||Feng shui is
a kind of "energy" science developed in
China and believed to be 3000 years old that asserts
the existence of positive and negative energy forms.
In particular, Feng shui emphasizes the way space
is used in regards to placement of furniture and
other items. Based on Taoist philosophies, Feng
shui also focuses on the binding energy of nature,
or Chi, that is responsible for good physical and
People who stand by the efficacy of Feng shui decorate
their kitchens in accordance to its principles.
Some of these principles include:
Since the cook is considered the main player in
the kitchen, he or she should always be viewed from
an authoritarian position while using the stove.
Hanging a large mirror or other reflective item
over the stove enhances the beneficial power of
the cook and corrects functional problems that does
not allow the cook to be seen clearly in the kitchen
from outside the kitchen.
Increasing positive Chi in the kitchen can also
be accomplished by placing a cooking island in the
middle of the kitchen. This cooking island can be
a stove/microwave combination, a flat grill-type
range or any other cooking appliance applicable
to the needs of the cook. In addition, the open
space afforded by a cooking island allows the Feng
shui of the kitchen to flow without interruption.
Since Feng shui emphasizes the natural symmetry
and harmony of nature, kitchens decorated using
Chi principles should have freshly cut flowers,
bowls of fresh fruit and plants decorating tables,
counters and windowsills. Various shades of yellow
are said to be good Feng shui choices as it is supposed
to enhance digestion and the ability to enjoy your
Feng shui practitioners do not advocate the use
of fluorescent lights because they are unpleasantly
bright and tend to flicker randomly, causing headaches,
eyestrain and even high blood pressure. Integrate
as much natural lighting into your kitchen as possible
during the day and rely on non-fluorescent illumination
in the evening.
Round tables facilitate the flow of Chi more readily
than square or rectangular dinner tables. Tables
or kitchen island made of tan or yellowish-colored
woods are said to help improve positive energy at
mealtimes and bring functionality and happiness
to your kitchen.
The one thing that Feng shui practitioners absolutely
dislike is clutter! De-cluttering your kitchen should
be the first step in renovating your kitchen to
conform to Feng shui principles. Throwing away old,
tarnished pots and pans or appliances that are half-broken
is further recommended, since the negativity of
these items draws the positive Chi energy out of