Whether you eat to live or live to eat, you’ll find the experience much more enjoyable in a dining room that conforms to the principles of Vaastu and Feng Shui. When the energy flow is favourable, the flow of conversation improves, and you, your family and your guests will have an appetising meal without even realising how much the arrangement and décor of your dining room is contributing to your sense of satisfaction.
In most modern houses and apartments, there is no separate dining room. So you only have a dining alcove to create the same feeling of a dining room. Since this room represents the heart of the house, it should be located at the centre of the house. It should ideally be laid out between the living room and the kitchen for good luck.
Here are some more suggestions for ensuring your dining space has a favourable energy flow:
A round table symbolises heaven’s blessings; a square means the blessing of earth; an octagonal table symbolises the gathering of heaven and earth with all their children. The circle, the square, and the octagon, as they have no place for the head of the table, show humbleness, compassion and love. The rectangle and the oval, on the other hand, are hierarchical, formal and less friendly. A big round table implies no number; it is the best for a large happy family.
If the apartment is in a multi-storeyed building, try to ensure that the dining room is not located directly under the bathroom or kitchen of the floor above.
The dining room is associated with the element Earth, so yellow and earthy tones would be most effective.
Rooms with one wall shared with a toilet should not be used as a dining area.
The seat of the main breadwinner, in particular, should have its back firmly against the supporting wall.
An even number of chairs around the table is best, since it represents balanced energies and inclusiveness.
— Raman Datta is a Vaastu and Feng Shui Consultant, Tel: 9810155835