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Feng Shui Decorating

Feng Shui is often described as half science and half art.  Many rules and principles of this ancient decorating philosophy have been proven true by modern science.  For example, modern psychological studies have shown that warm colors and natural lighting, two key components of a Feng Shui home, really help raise people's spirits.  Feng Shui has been used in the Far East for many centuries, but it has only become popular in America during the past five years.  Many people actually hire Feng Shui experts to help arrange and decorate their homes.

This isn't really necessary, as Feng Shui isn't as complicated as some people make it out to be.  By understanding some of its main points, you can design your kitchen and the rest of your home to capture positive energy, promote emotional balance, and encourage interplay in the living areas.  Many Feng Shui principles are common sense.  For example, according to Feng Shui philosophy, people should decorate entrances with things they consider beautiful.  The thinking behind this is that people should enter their homes feeling happy to be there.  This makes sense, right?  If your experience at home is to be a positive one, you should start off on the right foot by seeing something pleasant and uplifting before you enter.

Feng Shui and Energy Flow
Feng Shui is based on the belief that people and objects emit palpable energy.  Some give off negative energy, which, of course, should be avoided, while other people and things have positive energy.  Flowing, clean water is an example of something that has positive energy.  Dirty water, on the other hand, releases negative energy.  If your kitchen window overlooks a pool of dirty water, for example, place a vibrant plant on the windowsill.  The plant will prevent the negative energy from entering your home, and it will also give off its own positive energy.  If you can grasp this concept of energy flow, then you're on your way to designing a Feng Shui home.

It's fairly simple to decipher which objects have positive and negative energy.  Living things are the greatest source of positive energy.  If you love animals, then nothing can bring greater positive energy than a pet.  If you haven't the time or patience to care for a dog or cat, consider fish.  At the very least, decorate your kitchen and other rooms with plants.  Colorful flowers add life to any room.

For peace and serenity, bring the natural world into your home.  The best way to bring the beauty of the outdoors into your kitchen is through windows.  Actual trees, grass, and blue sky make people feel at ease.  However, if your kitchen faces a brick wall, or if some sharp object points directly at the window, the outdoors will be a negative source of energy.  Consider sharp objects, like the corners of rectangles, to be knives.  A corner exudes pressure, like a knife being held at someone's throat.  If your windows do not reveal grass, trees, or clean water, then cover the window and make sure to hang artwork of natural scenery on your walls.  A painting or photograph of the ocean or forestry will bring positive energy to your kitchen.

One of the more questionable principles behind Feng Shui is the compass.  Supposedly, various sections of a house have different types of energy.  One section is of the home is best for work and wealth accumulation, while another is best utilized for socializing.  Whether or not geographical location really makes one area of the home better for different tasks, it is wise to designate various sections of the home to the following areas: Wealth, fame, personal relationships, family, children and creativity, knowledge, career or life path, and travel.  BACK TO TOP

Feng Shui and Spirituality
Because Feng Shui originated in the Far East many centuries ago, Oriental religion greatly influences some traditional Feng Shui decorations and artwork.  For example, statuettes of Foo Dogs, representing loyalty and strength, are said to protect homes from evil.  Money Frogs are said to bring good fortune and wealth.  A figurine of Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion, inspires lovingness and empathy.  Buddhas, Dragon Turtles, and many other Eastern idols are all commonplace in Feng Shui kitchens.

These symbolic figures are not acknowledged by all religions.  However, just because a couple is Christian, for example, does not mean they must violate their own religion in order to apply Feng Shui decorating principles in their home.  As mentioned earlier, many ideas behind Feng Shui are factual.  Artwork can lift your spirits.  A view of nature can set the mind at ease.  These are things that all homes and kitchens should have.

However, the Feng Shui concepts that involve personal taste and mysticism are entirely negotiable.  Having a Dragon Turtle in your home is not necessarily a must.  However, what that Dragon Turtle stands for success, good luck, and fortune, should be represented.  People can use artwork from their own religions that symbolize these things, or they can use completely nonreligious images if they so choose.  By selecting something that suits your personal tastes, values, and beliefs, you can successfully fuse two cultures into a happy home without compromising who you are.  BACK TO TOP

The Feng Shui Kitchen
Many Feng Shui consultants emphasize the importance of the five senses when decorating.  Everyone knows that the way a kitchen looks is a major component of successful interior design.  Attractive cabinetry, appealing color coordination, and lighting all play a major role in how much you will enjoy spending time in the kitchen.  As mentioned earlier, kitchens, as with all rooms, should possess beauty.  However, the other four senses, sound, taste, feel, and smell, also greatly influence the kitchen experience.

  • Sound
    Music, for example, appeals to your sense of sound and significantly alters the mood of a kitchen.  Classical or yoga music produces a soothing, relaxing sound.  When entertaining guests for a party, you can select music of really any genre.  By setting up speakers in the kitchen, preferably in the four corners to create a surround effect, you make music part of the surroundings.  The speakers can be attached to a CD player, radio, or computer.  Conceal the wiring as much as possible.  In general, wires are unattractive, and beauty is a focal point of Feng Shui.

  • Taste
    Of course, taste plays a key role in the kitchen.  Different flavors lend themselves to various moods, and according to Feng Shui principles, various tastes improve your abilities in different areas.  Dishes in accordance with Feng Shui exemplify the balance of Yin and Yang.  Chinese restaurants already utilize this philosophy.  Strong, flavorful foods represent the Yang, and blandness is a Yin characteristic.  For this reason, most Chinese restaurants serve the most flavorful foods with white rice, which has very little flavor.  Consider sweet and sour chicken or shrimp.  The sweetness and sourness balance one another.  Having one without the other throws a meal off balance, which is poor Feng Shui.  Combine soft and crisp foods, or even hot and cold.  The relationship between Feng Shui and food is more complicated than this, as entire books have been written on the subject, but the idea of balance is probably the most important -- and tangible -- concept to remember.

  • Smell
    Taste and smell often go hand in hand.  The foods that taste good usually emit pleasant aromas.  Sautéing garlic, ginger, and/or szechuan peppercorn can fill a kitchen with delightful smells.  Italian foods also smell delicious.  When you're not cooking, it's a good idea to have scented candles or other welcoming aromas in the air.  Homes should have distinct smells to them, ones that people recognize and enjoy once they step inside.  The smell of a kitchen should remind people of cleanliness and freshness.  Lemon works exceptionally well for this.

  • Touch
    Decorating doesn't have much to do with sense of touch.  However, it's really up to you whether or not you want to enjoy the feel of your kitchen.  Take the time to enjoy the way a warm coffee mug feels on your hands.  Warmth is relaxing, so maybe you want to turn the heat up a few notches after work.  BACK TO TOP

Feng Shui Colors for the Kitchen
The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the modern household.  This is where guests converge for conversation and the place most families eat together, so it's really the center of all social functions.  To promote energetic behavior, use lively colors such as yellow, orange, and yellow-orange.  You can choose one dominant color and use the others for highlights and accents.  BACK TO TOP

The overall goal of Feng Shui is to make your home pleasant and productive.  Keep in mind that the best choice is always whatever makes you and your family happy.  In striving for the ideal decorating scheme, you can follow Feng Shui by the book or simply use it as a guide.  You can also ignore it altogether, but there is little doubt that there is plenty of wisdom in this ancient craft.