FENG SHUI FOR SELECTING YOUR DINING TABLE
The dining table is one of the most functional and versatile pieces of furniture in your home. It plays a critical role in feng shui so it's important to take the time to find out where your table was made, who made it, and in what materials.
In feng shui, shapes are the expressions of the the five elements, a subtle language that might not be initially recognisable in your home decor. Knowing how to work with feng shui can balance and harmonise the energy in any given location. This is especially important when it comes to the shapes of prominent features like tables, rugs, flooring and big patterns on wallpaper.
So, good on you for considering feng shui in the selection of your dining room table! There are several criteria to look at when choosing the best shape for your dining table.
1. Best visual choice. What is your dining room asking for? What table shape will look and work best in that space?
2. Best bagua area match. Bagua literally translates as '8 areas', and is a feng shui energy map of your home and how different spaces relate to different aspects of your life. If most shapes will work, then decide based on the feng shui bagua area of your dining room.
Let's go into more detail on these two points.
From a general feng shui perspective, a round or oval table is considered better than a square or a rectangular one. The reason being that a flowing shape contributes to a more even distribution of energy, so to speak. In simple terms, sitting at a round or oval table will make everyone feel more welcome, at ease and equal in relation to each other.
However, the first criteria to look at is the size and shape of your dining room. If your space is asking for a square or rectangular shape and you insist on having a round table, you will not be creating a harmonious room.
Good feng shui always starts by listening to your home, and then applying the best feng shui guidelines to it. If you feel that a square or rectangular table would work better for your dining room, go for it – just be sure to buy one that has rounded corners. Sharp corners are always best avoided as they create bad energy called Sha Chi.
Now, let's go into a deeper level of feng shui; the one where you have to know the bagua of your space. To make it easier for you, here are the best shapes for each bagua area of a dining room:
East - Rectangular or Square
Southeast - Rectangular or Square
South - Rectangular
Southwest - Square
West - Square or Round
Northwest - Square or Round
North - Round
Northeast - Square
Center - Square
This selection is based on the play of the five elements and how they either support the energy in a specific bagua area or weaken it.
There are a couple of other details to look at while selecting a good dining room table. The table should be in proportion to the room, and it is better best to have an even number of chairs (unless you go for a round table.) In feng shui the best chairs are considered to be ones with a solid back.