Feng Shui for the Dining Room
09/01/2009 | 12:00 AM
The dining room is often the room in which a family spends the most time together. Proper dining room feng shui helps promote healthy eating and digestion, meaningful family time, and harmony in the home. Here is a brief list of do’s and don’ts to help you give your dining room the best feng shui possible.
Dining Room Feng Shui Do’s
The following tips with help you bring out the best in your dining room:
- Pay attention to the view. You should be able to take meals looking out on a peaceful scene, for example the garden. If you have an ugly view, cover the window with light-colored drapes.
- Usually it’s better feng shui to keep an open space in the center of the room, but the dining area is an exception. The table is what brings the family together—it should be in the very center of the room.
- If possible, there should be equal space on all sides of the dining room table.
- Hang a chandelier over the table to help balance the room’s energy,
- Sit close to each other at the table. Don't spread out. For instance, two should never eat at opposite ends of a long table, but rather sit close together at one end. The rest of the table can be decorated with flowers, candles and other attractive items.
Dining Room Fen Shui Don’ts
Keep trouble out of your dining room by following these guidelines:
- Avoid fluorescent lights in the dining room (and anywhere in the house, for that matter).
- Pay close attention to the content of paintings and photos on the walls. Avoid depressing or violent imagery.
- Don't leave dead or dry flowers in your space. They create stagnant energy.
- Don’t keep a television in the dining room. This is a special place for the family to connect with each other. Keep it that way.
On the Cheap
Feng shui doesn’t have to be expensive. Here are some low-cost tips:
- Play soft, relaxing music at mealtimes.
- It’s important that the dining area be decorated differently from the rest of the house, to set it apart as a special place for family togetherness. But if you can’t make a separate room, you can define the dining area using screens, or even plants to demarcate a separate space.
- If you can’t afford a chandelier, hang a small crystal over the table.
One Step Further
In order to gain a full understanding of the subtleties of feng shui, we strongly recommend that you do extensive research and consult a trusted expert. The principals of feng shui are based on literally thousands of years of collective wisdom. The more you study, the better you will be able to implement feng shui, and the philosophy behind it, in your own home. For more information, see Related Tips & How-Tos.