Kitchen is a bonding area that not only ties your home together, but also your loved ones. It is the place where meals are created – relations are forged. It’s a space that’s always filled with energy, aroma and texture.
As the kitchen forms an integral part of the house, the science of Vastu can guide us to enhance the aura and tranquillity of the kitchen. It lays down certain basic rules for its design and prescribes a place for everything within it.
The Kitchen: The ruling planet of the kitchen is said to be Venus, while fire is kitchen’s ruling element.
Best direction for it is the south-east corner of the house, as it is governed by the element of fire. If that’s not possible, the north-west corner of the house is good too. Do ensure that your kitchen doesn’t share a wall with the bathroom.
Colours: The colour of the floor and the walls may be yellow, orange, rose, chocolate or red. As far as possible avoid black.
The Cooking Gas: It, too, should be in the southeast direction. The reason: In older days, cooking was done on earthen cooking stove or chullas, usually placed outside the house. The homes back then mostly used combustible construction material. So, the cooking fire was preferred in the south-east corner or the north-west corner to avoid hot summer winds blowing from the south-west or north-east directions.
Cooking Direction: As women get busy with kitchen chores from sunup, they don’t get a chance to take in the healthy morning sun rays. So, the best solution was to make them cook while facing the east.
Dining Table: If there is a dining table in the kitchen, it should be placed in the north-west or west direction.
Sinks and Taps: They indicate flowing water, and should be placed in the north-east direction. In other words, away from the cooking stove, as fire and water repel each other. In earlier days, when water was stored in open vessels, it was preferably kept in the north-east corner, where morning UV rays would kill the germs and purify the water.
Dishwasher: It can be placed in the north-west direction.
Windows: Larger windows in the kitchen should be made on the wall facing the east. Additional, smaller windows can be in the south for cross-ventilation. This ensures that the hot air exits the house and fresh air takes it place from outside.
Electronic Appliances: Refrigerator, geyser, microwave and other electrical appliances should be placed in the south-east or south of the kitchen.
Cylinder: It should be placed in the southeast corner.
Storage Cupboards: The storage for all food grains, utensils, and over-head cupboards should always be on the southern and the western walls -- never on the northern or eastern.
Drinking water: Water filter, bottles, jugs and other such things should be placed in the north or north-east side.
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