Dear Kartar: Can the fridge face the stove?

Answer: These are the kinds of questions people have in relation to Yin-Yang Theory and  Qi Flow Theory.

There are many Feng Shui kitchen myths, or ideas not relevant anymore in regards to the modern day kitchen. There is a notion that a stove (heat) is in conflict with a fridge (cold). This is a real misinterpretation of Yin-Yang theory and something you should not worry about.

Dear Kartar: Can you have the dishwasher right across from your stove? Meaning they come in a straight line? I have read that according to Feng Shui, the clash is only between the stove and the sink. I wanted some clarity with respect to the dishwasher as well and if the same rule will apply to the dishwasher too. Thank you so much.

Answer: Many of the Feng Shui guidelines that you hear about in relation to the kitchen are not relevant in modern times.  You asked about having a dishwasher across from the stove because there is a notion that this is a clash of fire and water.  But in truth, water and fire are not a constant with these appliances.  If anything, they are a big chunk of metal in the kitchen.

Another factor in the Big Picture is that even if a kitchen is not perfect Feng Shui, it does not affect the occupants anywhere near other rooms in the house, such as a bedroom or home office. Don’t worry about the stove and dishwasher alignment, nor a fridge and stove alignment or sink and stove/oven alignment.

Dear Uncle Dixer: In our kitchen, the stove and dishwasher are fixed next to each other. Is this wrong per Feng Shui? If yes, how to fix it without replacing any of these appliances? Thanks so much.            

Uncle Dixer’s reply was as follows:

Answer: In your case, Fire and Water can go together quite well because Fire rises and Water flows down. The stove is above and the dishwasher is below the bench top, so they don’t clash with each other in terms of the Five Phases. Thus, there is no need to worry.

It is, however, not desirable when the stove and the sink are right next to each other.