What's a good color for cooking pots and other dishes?

by Dove

Hello there. :) I'm finding your articles quite informative and will include a link to your site on my forum. Thank you very much for the information. I wanted to see if you could help answer a feng shui question for me, though, as I haven't been able to find the answer anywhere on the net.

I know the stance on normal cookware, but I'm looking into buying an enameled cast-iron dutch oven, and possibly some other similar pieces in the future. They come in a variety of colors, and I was wanting to know the best one for a cooking pot since I have to choose *some* kind of color. They have just green, blue, or red of the size I need right now (in the future, though, I may be able to buy different sizes in other colors, such as brown and orange). All of the colors are rather deep and dark, btw. What do you think of those colors for cooking with/in (my kitchen is pale yellow, btw), and which do you think is best?

On a related note, is there any one or two best colors to use for dinnerware like plates, mugs, and bowls? I just use white now because I like the purity of that, but was wondering what other colors would be acceptable for these types of dishes.

I really appreciate your time and hope you can advise on some good colors for cookware and tableware. Thanks so much!


Very interesting question! I think there are a few ways you can approach this. You can choose colors based on the feng shui bagua map, basic kitchen feng shui principles, color psychology or personal preference. I think any of these approaches would be acceptable.

Let's consider the first option – allowing the feng shui bagua map to drive your color choice. This one is pretty straight forward. Find out where your kitchen is on the bagua map and then choose the appropriate colors for this area. For example, if your kitchen is in the Fame/Reputation area of the bagua, you might want to choose red or orange for your cookware. If it is in the career/journey area, you might want to opt for blue.

The second option is to choose the color based on basic kitchen feng shui principles. That means to choose colors that look healthy and vital, while at the same time are appetizing. Reds, oranges and yellows would fit the bill.

You can also look at color psychology for your choices. Reds and oranges are appetizing, but also stimulating – meaning you might overeat a bit. Blue is calming and soothing, while green is very healing. What intention do you wish to create?

Finally, in my opinion, personal preference should play a huge role in choosing your colors. I also love the simplicity and elegance of white tableware. I think white allows the vitality of the food to shine – and it encourages me to cook with a variety of colors.

I can't advise you on the "best" colors to choose, since it depends entirely on your personal preferences and intentions. I actually mix up the color of my cookware and tableware and choose the pieces that fit my mood. I use earthy oranges and greens for fall (especially Thanksgiving), whites for spring time, greens and whites for a more healthy vibe, reds for leisurely romantic meals, and blues for elegant settings like Sunday brunch.

Have fun!

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