NYC Dining Room
NYC Dining Room
Feng Shui for Dining
Rooms in New York City
Holidays and special occasions are the times when formal dining rooms are used the most. But in today’s day and age, dining rooms become unused showrooms or dumping grounds for children’s toys, luggage, and random clutter. They take up unnecessary and under utilized space in the home and can feel cold or unwelcoming.
To remedy these issues, I love using dining rooms during the daytime for crafting projects and secret office spaces. The long tables are great for sprawling out books, papers, or any creative endeavors. Feng shui is all about using what you have and making it work better for you. Think outside the box when it comes to your dining room and you can create a great multifunctional space that brings family together during times of celebration and doubles as a quiet room for homework, puzzles, and coloring.
Dining Room Do’s
Dining Room Do’s
Use the Shape of the Room
Use the shape of the room to determine the shape of the table. A rectangular room works best with a rectangular or oval table. A square shaped room works well with a square or round table.
Have an even number of seating; 6 to 8 seats is standard for most homes.
Repurpose a Bookshelf
Turn an extra bookshelf into china storage and display!
Use a Sideboard for Storage and Display
Add a sideboard or buffet table that mimics the length of the table in the space.
Hang a Mirror
Hang a mirror above your buffet table to illuminate the room. A mirror in this space expands the room and “doubles” the amount of people in the space.
Use Long Stemmed Candles
Use long stemmed candles to create a romantic dinner vibe.
Add a Rolling Bar Cart
Add a rolling bar cart for cocktails and liquor storage.
Use the Dining Room as an Extra Work Space
Use the dining room as an extra work space. Hide chargers and paperwork in the sideboard.
Use the Dining Room as a Crafting Space
Use the dining room as a crafting or homework area for young children.
Try using a dining bench on the longer side of a table to add design flare.
Let There Be Light!
Use a funky light fixture to define the dining space and add some personality to the room.
What to Avoid in
Your Dining Room
- Don’t use too much matching furniture. Break up the space by coordinating a wooden table with upholstered seating and a vintage sideboard.
- Don’t buy super expensive furniture if you have children… they will inevitably ruin it.
- Don’t put a white rug in the room. It will get all sorts of food and wine stains over time.
- Don’t forget to add color with textiles. Use table runners, eclectic rugs, and printed cushions to give the space some personality.
- Don’t leave the walls white. This is a great room to experiment with paint colors or fun wallpaper. Bolder colors like red, orange, and yellow are great for stimulating the appetite.
- Don’t use the room for show purposes only. Enjoy the space and use it to entertain, do puzzles, or play board games.
- Don’t forget to use plants. Bring in plant life to add literal life to the space if it’s not getting a lot of action.
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