Here Are the Best Colors for Your Kitchen (According to Feng Shui)

Curious about your best feng shui kitchen colors? Our easy feng shui guide to kitchen color will help satisfy your curiosity (and create good energy in your kitchen!)

There are so many ways to bring life and color to your kitchen, how can you possibly know which color will bring the best energy to it? Here’s where feng shui kitchen color guidelines can really help. Even though this is a complex subject, I will make it easy for you to choose absolutely the best kitchen color! In feng shui, the best choice of colors is defined by the location of your kitchen. The location is determined by the so-called bagua, or feng shui energy map.

There are two ways of defining the feng shui bagua which often leads to a lot of confusion. I have taken care of this topic by filming several short videos to explain the difference between the two feng shui baguas, be sure to watch them if you are new to this topic. You can also read about the bagua differences in order to decide which one to choose for your home.

One of the secrets to feng shui success is to choose one bagua style and stick with it, instead of chaotically trying to apply both. So, you either work with the classical, also called traditional feng shui bagua or you work with the BTB/Western feng shui bagua. Many feng shui cures are identical to both schools, and this certainly applies to best feng shui color choices, too.

Here I would like to give you a quick shortcut to the best colors for your kitchen no matter which bagua school you decide to apply. If you want instant gratification, you can just estimate the location of your kitchen and later on, take some time to define the feng shui energy map of your home. No matter which bagua you choose to work with — the Classical or the Western — this guide has info for both baguas. Here comes your easy feng shui guide to best kitchen colors.

South Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Fame and Reputation
Western bagua location: center top

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This is one of the most auspicious kitchen locations in feng shui as it works very well with the Fire feng shui element energy of the area. If you have a kitchen in the South, you can go wild with all sorts of fiery colors – from bright red to intense yellow or sun-kissed orange. You can also use a variety of Wood element colors such as green and brown. Colors to avoid (in big proportions) in a South area kitchen are blue and black.

Southwest Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Love and Marriage
Western bagua location: top right

best feng shui kitchen colors
If you have a kitchen in the Southwest area, you are also in luck!  Fire element is nourishing for the Earth element of this bagua area (Love and Marriage), so you can go also go wild with fiery colors if you so desire — from bright red to yellow to orange and purple (even pink!). Earth element colors and decor items are excellent here, too. Colors to avoid (in strong proporitons) in a Southwest kitchen are white, gray, blue, and black.

West Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Children and Creativity
Western bagua location: mid right

feng shui kitchen colors west
Feng shui-wise, a kitchen in the West bagua area requires some care and attention, as the Fire element of the kitchen can weaken the Metal element energy of this bagua area. Avoid too many Fire element colors (for example, a red wall color will not be a good choice), and focus on strong Earth element decor. Excellent for a West area kitchen are fresh whites, clean grays and warm earthy tones.

Northwest Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Helpful People and Blessings
Western bagua location: lower right

best kitchen colors feng shui northwest
A kitchen in the Northwest area needs the exact same treatment as a kitchen in the West, as they both share the same feng shui element (Metal).So, have an abundance of warm earthy colors, as well as crisp whites and clear grays. Avoid fiery and watery colors (check the feng shui color wheel for clear visuals).

North Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Career and Path in Life
Western bagua location: lower center

best kitchen feng shui colors north
If you have a kitchen in the North area, you will have to juggle the fine art of feng shui color balancing – you want to keep the Water element of this area happy by providing the best colors and decor for it – blue, black, gray and white; at the same time you want to keep the fire energy of the kitchen strong and healthy.So, find a good visual balance between Water and Fire colors with the emphasis being on blue, black, gray and white colors. The Metal element is usually an excellent balancing point for a North area kitchen in both its colors – white and gray – as well as in its actual materials.

Northeast Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Spiritual Growth and Cultivation
Western bagua location: lower left

best feng shui kitchen colors
A kitchen in the Northeast area is as easy to work with as a kitchen in Southwest area, as they both share the same Earth element. So, feel free to have as many fiery colors as you want – from strong firetruck red to yummy yellow and, of course, bring an abundance of Earth element decor and colors. Avoid too much black, blue, as well as white and gray colors.

East Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Health and Family
Western bagua location: mid left

best feng shui kitchen colors east
A bit of care is good for an East area kitchen, just because too much Fire or Metal element colors can damage the Wood element energy of this bagua area. So, try to avoid too many Fire element colors and decor items, instead focusing on the Earth feng shui element. Green and brown colors are excellent for the East area kitchen, and so are the light blue accents. Avoid a predominantly white color kitchen in the East.

Southeast Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: Wealth and Money
Western bagua location: top left

southeast feng shui kitchen colors
A Southeast area kitchen requires the same attention as the one in the East as they both share the same element – Wood. So, add as many Wood element decor items and colors as your heart desires, bring touches of light blue color and avoid too many red accents or a predominantly stark white color in your Southeast kitchen. Display an abundance of fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh herbs or flowers as this is your money area kitchen!  In the language of feng shui energy, you have to express abundance to attract abundance.

Center Area Kitchen

Feng shui bagua area: The Heart of the Home/Yin Yang Point
Western bagua location: center

A Center area kitchen needs the same feng shui energy as a kitchen in the Southwest or Northeast areas; they all share the Earth element. Fire is very good for the Earth element, so it is easy to create good feng shui when you have a Center area kitchen. Decorate it with either Fire or Earth element colors and try to limit the colors of both the Metal element (white and gray) and the Water element (blue and black). Here is the easy feng shui color wheel that can help you with expressing the needed feng shui elements in many colors.

There you have it, the easy feng shui guide to choosing the best colors for your kitchen.

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Rodika Tchi

Rodika Tchi is a master feng shui consultant and author of two best-selling books on feng shui -- "The Healing Power of Smudging" (Simon and Schuster, 2017) and "Feng Shui for Healing" (Rockridge Press, 2019). Connect with Rodika on