Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Choose a round dining table.
This isn’t necessarily the norm in common dining table options these days, but a feng shui dining table will be round rather than square or
In addition to the functionality of a round dining table over an angled one is the feng shui concept of harsh angles and their negative impact. “Poison arrows” come from angles, which shoot out negative energy. When a dining table has no hard corners or angles, this negative impact is minimized or altogether omitted for a much more healthful dining experience.
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Use a wood dining table.
Feng shui balances all the five elements in all spaces, but it leans more heavily toward wood pieces as grounding and stabilizing, both aesthetically and psychologically. (The same is true for a
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Avoid glass dining table tops.
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Make sure the dining table is big enough for everyone.
Few things say, “You’re not welcome here,” like a table with insufficient space for all invited. Be sure that the dining table can comfortably accommodate all diners. Sometimes, this doesn’t require a change in dining table as much as it does a change in the size of the dining chairs.
Feng ShuiDining Table Tip: Avoid positioning the dining table directly between two access points.
If it isn’t possible to reposition your dining table in the dining room differently, consider this
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Avoid positioning the table against a wall.
In the feng shui dining room, the dining table will never be up against a wall. This implies that additional people are unwelcome. Instead, float the table in the room so that anyone can sit comfortably on any side of the table.
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Position the table so nobody’s back is toward the door or window.
A huge part of
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Correlate coasters with tabletop shape.
This is a seemingly small detail, but it’s important enough to be addressed in feng shui: when you use coasters, be sure that they match the shape of the dining table. So, for a round table, round coasters are best. Same for square tables – use square coasters. Even oval and rectangular and hexagonal tables will benefit from this corresponding tip, as it adds an element of continuity to the entire dining experience.
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Use feng shui colors on the table top to add energy and vitality to the dining room.
Remember that dining tables can easily accommodate a variety of textiles and accessories – napkins, tablecloths, glassware, other tableware, and even centerpieces. And color can be included not just on the table itself, but in the surrounding elements as well – dining chairs, for example, and a rug under the dining table.
In feng shui, color is significant and strategic, as is the position of things in the home. If the dining table is located in the northern part of the dining room, feng shui recommends that the dining table area emphasize the color blue in its décor, whether on the table itself or in dining chairs.
For the dining table that is located in the eastern part of the dining room, or even of the house in general, feng shui recommends green colors be utilized. Both greens and blues are excellent colors for appetite and palate and, consequently, great for dining areas.
For those diners who prefer the elegance and/or simplicity of white or dark tables, you can still adhere to the color-enhancing advice of feng shui by incorporating more subtle colors into the tablescape via flowers, candles, napkins, vases, etc.
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Use an even number of dining chairs.
In feng shui, in general, even numbers are more structured and, therefore, more comfortable than odd numbers. Even numbers allow for symmetry, which is another important aspect of feng shui. So, whether you’re dining for two or ten, keeping an even number of dining room chairs around the table is best.
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Position chairs so diners will not face a bathroom door.
In feng shui, the
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Hang a mirror in the dining room that reflects the dining table.
In feng shui, mirrors play an important role in promoting positive energy in a space – qi bounces
Feng Shui Dining Table Tip: Always keep something on the dining table.
Whether it’s time to eat or not, it’s good feng shui to keep something on the dining table. If that something is edible, all the better, although if it’s something just for beauty like a plant or flowers, that’s fine, too. Having something on the table gives the dining table a sense of purpose and invitation. (Although it is bad feng shui to store dried flowers on the dining table, as they signify deterioration.)
Amateur Corner: Real-Life Application for a Feng Shui Dining Table
For this dining table, feng shui principles discussed in this article were utilized over the course of five minutes to create a more welcoming, appetizing dining experience overall. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of this ordinary dining table setup, with regard to feng shui.
This is the dining table as it regularly exists. There are seven people who live here and eat at the table regularly. Notice the layout of chairs: three on one side, two on the other, and one at each “head” spot. If the dining table looks unbalanced in this photo, that’s because that’s how it is in real life. The two adults eat side-by-side on one length of the table, and the five children are scattered around on the other chairs. The negative feng shui aspect to deal with first is that poor diner at the end, with her back toward the sliding door.
The dining table is neither oval nor rectangular; it’s some softly-angled hybrid of the two. The corners are there, but they are rounded. For feng shui, this is neither good nor bad. For me as an amateur feng shui implementer, I’ll take it. (Although I’m now on the hunt for a nice round dining table that will accommodate eight.)
The first adjustment I made was quick – move the chair with its back toward the sliding glass door to the side with two chairs. This not only eases the comfort of the diner in that chair, but it also provides an actual walkway between the table and the door at that side of the table. Surely feng shui is pleased with this.
There is still one chair at the head of the table, with its back to the entryway. I recognize this isn’t ideal, but it is the best we can do in this space. Also, there are an uneven number of chairs around this table. While six would be best, it would leave one child out from family dinner (not okay). Eight would be too many at this table, plus it would put a chair right back into that sliding glass door spot. So we’re going to cut our losses with seven. But it’s quite stark and bleak and boring right now.
I quickly grabbed some oranges from the fruit bowl and set them on the table, along with a vase of fall flowers from our front yard.