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Kitchen Feng Shui Design Dos & Donts

picture-111 In most cultures, the kitchen is the heart of the home.

The kitchen brings the family together. This is where the family gather to catch up on the news of the day, where kids do their homework on kitchen table, where a close neighbor will drop by for a chat. Also cooking can be a space for real celebration for holiday preparations with the family and friends.

The kitchen represents the health and wellness of a family. Food prepared in the The kitchen nourishes us, and the kitchen also provides a place for nurturing family connections

The kitchens also represent a family’s prosperity. The Chinese relate the nourishing power of the stove to the ability of family members to earn money.

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house.

The kitchen is dominated by the elements of Fire and Water. Those elements are incompatible so it is important to take care of positioning of your appliances, color of your walls and backsplash as well as keeping any clutter under control.

Here are some great Feng Shui tips to help you design the best kitchen for great health and abundance.


1- Cook in the “Command Position”. This means from a place where you can see the front door and be in the control of your kitchen space. Ideally when standing at your stove you should see people coming in the kitchen. If you don’t, install a reflective surface such as a shiny backsplash above your stove.

2- Have your kitchen design based on a traditional triangle model, with the sink, refrigerator and range making up each point of the triangle. There should be a 6- to 8- foot distance between each appliance. This allows for maximum convenience and a minimum of repeated moves.

3- Take good care of your stove by keeping it clean and in perfect working condition. It represents wealth.  And using all the burners helps attract money from multiple sources.

4- Keep the refrigerator and freezer full of healthy food to demonstrate the prosperity of your home. And place a bowl of fresh fruits on the kitchen table is a symbol of good health and vitality.

5- Consider incorporating the color green or some greenery into your kitchen scheme. Fresh flowers and plants bring the message of vitality and life to a kitchen, which is not only esthetically pleasing but symbolically beneficial as well.


1- Paint your kitchen with red, pink or purple. These are "fire" colors, and can portend arguments, so if you and your spouse tend to fight in the kitchen, see if the wall or floor color might have something to do with this.

2- Keep too many utensils on your kitchen countertops so that the Chi can flow freely and nourish your home.

3- Keep out of date cans, package goods, preserves in your cabinets and food from your refrigerator that has been there too long. It reduces the energy level of your home and affects health.

4- Clutter your kitchen with utensils and small appliances. Keep those out of sight. Having all outside on your countertops disrupt the chi flow making it slower and lethargic.

5- Keep broken appliances even if it means living without a toaster at all for a while, it's better to have no toaster than one that doesn't work very well.

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What does it takes to be a Donald Trump business?

 The answer is...Feng Shui! Since you are a business oriented person, you might be thinking:”Oh great, here it comes another fad that sounds too good to be true.” Well, the fact is, you do not have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work. Whether you believe in the law of gravity or not, it exists, and it affects everything you do. As Donald Trump says: “ I don’t have to believe in Feng Shui but I use it because it makes me money”
 It is no surprise that famous people like Trump, Tiger, Oprah, and Spielberg, along with the largest companies of the world such as Coca- Cola, Sony, Shell, Procter & Gamble, Citibanks and others, “actively” embrace Feng Shui. These companies and people practice Feng Shui principles as a way to add value to their service, increase their profitability, create harmonious relations among employees, and to reduce employee turnover. Not only that, Feng Shui differentiates them from their competitors while multiplying their earnings and free time.  
 Feng Shui is not a fad, nor a religion or superstition. Feng Shui is an art and science that unites ENERGY... time, space, people and the environment as one integral entity. Consciously arranging your office and furniture to create a healthy, peaceful and dynamic flow of energy relaxes the nervous system, inspires the mind and calms the emotions. In business, this equates to higher productivity, improved health, better relations, and more prosperity and financial fortune.
 Want to boost your carer with Feng Shui? Here are some easy to follow office tips:  
 Make a vision board with images and words that inspire you to reach your goals. Add a mentor. Describe your ideal job on a red paper. Be detailed.  
 Make space for opportunities: De-cluttering will clarify your space as well as your mind. It will decrease stress, improve focus, efficiency and your end results.
picture-1.pngSit in the Command position
 Be in control of your space and life. Seat where you can see the entrance door and have control over the whole room. Add a mirror if the lay out does not  allow it.
 Be Color coded
 Use Yin & Yang colors in function of your needs. Dress with black for power. Dress in blue for communication flow. Dress with red for motivation and energy.
 Use the Water element

Have a water feature or art work illustrating water at the entrance or in the prosperity area of your office to bring new opportunities. 

Feng Shui means BUSINESS!


Marie Burgos, Feng Shui Expert and Interior Designer 


Be in "The Command position" at the Office



What is being in "The Command Position"at the office?

You don't need to be the CEO to be in the command position, each of us can and should be in our Command Position. Feeling empowered, feeling safe, being recognized by others and reduce stress are all entities we want to have at the office.


Here are some guidelines for the placement of your desk to be in control of your life at work: 

The position:

Specifically for the office, it is important to face the door.

Avoid placing yourself directly in front of the door but in the farthest corner, in diagonal from the door. It offers the best command position.


The benefits:

Seating in the command position gives you power and control over your space. You can see people coming in and out and are never surprised. It helps with your confidence, your feeling of being prepared and your stress level.


The threat:

 Sitting where you can’t see what is going on behind you makes you feel tense and vulnerable. The consequences can be multiple. You could be in conflict with your colleagues or boss. You also can go unnoticed and passed for promotions and projects that are of interest for you. You can feel undermined. You can also have difficulties concentrating, being productive and bringing projects to their end. In addition, this position creates stress and tension for your back and can affect your health in general.


The solutions:

Of course, it is not always possible to move your desk around because you work in a cubicle or because of the size or shape of the room but in Feng Shui “cures” can be applied to address these issues. 

Ensure you are seating on a solid chair that is high enough to protect your neck and head. 

Put a picture of a mountain in the inside of the back of your chair for support or the picture or business card of your boss to get his support. 

Install a small mirror on your desk that allows you to see who is coming behind you so you are never surprised. 

Make a list of your objectives and goals and display it on your desk so you can read them everyday.


Marie Burgos

Manoblue Design LLC