I’m proud to present kitchen design firm AK Complete Home Renovations as my very first guest blogger (woo-hoo!).
Good Kitchen Feng Shui, by AK Complete Home Renovations.
One of Feng Shui’s most important areas, the kitchen is the heart of the home, representing nourishment and prosperity.
For most families the kitchen is the gathering place, homework central and where the party always ends up!
It is amazing how much ancient Feng Shui beliefs apply to modern kitchen design.
Applying Feng Shui is not only good design but good Chi as well.
Kitchen Feng Shui principle #1: It’s important for good kitchen Feng Shui that the cook is placed in the Commanding Position.
Cooking islands are a fantastic way to keep the person cooking in control of the kitchen and involved in everything that’s going on around them. These islands are often used to create an open flow from the kitchen to other rooms, like a family/great room.
- Smooth radiant surface electric cooktops or even induction cooktops are a perfect solution for a safe and unobtrusive cooking surface on a multi-purpose island.
Kitchen Feng Shui, principle #2: If a full kitchen renovation isn’t in the cards and the stove faces a wall, a mirror behind the stove reflects activity behind the cook.
If a mirror behind the cooking surface isn’t practical or desirable, we can easily create a mirror effect using glass or metallic tiles to create a reflection. We use these types of tiles in all styles of kitchens, from traditional to modern.
Kitchen Feng Shui, principle #3: A clutter-free kitchen allows Chi energy to flow, so good storage options are essential.
It’s important to know our clients: how they shop, how they cook and what they use most and least, to properly design a custom and unique storage solution.
This helps us effectively use every last inch of cabinet space with items like in-drawer organizer trays, hidden/pull out spice racks, appliance garages, cabinets designed for mixers and other large appliances and lazy susans that fill cabinet corners.
The solutions here are truly endless: for instance we carry 8 different cabinet lines with hundreds of customizable options for storage.
This is one of the most fun parts of kitchen design. Seeing the varied elements come together in harmony is what makes a truly “good” design.
For example, Metal is found in stainless steel appliances and variations of metallic tiles, Wood in cabinetry, trim materials and flooring, and Earth in granite countertops, natural stone for flooring and backsplashes.
Kitchen Feng Shui, principle #5: Kitchens are important gathering places which need lively Yang energy.
Ample walkways prevent crowding, enabling family and friends to casually walk through the open kitchen and attached areas. This fosters conversation and minimizes congestion.
Create serving areas and seating that encourage flow and create inviting gathering places. And keep the space well lit to keep energy flowing!
Guest blogger AK Complete Home Renovations has been designing kitchens in Marietta Georgia for over fifteen years!
photo courtesy of AK Kitchens