How to Choose the Best Feng Shui Colors for Your Kitchen

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    Understanding Kitchen Feng Shui Colors

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    Good feng shui energy in your kitchen is very important for the good feng shui of your whole home. It is also very important for your health because obviously, the kitchen is the place where good nutrition comes from!

    How do you create good feng shui in your kitchen? Where do you start and what are the feng shui priorities for a kitchen? And what is the easiest way to bring good feng shui energy into this all-important space?

    The absolute easiest way to shift the feng shui energy in any area of your home - including your kitchen - is to use the best feng shui colors for it. This will be different for each kitchen, as in feng shui the choice of color is based on the 5 feng shui elements that are needed in any bagua area.

    Of course, there are many steps in creating a good feng shui kitchen - from fresh air and good lighting to the best placement of your oven. Here, though, let's focus on the magical power of color and how to make the best feng shui choice of color for your kitchen.

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  • 02 of 10

    Steps and Priorities

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    There are two main steps in creating a good feng shui kitchen with color:

    1. Define the bagua of your home (there are 2 ways to define the bagua, choose the way that works best for you). This is easier than it sounds and it will help you in further creating good feng shui in your whole home.
    2. Define all the ways you can bring color into your kitchen. For example, you might be able to bring color with new tiles, countertops, cabinets, or flooring. If you cannot go for big changes, you can still create a big shift with the color of various kitchen appliances, vibrant art, or small decor items that are appropriate in your kitchen. You can also employ specific feng shui shapes with your chosen color items to make the energy even stronger.
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    East / Health and Family

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    If you have an East facing kitchen, feng shui-wise this area is responsible for the energy of Health and Family. The element to support here is the Wood feng shui element. You can also bring the colors of the Water and Earth elements because they nourish the Wood. The energy to limit here is the Fire energy as Fire destroys the Wood in the cycle of five elements.

    • Main colors: Brown and green
    • Additional colors: Black, blue, ​sandy, and beige
    • Colors to limit: Red, orange, purple, strong yellow, gray
    • Appropriate art: Images from nature (forest, rivers, seashore etc), happy family gathering, images of medicinal plants
    • Art to limit: Images with fiery energy (a strong sunset) or actual images of fire
    • Suggested decor: Herbs and plants in terracotta or wood planters, mirrors
    • Best shapes: Rectangular, wavy, square
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    Southeast / Money and Abundance

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    A Southeast facing kitchen is located in the Money and Abundance bagua area of your home, so be sure your kitchen expresses the energy of wealth, The colors and feng shui elements here are exactly the same as for an East facing kitchen as they share the same element - Wood. Limit the Fire energy colors, as Fire destroys the Wood in the destructive cycle of the five feng shui elements.

    • Main colors: Brown and green
    • Additional colors: Black, blue, sandy and beige
    • Colors to limit: Red, orange, purple, strong yellow, gray
    • Appropriate art: Images of water (waterfall, oceans, rivers, etc), lush landscapes, expressions of wealth that speak to your heart and are appropriate for the kitchen (friends dining in an expensive restaurant or a Parisian cafe, a table full of food, an edible garden, etc
    • Art to limit: Images with fiery energy (a strong sunset) or actual images of fire
    • Suggested decor: Herbs and plants in terracotta planters, gold leaf mirrors
    • Best shapes: Rectangular, wavy, square
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    South / Fame and Reputation

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    If you have a South facing kitchen, you can use all the bright and fiery colors your heart desires. (If you like these colors, of course!) A South facing kitchen thrives on the energy of fire as this is its main element - the Fire feng shui element. This area is connected to the Fame and Reputation energy, feng shui-wise.

    The only energy to limit here is the Water feng shui element energy, as Water puts down the Fire. Limiting a strong expression of the Earth element is also recommended.

    • Main colors: Red, orange, yellow, pink, magenta, purple
    • Additional colors: Brown, green, black, blue
    • Colors to limit: Red, orange, purple, strong yellow, gray
    • Appropriate art: Images of fire be it an actual fire or its symbolic energy (a sunset). Images of colorful bright flowers (poppies, red roses), fruits or vegetables with fiery energy (red peppers, spices, etc)
    • Art to limit: Images with water energy (lakes, oceans, rivers), images of the desert
    • Suggested decor: Herbs and plants in fiery color planters
    • Best shapes: Triangular and rectangular
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    Southwest / Love and Marriage

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    A Southwest kitchen needs a strong Earth element energy, as well as an overall energy of love, support, and nourishment. It is in the bagua area called the Love and Marriage area, so re-creating the energy of love with an earthy quality to it (simple, unpretentious energy) works best here.

