Set up a chi-rich culi­nary space

All the five Chi­nese el­e­ments in­ter­act in the kitchen, mak­ing it a dif­fi­cult place to bal­ance pos­i­tive en­ergy

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The lux­ury seg­ment does not op­er­ate along the lines of tra­di­tional hous­ing con­struc­tion cy­cle, where there is a per­cep­ti­ble price dif­fer­ence be­tween the pre- launch and the nearcom­ple­tion stage of a prop­erty. In a lux­ury prop­erty, how­ever, from the in­cep­tion to the com­ple­tion of the project, there is just about a neg­li­gi­ble price es­ca­la­tion where the op­er­at­ing key­word is “con­struc­tion”. Since the in­vest­ment quantum is so sig­nif­i­cant in a lux­ury project, buy­ers typ­i­cally invest in it only when there is a per­ceiv­able change in con­struc­tion sta­tus. Lux­ury projects can only hope for in­ter­ested buy­ers at the com­ple­tion and near-com­ple­tion stages, where the home buyer is as­sured of a pre­mium prod­uct.

The lux­ury seg­ment is likely to gain some mo­men­tum in the long term, when prices are likely to rise again. As far as smart pur­chase de­ci­sions in the seg­ment are con­cerned, the com­ing few months could be the right time for home­buy­ers. In the wake of sub­dued de­mand and in­vest­ment in the realty mar­ket, de­vel­op­ers with liq­uid­ity is­sues will be more open to ne­go­ti­a­tions and con­ces­sions.

In the year of the Chi­nese Wooden Horse (Jan 31, 2014 to Feb 2015) the kitchen plays a prom­i­nent role in de­ter­min­ing one’s pros­per­ity and good for­tune. In the sec­ond part I am shar­ing some prac­ti­cal and sim­ple tips to gen­er­ate chi (pos­i­tive en­ergy), ward of neg­a­tiv­ity and at­tract abun­dance in gen­eral.

All the five Chi­nese el­e­ments (of wood, wa­ter, air, fire and metal) in­ter­act freely in the kitchen and that’s pre­cisely what makes it dif­fi­cult to keep the del­i­cate bal­ance be­tween them in place. Here’s how we can make your hearth the heart of your home:

Lo­ca­tion: The kitchen should not be the first thing seen as one en­ters home. Nei­ther should it be in the cen­tre of the house/un­der a bath­room or ad­ja­cent to the bath­room. Ide­ally your kitchen should be in the south or south west area of your space.

The ba­sics: Or­gan­ise your stor­age space in an ac­ces­si­ble man­ner and get rid of un­used or ex­pired food items. The Horse is a fuss free an­i­mal who prefers func­tion­al­ity over frills. So, re­move the grime, pol­ish the slabs and make it spic and span. Kitchen clean­ing amounts to detox­i­fy­ing the en­ergy of your house.

Light­ing and ven­ti­la­tion: Th­ese fac­tors can play a stronger role than you think. So as you clean, don’t for­get to keep the ex­haust fans and chim­neys dirt and soot free. Since sun­light is a nat­u­ral dis­in­fec­tant, let it in when­ever pos­si­ble. It is more sooth­ing and en­er­gis­ing than flu­o­res­cent/halo­gen lights.

Colour scheme: Go for pas­tels, whites and soft blues in the kitchen. Keep blacks, reds, fiery orange and pur­ples at bay. The colour scheme should be neu­tral i.e. no strong fire or wa­ter el­e­ments should play a role.

Stove: It is the pow­er­house of en­ergy.

Re­pair or re­move: Bro­ken gad­gets and de­funct uten­sils. In feng shui, wa­ter go­ing down the drain, lit­er­ally equates with­wealth drainage. So snake those drains, re­pair leaky faucets and plumb­ing de­fects.

The fridge: It is a cool­ing de­vice and should not be po­si­tioned di­rectly op­po­site the mi­crowave or mouth of the oven (both are heat­ing de­vices). Fire and wa­ter are clash­ing el­e­ments that will pro­duce anx­i­ety, ex­haus­tion and stress.

Scents: A herb gar­den is an ex­cel­lent way to have gar­den­fresh aroma waft­ing in all day. Kitchens that reek of strong odours are not con­sid­ered good feng shui. If a gar­den is not pos- sible, nur­ture a healthy pot­ted plant to bring in the wood el­e­ment.

Mir­rors: Mir­rors in the kitchen area are a big no-no, es­pe­cially ones that re­flect stove flames, dirty drains and garbage found in and around the precints. A penin­sula or is­land in the mid­dle of the kitchen is a trendy, func­tional and highly feng shui com­pli­ant idea! How­ever, avoid sharp tri­angu- lar shapes and pointy cor­ners. In­tro­duce the more ground­ing earth el­e­ment in­stead; yel­low /beige mats, rounded counter tops, es­pe­cially for the over­all peace and har­mony.

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