As one of the three most important rooms in a house, the kitchen affects health, relationships, and the economy of the household. The ideal kitchen requires the proper placement of the stove and sink, an efficient arrangement of cabinets and appliances along with an ergonomic, clean, and orderly work space.

The stove and sink respectively are metaphors for masculine and feminine energies. The ideal arrangement for the stove and sink is where they form a 90 degree angle with the sink facing a window and the stove placed against a solid wall.

The stove symbolizes fire, (yang) and linked to consumption and money spending. The wall behind the stove, representing support and control is linked to stability and good budgetary control. The 90-degree relationship of sink and stove also offer efficiency for cooking as well as a beneficial connection for masculine and feminine energies.

If the 90-degree layout is not possible, having the sink and stove next to each other is fine too. The rest of the appliances; oven, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, etc., can be placed where most convenient and with ergonomic consideration.

 

The Island Kitchen Is Not Desirable

In the 20th century, the kitchen has gradually replaced the living room as a gathering place. Many kitchens have an island in the center, allowing for more working and storage space as well as a place for people to congregate.

In the United States, since the mid-1960’s, it has become fashionable to place the stove on an island. From a feng shui perspective, this affects the household male-female energy connections, as well as control of the household budget.

The sink (water) represents the yin aspect and the stove (fire) represents the yang aspect. When the stove is placed on the island and the sink is situated directly across the stove, metaphorically, there is no good connection between the yin and yang, the male and female energies. It may cause challenges in maintaining a cohesive male-female relationship.

The stove metaphorically, represents “consumption”. When placed on an island, there is no wall behind the stove. Metaphorically, this wall or “mountain” represents support and control. Therefore, without a wall to control the “consumption” implies a greater challenge for the residents to control the household budget.

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