The dining room plays an important role in the home as it is where you and your family sit down to eat, filling your body with the essential nourishment you need to keep fit and healthy. Unfortunately many modern houses no longer have a separate dining room, having instead a dining area at one side of the kitchen or living space. If this is like your home it is important that you create a clearly defined space for eating with family and friends.
When decorating a dining room or dining area it is important that you create a welcoming atmosphere where people want to linger over a meal, happy and secure in each other’s company. Careful thought should be given to both the size and the shape of the dining table. Too large a table and people can feel overawed and uncomfortable, too small and people feel cramped and hurry their meals. To try and ensure the size is perfect for the number of people eating it is always best to buy a table that either extends or folds down, giving you the flexibility to change it to suit the number of people.
The best shapes for a dining table are octagonal, circular or oval as this helps conversation at the table and means that everyone can both see and talk to each other. If you have a square or rectangular table do not despair as this can easily be disguised by placing a different shaped top on the table when it is in use. Alternatively if this is impractical because of the shape of your room or dining area then you can disguise the shape by placing a heavy cloth over the table. Chairs should be comfortable and be able to be drawn up to the table unimpeded, if a person cannot sit comfortably at the table then they will not feel valued as part of the group.
When decorating a dining area you should use plenty of light. Table decorations can be used but these should never obscure the view of one person from another. When decorating your dining room or dining table always pay careful consideration to the colour and element that is representative of the area where this is situated and always balance the yin and yang in the room as this will help your digestion.
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