Traditionally the kitchen is regarded as the centre of the house and is often a relaxed gathering place. There are certain locations in a home’s energy map where a kitchen should not be located because that can affect the health of the family. This can only be identified by an expert practitioner. It is especially important to think about the position of the kitchen and stove if you are designing a new home or thinking to buy or renovate an existing one.
On the up side, there are still things you can do in a DIY fashion to help the health of the family and the contentment of the cook.
- If you have your back to the door when you are preparing food at the stove or bench, you are said to be in The Startled Chef Position. This is because we need support from behind in the form of a solid wall. If you do not know what is happening behind you, you can be subconsciously uneasy because you can be startled at any time by someone entering the room unexpectedly. Your concentration could be affected as well as your skill and creativity as a cook. Therefore a good kitchen layout allows the cook to be aware of comings and goings, and to engage in conversation as they work. A happier cook means better food.
- If the stovetop is in the startled chef position, place a small mirror, a shiny pot or a steel splashback to reflect a view of the door behind you.
Water and Fire Elements
- The stove and sink or stove and fridge should not be opposite one another as this is a conflict of the fire and water elements. If your kitchen is arranged like this, you need to separate them with the wood element. A green mat on the floor between the stove and sink or fridge and stove will do this.
- The sink should be sparkling clean and unblocked.
- Keep the burners and other parts of the stove in good working condition. Repair any parts that are not working.
- If you are buying a new stove, the more burners the better and make sure it has an even number of burners.
Kitchen Colours, Bins and Knives
- The kitchen is a yang room so use bright colours. Good colours are white, silver, black, blue, green and natural wood. Avoid reds, maroon, mauve and pink.
- Empty rubbish bins a soon as they are full.
- Clutter can easily build up in the kitchen so keep and eye on it.
- Knives should not be on display.