I am going to be moving in a month and am very excited for my new home. I really want to start being conscious of what I have and where the proper place is to set things, but I don’t know the first thing about Feng Shui. For instance, is there a right way and a wrong way to decorate your rooms? Like the kitchen, for example, is there such thing as Feng Shui in the kitchen?
Great question. Yes, there is a correct way to decorate your home. Every room in every house can and should be Feng Shui’d. The kitchen is no exception, actually, it is probably one of the most important rooms.
The kitchen represents wealth in the Chinese culture. When in the kitchen, Feng Shui experts pay most attention to the placement of the stove. The logic follows a positive cycle: food feeds a person’s health, therefore the better the food, the more capable the person and the larger his/her potential income.
The chef should be aware of anyone entering the kitchen, or else residents’ health, wealth, and personal relations may suffer. If a cook is surprised, then a nervous chain reaction will be set off. For example, if a husband’s hug startles his wife while she is chopping carrots or cooking over a hot stove, she may get upset and this will not only affect their relationship that evening, but possibly in the future as well.
The cook should work in a spacious, brightly lit, and well ventilated area. A stove that is cramped in the corner will inhibit the chef’s ch’i flow, lowering the quality of food, and harming the health, wealth, careers, and relationships of family members.
Symbolically, the stove also figures prominently in a home’s finances. It should be clean and work smoothly so that money can easily enter the home. All burners should be clean or business will be plagued with obstructions. The family’s prosperity can be influenced by the number of burners; the more burners, the more money earned. If some burners are not regularly used, the family will not prosper.
If the stove is against the wall, mirrors or reflective aluminum on the walls behind the stove works great for staying aware of your surroundings while in the kitchen. A mirror on the side of the stove will allow for a more peaceful atmosphere and smoother cooking movements. A wind chime or crystal, hung in line with the stove and the door is also a great cure.
One of the most important things to always remember is that when there is a drain anywhere near there should always be a plant close by as well. Otherwise, all the ch’i goes down the drain. But when there is a plant nearby, it attracts the ch’i and grows upward. That’s the direction we want for our health, relationships and finances.
Good luck with your new home!