Feng Shui: A Kitchen Plan to Help You Prosper

30 May 2024

Planning a kitchen means holding a lot of information in your head at once, well beyond the range style and architecture. Indeed, balancing colour, appliances and decoration takes expertise. Where a newbie dumps clutter, a professional kitchen designer converts it into art. They make the room flow.

Alas, you probably don’t have the time to master feng shui – a method used to prime rooms and stage furniture in a way that invokes a sense of wellbeing. Fortunately, at Masterclass Kitchens, we do. Having studied it alongside Japandi and wabi-sabi, we’ve trained to be your feng shui consultant.

Indeed, our kitchen designers have one-inch punched worktop granite, meditated on the philosophy of feng shui masters and spent countless hours hitting that spinny kung-fu hat stand thing in the break room (the pool table was occupied). Put simply, we can guide you.

As a result, in today’s article, you’ll get the best rundown of feng shui 2024 can offer, including how to apply the following three basic principles to a modern home:

  • Balance (yin-yang)
  • Natural elements
  • The flow of chi energy (or “qi” as us masters spell it)

Along the way, we’ll explain every concept and why they're important, as well as the optimal kitchen cabinetry you can buy to get your desired outcome. It may sound woo-woo but, believe us, feng shui often draws parallel conclusions with science and psychology. So, it’s worth taking notice.

A Japandi-style space using feng shui plants and Japanese philosophy

Before You Begin

Feng shui literally translates to “wind water.” It’s about flow – specifically energy flow. According to masters, the key is to optimise that flow through your home, setting feng shui mirrors to channel it, plug spaces that waste it, and eddy it wherever you want a surplus.

If you believe this, you’ll agree that it’s important to ensure your home isn’t losing energy before you install a kitchen. As ancient Chinese idioms indicate, water is wealth, and leaks drain your prosperity. This is a metaphor but also a practical tip, especially given the price of today’s utility bills.

A private kitchen fitter standing in a fitted kitchen
A skilled kitchen carpenter acting as a kitchen fitter

Hence, if you want to set a good foundation for your feng shui practice, start by getting a tradesperson to check the plumbing that will underpin your kitchen. The extra fee could save you far more money in the long term.

Balancing Yin and Yang

Next comes the meat of feng shui. Birthed in 475–221 BCE China, a period characterised by warring states, feng shui’s origins stem from a desire to achieve peace at home. Key to its existence is the focus on the yin (feminine) and yang (masculine) – balanced forces that oppose and cycle one another.

A handleless kitchen design with a true handleless kitchen and Japandi interior

Achieving ying-yang in the broader aspects of your kitchen design is the first step towards optimising its feng shui. Take, for example, a handless kitchen like the above H-Line Larna range. Blending warm (yang) red splashes with cool (yin) black colour expanses, it creates aesthetic equilibrium.

A typical ultra-modern kitchen 2024 has to offer, with warm colours and wood
A grey handleless kitchen with kitchen doors without handles

And what about lighting? Blending soft under-cabinet task lighting (yin) with bright overheads (yang) makes for a practical yet comforting combination. All you need is to position kitchen workspaces next to windows, as done in this Amalfi Sunset and Madoc Reclaimed Oak ensemble, or this handleless Sutton Light Grey and Milano Midnight Pietra combination, and you’ll offset artificial lighting effects.

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Appliances, accessories and the materials they contain also play a role in balance. Large appliances like ovens (yang), for instance, must balance with artwork or plants (yin). If you can also interrupt sharp lined door edges with soft, draped climbers or ornamental driftwood then even better!

Featuring the Elements

Balancing the yin and yang of your kitchen range itself is only part of the equation. Remember the soft elements? Countless studies have proven they also have a part to play. After all, a biophilic design that incorporates nature soothes human minds. In short, a natural kitchen promotes wellbeing.

In the west we often discuss the four elements – earth, fire, water, air – but feng shui actually tells you to balance five: earth, fire, water, wood, metal. Incorporate them all in some form and your kitchen should act as a vessel for all the types of energy you need to lead a good life.

A white handleless kitchen with white gloss handleless kitchen doors

The new kitchen above covers many of these elements. Browse the white Italia range, for instance, and you’ll notice the wooden veg crate, the metal hob extractor, the boiling water tap, the fiery integrated oven and the earthy Milano worktops – all five elements.

Incorporating each element is a simple affair in most kitchens. That said, you can use colours to help you if you feel your kitchen is a little light on certain elemental materials. For example, if you don’t have a gas hob, you could always include slashes of red in your décor to represent much needed fire.

Flowing Qi in Your Kitchen

Qi is energy – or, according to Chinese philosophy, the flowing matter of the universe. You cannot create or destroy it; only channel it from one place to another. Einstein had a similar theory and proved his one with mathematics, so it pays to keep an open mind.

On that note, according to feng shui gurus, the best way to guide qi through a kitchen is to ensure the room:

  • Is in the rear of your home (definitely not in the centre)
  • Doesn’t face a front door or bathroom
  • Has a square or rectangular layout with ample counter space
  • Is built with the sink and stove separated (to avoid mixing fire and water)

A Shaker-style kitchen with modern sage green kitchen cabinets and cream Shaker kitchen elements

This modern sage green kitchen – technically a Hardwick New Forest and Highland Stone ensemble – with its Shaker kitchen doors follows all these rules. Notice the extra worktop and isolated sink? All these elements combined create an efficient working triangle, which engineers say is the most efficient setup for cooking and socialising.

Remember, though, your kitchen’s orientation isn’t the only factor that impacts flow. Indeed, energy can get “stale,” even in a modern Shaker kitchen. Notice how office workers often feel unable to work until they clear their desk? Clutter causes inaction. So, if you want to feel engaged in cooking, remove clutter.

A pantry housed in Shaker kitchen cabinets in a modern colourful kitchen
A luxury breakfast cupboard housing a tea station and coffee bar cabinet

Clever storage solves this problem. Indeed, whether you have a modern luxury black kitchen or a white Shaker kitchen, the right cabinetry can free up kitchen counters and maintain access to essentials. Our breakfast dressers are basically high-end tea rooms, our pull-out larders can hide a weekly shop, and our Lansbury corner food pantries are big enough to host a Downton Abbey banquet.

Finally, add finishing touches. A mirror opposite a nature-facing window, for example, can double your exposure and improve your health. And if you need extra juju, imperial feng shui – using special objects in your feng shui room arrangement – will put you in a constant state of luck. Green jadeite will help you make good decisions, while agarwood and sandalwood invites wealth into your life.

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