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Dining Room Feng Shui

Dining Room Feng Shui

I remember a story in the New York Times about how many a modern dining room had become repurposed either intentionally or purely by disuse. The story profiled people who could no longer resist that inviting expanse of empty table surface and had now occupied it as a designation for studying, crafts, laundry folding, and bill-paying. Some people scrapped the idea of a dining room altogether and transformed the space off their kitchen into a playroom, media room, or study.

There can be something unwelcomingly formal about a dining room–especially when compared to the warmth of the kitchen. But the dining room has great potential, in my mind most especially as a place to harbor fond memories of gathering, eating and celebrating. Maybe it’s just a matter of some little adjustments to make the dining room more receptive to its purpose. Here are some quick fixes I came across in Feng Shui Dos and Taboos (Storey Publishing, 2000) by Angi Ma Wong that may help transform an underutilized dining room into the heart of your home. They might also usher in a little health and abundance along the way.

Keep a bowl or an arrangement of fruit on your dining room table to represent continuous sustenance to your family. Add a mirror on the West or Northwest wall of your dining room to double the food on your table.

Put images of food and fruit in the East area of your dining room to represent the abundance and sustenance that you want to attract to your table and home.

Don’t hang too many pictures of birds in your dining room, as this will create an imbalance in yang energy.

Place persimmons in the South areas to symbolize joy and festivity.

Don’t leave cleaning supplies in the dining room. They symbolize the “cleaning out” of income, good health, nutrition, and prosperity.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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4:11PM PST on Nov 14, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:13PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

noted

10:31AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

ty

4:09AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thanks for the info :)

3:14AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thank you :)

1:09AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thank you for the interesting article.

6:07PM PDT on Oct 4, 2012

Thanks

10:00AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

I am glad I saw this article! I am still unpacking and was going to hang 2 pictures that do have birds on that wall !...well I now have a new plan! Thankyou for the post!

6:51AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Good!

1:04AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

Useful. Thanks

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