Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Feng Shui for the Kitchen and Dining Room

The kitchen is a very important room in your home because it is where the food is prepared. The room should be welcoming, well lit, and ideally have lots of natural light.

Because the stove represents wealth, it should be in good working condition. Ideally the cook should not have their back to the door, so if possible, place a mirror on the wall behind the stove so you can see behind you as you cook. Regularly use all the burners on the stove; this can help your prosperity.

Having a well stocked larder symbolizes plenty and abundance.

If the kitchen is small, try painting the walls a light color and increase the amount of light in the room. Earth colors are good in the kitchen.

Use ceramic and earthenware pots to cook in the oven-this helps balance the elements of fire and metal from the stove.

Wind chimes and crystals are great Feng Shui remedies for trouble spots. If your bathroom is off your kitchen, hang a wind chime in the door way.

It is best not to see pipes and drains in the kitchen or bathroom, as they symbolize wealth draining away. Conceal them with a pretty curtain if you do not have cupboard doors. We have lace curtains hanging under our sinks. They are beautiful, plus they let warm air in under the sinks during our cold winters.

Dining Room:

Oval or round tables are considered good Feng Shui because of no sharp corners. Also, they seem to have a harmonizing effect in a room.

Mirrors hanging on the walls symbolize having twice the amount of food.

Chairs should be comfortable, and the room should be clutter free.

If you do not have a dining room separate from the living room, try to create the illusion of a separate room, either with a screen, bookcase, plants, or anything that fits your style.

Next: The Living Room

Feng Shui on the Homestead, Introduction

The study of Feng Shui can fit well into homesteading because they are both about harmony and being in tuned to one’s surroundings.

Sometimes life can be overwhelming and there are some basic Feng Shui ideas that can help us create a more peaceful home.

There are many schools and studies of Feng Shui, but we are just going to cover some basic guidelines and ideas. For more in depth studies there are many great books (see our library).

Getting Started:

When you walk into your home it should feel comfortable and welcoming; it should feel as though the energy flows freely and is not stagnant.

Sometimes something as simple as moving a piece of furniture can make a difference, or changing the color of throw pillows or a tablecloth. We look at the items in our home everyday and don’t really give them much thought, but some items can create negative feelings (a gift from a person we no longer get along with, for instance).

Reducing clutter is such a huge emotional release. We all have so much we hang on to “just incase.” That’s OK, up to a point, as long as the item has a home. Look around your house. Do you have a lot of things lying around you wish you didn’t? Clearing clutter can be an overwhelming task, but just tackle one small area at a time- a drawer today, closet tomorrow. Ask yourself why you are hanging onto an item. Do you use it, love it, or are you keeping it just because? Make sure you fill your home with things you really love.

There are some simple steps for each room in your house that can make a huge impact on the overall feel and energy flow of your home. We will look at each area separately.