*Feng Shui Tips for Your Kitchen

May 8, 2012

Many people consider the kitchen to be the center of their family life. It’s the location where they cook to nourish the family, where they gather together after a hard day at work and school and where they spend much of their time.

If you are one of the growing number of people taking an interest in feng shui (like us), you may wonder how it can be applied in the kitchen in general to make the heart of your home an even nicer place to be. So, in the interests of research we set out to find out:

Kitchen Cabinet Hardware and Feng Shui

One of the guiding principles of feng shui in general is simplification and organization – two things any kitchen can benefit from. To this end, feng shui practitioners advise you choose kitchen cabinet hardware with sleek lines and clean, solid design. There is no one style particularly “feng shui friendly” but cabinet pulls and drawer handles should be simple and easy to handle.

Kitchen Colors and Feng Shui

Colors within the Fire element family – reds and oranges primarily – should be used sparingly in a feng shui friendly kitchen as they are said to create a feeling of disharmony in the room. Feng Shui masters advise cooler colors – blues, greens and beiges – are a better choice for a happy kitchen.

Kitchen Organization and Feng Shui

These days you can purchase kitchen cabinets with all kinds of neat storage solutions built into them, designed to make kitchen organization easier. These cabinets are very much in line with feng shui thinking which demands everything in a room have a designated place. Another feng shui belief is leaving garbage in the kitchen overnight invites bad luck and by taking the trash out every day, the homeowner is inviting new opportunity into the home.

Feng Shui Odds and Ends for the Kitchen

In Feng Shui, the placement of certain small items into a room is believed to make a huge difference, as do certain actions. A bowl of fruit placed centrally in your kitchen is said to attract wealth to the home while plants bring a new vitality. Sweeping, mopping or vacuuming is also believed to decrease financial stress . Apparently, you should also avoid eating while sitting next to a toaster or a microwave as it can cause emotional upset and encourage argument between family members.

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