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Question: I need help with the kitchen located in the northwest of our new home.  I heard that it’s really bad feng shui. After just two months, I have already started to notice the effects – my husband is constantly ill and lacking energy. He has also been having a lot of trouble at work and got demoted. Are there any remedies?

Answer: Ideally, the kitchen should not be in the northwest sector of your home and the stove itself should not be in the northwest sector of the kitchen. This combination symbolizes fire destroying the metal element of the sector.

The northwest represents the “Heaven’s Gate” and the direction of the Patriarch of the family.  Having a kitchen located here may negatively impact the breadwinner’s luck (e.g. lose a job, major health problems, deep financial losses, etc.).

Below are a few limited options if you can’t move your kitchen:

  • The most ideal situation would be to move your kitchen and stove in a more auspicious location.
  • As the earth element generates or strengthens metal, place earth elements or metal elements in this area. You may also want to place a ceramic or porcelain vase with water to “put off the fire.”
  • Add blue or black decor or paint to “cool” down the “fire” of the stove or kitchen.
  • Purchase a toy stove or portable stove and place it in an auspicious location that corresponds with your lucky direction and the element of that direction.
  • Boost the energy of the northwest in other areas of your home, such as your living room or dining room by treating each space and area as it’s own bagua.

It’s tough to get things perfect. I have been practicing feng shui for over a decade and there is always something I can find that can be improved! I hope this helps you.


Patty is the creator and founder of Hipster Feng Shui. She is a wife, pet mom, vegetarian, tree hugger, world traveler, and Apple fan-girl. Seeing so many stressed and unfulfilled individuals in today’s society inspired Patty to help others by sharing her deep knowledge of Feng Shui and other lifestyle tips. Patty believes everyone can achieve peace and harmony through Feng Shui and lifestyle design while having fun! She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked at Apple and KPMG prior to founding Hipster Feng Shui. Subscribe to receive Feng Shui tips and find Hipster Feng Shui on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


  1. Thanks for this! I’m struggling with a northwest kitchen / stove right now. Kitchen is mostly north, stove definitely northwest. Bah! Any cures appreciated.

  2. Hello,
    My family will be moving into a new condominium soon and I noticed the unusual layout of the kitchen. The kitchen stove area is facing ‘northwest and under sliding window’. I have read that facing this areas in kitchen is consider unlucky and bad.
    How could I overcome this bad feng-shui in the kitchen. I hope you can help me in this matter.
    Your kind and prompt reply is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.

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