    The best colors for this kitchen are the Earth element colors, as well as Fire colors. Limiting a strong expression of the Metal, Wood, and Water ​feng shui elements are recommended.

    • Main colors: Beige, sandy, light butter yellow
    • Additional colors: Red, orange, yellow, pink, magenta, purple
    • Colors to limit: Blue, black, green, gray
    • Appropriate art: Images of various landscapes, soil, pottery, etc as well as images of Fire
    • Art to limit: Images with watery energy (lakes, oceans, etc), images with lush greenery
    • Suggested decor: Terracotta pots, pottery, various earthenware items
    • Best shapes: Square and rectangular
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    West / Children and Creativity

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    If your kitchen is located in the West area of your home, it is in the bagua area called Children and Creativity. This area needs a strong Metal feng shui element energy in order to thrive, and it is also nourished by the Earth element.

    The main element to avoid here is the Fire feng shui element as Fire melts the Metal in the destructive cycle of the five elements.

    • Main colors: White and gray
    • Additional colors: Beige, sandy, light yellow.
    • Colors to limit: Red, orange, yellow, pink, magenta, purple
    • Appropriate art: Images with predominantly white and gray colors, images of metal items, images of landscapes
    • Art to limit: Fiery images
    • Suggested decor: Metal bowls, terracotta pots, pottery, various earthenware items
    • Best shapes: Round and square
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    Northwest / Helpful People and Blessings

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    A kitchen in the Northeast area of a home has the same feng shui color requirements as a West facing kitchen as they share the same element of Metal. It is in the Helpful People and Blessings area of your bagua.

    This kitchen needs a strong expression of the Metal feng shui element, as well as the Earth element. The main element to avoid here is the Fire feng shui element as Fire melts the Metal in the cycle of the five elements.

    • Main colors: White and gray
    • Additional colors: Beige, sandy, light yellow.
    • Colors to limit: Red, orange, yellow, pink, magenta, purple.
    • Appropriate art: Images with predominantly white and gray colors, images of metal items or landscapes
    • Art to limit: Fiery images
    • Suggested decor: Metal bowls, terracotta pots, pottery, various earthenware items
    • Best shapes: Round and square
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    North / Career and Path in Life

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    A North facing kitchen is in the only bagua area, Career & Path in Life, that really needs the energy of the Water element. It also loves the energy of the Metal feng shui element. Decorating a North facing kitchen with the Water element colors has to be done mindfully because you still want to support the warm, fiery energy needed in any kitchen.

    The main elements to limit here are the Fire, Wood, and Earth feng shui elements.

    • Main colors: Black and blue
    • Additional colors: White and gray
    • Colors to limit: Red, orange, yellow, pink, magenta, purple, green, brown, sandy
    • Appropriate art: Images of water (oceans, rivers, etc) images of metal items, black and white photos
    • Art to limit: Fiery images, lush landscapes, images of the dessert
    • Suggested decor: Metal bowls, white color appliances
    • Best shapes: Round and wavy
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    Northeast / Spiritual Growth and Cultivation

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    A kitchen in the Northeast area needs a strong Earth element energy, it is in the bagua area called the Spiritual Growth and Self-Cultivation area.

    The best colors for this kitchen are the Earth element colors, as well as Fire colors. Limit a strong presence of the Metal, Wood, and Water feng shui elements.

    • Main colors: Beige, sandy, light butter yellow
    • Additional colors: Red, orange, yellow, pink, magenta, purple
    • Colors to limit: Blue, black, green, gray
    • Appropriate art: Images of various landscapes, soil, pottery, as well as images of fire. Images of Buddha or other deities, a lotus flower or any other images evoking a spiritual quality of energy
    • Art to limit: Images with watery energy (lakes, oceans, etc) and/or lush greenery
    • Suggested decor: Terracotta pots, pottery, various earthenware items
    • Best shapes: Square and rectangular