Designing Chi In The Kitchen

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How Feng Shui Corresponds With Kitchen Design Principles

It’s not difficult to understand why you find a lot of similarities between the practice of Feng Shui and the principles used by a certified kitchen designer. Believers in Feng Shui say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence your prosperity and health. Believers in good design say that how you design and decorate the kitchen can influence how you cook, how you eat, how you entertain and ultimately your satisfaction and happiness in your home!

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A guiding Feng Shui kitchen principle involves the cook being in a “commanding position” when at the stove. Feng Shui says he cook should be able to clearly see the doorway without turning away from the stove. This is no easy feat when in most homes the stovetop or range is flush with a kitchen wall! A quick solution to this is to hang a mirror or reflective surface behind the cooking surface. Another solution from the kitchen design perspective is to re-do your backsplash with shiny or reflective tiles. Glass and metallic tiles are a growing trend in backsplashes, who knew they also supported a respected ancient tradition?

If you do have the opportunity to remodel your kitchen, consider implementing another trend in kitchen design: install a cooking island. Placing the cooking surface in a central island allows the cook to see the entire room, including the doorway. Beyond the Feng Shui benefits, a cooking island is practical. With the wide view you’ll be able to comfortably talk with dinner guests or keep an eye on the kids as you cook.

Like any good kitchen designer, Feng Shui insists upon an organized storage and cooking space. From the Feng Shui point of view, the food you eat gives you energy; for this energy to be of high and healing quality the food needs to be prepared in a harmonious and well-organized kitchen with a balanced flow of Chi (Feng Shui energy.) A professional designer can really help by customizing your kitchen storage for the way you shop and cook. New cabinetry has endless options for keeping your drawers un-cluttered and all of your spaces tailor-made for your belongings!

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MORE PROSPERITY and my Feng Shui Adventure

Continuing my adventure, the first order of business was to clean my corner.  Since most of the Prosperity corner falls on my porch where I have lots of plants, one look at the floor told me that the pile of fallen dead leaves had to go!  I know, it’s a bad, lazy habit. But I’m getting better.  I’ve set the intention to keep it clean and throw plucked dead leaves  immediately into the trash!

The remainder of the Prosperity corner is in a small section of my family room.  No dead leaves here, just too many catalogs and magazines.  Fortunately, I’ve already taken care of that during my “27 things in 9 days” project.

Step 2 of the plan is to use the “power tools” of feng shui.  For Prosperity, adding lots of purple is great.  I know that purple would not be the color of choice for most people.  But I’m lucky that this is a sunny area.  I added purple African violets.  The round leaves are also good “power tools”, so double luck for me!  If you truly can’t bring yourself to add purple, other good colors are red, gold, and green – for abundance, wealth, and money.  Since I wanted to make sure I’ve covered everything, I simply included them all!!

It’s important to make your Prosperity corner alive with energy.  So moving objects and moving water are well suited here.  If you have pets, let them move freely here.  If you have a fan, or water fountain, wind chimes or whirligigs, all are welcome here.  I already have a soothing bamboo wind chime on my porch, reminding me of our trips to Bali.  And my dog Baylee loves to sleep there in the warming sun or bark to her doggy buddies below.  There’s no lack of energy here!  But…I’m thinking that a small water fountain would be good to add.  I love the peaceful sound of flowing water in the background.

Adding equal amounts of the five elements (wood, fire, earth, metal, water) and items that remind me of wealth wasn’t difficult to do.  I already had wooden tables, candles, plants, a copper bowl and a glass tabletop in the room.  All I needed was the floor plan for our dream lake house, and my “power tools” of feng shui could work their magic!

By the time I got to step 3 of the process, I was feeling lighter.  My corner was clean, organized and energized.  Now I simply needed to add items that make the space reverent, like a king’s throne, a place of honor.  How would I do that?  And then I realized that I had been doing this all along.  My porch is where I go in the morning for quiet reflection, and where we relax at the end of each day with a glass of wine. It’s where we entertain a small group of friends and family on a cool fall evening.  My Prosperity corner is there to remind me of the blessings and abundance that are in my life today, and will continue to flow to me and thru me tomorrow.