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How to feng shui your kitchen

by emily

in Design & Trends

Your kitchen is the herb-scented centre of your home. It is where you spend time cooking wholesome meals for your family, as well as creating unique gourmet dishes for friends to enjoy at dinner parties. And, as such, it should be a place of calm and serenity, not a space that is cluttered and disorganised. To remedy this, you can feng shui your kitchen.

Not sure what feng shui is? It is a Chinese concept which involves rearranging your space so that the flow of energy in a room is not inhibited by anything unnecessary. It offers recommendations on how to maximise your space and enhance positive energy. But, where do you start? Below are some handy hints on how to feng shui your kitchen.

Start by decluttering and replacing

Feng shui does not necessarily mean you have to have a minimalist kitchen, but decluttering the room is a good place to start for any makeover. Once you have removed everything unnecessary or broken, you can look into replacing these items with options that better suit your new kitchen.

For example, you could look for some pastel enamel kitchenware to match the calming atmosphere of the room. To match this kitchenware, opt for matching cutlery sets from South Africa. There are many options for kitchen accessories in South Africa, so you will be able to find the perfect options for your needs. Replacing what is broken is a tenet of feng shui, as broken appliances and dishes will decrease the natural flow of energy in the kitchen.

Clean and sparkly

Once you have decluttered and replaced all of your broken items, you should move on to cleaning your kitchen thoroughly. This clean should include all drawers, cabinets, walls, appliances, and counters. Use a non-toxic cleaner as any strong fumes can create unpleasant aromas.

You should also clean your floors properly and make sure that all corners are vacuumed, dusted and mopped. It might sound tedious but a clean kitchen is the perfect blank canvas for feng shui. And you will have a clean kitchen to use when cooking those fabulous family meals. You will be able to start anew in a freshly cleaned room, allowing you to see the true layout and colour of the room, both of which are a major part of using feng shui in your house.

Colour is key

There are no rules when it comes to colour and feng shui, but some of the guidelines include choosing calming colours to give the space good energy and opting for shades that attract you the most. This will make your kitchen a pleasant and welcoming space.

For example, you could choose to paint your cabinets in a duck-egg blue to bring calm energy into the room. Blue is the contrasting colour to orange, which can be a stimulating colour and might not be suitable for home cooks who don’t enjoy rushing their culinary masterpieces. Combining bright red and grey together will encourage your guests’ appetites (thanks to the red) but leave them calmer and more likely to avoid overeating due to the neutral energy of grey.

Light and lively

Feng shui is the combination of two concepts, wind and water. And part of this is the inclusion of other elements, one of which is light. Having a naturally lit kitchen is a sure-fire way to increase the positive energy in your kitchen. You should invest in blinds rather than heavy curtains as these will allow in more light and will be easier to clean and maintain.

If you do not have a large kitchen window, you can install lights with a dimmer switch and warm white light bulbs to give the illusion of sunlight when you need it. It is important to have different types of lighting in your kitchen, such as task, accent and ambient lighting. Feng shui encourages natural light but sometimes you need help to see what you are cooking after those long working days, which is where task lighting comes in handy.

Bring nature indoors

One of the main ideas of feng shui is to connect to the energy of the world around you. One effective way to do this is to bring nature indoors by way of a few potted herbs on your kitchen windowsill.

Not only will you have fresh herbs to use in your dishes, but they will bring a sense of serenity to your kitchen. If you have curious cats who enjoy nibbling on or rubbing against herbs, be sure to look for options that are safe for animal consumption, such as basil, dill, parsley and rosemary. You can grow these in stunning pots that match your colour scheme or create a rustic wooden planter to keep within easy reach when cooking. Having touches of nature in your house is important for bringing in healthy and inspiring energy.

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