Designing Kitchen "The Heart of The Home" - The Fengshui Way
Feng shui recognizes kitchen as one of the very
important rooms of the house. In fact it is one of the most sacred places after
the puja room in the house. It is the place where the food is cooked which nourishes
us physically, financially as well as emotionally. A good cooked food is not only
essential for good health but the love and emotions of the food maker makes food
more energetic and creates lasting family bonds. It is the place where both fire
and water is used; hence a critical balance of the two is always required. The need
of a good consultant is always required when it comes to designing a kitchen.
Following principles should be kept in mind while designing a kitchen.
Preferred Colours for Kitchen : Kitchen should give sunny and bright feeling and
warmth of the love and affection. It is that love and affection of the mother/ wife
which takes the form of food. Red and earthen tones like orange and yellow are good
Since both water and fire is used in the kitchen a touch of wood element
in green or brown balances both the conflicting energies. A touch of prosperity
colour purple is welcomed. A lot of appliances used in kitchen are chrome and black,
the green,purple and red bring excellent balance.
Location of Kitchen : The kitchen should be located deep inside of the house. It
should not be too near to front door. It should not face the main door or the toilet
door. Nor it should face the bedroom. The favourable directions for locating kitchen
are Southeast. This compass directions support the fire energy. The kitchen should
not be located in north, the direction of water. The kitchen should not be located
in the center of the house. Proper advice should be taken for determining the best
location depending upon one’s kua number.
Northwest is the prohibited direction for kitchen: Northwest is the forbidden direction
for kitchen location. This condition is regarded as fire at heaven’s gate since northwest represents heaven. Daily fire here dissolves the luck of the patriarch,
the earning member on daily basis. The negative effects are such that the bread
earner of the family may loose job and health. Loss of wealth for him is also indicated.
Overall this is a very negative position. Proper advise from a good consultant is
required to mitigate the loss in unavoidable situations.
Placement of stove, water and fridge : The stove is considered to be of great importance.
It is also regarded as wealth generator. It should be put in your favorable direction
and efforts should be made that the source of energy i.e. gas pipe or electric socket
should be in your most auspicious location. The stove should be in very good condition.
All its burners should be functioning and be used regularly. Defect in any burner
is a sign of fruitless effort. To activate money luck do use stovetop at least once
daily. Keep stovetop clean. When stovetop is not in use, all pots and pans should
be put away. The placement of stove, fridge, sink and dishwasher is utmost important.
The stove represents fire element while other three are water element, they must
not be placed nearby. There should a distance of 1m to 1.5m distance between the
fire and water element. The fire and water element should not be put opposite to
each other. Stove should be such placed that while working on it, the back of the person cooking should not be towards the door of the kitchen otherwise people walking
in unexpectedly would fright him or her. Remedy can be stalling a mirror above or
besides the stove.
Keep kitchen clean and clutter free : The kitchen should be kept very neat and clean.
It should be well lit and there should not be any dark corners. Proper ventilation
through daily opening of windows and installing proper exhaust fans wherever required
to stop buildup of smoke and fumes is required. This will not only keep the Chi
( Pran Vayu ) healthy but ensures its proper circulation. Thereby improving the
quality of cooked food in the kitchen and hence health of the family. The clutter
like out of date jars, unused gadgets, over full waste bins etc. should be cleared
on regular basis. Hide the waste bins. Any drains and pipes should be concealed
in the kitchen.
Avoid pointed surfaces : Pointed corners also known as poison arrows in Feng Shui
like corners of work surfaces; edges of appliances, knives, corners of shelves etc.
are very common in kitchen. Effort should be made to make edges round. The knives
should be kept in drawers.
Storage of food : The food items especially the staple food should not be stored
in plastic or metal containers, jars or bags. These should be stored in containers
of ceramics or other earthen elements. Auspicious symbols of health and wealth are
welcomed on these containers. These containers should never remain less than half filled.
By following above tips one can harness most positive chi (Prank vayu) and invite
health and wealth in their homes.r