Feng Shui is a pretty complex art of integrating one's natural energy with that of the surroundings, with harmony. It is widely known to bring in positive energy for our mind and body. It is most often perceived as the arrangement of furniture or the seating arrangement of the house, but it is certainly much more than that. Mostly, it is practised through architecture and interior arrangements.
As per an ancient Chinese philosophy, it can work wonders if implemented in the right way. It is believed that each object has its energy, 'chi', and their arrangements can affect our lives, to a large extent. It has been used to address wide issues ranging from health and wealth to career and relationships. It also emphasises on a balance between 'yin' and 'yang', keeping in mind the constant change. 'Yin' refers to the passive female aspect of the Universe while 'yang' refers to the active male principle of the Universe.
Here is how you can start with Feng Shui in your kitchen, in some simple ways.
This might seem pretty obvious, but cleanliness is an essential part of Feng Shui, so that proper results are observed. The simple rule is to eliminate clutter and to get rid of the non-essential items in the kitchen. A neat kitchen eases the mind. Kitchen being the most important energy center of the home has to have a proper arrangement.
If mirrors and glasses are used wisely, they can combat the unnecessary space and energy that is wasted in walls. Immensely helpful in smaller kitchens, mirrors can increase the flow of light in a room and also open it up. But, mind the direction of the mirror such that it does not amplify the effects of fire used in the process of cooking.
Look for ways you can bring in more light into the kitchen. This is an infusement of positive energy into the cooking area.
According to Feng Shui, energy is derived from five major elemental sources, viz, earth, water, fire, wood and metal. There is a certain amount of energy in each element and that needs to be balanced, as that energy can be constructive and destructive, both. Thus, there should be a balance of these in the kitchen space and none of them must be present in their pure form.
Apart from an elemental balance, color balance is also important. As is well-known, different colors have different energies, meanings and purposes. Thus, deciding on one energy is essential to avoid a collision. Whites, yellow and ivories are preferred choices for their positive soothing aspects.
All of us wish to have the latest chimneys and gadgets in our kitchens, but often miss out on the basic aesthetic of keeping some life thriving in it. So, it is advisable to bring in some fresh plants and flowers in the kitchen. But, keep a check on their placement as they may attract insects. Moreso, a vivid display of fresh fruits is going to work wonders with their healing power.
Kitchen has to be the most positive place of the house because it is where food is prepared and the energy that travels in our bodies with food drives us. For a positive flow there, use circular plates and also decide on the color based on the energy you want to inculcate. Blue is for weight loss, white is for purity, red and yellow for appetite and so on.