PART 5 – THE DINING ROOM
Dining rooms are associated with the enjoyment of food, pleasant conversation and good digestion. In smaller rooms dining furniture should be flexible and adaptable, such as an extendable dining table. It is worth noting that shiny, glossy surfaces are higher maintenance as they attract dust particles easily and show scratches more noticeably than a matt or satin finish. Glass tables don’t work well because guests concentrate on their legs and feet and then end up leaving much too soon! Also items placed onto glass surfaces make a jarring sound – not exactly music to the ears!
Yellow is a colour associated with aiding digestion and is designers’ favourite colour because it is a perfect colour for a backdrop for furniture and pictures. For more information, read my blog on The 6 C’s for Creating Positive Energy in Your Home and Surroundings: Part 6 – Colour and Part 7 – Colours. It’s always a bonus if your dining room has a focal point such as a fireplace or French doors onto a garden, but if not why not create one? If the room is small or has a poor view, use a mirror that looks like a framed window. Install a fireplace surround to create warmth and ambience and hang beautiful art work for guests to admire and discuss over dinner.
When entertaining, introduce poetry by asking each of the guests to read a line or two before every course from handwritten cards left in their places prior to their arrival. Always say Grace (‘Good grub, good God, Let’s Eat’ will do!) to show thanks and appreciation and no matter how casual a meal, soft music and scented candles, fresh flowers and a great conversation makes dining that bit more special.
Next week, read Part 6 – The Home Office/Study in my latest blog on ‘Feng Shui Interior Design for Entrances & Reception Rooms’