Feng Shui is not just a design element to get to know where to place the bed, mirror, wealth and stove, it’s an art of orienting, aligning and tapping into good quality energy. This calls for skill, intuition and knowledge of compass directions and mathematics in interpreting the floor plan and layout of the house also known as the natal chart of the house.
The emphasis on the nutritional value of food which is most often referred to as the “post natal Chi” is evident as we are what we breathe, eat, feel and see. Chi meaning the fundamental energy of the universe in this context refers to the positive energy of the individual and when we focus on the energy we derive through good food, which is essential to maintain proper and harmonious Feng Shui of the premises; the focus shifts to the most important area in a home — Kitchen.
Kitchens are among the remains of the very early civilisations, some dating back well over 5,000 years. A cook normally requires the basic elements of Earth, Fire, Water and Metal. It is also the source of everything that is grown and cooked. The holding properties of the soil are used to make earth-ware vessels and utensils. Everything that is bought into the kitchen is changed in some way and this process of change is a part of a far larger cycle of energy — a cycle that includes not only the preparation and cooking of food, but the entire e process of life itself.
A fundamental principle of Feng Shui is that there should be a clear distinction between different functions within the home and especially in a place like Kitchen where the energies of different kinds exist, it is mandatory to demarcate the areas of each function. A stove or hob well-defined and kept away from the water is most essential. A large window behind the sink is essential and should not be behind the stove. Colours like browns, beige are good for the kitchen although I personally prefer shades of yellows. Darker brown tone for the flooring is good and grouping all equipment which rely on water to one side is not only convenient from the point of view of plumbing but ensures that there is no clash of element.
Some of the important tips in designing good kitchen are:
• Ensure that the stove is not directly in line with the front door.
• Do not place the stove next to the fridge or sink since this create direct clash of the Water and Fire elements. You may place green plant or suspend faceted crystals between them to act as a moderator.
• If you live in a high rise condo or apartment building, ensure the stove is not placed directly below the toilet.
• The stove should not face the toilet or share a wall with the toilet.
• Install bright lights to give you a spacious feeling.
• Keep the kitchen door close as far as possible.
• For healthy energy and vitality, display malachite crystals stone or craved malachite green dragon in view.
• If your kitchen is in the front of the house, get creative and try hanging sheer or beaded curtains over the kitchen door to shield the kitchen and the stove.
So a good and healthy kitchen culminates into not just good food but a healthy and harmonious environment which supports the occupants and connects them with the energies of the premises.