In this blog post, I will discuss the considerations in the location of the kitchen. For many properties, the kitchen is already fixed, but these come into play when the client is designing an extension or preparing a new build.
1. Energy Draining
From the Feng Shui point of view, a kitchen is a place where energy leaks away. In the living or dining room, energy comes in and accumulate. This is the very opposite in the Kitchen where the energy drains away. Therefore, it is not the best location to be next to the main door where the energy comes into the property. You do not want the energy coming into the property to be “wasted away” in the kitchen. It is best that it is distributed throughout the property so that everyone can benefit from this energy.
The reason why it is considered to be “energy draining or leaking”, water, which carries the energy, leaves the property through the sink or other washing devices.
Ideally, the kitchen is best to be located a the rear of the property after the energy has been distributed throughout the property.
Ideally, it is to be hidden from the main door. That means the kitchen should not be in a line of sight from the main door. Preferably, an indirect route (via another room) to the kitchen. The other way is to close the door.
These washrooms should not be directly connected to the kitchen. That is, a toilet door opens directly to the kitchen (en-suite toilet).
Hygiene and Feng Shui symbolism – you do not want waste products near the kitchen where food is prepared.
It can be adjacent but it needs a separate entrance and door.
3. Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The kitchen should not be located beneath a bedroom or toilet (bathroom)
The fire energy of the kitchen should not be beneath a bedroom where good sleep is wanted. You do not want your sleep to be disturbed regularly.
Secondly, you do not want your waste products to be “dropped” above your food preparation area. Symbolically, it is just not clean or right.
4. Clash of the Elements
The Kitchen with the stove is of the fire element.
From the Five Element Cycle, the element Fire clashes with metal – both yang and yin Metal.
The compass sector Northwest has the yang Metal and the compass sector West has the yin Metal.
Therefore, it is not a good idea to have a kitchen in either the West Sector. It would be unadvised to have the kitchen in the Northwest sector where the fire element clashes with the yang metal.
I have been to a number of restaurants where the kitchen is in the Northwest sector. The kitchens have been difficult places to work in and there have been “knife” incidents.
On the residential front, from my experience in feng shui, there have been quite a number of family breakups because of arguments in the kitchen. In a couple of incidences, knives have been involved.
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