INSIDE: When you have the right feng shui dining room tips, you can enhance your life with more happiness and fulfillment. Try these tips to help you create a better flow of energy that supports a happy family.
Growing up, family meals were a memorable part of our lives. Unsurprisingly, a study published by NCBI has confirmed that something seemingly as simple as a family meal can help improve the overall sense of connectedness among family members.
How we schedule family gatherings around the dining table can do a lot to harmonize relationships. Not only that but how we organize the space itself can directly affect how we and others feel in the dining space.
Do we feel joyous? Or, do we associate the dining table with conflict?
Well, thanks to the following feng shui dining room tips, we can consciously make changes to raise the vibration of the space and associate it with positive vibes.
Why Feng Shui Dining Room Tips Matter
The dining room is a place that promotes togetherness. Not only that, but because it’s the central element, the table stands in the center Bagua of the room, it is closely linked to our happiness and personal fulfillment.
Because of that, this is a place of nourishment and it's crucial for maintaining our wellbeing. This area of the home is essential for physical wellbeing and it serves to release stress and feed our soul with fruitful conversations and healthy food.
When cultivated right, the energy, or chi, in the room can help cherish interpersonal relationships. Conversely, it can accumulate tension and stress if done poorly.
When we make it a more inviting place that everyone loves, we naturally work to attract more prosperity and abundance our way.
The dining room is one of the most potent places in a home for creating positive chi and it can work to attract success through connections and family, growth, and good health.
To amplify this potent energy, here are some crucial tips to follow to stimulate free energy flow and create good chi.
Start With the Feng Shui Dining Room Layout
The overall layout of the dining room makes a big impact on how we will feel when we are using the space. Pay attention to the following key aspects of your feng shui dining room.
Separate the Dining Room From Other Areas
If you are in the process of building a home, make sure the dining room isn’t going to share doors with a bathroom.
In feng shui, the bathroom isn’t so auspicious as it symbolizes waste and drainage of energy. On the other hand, the dining room is a place where we feed our bodies and nourish ourselves, hence the energetic mismatch.
If you already have that type of layout in your home, hanging small mirrors on both sides of the doors will minimize unwanted vibrational interference.
If a dining room is a part of the kitchen or a living room, use luxurious, healthy houseplants to create energetic interference and minimize the impact of negative energy coming from other areas of your home.
Doors and windows are energetic gateways for chi to flow through the home. Therefore, it’s important that no seat is fully looking away from the doors.
To ensure this, the ideal way to position a table in a square or a rectangular room is diagonal. The main reason for that lies in the way the chi flows.
When a table is positioned parallel to the longest walls, the chi flow is sharp, energetic, and rushed. This can also create blockages to energy flow and even keep unwanted energy stuck in corners of the room.
It creates anxiety and nervousness amongst everyone sitting at the table and can stimulate misunderstandings, overeating, or hasty eating. It creates a high likelihood that one or more dining chairs will be facing doors, which creates a sense of tension and powerlessness.
Conversely, placing a table diagonally will slow down the flow of rushed energy and create more harmony in the space.
Strong Seat & Weak Seat
When it comes to a feng shui dining room, every chair by the dining table can be considered "weak" or "strong" depending on how it is placed.
The strong seat is the one that is furthest from the door and has a direct view of the doors and the window. This puts the person sitting there in a commanding position. In other words, it makes them feel comfortable and empowered.
This space can be reserved for guests to make them feel welcome and help them relax.
The weak seat is the one that is turned back from a window and can make a person sitting there feel exposed or anxious.
If avoiding this is impossible, it’s wise to place a mirror across from that chair to give the spot a more commanding position and relax the person sitting there. This is particularly potent if a mirror is facing beautiful scenery.
Ideally, no seat should be directly turned away from a door or window. If a table is not round, the east-facing side of the table is ideal for the level-headed head of the family, while north and west are ideal for children.
Having children sitting at the south end of the table can make them impatient when eating and put obstacles to developing healthy eating habits in their way.
Balance Elements With the Right Feng Shui Dining Room Colors
One of the best things about a dining room is that it allows us to play with feng shui colors, particularly those that resemble food. Using the right colors in a dining room can stimulate appetite and encourage a warm exchange between everyone feasting.
This applies to everything in the room, from ceilings and walls to chairs and other furniture. The colors we chose should not only be appetizing but also relaxing in order to create such an ambiance. Every space should be a fine balance of all the following feng shui elements...
