Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement, a practice to create a healthy energy flow throughout your home and establish the foundation for a balanced, harmonious life. It is no surprise that the feng shui kitchen plays a vital role. The location, design, and feng shui basics of your kitchen are all considered very important in an overall good feng shui floor plan. Your kitchen is part of the so-called “feng shui trinity” of your home—the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen—and each considers to be of the utmost importance for your health and well-being.
Good and Bad Feng Shui Floor Plans
Your ability to create a perfect feng shui floor plan is limited. Unless you build a home from scratch and position each room and all the windows and doors precisely where you want them. In an established home, you’ll need to work with the existing energy flow patterns, enhance the positives, and seek “cures” for any negative energy tendencies present.
Here are some things to keep in mind when working with the feng shui kitchen’s position for a good feng shui floor plan. Often, this means avoiding certain pitfalls that hinder feng shui energy flow.
Avoid Placing the Kitchen Close to the Front Door
The worst feng shui positioning of a kitchen is when the front door enters directly into the kitchen. This is because the kitchen is the first space viewed. This applies only to a floor plan where you literally come into the home through the kitchen. It does not apply when the kitchen is set back further in the floor plan and see from the front entrance.
When this unfortunate floor plan is unavoidable, there are still better and worse scenarios. An oven that you can see from the front door, or which align with the front door, is considered the worst feng shui. It is a bit better if you present with a nice view of your kitchens, such as a kitchen island with some flowers or a little herb garden on it, which can tip the balance toward better feng shui. If you want to try to remedy the feng shui of a lousy kitchen layout, especially since it is hard to move a stove, you can explore various feng shui cures.
Avoid Placing a Bathroom in Proximity to the Kitchen
Another lousy location of the feng shui kitchen is either under the bathroom or facing a bathroom door (a bathroom door near the oven or kitchen island is the worst). The reason here involves plain common sense (and scents) since you do not want the odours of the bathroom to mingle with the aroma of food.
Also, since the kitchen is a place where fire energy feeds the home, you do not want that energy to directly flow out through the bathroom. It considered a place of exit. Finally, the bathroom views a water element that directly competes with the kitchen fires and can douse the flames.
Other Problem Spots
Other somewhat problematic locations for a kitchen include:
A kitchen location very close to the staircase. These two energies are opposite each other, and best keep at a distance.
A kitchen location very close to the laundry room or the garage. This is a more moderately challenging situation since these scenarios are fairly easy to work with and improve.
The kitchen is in the exact centre of the house. You do not want your heart on fire. All that is necessary is for the kitchen to be slightly off-centre from the heart of the home.
Good Layout Within the Feng Shui Kitchen Itself
Several elements are essential in the actual design of the feng shui kitchen. A good feng shui rule of thumb for the kitchen layout is to follow the classic kitchen triangle principle, where the oven, the refrigerator, and the sink form a work triangle. Most kitchen designers use this principle of good feng shui, whether they are feng shui practitioners or not. Avoid having your oven positioned is very important for feng shui to cook with your back to the door.