Feng Shui Dining Rooms – Feng Shui is the art of balancing and harmonizing your home in order to help you obtain what you want and deserve in your life. In this article we look at some of the general points you need to consider when harmonizing and balancing energy in the dining area of your home.
We all eternally search for peace and tranquility in our lives. It seems like an endless and constant search and different people take different routes to try achieving it. In a world filled with chaos, order is rarely found. Of course, it helps if you have a home that allows you to move further on this path of serenity. Even if you are not the quest, a peaceful home makes your life a whole lot more productive, healthy and easy. Feng shui allows you to create this soothing living environment by directing the flow of energy in a positive and uplifting fashion. Essentially, it is an art of decorating that creates balance and a positive interplay between man and nature.
Of course, the first place when it comes to using the principles of Feng shui is often the bedroom flowed by the living room. But this ancient Oriental approach to life also works very well in the dining room. It is pretty easy to work with and you should have no hassles at all in incorporating these timeless ideas into a modern dining space. From the round dining table to a synergy with nature, here are top Feng shui tips for the dining room.
One of the most common features of modern homes is the open plan living room with a dining area that just feels like an extension of the kitchen or the living area itself. We are tempted to say that this is a complete ‘no-no’ in the world defined by feng shui. But you have to be practical and get the best of both worlds and that is possible by using smart room dividers in an open plan living. Create the room-within-a-room even while allowing the space to flow into the next.
The dining room plays an important role in the home as it is where you and the family sit down to eat, filling your body with the essential nourishment you need to keep fit and healthy. Unfortunately many modern houses no longer have a separate dining room, having instead a dining area at one side of the kitchen or living space. If this is like your home it is important that you make this area a clearly defined space for eating with family and friends.
Even in those houses which do have a separate dining room, this room more often than any other is a very under utilized space. Rarely nowadays do people take the time to sit down at a dining table and have a meal together. The modern preference for mealtimes is to catch a quick bite at the kitchen counter or eat from a tray balanced on your knees in front of the TV. Sometimes the dining room becomes a store room for all those pieces of furniture or household appliances that are used only occasionally. If a dining room or dining area is not used, or is filled with clutter, then positive energy will not enter this part of the house. The dining room will become a neglected area, sterile, cold and unloved. If you want a balanced home then all areas of the home must be utilized and loved.
When decorating a dining room or dining area it is important that you create a warm and welcoming atmosphere where people want to linger over a meal, happy and secure in each other’s company. Table decorations can be used but these should never obscure the view of one person from another. Tables should aid conversation so should be octagonal, circular or oval in shape as this means that everyone at the table can both see and talk to each other. At mealtimes everyone should be treated equally so there should not be a head of the table position. Chairs should be comfortable, all at the same height and be able to be drawn up to the table unimpeded. If a person cannot sit comfortably at the table then they will not feel valued as part of the group.
Providing a dining room is used regularly for the purpose for which it was intended there are very few problems that can’t be solved very easily. An often used dining room which is loved, cherished and enjoyed helps support the family unit and makes for a very happy home.
Feng Shui Dining Room Tips
Use these feng shui dining room tips to improve the energy and atmosphere of your dining area. Feng shui dining room techniques support the ideals of unity within family life, and the dining room is a place where we strengthen our social and family bonds, through communication and nourishment, of our physical, mental, and spiritual selves.
The atmosphere of your dining room will have a significant impact on how you feel while you are eating. Looking at this room from the perspective of Feng Shui, some of the factors that will contribute greatly to your digestive system, the overall health of your body, and your social interaction include:
Most experts agree that the dining room should not be located too close to the front door or people will want to eat and run. To remedy this place a screen or beaded curtain to obstruct the view of the door from sight. Even a crystal ball can be hung to provide an energetic symbolic curtain. If the view from the windows is distracting one can also put up half curtains or reversible window blinds to block the distraction and bring the focus back.
Your table should have adequate light that is centered over the table. This is to highlight what is important, because without it we may lose focus. If it is not possible to install a lamp over the table directly, you can mount a spot on a nearby wall to shine onto the table, or bring in a standing lamp, or my favorite, candlelight, to soften and improve the mood and chi at the table.
It is ideal to have four walls surrounding the table. This creates a very relaxed, safe dining experience and encourages healthy conversations as there are no distractions. Also, if you are relaxed and feel safe, you will eat more slowly and your digestive system will be healthy and supportive.
Art and Accessories
The focus should be the table and not the other objects in the room. Therefore it is very important to keep your table as well as dining area free of clutter. Evaluate your Art and decorations making sure they reflect and support your overall goals and focus.
Shape of Your Table
The most ideal table shapes for a feng shui dining room are a square, round or oval. A rectangle is good as well if it is not too long. Dining room tables that are missing corners are considered unlucky except for the octagon which is considered to be an auspicious shape. It is also important that the dining room table is not too cramped in a space. This allows the chi and people to move freely and easily around the table.
Feng Shui In Dining Room Arrangement
Furniture designers are paying much attention to make furniture not only practise but also comfortable and beautiful. Also new materials are being used to make furniture look modern. Very popular are unique custom handmade furniture. And as much important as having unique furniture is good arranging them, which might have a great impact on the standard of living, working and also on our mood.
Helpful in doing that might be one of elements of ancient Chinese philosophy of nature and art, Feng Shui. It focuses on energy called chi. Chinese believes that this force also consider our personal energy. For a well-being chi must be encouraged to flow freely.
Nowadays, Feng Shui is widely known and used as a practise of placement and arrangement of space to achieve harmony. There are several tips written about arranging space in the office and at home (for example putting beds or dining tables in a right place). A few things to remember when arranging dining room:
There must be special paths for chi to flow freely. For example chi likes smooth rounded surfaces. Rounded edges, softened corners. Mirrors and glass surfaces are helpful as well cause they reflect an energy to other parts of the house. Following this advice, having a tables as a example, it is better to furnish home with oval glass tables, rounded glass dining tables, round coffee table rather than having it rectangular. Also having a wooden one is good.
When arranging the dining room ensure that dining chairs do not restrict doorways. There should be ample space for guests to walk around dining room tables without having to manoeuvre around any other piece of furniture or decoration that might also be in this room as coffee tables, console tables, chairs, vases, sofa tables. There should be an even number of dining chairs and remember to seat an honoured guest facing the doorway.
There are even advices to colors of furniture. A big mistake is having a red sofa set, as red is a color of fire. It is very powerful color for Feng Shui and in this sector it gives rise to heavy work pressure and troubles.