Fire Element - Pale Red, Orange, Deep Yellow & Warm Purple
The dining room is connected with the kitchen and will benefit from incorporating warm colors. Colors that remind us of mango, tomatoes, apples, red bell peppers, strawberries, and raspberries can have a stimulating effect and enhance enjoyment when dining.
These colors stimulate lively and joyous conversations but should not be used to an excess, as this can cause overstimulation.
The fire element can also be incorporated by having a fireplace, lampshades, or candles in the dining room.
The best spot for a fireplace is in the south area of the dining room, but if it's not, then it’s important that it isn't located near a mirror or facing a mirror or glass cabinet, as these represent water, which puts out fire.
Metal Element - Grey, White, Silver & Metallic
Metal colors are not typically associated with food. However, just like the remaining five, we need to incorporate them to harmonize the energy in the room.
We do so by using warmer white tones such as ivory white and hints of gold and bronze elements, as they resemble riches. White and golden forks, knives, and plates, as well as walls and wall decor are a way to go.
Water Element - Blue Shades & Black
We can incorporate the water element by using colors that resemble blueberries, blackberries, or black currants. Pale blue, pastel variations, and royal blue, similarly to metallic colors, can be associated with abundant feasts and prosperity.
The water element is calming and helps the chi flow. However, too many of these colors can have a depressing effect and kill an appetite.
Glass elements and fountains also represent this element but shouldn’t be overly present in the space so that the auspicious energy won't "leak away" from the dining area.
Earth Element - Sand Color, Beige, Light Browns & Yellow Pastels
Earthy tones will help ground the energy in the dining room. Eggshell color, banana yellow, or light browns are all great choices for a feng shui dining room.
These bring us closer to nature and generally have a warm and soothing effect. They also help call in the chi in the dining room, attracting abundance and prosperity.
Pots, ceramic plates, and crystals, specifically when placed in the middle of a table, are a perfect way to stabilize the chi in the room.
Wood Element - Shades of Brown, Green & Teal
Wooden Green is not only calming but is also associated with healthy habits and diets. All shades of green support wellbeing and an help us eat foods that support our health.
Green stimulates healthy digestion while brown helps us make good choices and balance interactions with others.
If most of the furniture is made of wood, there won’t be a need for extra additions. In case a wood element needs to be enhanced, that can be done by using plants to help nourish us and promote wellbeing.
Choosing the Right Table Matters
Not all dining tables have the same frequency and abundance-attracting power. There are three main factors to take into consideration when choosing the right one for your home: shape, size and qualitry, and the materials used.
Although there are exceptions to the rule, in general, feng shui celebrates rounded edges when it comes to furniture. This is particularly true for a dining room, where there needs to be a free flow of communication and energy, especially if this space connects one or more rooms.
Rounded, round-ish, and avantgarde tables with wavy edges are the best option to go for, as this will help stimulate the circulation of energy, helping bad chi leave the space more quickly, while good chi flows to each person sitting at the table.
The rectangular feng shui dining table shape is a bit, well, edgy. Sharp corners cut the energy flow abruptly, creating misunderstandings, and even arguments and distance that nobody wants to have at the dinner table.
Although rectangular tables are the most common, in a setting that is supposed to be about connectedness and pleasant energy exchange, they support power-dynamics, putting the focus on the person sitting at the front of the table.
Size & Quality
Considering that the table is the central furniture element in a feng shui dining room, it should be sturdy and stable.
Shaky tables will shake up family relationships, create nervousness around the table, lower the frequency of everyone sitting at the table, and accumulate chaotic chi.
Depending on the size of your dining room, the general rule is that the table shouldn’t be too small or too big for the room. Big dining tables are inviting and will make everyone feel comfortable and welcome to the feast. In contrast, small tables are restricting and limit the free flow of chi.
The quality of materials used does matter in a feng shui dining room, and so does the prevailing element.
The ultimate best choice for a feng shui dining room table is solid-wood, as it works well to support growth and stabilize relationships. Wood naturally resonates with the purpose of the room, helping grow and feed positive energy.
Although metal and PVC dining tables generate cold and distant relationships, having these materials incorporated through details, such as decorative borders or table legs can help improve communication flow. These two materials are not associated with hunger, and won’t do much for the appetite.
