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But it happens that, despite the exquisite decoration and tastefully selected interior, the room still does not carry the proper comfort and we want to leave it as soon as possible. Or at least you feel that something is wrong here.
Have you seen this, right? And it’s especially frustrating if our own kitchen fits this description. After all, this is the place where we are used to spending the greatest amount of time, and not just cooking, but also at the family table.
In this article we will tell you about some of the universal rules of the famous ancient Chinese teachings that will help you change the atmosphere of your kitchen, attract well-being, health, luck and longevity to you, namely:
We will also try to at least slightly influence those who consider Feng Shui to be inapplicable to our people as a foreign semi-mystical nonsense and use this word only in a joking context.
After all, feng shui methods are quite rational – both from the practical side and from the point of view of hygiene and even safety, and the positive influence of most of them has already been proven by modern science. If you wish, you can conduct an experiment – change literally a few little things in accordance with Feng Shui and observe the consequences.
In our understanding, “feng shui cuisine” is not strict rules that must be adhered to, but rather tips to help you choose the best arrangement of kitchen items for your body and soul.
The photo shows examples of feng shui kitchens. Nice and nothing unusual, right?
A bit of history
Oriental philosophy, aimed at harmonizing man and the Universe, has managed to conquer many today. It is believed that feng shui is a descendant of the older Vedic teachings of Vastu, which include the same recommendations.
Where is the best place to build a house, what should be the preferred landscape, what colors are best for the room, what is the best arrangement of windows, doors, furniture and other items – all this was found out several millennia ago. It is possible that there are a number of similar teachings.
The essence is the same – there is knowledge confirmed by practice, the purpose of which is to improve the quality of life both on the physical and spiritual levels. So why not use them?
Now it is worth saying a few words about the terminology used below. According to Feng Shui, there are 2 types of energy:
1. positive life energy “Qi”, which:
- usually comes from outside;
- should flow evenly and unhindered throughout the room;
- should not stagnate.
2. negative energy “Sha”, which:
- formed in the room itself; – in dark and narrow places;
- is contained in sharp corners and broken, knocked or damaged objects in any way.
If the first type of energy should be involved in every possible way, then the second should, on the contrary, be avoided.
What color should your feng shui kitchen be
There are 5 types of natural elements that correspond to a particular side of the world, colors, materials and shape.
|YU||N-E, S-E||Z, N-Z||FROM||V, Yu-V|
|Red, raspberry, bright orange, hot pink, purple, violet||Brown, clay, ocher – all earthly colors and shades||All shades of gray, metallic||Blue, light blue, black – all colors characteristic of water||All shades of green and woody brown, all colors inherent in trees|
|Triangle||Square lying rectangle||Sphere, circle||Waves, wavy surfaces||Standing rectangle|
|Warm, hot, heating up||Clay, stone, ceramic products||Hardware||Water, ice, glass||Wood, wood, paper|
The color should not contradict the side of the world, in which the kitchen is located. For example, in the southern cuisine, you should not use northern colors, and in the southeast, respectively, northwest, thereby giving freedom to Qi. You can determine the side of the world directly from the windows of your kitchen by the position of the sun.
It’s great if your kitchen is in the south, east or southeast, but if it is located in other directions, it’s okay, everything can be compensated for with other elements.
Most Recommended Colors both for walls and kitchen furniture are white, as well as light yellow, light orange, light brown or light green and all pastel colors. Bright, saturated colors are acceptable as discrete details.
It is not recommended to use red, hot pink or bright orange as base colors for walls or furniture. At the same time, dark colors – black or blue according to Feng Shui give a reason for the Sha energy in your kitchen.
Have you already matched the color? Take your time, there are other factors to consider.
Placement of functional areas
In room there must be a balance of all 5 elements, and the lack of any of them can be filled with the appropriate color, image, material or shape.
Basically, the kitchen is dominated by fire (microwave, stove, oven) and water (sink, refrigeration units, washing machine and dishwasher). Accordingly, all this must be diluted with other elements.
It is not recommended to place three “fire” or “water” objects in a row – they must be separated, for example, by a tree.
It is believed that this very element is present in the kitchen in the smallest amount, so a houseplant, a picture of a beautiful or fertile tree, or something “woody” flowers never hurt.
The best thing, so that the stove, sink and refrigerator are not on the same straight line, but form a triangle. The distance between them should be between 1.5 and 2 meters.
The stove should not be located on the north side, as well as near the window and opposite the entrance to the room. If you cannot change its location, then you can dilute the situation with a mirror, in which you will see those entering the room. It will also help visually enhance your kitchen.
In general, a mirror in Feng Shui is a universal balancing tool.
The refrigerator is best located in the southeast, north or east, as well as the washing machine and the washing area.
Since Sha loves the dark, make the kitchen as light as possible using an odd number of lamps. It is quite logical, because the working area should be well lit.
Windows should let in as much light as possible and, accordingly, Chi, so they should be clean.
Qi loves not only light, but also space, so there should not be too much furniture, besides, furniture without sharp corners, with rounded shapes, is preferable to avoid the appearance of Sha.
It is best to choose a table made of wood. The preferred shapes are circle or oval, it can also be rectangle or square. It is better to cover the glass table with a light-colored tablecloth.
It is important that furniture items do not interfere with free movement. All shelves should be closed with doors, and if this is not possible, fill them with rounded items.
Hanging cabinets and shelves should not be hung over the heads of people sitting at the table – this creates discomfort.
Where should the kitchen be
Feng shui, the kitchen should not:
- be combined with other rooms;
- be close to the front door (direct entry of Sha), toilet and bathroom;
- be located opposite the stairs.
There are things that are not easy to change – for example, the layout of your own apartment.
Therefore, if, nevertheless, one of these situations is present in your house, you can:
- hang an amulet, a talisman, a curtain made of beads, beads, threads or “wind chime” on the conditional or visible border of the kitchen;
- keep the kitchen doors always closed or use the above options;
- hang a mirror, picture on the stairs or decorate it in a designer way.
Additional advice from a specialist
In addition to the fundamental postulates, our consultant has kindly shared a few more tips for arranging a kitchen using Feng Shui:
- 1. The kitchen should always be clean – it is believed that order and cleanliness will attract wealth and luck into your life (read 10 super ideas for organizing storage in the kitchen);
- 2. On the kitchen table there should be only the most necessary things so that Qi does not stagnate – all utensils should be stored in drawers, cupboards and on shelves. For the same reason, from these boxes and shelves, you should remove what you do not use at all;
- 3. Throw away the overpowered dishes or dishes with cracks – there will be a great reason to buy a new one;
- 4. All available technique and devices should work and be useful, just throw out what doesn’t work;
- five. In the kitchen, especially while eating you shouldn’t say anything bad or swear, after all, our ancestors also believed that together with food we absorb this negative;
- 6. For the above reason you should always cook in a good mood;
- 7. In the refrigerator, as in the kitchen in general, there should always be only fresh products;
- 8. Before bedtime take away from the table and other surfaces all sharp objects.
We hope you learned something useful for yourself or even changed your attitude towards this teaching. Still, what the kitchen should be like, and whether it will be decorated according to Feng Shui or other methods – it’s up to you. The main thing is that you feel comfortable!