picture-81 The dining room is the place where you entertain your friends and family and enjoy good food and conversation. Having regular family meals is a great way to tighten family  relationship and promote good communication. The Chinese community believes that eating feeds the spirit as well as the physical body.

It is important to create an inviting and clutter free room.

The basic aim of a dining room is to provide an intimate setting for a social gathering among friends and family. When it comes to Feng Shui dining room, the dining room should provide an environment free of distraction to strengthen the aspects of your life including family and health. The Yin personalities must interact with Yang personalities in a Feng Shui dining room. Implement decorations that appeal to you and your family’s taste and of course, are welcoming for your guests.

Here are some great Feng Shui tips to make your dining room a beautiful family gathering space.

Dos

1- Weather you own a round, oval, square or rectangular table, Make sure that the dining table you choose doesn’t have any hard edged corners.

2- Use an even number of chairs. This is preferable for Feng Shui dining room. This is because the person sitting in the odd position will feel left out and unwanted. The chair should be very comfortable and should have a back. Since you are the host, you should never have your back to a door.

3- Use warm rather than cool colors for your dining room décor. Shades of red, orange, burgundy, yellow, brown and cream are more conducive to the nourishing and enjoyable experience of eating than are cool shades of grey, blue and green.

4- Adorn the buffet or sideboard with fresh flowers or fruits to bring abundance in all areas of your life.

5- Display a mirror on the wall over the buffet or sideboard, reflecting the table. They  double the food on the table, symbolizing wealth and abundance for the household. Mirrors are excellent energy expanders. They enhance the healthy chi energy produced by the food.

Donts

1- Have too many furniture. The room should not be cramped. People must be able to circulate easily around the dining table. This takes out on the comfort needed to create a nice gathering of people.

2- Display too many accessories. Those are distractive of the main activity of the dining room which is enjoying a meal with friends and family

3- Display clocks and calendars so none of the time pressures from the day carry over into the meal.

4- Use broken, chipped or cracked dishes or glasses. The dishes you serve your food in can also increase your prosperity and abundance. Ornate or expensive looking dishes carry wealth luck. Chinese or Asian dishes with fish designs or other wealth related designs also improve your wealth energy.

5- Keep old, tarnished silverware, torn napkins and discolored placemats

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