Kitchens are the heart of a home and the most important room in a house – both in feng shui and in interior design terms. If the kitchen doesn’t function well, it impacts on the whole household. Kitchens have the highest vibration in the home and it is the room where the most heated arguments take place. Kitchens are also the most expensive costing of any room in the interior either in the build or the renovation of a property – costing the most in time and trouble, money and effort so a design issue can be costly and troublesome to fix. Kitchens have to perform the best and work the hardest for the whole household. Health and safety is also an important consideration when planning a kitchen, especially the work surface space and traffic space around the hob and oven – the most dangerous area in the kitchen. This is where safety is of prime importance.
Generally a kitchen is made up of several areas: dry food storage, cold food storage, food preparation, cooking, food service, table clearing/dishwashing, and dining (either informal quick meals such as breakfast or sit down meals in a dedicated dining area). A compact kitchen can work just as well as a large room so long as it is properly planned and all the important factors have been taken into consideration from the outset. So the more time you devote to planning, the better the outcome for the finished room as well as the ease of use of that space by the entire household.
In my latest 7 part blog on using feng shui to design the ideal kitchen and create perfect harmony for you and your family, read about:
PART 1 – THE FENG SHUI OF THE KITCHEN
PART 2 –FIRE ENERGY IN THE KITCHEN
PART 3 – KITCHEN PLANNING & DESIGN
PART 4 – PLACEMENT OF THE COOKER/HOB
PART 5 – SELECTING APPLIANCES
PART 6 – WORK SURFACES & WORK SPACE
PART 7 – STORAGE & CONVENIENCE