Ever heard of home design with fengshui? In Asia, especially in China, a lot of homes are designed based on the principles of Feng Shui. If you wish to design areas of your home, specifically your kitchen, based on the basic principles of Feng Shui, but don’t have any idea whatsoever about this ancient Chinese art, don’t fret because you’ve come to the right place.
This article contains all you need to know about the basic color palettes for designing your kitchen with Feng Shui. You will also learn about basic Feng Shui design principles that you can then apply to other areas of your home.
What Is Feng Shui?
Before we get into the details, let me first give you a brief introduction into the art of Feng Shui.
Feng Shuiis this ancient Chinese art that was developed for over 3 millenia. Feng Shui is a teaching of complex information about balancing different energies in all kinds of spaces. This means you can apply the principles of Feng Shui for your garage, living room, rest room, back yard, office, and more. You can even apply it to a whole neighborhood.
Feng Shui is derived from two Chinese words, Feng which refers to “wind” and Shui which refers to “water.” Wind and Water are elements that the ancient Chinese associated with good fortune and health.
The main principles of Feng Shui were based on the ancient Chinese understanding of what’s going on around nature, the balance that goes on within it.
How To Design With Feng Shui
Designing with Feng Shui can be easy as pie when you have the right tools with you. To effectively integrate the principles of Feng Shui into any given space, all you will need are two tools, the Feng Shui compass and map or Bagua.
The Feng Shui compass is no different from any other compass since it’s main purpose is to tell accurate directions. The Bagua however, is a unique map in a form of an octagon where each section tells of the effects that can take place in your life based on one area of a given space.
Designing your home in accordance with the baguacan help you enhance certain aspects of your life such as health, family, career, and wealth.
The key to creating a perfectly designed home based on the bagua is choosing to work with one kind of bagua (classical or western). Applying both types of baguas to your home can only cause chaos to the overall balance.
Feng Shui Colors For The Kitchen
When it comes to designing the colors of your kitchen in accordance with Feng Shui, the main decisions would be based on the direction your kitchen is facing.
Here is a simple guide on the different types of colors you should apply to your kitchen based on the different directions in the compass.
A kitchen facing the south direction would work best with colors that resemble fire. These colors could fall under the shades of yellow, red, and orange. Other colors that work well for kitchens facing the south are those associated with wooden elements such as shades of brown or green.
As for colors you should avoid, try to steer clear of water and dark colors such as black and blue.
2. Facing Southwest and Northeast
The southwest direction is the ideal place for a kitchen when it comes to Feng Shui design. When choosing colors for a kitchen in the southwest area of your home, try to go with earth and fire tones such as bright yellows, reds, oranges, pinks, and even purples.
You may also want to add in some browns and greens. What you should avoid are blacks, blues, grays, and whites.
3. Facing West and Northwest
The west direction is not the best place for a kitchen according to Feng Shui design since the west is ideally for metal energies and the fire energy of the kitchen can weaken the metal energies.
To make up for the imbalance, try to avoid using fiery and watery colors such as reds, yellows, blues, and oranges. Try to go for warm earth colors such as grays and dark browns instead. You may also go with clear whites. You may also go with metal kitchen appliances such as metal utensils, a metal coffee maker, or a metal stovetop
4. Facing North
The main element associated with the north direction is water. So if your kitchen is facing north, the best colors to work with according to Feng Shui principle are shades of blue, white, gray, and even black.
You can also add in a couple of metal pieces to your kitchen since metal is a great point for balance in areas facing the northern direction.
5. Facing East
A kitchen facing the east direction should be designed with colors that go well with the element of wood. This means you should go for earthy and watery colors such as browns, greens, and blues.
Colors you should avoid are red and grey. Steer clear of any color that corresponds to the fire and metal element for perfect balance.
6. Facing South East
A kitchen facing east should be designed with lots of wood elements and earth tones. Try to go with browns and greens. Also try to add a lot of fresh plants such as fruits, herbs, and flowers to this area since the southeast direction corresponds to abundance related energies.
Do take note that if your kitchen is facing southeast, you must avoid using fiery colors such as red, yellow, orange, and even white.
A Quick Recap
Designing a space based on the principles of Feng Shui will not only make it visually appealing, but full of balanced energy as well. This is why an increasing number of people around the world are trying to incorporate nature’s balance to their homes by applying the basic principles of Feng Shui design.
Remember that the only thing you need to effectively design an area with Feng Shui is a handy compass and a bagua map as a reference. Allow the space you wish to design to become one with the energies associated with the direction it’s facing. That way, you will be able to gain perfect balance.
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