Few things are as lovely as a beautifully set dining room table filled with gleaming china, crystal, and silver. It coveys a special feeling when you sit at a table that is as beautifully set and prepared as a special holiday meal. There can be no doubt that your dining room is an important room in the house for daily dining and special celebrations and holidays. That’s why dining room feng shui matters.
As a room where the family gathers to enjoy meals together, it’s a pivotal room for family togetherness and unity.
Who could forget the beautiful dinners on the TV show, Downton Abbey, where family members dressed formally each evening and dined together with all their finest dishes and in their finest clothes?
While the food looked sumptuous, the gorgeous surroundings were also a feast for the eyes.
Although that type of formal dining is part of a time past and it’s not very practical to get dressed at the gong or have a multitude of servants to prepare, serve and clean up after the meal, we can still use elements of those dining scenes to adapt to today’s lifestyles.
In feng shui, dining rooms are an important symbol. Because they are where we keep our fine china, silver, and crystal, it makes them a symbol of accumulated wealth.
If you’ve wondered how you feng shui your dining room, this will help you with some simple tips to follow that will make your dining room beautiful, enjoyable, and foster fun times, lovely meals, and memorable occasions.
You may want to choose a good shape for feng shui, but you should always consider the room where your table goes because it’s important that the table is shaped and sized appropriately for your room. For instance, a round or square table won’t usually look good in a rectangular room. Instead, a rectangle is most appropriate in these instances. In general, though, the best shapes for a dining room table are square, rectangle, and round.
Dining room colors
The colors of nature, food, and cooking are considered the optimal colors for dining room colors. To bump up appetites and keep everyone happy and harmonious, look to the color red for your dining room.
Red is the color of fire, cooking, and joy, making it a wonderful color choice for the dining room. It also fosters happy relationships with the red color, which can keep family arguments down. But it can be a strong color and may not suit all decorative styles. However, any color along the red spectrum that goes from plum to orange also makes a wonderful choice as does ochre, a type of mustard yellow.
Yellow is the color of earth, the stomach, and relationships and makes a good choice for your dining room. Just think of how many fast-food restaurants use red and yellow together.
But if those colors are too strong or not to your decorative taste, use whatever color you like best and that looks good to your eye and the style of your home. Your dining room should always be appealing to you no matter what feng shui colors are recommended.
It’s best if you can have the host’s back to a solid wall rather than a window or opening. To make relationships smooth, try to seat everyone by their personal relationship direction according to their kua number.
Ensure that no one is facing a bathroom or an unsightly view. If so, add curtains here to block the view.
While a formal dining room is often used for special occasions, why not make even simple occasions more special? This is an aspirational way to use your dining room and symbolizes furthering your wealth and prestige. Serve meals on tablecloths, use cloth napkins, and use your beautiful china and place settings as often as possible. Making meals luxurious and special is a beautiful way to dine rather than to simply eat, and it turns meals into occasions.
Lighting is so important for the dining room because it helps stimulate appetite, and what’s more beautiful than a brightly lit chandelier and a gleaming table? Add candles to the table for romance and happy relationships and keep your dining room brightly lit.
For more ambiance, try candle sconces on the wall. They look beautiful and they’re wonderful feng shui because they bring more fire element to your room, which helps to quell family squabbles that can sometimes come up at the table and adds more conviviality.
Placement of your dining room
Having a dining room that’s near the door or can be seen by those who come to the door can cause money loss. Hang a curtain or place a screen to block the view from the door. Dining deeper into the house or at the rear of the house makes dining feel more intimate and promotes family closeness.
Dining room decor
There are some important do’s and don’ts when it comes to your dining room decor. The first is that you want to avoid having clocks in the dining room. Time spent dining and celebrating together over a meal should not have the element of time hanging over the meal. Although popular decoratively, clocks don’t belong in a dining room where you want to relax and enjoy time versus watching it. Move clocks to another location.
As a rule, it’s never a good idea or considered auspicious to have images of animals in the dining room or pictures of deceased relatives. Instead, add mirrors to double the lighting, show more sparkle from your china cabinet or your table setting. Images of abundance, such as a still life of fruit or flowers, or a scene from nature make excellent images for your dining room decor.
Do be sure and display your beautiful belongings like crystal and china place settings. If you have a china cabinet put all your lovely things out to be admired and enjoyed and symbolize your wealth and attainment.