In feng shui – the Chinese practice of directing the energy flow through the home – the kitchen is one of the three most important areas in any home. And if your home is like ours, we suspect it’s probably the messiest, too! Kitchen drawers and cupboards quickly become cluttered, which, for the record, is a feng shui no-way. Read on to learn more about kitchen feng shui tips and tricks.
Store Like With Like
Store spoons with other spoons, mugs with other mugs, etc. It’s likely that most kitchen storage already follows these rules, but there’s a reason. Organizing your items this way will oattract more positive energy into the space.
Utilizing frosted or opaque glass cabinet doors creates breathable focus points. This will help improve the flow of chi.
No Space Above Cabinets
Cabinets should be built right up to the ceiling, according to good feng shui practices. Otherwise, this empty space between the top of the cabinetry and the ceiling will attract dust and negative energy, causing the chi to get stuck and encourage dead energy. Feng shui experts believe this will hold you back in life. If you do have space above cabinets, then fill that space with plants or your favourite objects.
Keep Knives Out of Sight
Knives are thought to being bad luck when displayed. Feng shui encourages taking knives out of the block and storing them in a drawer instead. To promote the flow of positive energy, keep knives hidden away.
Avoid Certain Colours
There are some specific colours that should be avoided for kitchen cabinets in order to encourage good feng shui. To improve positive chi, try to avoid black and blue (which symbolize water, and incompatible with fire the key element of a kitchen), metallic and silver tones (metal is restricted by fire), and yellow — because yellow belongs to the earth in the five elements, while the kitchen is representative of fire, and yellow cabinets will consume the kitchen and compete with the fire element of the kitchen.
Repaint Your Kitchen
Cracked and peeling paint negatively affects a room’s feng shui. If need be, give your kitchen or your kitchen cupboards a fresh coat of paint.
Keep Cabinets Clean
Messy, dirty cabinets will prevent the flow of positive chi, so make sure the keep kitchen cabinets clean, inside and out.
Fix Faulty Hinges
Anything broken or damaged will restrict the flow of positive energy. This includes your hinges on cabinet doors. If hinges are damaged and doors don’t open correctly, fix them to improve your kitchen’s overall chi.
Incorporate More Wood
Natural wood is not only an attractive choice for kitchen cabinets, it’s also the best choice from a feng shui perspective.
Keep Only What You Use
Waste and clutter are two big Feng Shui no-nos. According to Feng Shui principles, it’s best to only keep those things that you actually use. Here are more objects that happy people don’t keep in their homes.
Store Plastic Storage Containers with Lids
Do you want to attract the best positive energy in your kitchen? Match your plastic storage containers with the lids. Toss containers that have lids that don’t match.
Light plays a key role in Feng Shui. Ensuring cabinets are well lit will promote positive energy flow. Under-cabinet lighting, LED lighting illuminating cabinet interiors are both great ideas when it comes to bettering a kitchen’s feng shui.
Ensure your kitchen’s shelves, cupboards and drawers are well organized. After all, clutter is one of the biggest roadblocks to attracting positive energy.
Get Rid of Chipped Mugs, Bowls and Dishes
According to feng shui beliefs, cracked or chipped bowls, mugs, dishes and crockery will direct negative energy at whoever uses them. Toss out damaged items to keep the positive energy flowing.
Get Rid of Dented Cans
Dented cans and old food attract negative energy, so make sure that stuff isn’t taking up space in your cupboards. The same goes for any expired food or foods that you know you won’t eat.