Once in a while, the dining room, is still put to use for a special occasion, but gone are the days when families sat nightly around the dinner table and spoke over their meals together about the day's events. Still, but most of us do have a dining space, even if it is our coffee table and even coffee tables have their own set of healthy rules.
Dining rooms (or wherever you regularly eat your meals) should have low lighting, but be lit well enough to see the food on your plate.
Colored candles, flowers, tablecloths, napkins and place-mats are pleasant accessories and can uplift any eating area and stimulate conversation when applied in warm colors.
Seat cushions add cheer and warmth.
Your table should be big enough to hold bowls of food and still eat at the same time.
Wood tables are preferred, as glass can make for an uncomfortable experience. Worry about scratching, breaking or seeing through your table to the laps of others can be nerve wracking.
Your table should not be used for storing things other than a few pleasantries (candles, place mats or napkins) having to do with meal time and should always offer a bowl of veggies, fruit or trail mix for healthy snacking.
Floors under eating areas should be wood or something easy to wipe up and clean.