Kitchens are very difficult rooms to get right using Feng Shui. Think about it for a moment. You have a clash straightaway of fire and water--in the appliances that you find in a kitchen. The kitchen, as it contains water and also food, is connected with wealth and is often called one of the 'water' rooms. In Ancient China the kitchen directions/locations were worked out very carefully and whenever possible they were placed in the North[Water], East[Wood] or South East[Wood,with touches of water and wind]. The most favoured was the South East where the breezes helped to keep the charcoal stove alight, the South East of course also symbolises Wealth. In kitchens, avoid placing fire and water near to, or opposite each other. For example, cookers and fridges, cookers and dishwashers. Try to separate them. Be careful also when placing the cooker that, on the floor above, there is not a bed directly above it. This can often lead to infection after infection, colds and sore throats. Cookers should never be in the North and water should never be in the South. If this happens----- because of the design of the house, other elements have to be brought in to compensate. The kitchen will be a yang room,with lots of activity. It should be kept uncluttered with no knives on display, nor any untidiness on work surfaces. Knives on display in a kitchen have the same negative effect as knives, guns, brass cannons [these may be used as protectors under special circumstances] and other such objects throughout the house, including of course, stuffed animal heads. They are all connected with cutting, killing and violence. There will always be a lot of angular shapes in a kitchen so wherever possible introduce rounded shapes. Usually these can be in the form of pots and pans. Stainless steel, reflective shiny ones are excellent Feng Shui as are reflective surfaces throughout the kitchen.
Kitchen Equipments / Appliances
There is a lot of electro magnetic energy in the kitchen which also explains why it is thought of as a yang room. But, like the TV and stereo in the living room, these pieces of electrical equipment can be used to energise appropriate sectors of the Pa Kua which you want to focus upon, such as career or health. It is vitally important then that any electrical items in the kitchen are maintained carefully, work efficiently, and never allowed to become noisy. Once again as with other rooms, good natural light is important. Light, but if you wish, slightly brighter colours on the walls are therefore a good idea with a few stronger colours coming in through equipment and ornaments. These colours will depend on where the kitchen is situated in the Pa Kua. Crystals in the window and indeed herbs growing on the window sill are very good Feng Shui. Kitchen doors should be closed whenever possible. Food on the dining table is excellent Feng Shui, but food being prepared, even the smell of it is not!
Bathrooms and Toilets
Bathrooms are notorious in Feng Shui. Wherever they appear they can cause damage! The bathroom/toilet is a Water element room, like the kitchen, and flushing the toilet equals flushing away wealth. In Ancient China and Japan, the toilet would not be a part of the living area of a property, since it symbolised decay and filth. Today, we have bathrooms/toilets in houses. It is said then that the best positions, or the 'best worst' positions for a bathroom/toilet are in the South East or East. The South East is the Wealth corner and is associated with the full richness of life, the East represents growth, family, health, longevity and the realisation of ambitions. Other locations are not so good, especially the North, which is Career and Life Journey and which is already a Water element zone. Far too much water symbolism can result in negative chi dominating. By now you should be beginning to realise what to do about it. That's right ! Introduce more of the other four elements especially Earth element. Colours such as yellows, terra cotta, caramels with touches of brown would help. Another good element to bring into'over watered' bathrooms, or into locations other than the ones mentioned, is that of Wood, greens in bathrooms are very helpful. Always reduce water symbolism in bathrooms, all the typical Western things I'm afraid, lots of blues, seahorses, starfishes, dolphins and any touches of black--they should go! Again, as mentioned with the other rooms, natural light is important. Mirrors can be used to help with this, but ensure that no mirror reflects the toilet---which would double the problem! Wealth, as well as water, is anything circular, so round baths and wash basins are good as are a few rounded pebbles for decoration, as pretty as you wish! You can also place pretty pebbles in the plugholes, when they are not in use--but please ensure that the pebbles are large enough not to slip down the plughole! I want no plumbers' bills!!Mirrors are better if contained in a frame, preferably wood, or certainly let them have a bevelled edge.
I think just about everyone now knows that in Feng Shui you keep the toilet lid closed when not in use! Also, after use, close the lid, then flush. Above the toilet, high enough so that you do not bang your head on it, have a five bar [solid] metal windchime. This will push down on the toilet and stabilise the 'nastiness'. It is also essential to close the bathroom door whenever possible and have a small mirror [or large, if you prefer] on the outside of the bathroom door. This effectively makes the bathroom disappear and is generally good, but particularly important when you have a bedroom, study or office door opposite the bathroom room. As with all mirrors, ensure that they do not chop off people's heads. The toilet is best if it is not seen straight away as you enter the bathroom. This can be important when planning ensuite bathrooms, which are not a good idea as they bring water into the bedroom, which you should never do! [You can imagine then how bad water beds are!]If you must have an ensuite, keep the door closed. If there is no door, install a screen---hide it, especially views of the toilet, from the bed at all costs! Another extremely 'bad' position for a toilet is just by the front door, opposite the front door, or opposite the back door. All the above enhancements and protectors should be applied.