With spring just around the corner, it’s important to freshen up the place you call home — whether you plan to sell or stay in the property the first room to start with is in the kitchen, which is a key space that benefits significantly from feng shui.
Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, used daily by all family members to not only nourish our bodies, but to bond with one another a feng shui kitchen can symbolize health, abundance, and even wealth.
So, as we tackle spring cleaning tasks to clear surfaces, here are a few feng shui tips to cleanse the energy in the space, filling it with positive chi.
A Positive Feng Shui Color Palette
There is a reason white is a popular color choice when it comes to a kitchen as it represents a sense of purity and cleanliness, however if you’re looking to add a splash of color, the hue will depend on where the kitchen is located on the bagua or energy map.
Stick with colors from the five elements — wood, fire, earth, metal and water. It’s essential to balance these elements throughout the room to make it feel more welcoming and comfortable.
Choosing a new color palette for this space can be a simple update that will revitalize the kitchen — just by painting the walls or even the kitchen island.
Deep Clean, Good Feng Shui
The practice of feng shui emphasizes cleanliness and decluttering as a way to create positive energy in a space. That’s why here at Chicagoland Home Staging we suggest to schedule some time to deep clean your kitchen. Make sure to clean the space from top to bottom, organizing cabinets and drawers, plus clearing off countertops.
Pay Attention to Major Appliances
The appliances in a kitchen are an important area to focus on when promoting positive chi. The fire element (the stove) and water element (the sink) are both found in this space, which can cause conflict. If you find these elements too close to each other use the earth element, like a sandy colored rug or pottery on the counter to separate the two.
Speaking of the stove, we want to prevent negative energy by checking that the appliance works properly and is also cleaned both inside and out. The stove is said to represent your career, wealth and resources, so neglecting this appliance may result in missed opportunities.
The refrigerator needs some attention too! Before wiping down walls, shelves and drawers make sure to throw away all expired items, and anything you haven’t or won’t ever use again. This will allow you to make room for new prosperity.
Positive Chi Prefers Light
A dark kitchen can represent ill health, so just like in home staging, we want to maximize the light in the room. Remove obstacles that may hinder the natural light from entering the room through windows and doors.
Consider adding other light sources to the kitchen combining overhead, pendant, and task lighting under cabinets to vary the brightness and keep good energy flowing in your kitchen– even when not in use.
Balance Metal & Wood Accents
When adding decor to a kitchen we want to use accessories that will balance the metal and wood elements to create one cohesive feeling.
Stainless steel appliances can already overpower a space with metal, so use other metal accents sparingly like pictured above with light fixtures, handles and the faucet. In this property those accents are in gold metal to warm the space up.
Another way to add warmth to a kitchen is utilize wood elements like cutting boards, salt and pepper shakers, utensil holders and counter seats. Plants strategically placed on the counter can also add warm to a sterile room and attract prosperity.
Health Conscious Options
The last way to promote prosperity into a kitchen is by choosing to fill the fridge and pantry with healthy foods. An easy way in feng shui to change your luck is to add a bowl of fruit on the counter, especially if filled with citrus fruits to signify abundance and health. Growing herbs in the kitchen will also make the space feel healthy and vibrant.
A clean, stocked kitchen with well-maintained appliances in feng shui will help set the intention of taking better care of yourself and your family. Our team at Chicagoland Home Staging would love the opportunity to boost prosperity, luck, and good energy in your home as you prepare it for sale. Contact Chicagoland Home Staging for an instant home quote in DuPage County!