In Feng Shui, the dining room plays a vital role in the overall health and wealth of the family. Feng Shui practitioners turn to the dining room as one of the first areas to be addressed whenever a family is suffering from declining health, wealth and illness.
Basic Feng Shui Rules for Dining Rooms
There are several simple rules that anyone can apply to a feng shui dining room design. The first rule is to make sure that this space is only used for dining.
Separate Dining Room
The dining room should be located in a separate room. This ensures that the family is focused only on this one activity and that it’s shared together. Food is important for good health. The more attention it is given the better for your family, be it growing your own food, preparation and the final stage of eating meals.
If a separate room isn’t feasible, try to create a separation for the dining area with some type of screening, such as a curtain, shoji screen, open bookshelves or even tall houseplants.
Dining Room Size for Chi Flow
The best feng shui dining room is spacious. There should be enough empty space to allow the chi energy to move about the room freely. Avoid blocking doorways, windows and the natural flow of traffic in and out of the room.
This free flowing chi energy will usher in abundance both in the health and wealth areas of your life. A minimum of 2.5 feet should be given around the table to allow guests to move their chair away from the table. If you can afford more space, all the better.
Location and Feng Shui Design Aspects
The best location for the dining room is near the kitchen. This is a practical location as well as a feng shui one to maximize the benefit of chi energy.
Ideally, the dining room should be in the corner of your home. This location, like high-pitched ceilings, allows for the chi energy to collect and circulate in this space.
Dining Rooms Close to Front Doors
If your dining room is located too close the front door, try to separate it as much as possible. Keep the dining room door closed or use a decorative screen to block the front door from view. In feng shui, a dining room too close to the front door means chi energy can leave too easily and won’t fully enter the room.
Ideal Table Shape
The ideal table shape is round, although the oval shape is acceptable. The round table is highly prized and considered auspicious since all dinner guests can easily see each other and converse freely. In addition, the chi energy moves around the table. Use either a 6 or 8 chair table to reflect the abundance of these auspicious numbers.
Use Lighting to Attract Yang Energy
In feng shui, the chi energy is comprised of the negative and positive energies of yin and yang respectively. The yin (female) chi energy is passive/restive while the yang (male) chi is active/energetic. Lights attract yang energy and you want to activate this dynamic energy for this room.
Recessed lighting is subtle and can also be used as direct lighting for wall art and paintings or simply placed on a dimmer switch for ambient lighting options. Torchiere floor and table lamps are great for uplighting to attract chi energy toward the ceiling and allow more energy to flow into the dining room.
A crystal chandelier should be centered over the table as a way to ensure the balance of yin and yang chi energy in the room.
Generate Abundance with Mirrors
One of the best kept secrets of a feng shui dining room is the use of mirrors. The mirror should be placed to reflect the dining room table top. This placement doubles the food (abundance, health and wealth) and is considered one of the most auspicious element in a dining room design.
Be careful not to hang the mirror so that it cuts off the heads of dinner guests’ reflections. This placement is considered inauspicious and brings ill health.
A floor mirror that extends well beyond chair height is a good choice. Just be sure that it isn’t placed opposite the dining room door or reflects the front door, kitchen or bathroom.
Mirror Placements to Avoid
A mirror opposite a front door will bounce all chi entering your home right out the door, never allowing it to enter your home. In feng shui, if the mirror is opposite the door leading into the dining room, chi energy will never reach inside the room and can mean inauspicious results for family health and wealth.
If you’re brave and want to add walls of mirrors, don’t use mirror tiles. Instead opt for full length large mirrors.
Auspicious Dining Rooms
If you follow these simple feng shui rules, you’ll end up with a dining room that will nurture your family and attract healthy chi energy along with abundance.
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