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5 Feng Shui Tips / Tricks / Suggestions for a Better Kitchen

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 to organize living spaces better. If you’re new to feng shui, the kitchen is a great place to start. Feng Shui is all about creating a harmonious environment that supports the flow of energy. A Feng Shui kitchen can help you achieve this goal and improve your overall health and well-being. In this blog post, we will discuss five Feng Shui tips for the kitchen. We will also provide some helpful suggestions on how to implement these tips in your own kitchen!

1. Keeping the Elements in Balance

One way to create a Feng Shui kitchen is to pay attention to the material of your cabinets. The best way to do this is to make sure the cabinets are made out of natural materials like wood. You can also Feng Shui your kitchen by painting the cabinets in light, natural colors or by adding Feng Shui-inspired accents like lucky bamboo to the space.


feng shui kitchen
Feng Shui Kitchen


A center of warmth and nourishment, the kitchen’s primary element is 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. Feng shui seeks to balance all five of these elements in order to create a harmonious environment. One way to do this is to make sure the cabinets are made out of wood. Nelson Cabinetry uses wood rather than particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard), so the cabinets add a true 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.

2. 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 enhances the prosperity of the home’s inhabitants. It is the centerpiece of the kitchen, which is the heart of the house. Be sure to keep it clean and in proper functioning order. The sink should be placed near the stove for convenience and the refrigerator should be placed so that it is not directly in line with the door to the kitchen.

3. 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, which is essential in promoting 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. One option is to 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″).


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4. 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.

5. Choose Open Designs

It’s best to consider open floor plan kitchen designs for kitchen configurations that will facilitate energy circulation. One of the best ways to encourage the flow of chi throughout your kitchen is by ensuring 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 energy circulation is to choose glass doors for kitchen cabinets. These serve to open up the kitchen further while showcasing stemware and dishes. Items there should be stacked in an orderly manner and not too cramped.


Open concept kitchen and living room
Open concept kitchen and living room


By following these Feng Shui tips, you can create a kitchen that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also one that promotes the flow of positive energy. Doing so will bring good fortune to your home and to those who live there. Don’t forget that our design team at Nelson Cabinetry is here to answer all of your design questions. We’re happy to help!



Quick Summary

•In China, the principles of Feng (“wind”) shui (“water”) are used to promote positive chi (“energy”) in human environments and has gained popularity outside of China.

• The kitchen is a great place to start when implementing Feng Shui principles.

• One way to create a Feng Shui kitchen is by keeping the elements in balance. This can be done by making sure cabinets are made out of natural materials like wood or painting them light, natural colors.

• It is also important to attend to the importance of the stove as it symbolizes wealth. This can be done my placing mirrors behind it or using reflective mediums like mirror stylet tiles in an accent backsplash..

• Another tip for creating a Feng Shui kitchen is promoting chi flow by keeping it tidy and free from clutter as well as making sure the cabinets reach the ceiling and having an open kitchen layout.

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