Much like your new wardrobe, your kitchen may need a new facelift this coming new year. And what better way to usher in the auspicious Year of the Ox by giving your kitchen some upgrades in the looks (and Feng Shui) department.
And if you’re worried about overspending, don’t be! You do not have to spend a ton on renovations and upgrades — sometimes moving things around, and getting some simple decorations will do the trick just as well.
Regardless, let’s get the most expensive one out of the way first.
Auspicious Floor Plans For An Auspicious Year
Generally, the position of your kitchen in your abode will certainly affect its Feng Shui. This doesn’t particularly apply to homeowners who have limited resources and time. After all, you likely won’t be able to get a perfect Feng Shui floor plan unless you’re doing a massive overhaul in your home or building it from scratch.
However, if you are doing so, you can then position each room, windows, and doors, exactly where it will create the perfect flow of positive energy through your house.
Kitchen Placement Positions To Avoid In The Home
Off the top of the list, the things to avoid when it comes to floor plans is to position your kitchen close to the front door. In short, the kitchen shouldn’t be the first space that you enter when going through the front door. But if this scenario is unavoidable, then placing something pleasant-looking — a kitchen island with some flowers or a little herb garden would work well — in your kitchen will help in offsetting the bad juju.
Similarly, another huge no-no Feng Shui-wise is to place the kitchen anywhere near a bathroom — both for hygienic and Feng Shui reasons. From the perspective of Feng Shui, the bathroom is considered an exit path for the energy flow in your home. And you would not want the fire energy of your kitchen to flow out through your bathroom. But also, the bathroom is symbolic of the water element which is in direct contrast of the fire energy of the kitchen.
There are also other problem spots to avoid such as staircases, laundry rooms, garages, the space under bedrooms (unless the kitchen ceilings are high enough), and even the centre of the home.
Things To Incorporate In The Kitchen For Better Feng Shui
Looking at how to improve your kitchen’s positive energy, a good Feng Shui rule of thumb is to always follow the triangle principle. In essence, your kitchen appliances and furniture should be placed in the kitchen such that it forms a work triangle. Most would use an oven, fridge, and sink to form this coveted triangle.
Kitchen Appliance Arrangement
Speaking of kitchen appliances, you could improve a lot of your Feng Shui by moving some things in the kitchen around.
First things first, you should take a closer look at your stove’s location (which should also include ovens, microwaves, and rice cookers). If you have a kitchen island, that’s the perfect place to put your stove and other smaller kitchen appliances on it to achieve Feng Shui’s all-important command position.
In the same vein, it should be noted that you should not place your stove near any sources of water elements — which generally means no stoves next to the kitchen sink.
Other than that, architectural beams are notoriously bad in Feng Shui because they are said to bring about suppressive Qi. In this case, avoid placing your stove under the beams and you should be good to go.
Here are more tips to improve the positive flow of Feng Shui in your kitchen:
- Keep your kitchen clutter-free.
- Keep fresh greens in the kitchen to bring about natural, uplifting energy to the space. A vase of flowers (living plants) or even a bowl of fruits would work wonderfully.
- The kitchen should be a mirror-free zone as mirrors have the ability to amplify the fire element’s energy, which can disrupt and cause imbalances in your life.
- Make sure your kitchen well-ventilated as a smoky kitchen is not only bad for Feng Shui but also your health.
- Keep sharp objects like knives out of sight. Knives give off their own form of negative energy which is a no-no in the Feng Shui department.
Of course, realistically speaking, it is difficult to get all your bases completely covered. Nonetheless, what’s important here is that you’ll mostly be looking to make the most out of the existing energy flow patterns in your home.
You should then start by surveying your home — identifying any negative energy that may be present — and from there, work on curing your home of this daft energy.