Feng Shui has it’s set of rules that are simple to apply but, it’s not without some common issues? Here are 6 commons Feng Shui issues and resolutions.
1. What are the common issues for dining rooms in Feng Shui? General neglect. The classic is the catch all dining table. You’ve seen it the dumping ground for mail, kids' stuff—just a mess that never gets cleared. Then there are the homes where the room is totally ignored; no one ever sets foot in there. This depletes its energy, which makes it even less appealing. If you don't often use the room for meals, it’s best to find another way to use it. Put a plant there so you're forced to come in and water it. Or bring your laptop in and use the space as an office.
2. Let's talk decor. Both the dining room and the kitchen are where we take in and process nutrition; they're critical to healthy functioning and re-energizing. So, the dining room's decor shouldn't be out of left field… such as way more formal than the rest of the house, say. It should reflect who you are and flow with the rest of the house.
3. Anything to avoid with chandeliers? Fixtures that point straight down and/or target all the light into one spot. They focus all the energy in one place, rather than highlighting the abundance of the entire table. Ambient light is inclusive, whereas spots are exclusive.
4. Is a dining-room rug a Feng Shui must? This is an individual choice. In Feng Shui, rugs are grounding; a rug makes a dining room feel more intimate and encourages conversation. But if you have kids or pets, a rug might not be practical. If you’re thinking rug consider an indoor/outdoor rug, they are still grounding but easier to clean.
5. Does the "round table" rule apply here? Rectangular or square tables are okay in the dining room because, even though they have corners, no one will be sitting in front of a point, as they might with a coffee table. But if a circular or oval table fits perfectly, it's an excellent choice. Natural materials, like wood, feel solid and warm. Be warned the sound of glass hitting glass can cause tension. And people get overly protective with glass tables—anything too precious brings on nervous energy.
6. Use It Or Lose It A neglected dining room is a Feng Shui no-no. If you don't eat in the dining room often, use it for game night, homework, crafting, or an office space.