The location, design, and feng shui basics of your kitchen are all considered very important in a good feng shui floor plan. Feng shui is the ancient Chinese art of placement, which helps determine a healthy energy flow throughout your home and determines the foundation for a balanced, harmonious life.
Your kitchen is part of the so-called "feng shui trinity" of your home—the bedroom, the bathroom, and the kitchen—each is considered to be of the utmost importance for your health and well-being.
Good and the Bad Floor Plans
So, what is the best feng shui positioning of a kitchen in a floor plan?
These guidelines mention some of the pitfalls to avoid when determining where to put your kitchen in the floor plan of the house and laying out some of the appliances and details of your kitchen. These guidelines are most helpful for people who have a blank slate—ideal for those who and are building a home or doing a massive home renovation.
These guidelines do not necessarily outline the best placement of the kitchen, but more so, which areas do not bode well for good energy flow through the home.
If you have a blank designing slate, then some other areas of the house that are important to consider when developing a new floor plan include the front door, other doors and windows, bedroom, bathrooms, laundry room, and closets.
Kitchen in Relation to the Front Door
The worst feng shui positioning of a kitchen is the one where the kitchen is close to the front door and is the first view you see as you come in. Please note this does not apply to a kitchen further away from the door that you can partially see from the front entrance; this only applies to a floor plan where you literally come home through a kitchen.
Even in this case, there are better and worse scenarios. An oven that you can see from the front door, or aligned with the front door, is considered worse feng shui. It is a bit better if you see a nice view of your kitchen, like a kitchen island with some flowers on it or a little herb garden, which can tip the balance toward better feng shui in your kitchen. If you want to try to remedy the feng shui in your home, especially since it is hard to move a stove, you can explore some feng shui cures to help you.
Another bad feng shui location of the kitchen is either under the bathroom or facing a bathroom door (a bathroom door in proximity to the oven or kitchen island is the worst). The reason here involves plain common sense (and scents) since you do not want the odors of the bathroom to mingle with the food.
Also, since the kitchen is a place where fire energy feeds the home, you do not want it to directly flow out through the bathroom, which is considered a place of exit. Also, the bathroom is considered a water element that directly competes with the fires of the kitchen and can douse the flames.
Other Problem Spots
Another bad feng shui kitchen location is a kitchen very close to the staircase. These two energies are opposite each other and are best kept at a distance. Moderately challenging kitchen locations are a kitchen very close to the laundry room or the garage, but these scenarios are much easier to work with and improve.
You also do not want the kitchen to be in the exact center of the house. You do not want your heart on fire. As long as the kitchen is slightly off center, then that is fine for the placement for your kitchen.
Good Layout of the Kitchen Itself
There are several elements that are important in the actual design of the kitchen. A good feng shui rule of thumb for the layout of the kitchen is the triangle principle, where the oven, the fridge, and the sink form a triangle. This is good feng shui, well-known, and used by many designers—whether they are feng shui practitioners or not. A less known principle, but very important for feng shui, is to avoid having your oven positioned in the way where you cook with your back to the door.