The Feng Shui kitchen and the Feng Shui kitchen colors aren't necessarily different than other kitchens, they're just "planned" specifically using Feng Shui architecture, Feng Shui design and Feng Shui decorating principles. These Feng Shui chi principles balance the Yin/Yang qualities and Five Element Theory through use of appropriate accessories, flooring, countertops, elements, shapes and colors. Another factor for some of the decisions might be determined based on the Feng Shui orientation of the building or the kitchen itself.
This post's topic is "Yang" energy geared towards the wants and needs of a perspective homebuyer or someone planning to do a Feng Shui design remodel. I'll give you picture examples to explain how this might evolve in today's Feng Shui kitchen.
Kitchen cabinets usually are made from lumber creating linear, straight lines - another Yang energy. Circular cabinets are rarely used due to the waste of lumber to build them, the amount of space they take up in the room and the difficulty in construction, which adds significantly to the cost.
Any linear patterns developed through the use of wood strips on floors or counters and stripes in accessories add Yang energy.
Structural posts and beams add Yang energy as does the linear lines of countertops, tile, floors and back splashes. If the tiles are used to create geometric designs - other than circles and ovals - this, too, contributes to the Yang energy.
Most of these will be beneficial to creating the desired balance of Yin and Yang energy. But one type of linear energy - straight pathways - is not considered good in the kitchen. Straight pathways in hospitals are called, "Killer chi" - a very unpleasant energy and one avoided if at all possible. Yet our kitchens often have that same energy designed into them.
When we have our back to a doorway, that's inauspicious chi. We can become scared while preparing the food placed into our body and the bodies of our loved ones. If our back is to the sink, we have conflict in the kitchen and, thus, in the family. With our back to the activity of the family, we have disinterest or "turning our back" on our family and friends.
There is much to consider when developing the Feng Shui kitchen. Starting with the style and feel you desire along with your wants and needs is the beginning. Obviously cost and space constraints will influence the project.
Just keep in mind, whether it's cooking, eating or gathering with family and friends, the Feng Shui kitchen is the hearth and HEART of home.