With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I wanted to share
some feng shui tips with you to make your dining experience all it can
Dining Rooms are places where we gather to share a meal. The
operative word here is “share”. When we dine with others we are sharing a common experience that binds us together. Thanksgiving in particular is a special holiday and one in which the main event is actually the meal. Our surroundings can either enhance our dining experience or detract from it.
Below are several factors to consider when making your
dining experience as positive and relaxing as possible. Remember that the more relaxed people feel, the more they enjoy the time at hand!
Warm tones are soothing and comforting. Reds and oranges stimulate the appetite. A little red can go a long way, so if you opt to paint the dining room red, consider painting one wall red as an accent wall, or add luxurious red or burgundy drapes for an
especially elegant touch. If you don’t want to go to all the work of actually
adding red to the walls and drapes, a red or burgundy table runner, table cloth,
candles, or centerpiece can add appetite-stimulating red to the room.
Blue is a color that suppresses the appetite
and makes food less appealing. It is thought that this is because there is no
blue food (even blue berries are actually purple). While this may be great for
dieting, it is not a color you want surrounding guests when you want them to
enjoy their meal. Choose blue for other areas of the home, but leave it out of
the kitchen and dining room.
Without question the dining table is the star
of the show in the dining room. The very best shape for a dining room table is
round. Round tables enable everyone to see each other, thus promoting a sharing
of ideas and conversation. There is no “head” of the table, so everyone’s seat
placement is equal, promoting a feeling of unity and closeness. If you want your
friends and family to share and relax during a meal, you can’t beat a round
table for creating the right ambiance. You might want to choose a table with
leaves that can be inserted if your dining party becomes very large. Even the
oval table with its soft edges will feel better than the formality of a
rectangle shaped table.
If using a centerpiece, make sure it isn’t so
high or so distracting that guests can’t easily see each other. A centerpiece
should complement the meal, not take away from it. There are a multitude of
sites on the Internet for beautiful, creative centerpiece ideas.
Lighting in a dining room should be able to
be adjusted for the event and type of meal you are sharing. Low light for
romantic, intimate dinners, brighter light for family occasions and parties. The
easiest way to provide a variation of light in the dining room is to install
dimmer switches. They are easy to install and will give you the ability to
provide the proper light for the type of gathering you are having.
Everyone looks softer and better in
candlelight, but it can also be a fire hazard. Use candles carefully and
consider choosing battery-operated candles for the ambiance without the
The size of the furnishings in the dining
room should be in proportion to the size of the space. More often than not I see
huge tables, chairs and china cabinets that overpower the room, making it feel
claustrophobic and uncomfortable.
Make sure the chairs are comfortable and fit
under the table with plenty of legroom. If your chairs are uncomfortable, your
guests will not relax and enjoy their meal.
Artwork should be calm and beautiful and not
command the attention in the room. The attention should be on the food and the
conversation. A mirror on one wall can make the room feel larger, just as long
as it doesn’t reflect another mirror.
People are soothed by images and materials
from nature. If possible, include arrangements with flowers, fruit or leaves as
a centerpiece. You can also place a vase of flowers on a sideboard or table. One
restaurant I recently dined in had a little vase with a little flower in it at
each place setting, which was especially nice.
Using feng shui to enhance your dining
experience will not only help the room look better, it will make it
feel better too. The only down side is that your guests may become so
comfortable that getting them to leave once the party is over can be
challenging. Enjoyment was the goal of the gathering to start with, so in the
event that this happens, consider your mission accomplished!