the position of the stove and oven, flooring, plants, colors, paintings, and Feng Shui remedies.
For those thinking of buying or building a house in 2023, it is good to know that the kitchen should not be close to the front or back door where energy can easily escape. If the existing constructions cannot be modified, remedies such as a screen should be used, which will effectively hide the kitchen.
If the house has several floors, you don’t want a toilet above the kitchen since it creates a negative Chi that will affect the well-being and luck of the family.
1. The kitchen colors influence your mood
Beyond functionality, color sets the tone in any kitchen – more than we think, colors affect our relationship with food: some shades increase our appetite while others inhibit it. Whether we choose a classic, minimalist, eclectic, or rustic kitchen, the color scheme is an aspect we must keep in mind from the beginning of the arrangement. In 2023, when we decorate our kitchen, we can draw inspiration from the lucky colors of the year according to the Feng Shui tradition, and we can thus use variations of blue, green, or yellow both for the walls and furniture.
- Blue is indicated for those who want to lose weight
- Yellow, but also beige and other earthly shades incite discussions and socialization
- Green ensures a good digestion
The Feng Shui specialists’ advice is to use black and red in the kitchen only for accessories because black leads to depression and bright red to nervousness.
2. The kitchen is not the place for a mirror
According to Feng Shui principles, mirrors in the kitchen are not a good idea, except when they are small and decorative. Mirrors bring the energy of the Water element, and the kitchen symbolizes Fire. These two elements conflict with each other in an area of the house that brings joy.
The only place in the kitchen where a mirror is allowed is the back of the stove so that the cook can see what is happening behind him. However, in case the cooking is not done with the back to the door, the mirror has no place in the kitchen.
As I wrote in another article on the site, it’s also not a good idea to have a mirror in your bedroom either, especially if it’s large.
3. Plants are a genuine source of positive energy in the kitchen
It is paramount to attract life in the kitchen. Ideally, flowers, pots with greenery, and aromatic herbs (basil, oregano, rosemary, mint, thyme, sage) are more than welcome in the kitchen. Leave in sight colorful and diverse fruits. Never keep rotten fruits, dry flowers, or wilted plants because they cancel out the beneficial energy and bring sorrow and failure into the house.
4. The placement of the sink and stove
The sinks and stove represent the conflict between water and fire. The cooking area, the stove, and the oven are fire elements, and the dishwasher and sink are water elements. According to the Feng Shui rules, these should never be placed face to face or side by side. The central points should be the oven and the stone on one side and any sink model on the other, eventually placed in front of the window, if possible.
5. The front door should open towards the kitchen
The kitchen should not be close to the main front door of the house because the food symbolizes wealth and should be well protected. If the kitchen is next to the entrance, it could be difficult to maintain prosperity and accumulated wealth. A kitchen next to the entrance can induce a state of uncertainty and greed that will eventually mean family quarrels and even health problems.
6. The kitchen should not be placed near the bedroom
The Feng Shui rules state that the kitchen should not be placed next to the bedroom because it can have a negative impact on health due to the energy of the fire represented by the oven. At the same time, the presence of the kitchen next to the bedroom can affect sleep quality. If placed this way, try to relocate it. If you cannot make this change, then ameliorate this dangerous Feng Shui by setting a big bowl (45 cm deep and 30 cm wide) of static water in the kitchen. It will combat the Fire energy the kitchen generates.
7. Add decorative elements
The windows should be clean to allow the light to enter the house, thus creating positive energy that will induce wellness. Some natural amulets, such as onion, garlic, pepper, or corn garlands, can attract this positive energy. Photographs and paintings of fruits and vegetables can also attract positive energy to the room. In 2023, windchimes are another element that attracts Chi energy and eliminates negative energy flows that can enter the door.
Other decorative elements you can use are decorative paintings and vases with a round shape.