Feng Shui is the art and practice of placing objects in such a way to maintain the flow of energy, which is called Qi (pronounced chee). While we will not be going in depth into the practice of Feng Shui, we will offer some simple, practical tips to consider when you are setting up your kitchen.

Deep Clean Kitchen

One of the best ways to maintain, increase the positive energy in the room is to make sure the area is clean. For the kitchen, this means clearing the clutter, deep cleaning the appliances, and utilizing as much storage space as possible. It is said that clutter and dirt create negative energy that can adversely affect one’s health. The flow of Qi is affected.

Keep Stove & Sink Apart

The stove represents the fire element, and the refrigerator represents the water element. To maintain harmony, these two elements should not be placed facing each other. If there is no other way, then placing another element between them can lessen the impact. Such as, placing something representative of the earth element between them.

No Empty Space Above Cabinets

The space above the cabinets, if not utilized for something, has the potential to gather dust and clutter. As stated above, dust and clutter will negatively affect the energy in the room. This is why it is recommended that there be no space above the cabinets. If the space has a purpose, then the energy can flow better.

Hide Knives

Knives in the kitchen are usually sharp. It is the sharp edges of the knives, if visible, that bring negative energy into the room. Instead of having the knives hung in view or placing them in a knife block, it is better to hide the knives completely in a drawer.

Hide Trash

Since clutter has a negative effect on energy, it is important even if the clutter is picked up, that it is out of view. This means that trash should not be visible in the kitchen. The trash can could be placed in a cabinet under the sink, or completely be in another room. It is important that it does not show at all.


The wood element can help with creativity and balance. Wood in the kitchen can be found with wooden utensils, wood countertops, greenery, cupboards, furniture, flooring, and more. The result is to find the right amount of wood for your kitchen that can complement the other elements that are present.