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. Below are several factors to consider when making your dining room 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.
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.
Dining Room Table
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.
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.
Furnishings and Artwork
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 needs to be on the food and the conversation, not on the artwork. 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 nature. If possible, include flower arrangements as a centerpiece (low enough so people have no trouble seeing each other). Or place a vase of flowers on a sideboard or table. Flowers add beauty and a feeling of a special occasion to the dining experience.
Using Feng Shui to enhance your dining room not only will help the room look better, it will make it feel better too. The only down side is that your guests may get so comfortable it is hard to get them to leave once the party is over because they are enjoying themselves so much. Enjoyment was the goal to start with, so if this happens…you can consider your mission accomplished!