As I wrote yesterday, dining rooms are often neglected parts of our homes. Many new houses don’t even include one, instead offering dining nooks that are actually a part of the kitchen. In houses that do have a separate dining room, they may be only used for very formal occasions, or even taken over for use as a home office or crafts room.
In feng shui, though, distinguishing the dining room from the rest of the home is very important. The dining room offers its own special flavor 🙂 of the healthy, prosperous Qi that influences your life outside the home as well.
Setting aside an area that is used for strictly for dining promotes intimacy among table conversations. Ideally, your dining room should feel warmly secluded. If you don’t have a separate room, try installing screens, or using furniture to energetically separate the dining room from other rooms in the house. Despite the popularity of open plans in newer homes, having the dining area in view of the kitchen or living room can be distracting. If it is impossible to separate the area from other parts of the house, at least turn off the lights in those other rooms while you are eating.
The sensuous pleasures of food should be celebrated in art, and by placing paintings of food in your dining room, you can enhance prosperity in your life. Also, a large mirror has the same effect, attracting material wealth to you. But make sure you are creating a calm and peaceful ambience. You don’t want lots of shiny, reflective surfaces that would cause the Qi to bounce all around the room, creating unhealthy stress.
Try using warm, soothing colors. Reds and yellows will stimulate the appetite and digestion, but may be too energetic for some people. You can tone them down by choosing pink, coral, peach, or pale lemon colors. Light blue, green and lavender are also excellent choices for the dining room. Avoid orange walls, unless you want to chase your guests away!
Curtains can soften the cutting Qi of mini-blinds, and adding a thick rug or carpet brings a soothing texture that helps to absorb sound and keeps the atmosphere of this room tranquil. Lighting is also an important element in creating a good dining atmosphere. Don’t save your candles only for holidays or special romantic dinners. They are a wonderful treat for every day and create a a gentle, magical energy. Or use lower wattage bulbs, or a dimmer switch to bring the energy level down a little, especially at the end of a hectic day.