Feng shui is an ancient Chinese practice that is designed to create harmony both in your life and in your home. Literally translating to “wind-water,” feng shui returns the elements to their natural balance which brings relaxation, peace of mind, and refreshment.
Feng shui can be applied to every facet of your life, from your home to your work, and even your daily routines. Let’s take a look at one of the most important rooms in your house, according to feng shui principles: the kitchen.
The kitchen is a source of nourishment and comfort for families everywhere, and with feng shui, this is no exception. In feng shui, the kitchen represents wealth and prosperity, where there is not only an abundance of food, but luxurious materials as well. Granite is a great example of such a luxurious material which is why it is such a seamless finish for many homeowners.
The strength and beauty of granite countertop bring out these essential qualities of your kitchen, while also balancing the “water” energy with “earth” energy. This makes granite a great material to use in your bathroom as well, where the abundance of water can lead to an imbalance in the energy in your home.
In fact, granite can contribute to feng shui in your home in a variety of contexts, by balancing out the fire element in your fireplace, or providing a focal point in your home. Not to mention that the natural beauty of the stone itself will bring you joy every day.
Tips on How to Feng Shui Your Kitchen with Granite Countertops
If you want to take your kitchen feng shui one step further, try implementing these helpful tips into your routine.
Be Mindful of the Granite Color You Use
If you get the opportunity to choose a particular granite finish, be mindful of how colors impact feng shui. Because the kitchen is represented by the fire element, avoid reds and oranges in your granite if possible. These colors may cause an energy imbalance in the room.
Ideally, blues and blacks are also avoided because they represent the water element that crashes with fire. If possible, stick to granite countertops that have yellows and beiges in them to represent the earth element. These colors are also associated with health and relationships.
If you aren’t able to customize the granite in your kitchen, there are still helpful methods of improving the feng shui.
Declutter Your Kitchen Countertops
Your kitchen countertops can easily become overwhelmed with excess items, cooking utensils, and overall clutter that can become an eyesore. Look at each item on your counter and determine whether or not you use it on a daily basis.
For example, maybe you have a large microwave oven taking up important counter space but you typically use the built-in oven instead. Taking this same approach with each item on your kitchen countertops can cut down on unnecessary items and make the space feel more zen.
Look at a perfect example of kitchen feng shui in our recent granite project.
Keep Your Granite Countertops in Pristine Condition
Granite countertops bring an unmatched level of beauty and sophistication to your kitchen that dirt can easily take away from. As cleanliness is a core pillar of the art of feng shui, properly cleaning your granite countertops is a must.
In addition to keeping your countertops free of clutter, you can also rinse off any built-up dirt. Use warm soapy water to rinse off your countertops and rinse thoroughly, rubbing in circular motions with a soft cloth rag. Always avoid products such as vinegar, bleach, or window cleaning solution on your granite countertops.
Make Sure You Get Sufficient Lighting
The right amount of lighting in your kitchen and on your counters will help attract good chi, or life force energy. It’s always ideal to maximize on any natural light your kitchen receives by minimizing time with the blinds drawn. This will create a natural reflection off of your granite countertops. Natural light is the most ideal type of light to help achieve kitchen feng shui, but it isn’t the only option.
If your space doesn’t have many windows or receive natural light, you can layer different lighting types throughout your space to make it come to life. Using a mixture of lighting types such as sconces, overhead lighting, and under-cabinet lighting can create an energetic space in combination with your granite.
The right granite countertops can make all of the difference in bringing your kitchen’s feng shui to life. Creating a kitchen that will nourish both the hearts and bodies of your family will serve you well in the long run!
If you’re interested in seeing more, check out our granite selections here to choose the stone countertops that will add balance to your life.
Paul Batashev is the owner and CEO of Granite Selection. The company began in 2011 Pay Less for Granite and has been transforming homes since 2011 with its expertise as a kitchen countertop company and manufacturer of fine custom granite countertops.