4 Ways to Feng Shui Your Kitchen20 June, 2016
This article was published on the Food & Nutrition Magazine blog, Stone Soup.
I have always been fascinated by the mind-body connection and how it may play a key role in disease management. We know excessive stress from relationships, work and finances can translate to actual physical pain and illness over time. But can the same be said for stress from “unbalanced energy” in our offices and homes — including that room of special importance to any RDN, the kitchen?
If you ask certified feng shui practitioner Ro Rusnock, she says, “Yes.”
Feng Shui Basics
Meaning “wind and water” in Chinese, feng shui signifies the connection between two different forces: you (your internal world) and your environment (your external world). According to feng shui teachings, not only are we alive in the world, but the things around us (such as tables, chairs, couches, mirrors and paint color) also are alive with chi, or energy.
Master teachers of feng shui spend their lives investigating the ancient art of placement within living spaces. That placement is supposed to help enrich or deplete people’s chi and affect the health, happiness and prosperity of those in the environment. Of the many tools in the practice, the one most used by feng shui practitioners is the bagua map, a color chart containing nine boxes, or “guas.” Each gua represents a specific aspect of life connected to a space in the house: career; knowledge and self-cultivation; health and family; wealth and prosperity; fame and reputation; love and marriage; children and creativity; center and helpful people; and travel. Then, each gua has colors and attributes that are intended to help promote the positive flow of chi in the corresponding room and area of your life. “Using the bagua is a great privilege,” Rusnock says. “It provides a simple checklist for creating our best intentions in any area of our life.”
Create Good Chi in Your Kitchen
According to Rusnock, the first step in establishing good chi in your kitchen is to determine where the room lies based on the bagua map. For example, if your kitchen is located in the “wealth and prosperity” gua, the corresponding elements are “wood and water” and colors are purple, green, dark blue and gold. So for example, according to feng shui, if you wish to attract financial benefits in your life, you should outfit your kitchen with a wooden cutting surface and a purple vase holding water with green plants.
No matter which gua your kitchen is located in, Rusnock says there are a few other feng shui guidelines to follow:
- It’s more favorable to have the kitchen located at the back of the house; it is less favorable to have the kitchen be the first room when entering the house. If the kitchen is the first room in the house, put up a barrier such as a room divider or decorative screen.
- Minimize the color red in the kitchen. “Red is the strongest color representing the fire element,” she says. “Because there is already so much of the fire element from all the electronics in a kitchen — stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and appliances — having red walls or red dish towels can cause an overabundance of the fire element, resulting in frustration and arguments in that space.” Conversely, the color white (in such places as countertops, bowls and décor) can help counteract the fire element in the kitchen.
- Bathroom doors should not be visible from the kitchen. Feng shui is all about functionality, health and harmony; because the bathroom is for elimination of wastes, it should not be located near the kitchen. If you can see your bathroom from the kitchen, Rusnock recommends painting the bathroom door red to create a barrier and stop the flow of energy.
- An aluminum tea kettle on the stove is considered a great way to attract good chi in the kitchen. The kettle’s reflective properties signify a doubling of abundance, wealth and prosperity. A large bowl of fresh fruit or vegetables in the kitchen also supports this principle.