7 Tips to Feng Shui Your Kitchen

If we like our kitchens, then we will likely want to spend more time there, creating meals that nurture our bodies and souls. If we don’t like them, we will be tempted to get in and get out, eating more quick foods on the fly– which means our health (and figure) will suffer.

In feng shui, kitchens are considered one of most important rooms in the home. They represent the hearth and home, and they should be clean, well-lit, happy places for friends and family to gather and connect.

Since our health is so important, kitchens are also connected to wealth, as poor health will hamper our ability to make a living.

Here are 7 feng shui fixes to help you love spending time in this important space!

Kitchens are one of the more active or yang areas of the home (see my article on Yin and Yang), so bring in brighter colors, active, happy and inspiring artwork and brighter lighting, and bring in nature. Live plants and/or pictures from nature will always inspire out souls! (See Bringing Nature into the Home).

Kitchens are magnets for everything to land, so you want to head it off at the pass and create places for everything to belong. Baskets are great for this. Train yourself to always put keys and mail in your designated container.

Does your refrigerator door look like an overwhelming cacophony of to do lists and a hodgepodge of assorted pictures?

Refrigerator doors are great places to celebrate achievements and display pictures of friends and loved ones but they often get out of hand. A good rule of thumb it to take everything down, store in a shoe box and rotate the pictures, giving everything and everyone prominence, rotating them every few weeks.

Discipline yourself to keep objects off the counters that you do not use on a daily basis such as toasters, blenders, mixers and Cuisinarts. Store them in your newly cleared cupboards and replace with a few lovely vases and/or objects that inspire you. Juxtaposing functional cooking objects with whimsical or uplifting ones will greatly enhance the cooking experience and bring a higher vibrational energy into the food you are preparing.

You won’t believe how different your kitchen will feel without the heavy objects hanging overhead. Many of the home accidents happen in unsafe kitchens!

The earth element brings in a grounding energy and encourages us to be in our bodies, an important feature when dealing with the fire and knives that are inherent in kitchens.

If you were planning on remodeling your kitchen, a good choice for the counter tops would be earthy granites or tiles in earth tones. Black represents the water element and encourages us to be too “floaty” and un-grounded, which is not a good idea for kitchens.

Creating a nurturing, happy, organized and inspiring kitchen will support the needs of the family while uplifting their souls, making your hearth truly the heart of your home!