When planning a kitchen we often only think about the practicality and aesthetics of the design. However many cultures place more importance on magnetic fields and the energy of the earth, known as chi.
Feng Shui originated during the third century BC in the West Han dynasty and it is believed to promote good health, family harmony, happiness and prosperity.
So how can Feng Shui be used in the kitchen?
The position of the cooker is very important – the cook needs to be able to concentrate on cooking without any distractions. However they also need to be able to see the kitchen door to allow the cook a greater sense of security. If this is not possible add a mirrored splashback to the cooker and angle so that the door is visible.
As chi leaves and enters through windows, it is very important that the cooker is not positioned under a skylight or in front of a window as it will allow too much energy to escape.
In the kitchen to the left, Urban Crème, the cooker is away from the window, separated from the sink and also the cook can clearly see out into the room/door.
In Feng Shui there are five elements: Fire, Water, Earth, Metal and Wood. The elements of Fire and Water are opposite so when designing a kitchen it is important not to place the cooker opposite or adjacent to the sink or fridge. If this is unavoidable, you can add a mitigating element in between (Wood) – a wooden panel, chopping board or hanging wooden utensils will do the trick.
Eating and Communicating
One of the main aims of Feng Shui is to promote harmony and communication, so your kitchen layout should reflect this. Avoid stools with no mountain (back support) and never have them at a bar directly facing a wall – this discourages communication and encourages unhealthy fast eating. Where possible, have a table where the whole family can sit around to eat, promoting conversation and wellbeing.
The Colours and Lighting
When it comes to colours in the kitchen, try and stick to just two or three main colours otherwise you risk over stimulating the chi. Use light colours on the walls as these are very enlivening.
Both natural and artificial light can help circulate chi so try and keep the room as open and bright as possible. If you can, install halogen lights in the ceiling as they cast to no shadows and avoid neon lights as they are too harsh and flicker often causing headaches.