The Dining room is the place where the family sits to eat, have their meals and chat. It is also the place where guests are entertained and served food. Hence it is generally accessible from the LIVING ROOM.The Dining room should be designed to facilitate a relaxed mood for enjoyable eating.
Here, I have explained the Vastu Guidelines for a Dining room. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t.
WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION FOR A DINING ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?
The Dining room can be located in the East, South or West: The Dining room can be an independent room or in continuation with the kitchen. The Scientific Reasoning – Any direction is suitable for a Dining room, provided it is close to the Kitchen and has sufficient light and enough privacy from outside.
The Dining room should be on the same floor as the Kitchen: The Logic – It doesn’t make sense to have the Dining room on any other floor other than the Kitchen as it will be impractical to carry hot food and utensils up and down a Staircase.
ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHAT IS THE BEST SHAPE FOR THE DINING TABLE?
The best shape for the Dining Table is square or Rectangle: Shapes like round, oval, hexagon or any other irregular shapes are best avoided for dining tables. The Logic – When sitting at a table one needs enough space so that one can eat comfortably. At the same time, there should be enough space on the table to accommodate everyone’s plates and the food to be served without cramping it. A rectangle or square shape is the most efficient shape for this.
WHAT IS THE BEST POSITION OF THE DINING TABLE ACCORDING TO VASTU?
The Dining table should be in the centre of the room, away from the walls: The Logic – Only if the Dining table is positioned in the centre of the room, can everyone’s chair be pulled out easily for sitting. If it is put against a wall, that side of the dining table cannot be used for placing chairs.
One should sit facing East, North or West: The master of the house should sit facing East. The other family members should sit facing East, West or North. The Reasoning – When facing East, the Sun’s useful rays, especially in the mornings, can flood the room and bathe the diners’ faces.
Avoid sitting facing South: The Scientific Reasoning – When you sit facing South, the Earth’s magnetic North pole and the body’s magnetic North pole, namely the head, repel each other causing a restless feeling.
ACCORDING TO VASTU WHERE SHOULD THE WASH BASIN BE LOCATED IN A DINING ROOM?
The wash basin can be in the North or East of the Dining room: The Scientific Reasoning – In ancient times, water was placed i n the North-East so that it gets purified due to the morning sun’s U-V rays. So Vastu pundits apply this principle to each room where a source of water is required. But in reality today, water comes through pipes and taps from one water tank. So one need not apply this principle everywhere.
Avoid bathroom near the Dining room: The Logic – Every time someone uses the Bathroom, it can be uncomfortable for the rest of the diners sitting at the table. Also the smell from the toilet can be putting off, for the diners.
WHERE SHOULD THE DOOR TO THE DINING ROOM BE PLACED AS PER VASTU?
The door can be in the East, North or West: The Logic– The door position can be any where, depending on the location off the Dining room with respect to the other rooms.
The door of the Dining room and the main entrance door should not face each other: The Logic – Many people feel uncomfortable to be seen eating, when an outsider walks in. So by keeping the entrance door away from the Dining room door, this can be avoided.
WHAT ARE THE SUITABLE COLOURS FOR THE DINING ROOM ACCORDING TO VASTU?
The colour of the Dining room walls: can be light blue, yellow, saffron, peach or light green color and shades of pink or orange. The Scientific Reasoning – Some of these shades are thought to stimulate the appetite. Also having light colours makes the room appear brighter and bigger.
Nature paintings and portraits are suitable for a Dining room: The Logic – Paintings of nature have a calming effect on the mind and one needs to be relaxed while eating.