Feng Shui Dining Room
The dining room is a social area where your family and friends can meet and enjoy good food together. Good feng shui and flow of qi can help stimulate appetite as well as conversation in this room. Good relationships or bonds can be formed if your dining room is functional, warm and welcoming. Good feng shui dining room also contributes greatly to your digestive system and overall health of all members of the family.
How to Organize Your Dining Room
- The ideal positions for the dining room are east, west, south-east and north-west of the center of our home. Avoid positioning your dining room in the north-east from the center of your house. Dining room shuold never be situated on a lower level than living room or kitchen.
- In feng shui, dining room is a place of wealth. Therefore avoid having your dining room seen from the front door because that can cause a loss of wealth.
- A cramped dining room can create a feeling of pressure and causes digestion problems. Too much dark, heavy, old furniture – especially when they are squeezed in a small space – also creates a dark, heavy feeling and blocks the flow of qi. De-cluttering your dining room is one of the first things you should do in order to improve your feng shui dining room.
- It is best to have two doors in the dining room but not on opposite walls and directly in line with aech other. This is to facilitate the free flow of qi in the room. You should not position your dining room too close to the front door. If it is then you can place a beaded curtain or screen to obstruct the view of the door from sight.
- Sitting positions are considered to be very important. The most recommended positions in the room is to have a solid wall behind them as well as a view of the door. High-backed solid chairs, preferably with arms are recommended as they represent the suportive Tortoise, Tiger, Dragon formation. The most vulnerable and undesirable positions are those with a door or window behind them. Always place an even number of chairs around the table.
- You should not place the dining table and chairs under an overhead beam. If this is unavoidable, then a false ceiling can be created to block the harmful energies sending out from the beams.
- Table shapes are also very important and can affect the quality of the meal. Square table provides more stability. Round table tends to make your guests leave early as the qi/chi spins around them. Rectangular tables are difficult as those at both ends tend to feel left out. The best shape is octagonal as it is not only enables guests to interact with everyone else but also represent the Cosmos as reflected in the Bagua.
Imagine that an executive is retiring from a company. You and your rival are in the running for the job. Bagua can be used to seat your colleagues and their partners in order to make sure that you will get the job.
- Beware of ornaments and pictures that conjure up inappropriate things:
Dont display sad art. Remove sad images so that everyone in the room is happy at the table. Dont eat with animals – animals symbolically eat your food, so put pictures or statues of animals in another location. Its better not to have animals in your dining room, real or otherwise.
This is an ideal place for landscapes and framed artworks. Hunting scenes or a china pig collection are not recommended if you have vegetarian friends. Do not use broken furniture, repair any loose legs and protruding nails on the chairs and tables.
A bowl filled with many fresh fruits (preferably oranges) symbolizes good meaning and can be kept on the dining table (when the table is not in use) to emit positive energies. If mirrors are used, make sure that they reflect something attractive because mirror will doubling the impact. Adding an aquarium with active small fishes is a good idea but dont forget not to place it in the southern sector (fire).
- If the conversations of your family tend to focus on the past rather than present, try clearing all of your old objects from the dining room especially photographs and boxes of old papers. But if you want to keep some ancestral treasures or portraits, you can place them together in the Family sector of your dining room rather than distributing them throughout the space.
- The colors of our dining room should be bright and stimulating to whet the appetite. Avoid dull and lifeless colors as they suppress the appetite. Lighting should be chosen carefully to complement the food and not cast shadows over the dining table.
- Candles can be romantic but also dangerous if they are to remain lit when no one is in the room. They may also get in the way when people are serving themselves, especially when the candles are too tall or flicker