Imagine a place in your home where creativity sizzles, connections simmer, and passion boils over. That place is your kitchen.
Whether it's Thanksgiving feasts or casual barbecues, our kitchens are the heart of gatherings, where we whip up delicious meals to share with loved ones. But did you know that your kitchen's Feng Shui can influence not just the flavor of your dishes but also the overall energy in your home?
Let's explore how to create a harmonious and energetic kitchen space, so you can cook up more than just great meals.
Direction of Your Kitchen
In the world of Feng Shui, direction matters. A kitchen located in the South area of your home is considered auspicious. Why? Because the South aligns with the element of fire, and fire, my friends, is the element closely associated with the kitchen. Fire symbolizes passion, creativity, and expression—qualities that are stirred and seasoned in the kitchen.
But what if your kitchen isn't in the South? No worries! Just follow these other holistic tips for positive energy and Feng Shui into your kitchen space.
Use the Color Red
Think of red as the spice of Feng Shui. Psychologically, this vibrant color ignites feelings of passion and excitement. It literally raises your blood pressure, injecting energy into your space. No wonder fast-food joints often deck themselves out in red; it's an appetite stimulant!
In Feng Shui, red connects directly to the fire element, making it a perfect choice for your kitchen. While red is intense, you can use it sparingly, like in a focal wall or as accents in appliances and decor.
Have a Bold Backsplash
Kitchens exude yang energy, which is lively and active. To complement this lively vibe, introduce stimulating patterns and shapes like zig-zags, arrows, stars, triangles, or points. These patterns can be incorporated through fabric on bar stools or, for a trendy touch, a chevron-patterned backsplash. Spice up your kitchen's design!
Incorporate Glazed Tile
In Feng Shui, materials such as glazed tile connect and strengthen the fire element. Glazed tile is a yang energy and increases the flow of qi in a space, leading to an active and exciting kitchen, full of life and moving energy.
Kitchens typically have glazed tile already incorporated into the design through backsplashes, but other ways to use glazed tile are in flooring such as a inlay mat around your sink, which can help to combat the water element that is present from the sink faucet.
Use Pendant Lights
While lamps are associated with the fire element in Feng Shui, specific lighting types can connect and aid specific energies in your home. To strengthen the fire element in the kitchen, pendent lights are the desired light fixture.
Pendant lights are already a great choice for kitchens, as they often create a statement for the space and bring balance above a kitchen island.
Have Tall Upper Cabinets
In Feng Shui, the element of wood strengthens the element of fire. Ways to bring in this element are through vertical lines that lead energy upward. Tall cabinets are a good way to do this. Another option is for open shelving, which still brings the energy up but creates an open feel for your kitchen.
Have a Butcher’s Block Counter
Another way to bring in the wood element is through the use of material. A nice way to make wood a strengthening energy to your space is through a butcher’s block counter. It keeps the energy moving throughout your kitchen. It’s not too difficult to bring the material of wood into a kitchen, with flooring, cabinetry, and accessories.
These tips are your recipe for enhancing the Feng Shui of your kitchen and, in turn, your entire home. A word of caution on these tips....use only one or two! Just like actual fire, too much causes chaos and destruction, and a kitchen with too much of the fire element is out of balance. Try to add these tips in small amounts or better yet, work with a pro to ensure your kitchen is Feng Shui'd properly.
Ready to take your Feng Shui game up a notch? Schedule a consultation call today, and let's cook up some positive energy in your life!
Your Holistic Home Helper,