Reader Krys S. in Chicago asks:
“I adore the look of open shelves. I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to them. And, yet, I read on your blog and in other feng shui resources, that open shelves are like knives that cut the residents of the home. Ouch!
“Do I have to abandon my dream of open kitchen shelving surrounding my one kitchen window? Or is there something I could do to diminish the cutting effect of the open shelves?”
Indeed Krys’s fear’s are valid. In fact open shelves create two Feng Shui issues:
- The knife-edges of open shelves create “sha chi,” or poison arrows, aimed right at you.
- Open shelves invite dust and clutter, violating the #1 rule of good Feng Shui, to keep your space clean and clutter-free.
For instance in these two photos you can see that things are stacked behind other things on the shelves, making them inaccessible at best.
- Build the shelves so they’re just deep enough to hold one later of kitchen supplies.
- Pull things to the front of the shelves to create more of a blunt-edge to the look of the shelves.
- Design the shelves with rounded edges to reduce their sharpness.
- Avoid using Metal for the shelf material.
- Keep the shelves clean and tidy.
Here’s an example of open kitchen shelving with good Feng Shui:
Here’s another positive Feng Shui example, with dishes: