In China, the principles of feng (“wind”) shui (“water”) are used to promote positive chi (“energy”) in human environments. It has gained popularity outside of China and throughout the world today, many landscape architects and city planners study feng shui so as to better organize living spaces. If you’re new to feng shui, the kitchen is a great place to start.

Keeping the Elements in Balance

A center of warmth and nourishment, the kitchen’s primary element is that of fire. This is due in no small part to the presence of the stove. Of course water is also present, as well as metal (bowls and appliances) and earth (ceramics). The fifth element, wood, can be introduced in the form of cabinets or flooring. Nelson Cabinetry uses wood rather than particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard), so our cabinets add a definitive wooden component to any kitchen. There’s also the possibility of adding refrigerator wood panels or prominently featuring wooden bowls or prepware like cutting boards or a butcher block.

Attending to the Importance of the Stove

Frequently, kitchens with proper feng shui feature mirrors hanging behind the stove to ensure that the cook is in the “command position” and can see everything going on in the room. The stove symbolizes wealth and placing a reflective medium, like mirror stylet tiles in an accent backsplash, over the stove serves to enhance the prosperity of the home’s inhabitants. It is the centerpiece of the kitchen, which in turn is the heart of the house. Be sure to keep it clean and in proper functioning order.

Make Sure the Cabinets Reach the Ceiling

According to feng shui principles, it’s a good idea to avoid gaps or corners where negative chi could accumulate and potentially block positive chi. The idea is to drive out negative chi, and this is why it’s essential to promote a good flow of energy. Dead zones like spaces in between cabinets and ceilings are a magnet for negative energy (not to mention dust) and are to be avoided. Opt for floor to ceiling cabinets for the kitchen or, for separate upper units, kitchen cabinets that go to the ceiling. At Nelson Cabinetry, we’ve got you covered with three different wall cabinet heights: 30″ (for a floor to ceiling measurement of 84″), 36″ (for 90″), and 42″ (96″). We also offer pantry and double oven units that match standard floor-to-ceiling measurements (84″, 90″, 96″).

Promote the Flow of Your Kitchen’s Chi by Keeping it Tidy

In order for the chi to flow properly, it’s important to keep the kitchen free of clutter. If there are items that are hardly ever used, keep them in storage or up on higher shelves towards the ceiling. Clearing these items away frees up space for what you use on a more regular basis and also gives you more room to work. This goes for drawer spaces, too. Take out everything, get rid of stray items, and wipe down the surfaces before you put back the items that do get frequent use.

Choose Open Designs

It’s best to opt for kitchen configurations that facilitate the circulation of energy. One of the best ways to encourage the flow of chi throughout your kitchen is by making sure there is at least one window. In addition, it should be easy for the cook to move from the different stations in the kitchen (the stove, the sink, and the refrigerator). It’s certainly possible to have an island, but make sure that instead of getting in the way, it is incorporated into the kitchen’s functional structure. This can be accomplished, for example, with center island cabinets or round kitchen islands that double as dining areas. Another idea to promote the circulation of energy is to choose glass doors on kitchen cabinets. These serve to further open up the kitchen while showcasing stemware and dishes. Items there should be stacked in an orderly manner and not too cramped. Don’t forget that our support team at Nelson Cabinetry is here to answer all of your design questions. We’re happy to help!