Glass tables can increase anxiety and get emotions running high (particularly when we are eating alone), overstimulate or under-stimulate our appetite, and stimulate unhealthy eating habits.
Choose Furniture & Decor Wisely
When you are decorating your dining room, take note of the following feng shui tips to help the energy flow in a way that is beneficial to you and your family.
Chairs & Cabinets
The number of chairs around the dining room table should be even and each of them should have their own pair, which is essential for keeping a balance in the room.
Opting for rounded chairs with soft edges will not only make everyone feel comfortable but will encourage a natural distribution of chi.
Cabinets should be sturdy and their doors should be functional and transparent, particularly if they are holding glasses and dishes. Cabinets shouldn’t take too much space and it’s important that they don’t block any of the seats, as this will make anyone sitting there feel stuck and restricted.
Although the best choice is mid-height cabinets, if choosing taller ones, it’s wise to get those that go all the way up to the ceiling. The space above tall cabinets not only collects dust but also old and heavy energy.
Mirrors, when used wisely, amplify the energy in the room. A feng shui dining room mirror should be placed to reflect the dining table. This is especially auspicious if the dining table is chosen following the feng shui rules.
Round, decorative mirrors particularly invite great energy. Placing a mirror to face a basket of fresh fruit or flowers will serve to boost and double the positive chi in the dining area.
Art in the dining room should look delicious and stimulate the appetite. Pictures and paintings of fruits, vegetables, drinks, and delicious meals work to amplify the overall enjoyment in the space.
If these types of artwork aren't your forte, rich, colorful paintings that remind you of honey or tasty meals will serve the purpose as well.
Feng shui dining room wall art should evoke joy and hunger, so anything appetite-killing, such as depressive sceneries and dark artwork that depicts negative or violent events should be avoided.
Clocks & Technology
Both clocks and technology are distracting, whether it's a TV in the corner that keeps drawing attention, a loud stereo, or a ticking clock that inspires haste. These create turbulent and chaotic energy that makes us feel less calm and more rushed when eating.
Stereos and loud music make us feel less present and should be avoided. However, if eating in silence doesn’t feel right, opt for a decorative stereo and play soft, relaxing music when enjoying a meal. Avoid loud music or radio stations.
Fruits and beautiful, natural flowers are a big yes when it comes to table decoration. In feng shui, these stimulate healthy habits and encourage us to eat mindfully.
Make sure fruits are fresh, juicy, and delicious. Flowers should be freshly picked. Rotten and bruised fruit and dry flowers create stagnation and kill the appetite.
Healthy, decorative, green plants are also welcome and will help good chi grow, making us feel more relaxed and present.
The dining room should have enough skylight and fresh air. If that is not an option due to architectural limitations, choosing artificial lighting will do a lot to improve the attractiveness of the dining area.
The room shouldn’t be dark, and adding decorative lampshades will help generate wealth and lighten up the mood. Round, nicely designed chandeliers and lampshades will go a long way.
Take Care of the Dining Area
Beyond layout, furniture, color and decor, we also need to think about how we maintain our feng shui dining room.
Dining rooms often become multi-purpose rooms where we work, play, and leave all sorts of items that don’t belong there.
Less is more, both in terms of functionality and stuff we keep in the area. So it’s important that the dining room has only the furniture we need: the table, chairs, and a limited number of dining room cabinets.
Make sure the dining area serves its purpose only, and that is to nourish the body, enjoy family get togethers, and consume food and drinks.
Piles of newspapers, computers, laptops, and unused items will disturb the natural energy flow, create confusion and increase nervousness in a feng shui dining room.
Keep it Fresh & Clean
An unkept dining room accumulates heavy, stagnant energy that not only affects our relationship with food but creates an unpleasant atmosphere.
Regular dusting and refreshing the room will bring in new energy and help get rid of energetic blockages.
What makes a feng shui dining room so special is that it is one of the most interactive rooms in a home. Therefore, whatever energy we bring into the dining area reflects directly on the chi.
While we can’t control the energy of others, preparing healthy, delicious meals and stimulating pleasant interactions with family members and guests can help attract prosperity and wealth.
Feng shui works with energy in a room in general, so what we bring in will also impact how enjoyable mealtime is and what energy tends to accumulate there.
With these feng shui dining room tips, you can bring more happiness and enjoyment into your life. Your family will have a place to gather and enjoy each other's company. Try these tips and let us know what the outcome was in the comments below!