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Fall in Love with your Kitchen, A Feng Shui Kitchen Makeover


This is a budget friendly kitchen makeover that I just completed for a client in NYC. Her little kitchen was cramped, the cabinets were failing apart, and the layout was not user-friendly. Read on for some tips to help you love your kitchen.


Here is the kitchen “before.” The first thing I did was seal up a pocket door that joined the kitchen to another room (seen in the above picture, on the right side). That other room had another access, so the pocket door was redundant. By doing that, we gained valuable wall space in the kitchen – a spot where we eventually placed the stove.

 The stove had been right next to the refrigerator, which did not create a functional work triangle. (You can barely see it on the left side of the above photo.) It was an uncomfortable place to cook, and was not good Feng Shui. TIP: avoid placing the stove near the refrigerator, based on Feng Shui, the “fire” of the oven clashes with the “water” of the refrigerator and can lead to conflict in relationships.

Using budget-friendly IKEA kitchen cabinets, I choose a charcoal gray lacquer for the lowers, with bright white lacquer for the uppers. TIP: Using a dark lower cabinet and a light upper cabinet makes the space feel brighter and larger. One frosted glass door cabinet above the sink gives the room more depth.

     We tore out the old tile floors and laid new hardwood floors, then stained all the floors in the apartment black. TIP: Continuing the wood floors from the living room into the kitchen helps to visually expand the space.

In addition to new white corian countertops, I was able to create a small custom bar with a piece of corian cut with a rounded edge and mounted on the wall. With a chrome pendant fixture above, it’s a great place for morning coffee.

 Since the cabinets were store bought, they came in a standard size that left about 10” of unused space between the cabinets and the ceiling. TIP: Rather than loading the area above the cabinets with baskets and storage items which would only make the kitchen feel cluttered, I opted to line the walls above the cabinets with mirrors. That little bit of reflection almost feels like a transom window, and allows the light to bounce around this windowless room.

 The Feng Shui analysis of this apartment showed that the kitchen needed FIRE element to support strong relationships. TIP: An easy way to bring in Fire is the color red, so I chose an exciting red tile backsplash from Porcelanosa. It adds warmth to the room, and its rippled texture is a nice contrast to the glossy cabinets. 

So, there you have it, a warm, exciting little kitchen that’s easy to love.  And the timing isn’t bad either.  This client will have a little extra romance in her kitchen for Valentine’s Day!

February 14, 2012   2 Comments