Here are some tips on using feng shui to lay out your dining room for optimal health and happiness.
Separate dining room – As has been mentioned, a feng shui dining room is its own separate space…even if it is located within the trifecta of open concept great rooms (e.g., kitchen, dining room, living room). Consider using
Area rug – One way to help a feng shui dining room maintain its identity is to add in an
Plants as visual (and psychological) dividers – Another way to separate the dining room, if not completely and physically at least visually and mentally, is to group or line some potted plants between the dining room and other nearby spaces. Strategically positioning a tall houseplant between two different zones helps to maintain the vitality of the qi within each space.
Same-level kitchen – It is best for a feng shui dining room to have the dining room on the same floor as the kitchen. This creates a more seamless and functional flow, with the preparing and serving and eating of food. And if there’s one thing feng shui is all about, it’s maximizing positive flow.
Nearby kitchen – Furthermore, where possible, have the dining room be located as
Spacious ceilings – A feng shui dining room will maintain a comfortably high (spacious) ceiling space. The reason this is emphasized in feng shui is that people tend to be able to relax and feel more comfortable in a room that feels more spacious.
Mirror’s light – Mirrors are a favorite decorating tool of feng shui, and the dining room is no exception. The dining room is a lovely place to
Sufficient dining table – This layout tip is probably a no-brainer, but it must be stated that in the feng shui dining room, the dining table will be large enough to seat everyone comfortably. No one wants to eat, let alone linger, at a place where they feel cramped and squished. The positive dining experience, conversation, and overall atmosphere of the feng shui dining room really probably starts with a sufficiently sized dining table.
Adequate ventilation – The feng shui dining room will be laid out in such a way that air flow (ventilation) will be sufficient for freshness and health. Positive energy flow, in feng shui, often equates with the flow of ventilated air, so it makes sense that this should be a priority. Be sure that dining room windows (or skylight!) can open, and are opened regularly to freshen the air, and that air can flow in and around and through the dining room furniture.
Sufficient sunlight – While not all dining rooms have available sunlight, the feng shui dining room will be located in a part of the home where this is a possibility. Sunlight is a natural energy booster, and feng shui guidelines state that a dining room will be most healthful when, in addition to being well ventilated, there is sunlight available to the space.
Censored view of bathrooms/doors – A feng shui dining area steers clear of any hint of a
No door face-offs – The dining room door should avoid facing the front door to the house in feng shui. If the two doors face each other, it creates a vacuum of qi, and all that positive, happy energy heads straight from the dining room out the door. Conversely, negative outdoor energy flows directly into the dining room and affects the dining experience when the front door is opened. So a feng shui dining room door avoids facing the front door of the home.
Beware ceiling beams – Feng shui generally recommends avoiding requiring people to