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Kitchen Feng Shui Tips

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms. It is the heart of a home and relates to nourishment. The most important object in the kitchen is the stove. In traditional Chinese feng shui, the stove relates to wealth so its placement and its Fire element have to be strong.

Kitchen Feng Shui by Natalia Kaylin

Kitchen Feng Shui by Natalia Kaylin

Feng Shui Stove Placement Tips

I have to admit, that it is much easier to implement feng shui principles for the kitchen and the best feng shui stove placement when we build a new home. A lot of feng shui knowledge goes into making these architectural and design decisions.

For example, the stove should not be visible from the entrance, and it is best if there is a solid wall behind it so the energy is not dispersed but gathered. Also, there should not be a bathroom on the other side of the stove, especially a toilet, shower, or basically any water pipes.

We have 3 main different types of energy in the kitchen: Fire (the stove), Water (the sink) and Metal (the fridge). The way these elements interact with each other is Water puts fire out and Metal cools fire down. Therefore we want these 3 objects to be separated. A triangular design for the kitchen works the best.

We also need to keep directions in mind for the ideal stove placement. The stove is better in the E, SE or S rather than W or NW areas. We also take into the consideration the DOB of the person who is going to cook, and calculate the Flying Stars. But even implementing just the tips that I mentioned earlier is a good start.

Strengthening the Fire Element

If the house is already designed and we cannot control placement then we can work on strengthening the fire of the stove. From my clients feedback these simple things can make a big difference.

Adding reds in the kitchen will add more warmth and strengthen Fire element of the stove. I love working with color and art as it is usually the easiest way to bring a desired outcome. Fire relates to fun and joy. If we can express these qualities in the kitchen the person who cooks will be in a good and creative mood. I guarantee, the food will not only taste better but will be more nourishing!

The other element that I love to implement in the kitchen is the Earth element. Earth relates to stability, nourishment, digestion and the corresponding color is yellow. Yellow brings sunlight and warmth to the kitchen, making it a happy place where people want to be.

I love having fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs in the kitchen. Any natural materials such as a woven basket or things made of ceramic or clay would bring a feeling of authenticity and fun.

Happy cooking!

Natalia

Feng Shui Colors Part 2: Three Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing Wall Colors

Here are the three most common mistakes when it comes to choosing colors that I always tell my clients about.

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  1. The so called “neutral scheme”.
    This is when two or three variations of beige are used throughout the entire house. Interior designers and builders love using it because it is easy and most people don’t find it disagreeable. But easy doesn’t always mean good. Over and over I see clients that start feeling uninspired and bored in such spaces. Often elements of decor, rugs, and sofas end up beige too to match wall colors! This often results in people feeling stagnant, uninspired and sometimes even depressed in their living spaces. Generally, beige has low energy and this is exactly why it is a neutral color.
  2. Painting northern rooms blue.
    According to the Bagua, Water is a northern element and the corresponding color is blue. By connecting the dots it would seem logical to paint the northern room blue but in reality the north needs warmer colors to compensate for the lack of sunlight. Water and other elements can be introduced through art and accessories.
  3. Using dark colors in hallways and stairways.
    This creates a claustrophobic feeling of being in a tunnel or being enclosed. Dark colors make narrow spaces feel even tighter. I choose light colors in these areas, especially colors that create a feeling of expansion.

Here are my guidelines for choosing the best feng shui colors for a room.

Consider the following when choosing a color:

  • The type of room and what it will be used for
  • How often the room is used
  • The compass direction of a room
  • The size of the room
  • What other colors can be seen from the room
  • Colors of rugs, curtains, accessories and art in the room
  • Your goals, needs, aspirations and personality type
  • Your helpful elements (do you need more Fire, Earth, Metal, Water or Wood energy?)
  • And of course, your personal taste!

Feng Shui Colors Part 1: Choosing the Right Colors

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My clients agree that working with feng shui colors is one of the most effective ways to shift the energy of a space.

“I just finished painting the room and wow what a face lift!!! It looks awesome and so alive!!!”

“We started painting and it feels like the house is transforming with every brush stroke. The energy is different; there is a feeling that the house has been injected with a beautiful, loving energy and I know we will be happy here!”

It is always a joy to experience a beautiful color. I can easily spend an hour standing in front of the color racks in a paint store being totally immersed in all of the different possibilities. Colors will not only create the kind of energy we want to have in the space but will influence our emotions and mood. For example, blues and light greens promote a feeling of relaxation while reds and oranges are energizing. Pink will also feel energizing but in a gentler way than red. Different people have different energetic needs so it is important to understand what you are trying to accomplish when deciding on new colors.

Some colors have light and expansive qualities, making a room feel larger and taller, while others have constrictive qualities and make spaces feel smaller and more grounded. Both are useful. Some colors will exude an emotion of joy and happiness, some will make you feel balanced and peaceful, while others are flat and unemotional.

After years of observation I think I understand why people are attracted to certain colors and what guides their color choices in the home. For example, people who have a lot of energy, project confidence and have no trouble making decisions, will be drawn to more bold and intense colors including reds, purples and oranges. But there is a fine line and going overboard with energetic colors can become overwhelming and produce restlessness and stress. People who have more gentle personalities tend to go with pastels but can usually benefit from a bit of the opposite. Choosing the right color can promote healing. Sometimes I suggest adding a stronger, brighter color to at least one room to start shifting a client’s energy toward more vibrancy and confidence.

To help England win the World Cup famed physicist Stephen Hawking did some serious statistical analysis, logistic regression modeling, using the data from previous games. His advise was: “to win wear red uniforms”! Feng shui is very much in agreement with this. Red color boosts energy and injects you with confidence.

Understanding the energetic qualities of a particular color and knowing what experience you want to create in a particular space should guide your color choices. Selecting colors is a very individual process with no one-size-fits-all rules but these general feng shui color guidelines may be quite useful.

  1. Warm blues or sage greens will contribute to creating relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
    Appropriate for: living rooms, bedrooms and offices.
    Not appropriate for: kitchens and dining rooms.
  2. Reds, oranges, hot pinks and bright greens will help you feel energized, motivated and creative. Since these are very strong colors sometimes doing just one wall can be enough.
    Appropriate for dining rooms, dens, and some offices.
    Not appropriate for bedrooms.
  3. Yellows are helpful in creating a warm, welcoming, friendly environment where socializing or dining is easy.
    Appropriate for kitchens, dining rooms.
    Not appropriate for bedrooms.
  4. Off whites, creams and light grays will help you feel sharp and organized.
    Appropriate for home offices, hallways, stairways.
  5. For kids’ rooms:
    If your child is shy and not super outgoing use warmer brighter tones (pinks, purples, yellows bright greens)
    If your child is very active use blues and other toned down calmer colors.

It is important to note that the same colors will have different responses in different people.

When I do a feng shui color consultation I do feng shui analysis of the building, the client’s date of birth and ask a lot of questions. This allows me to personalize my recommendations so that the space not only looks good but nourishes and strengthen’s a client’s energy.

 

 

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