Employing the principles of Feng Shui results in rooms that flow well and are more harmonious in their construction and décor.
At the New York Institute of Art and Design, we’ve trained many of our students in the principles of Feng Shui. This is an ancient Chinese observational belief system that now permeates Western interior design.
Let’s look at some of the Feng Shui elements you can incorporate into your kitchen to make it better for family use.
- Kitchens are “yang” rooms. Yang is bright, positive, and masculine.
- The kitchen is the one place in the entire house that brings together two conflicting agents: water and fire. These elements are present in the form of the water appliances (refrigerator, sink, ice maker, freezer, wine cooler) and the fire appliances (stove, countertop range, microwave). Water and fire should be balanced in the room.
- Sinks should always be below a window, stoves should never be below a window.
- Your stove should never be visible from the front door of your house or apartment.
- A stove should not be installed on an island in the middle of the kitchen, which puts it in opposition to the sink. This placement is said to create disharmony between spouses.
- As a rule, kitchens should not have high ceilings or skylights—and never have a skylight over the stove.
- The shape of the kitchen should be square or rectangular. Avoid semicircular or L-shaped kitchens.