5 Steps To A Feng Shui Kitchen

by Bernadette Machard de Garmont

 

You’ve probably heard of Feng Shui, the ancient art and science of spatial planning to balance energy flow and harmonize a space. The words “Feng” and “Shui” are translated as “wind” and “water”, two forces that are linked to good fortune and health in Chinese culture. Having good Feng Shui is said to support positive energy in every area of your life, from wealth to health, romance to career, and everything in between.

In this practice, the kitchen is considered one of the three most significant areas of the home. The Chinese believed that the space where food is created is where one would be able to deeply affect the health and prosperity of a family. Besides providing actual nourishment, the kitchen is commonly a gathering place where family members connect and share with each other, so the energy of this space is especially important. If you’re looking to make your kitchen a more abundant and energetic place, follow these five tips from Feng Shui expert Dana Claudat

It’s What’s In Your Fridge And Pantry That Count 

“The most important thing for a kitchen no matter what it looks like is the very basic idea that it’s full of food that’s consciously chosen and nourishing,” says Claudat. Forgotten produce, heavily processed foods, and items that don’t make you feel good when you eat them are all items that can mess with the energy in the kitchen, as well as your own energy.  

Keep It Clutter-Free

 Decluttering the kitchen is extremely important,” says Claudat.  “Clutter in the kitchen makes cooking and eating more difficult and even stressful.” It’s not just countertops that need to stay clean either. Take a look at all of your kitchen appliances and make sure that they’re in working order. Never use your food processor? Consider getting rid of it. Are your drawers full of gadgets that you don’t need? Clear out the extra and make space for better energy flow.

If you’re in the market for new appliances, multi-tasking machines like the Thermomix® can help save counter space by replacing devices like a stand mixer, blender, steamer, food processor, and kitchen scale (to name just a few).

Make It Personal

Claudat notes a lack of personalization is a very common issue she sees in kitchens. “There’s no art on walls, there’s no special touches,” she notes. “Things like refrigerator magnets and drawers become catch all areas because there’s a prevalent idea that kitchens are what they are, and there’s not much one can do. Adding (these) touches all help to create a more powerful energy in the space.”  She suggests using plants and fresh flowers for extra energy and an emotional lift, or fresh citrus in bowls for a burst of invigoration. Hang a poster or less precious piece of art and make the space feel like your own.

Find Strength At The Stove 

All kitchens function best when you feel you’re in a powerful position at the stove,” emphasizes Claudat. “For example, if your back is to the entrance of the kitchen as you cook, you’re not in a most powerful position.” To remedy this, she suggests adding a mirror or reflective metal cladding to help you see behind you as you cook. With a moveable device like the Thermomix®, you can pick your optimum position in the kitchen for food preparation and cooking.

Add A Natural Element (Or Several)  

Claudat strongly suggests adding items like stone, greenery, and ceramics in order to stay grounded and balanced.  “A wooden fruit bowl, even a crystal, can be a great way to add more nature elements,” she says. While color can play an important role in how you feel when you’re in a space, Claudat doesn’t believe in picking colors to satisfy a rule. When it comes to decor and accessories, she says, “They are best when they are in harmony with what you like.”

Thermomix® lets you cook an entire meal for your family without making a mess of your newly feng shui kitchen. Book a demo today!