Setting your interiors as per Vastu norms

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Many people have the misconception that Vastu is only related to the construction part of a property, the truth is that it is very much applicable on the interiors of home and properties. Even if your home is constructed as per Vastu norms, but you have ignored Vastu for interiors, then it would create disbalance in the overall Vastu of that property.

Vastu plays a key role in interiors of home, as its principles are followed by a sizeable number of the Indians. It is believed that the arrangement of interiors will have an impact the people living in the house. Based on the arrangements, positive and negative energies are developed, affecting the inhabitants. In today’s cramped urban scenarios, it is not always possible to do the interiors according to Vastu due to the scarcity of space.

Interior arrangements of your home impact the Vastu of that property

According to experts, interior design includes everything that comes inside a house- starting from windows, entrance, walls, colors and texture. Vastu principles aim to establish harmony by using the five basic elements – earth, water, fire, air and space. It is believed that if the furniture, accessories and interiors are arranged according to Vastu Shastra, then it will open doors for prosperity, health and welfare to enter the household.

Impact of interiors arrangement on Vastu

Each room has eight directions, so one must be aware of designing the interiors in such a way that they follow the rules of the Vastu in order to sync with the elements. One such norm is that the entrance of the house should be in east. This is because the sun rises in the east and hence opens the door for light and positivity in the household. Also, according to Vastu every color has a negative and positive effect.

How to choose the right colours for your home, based on Vastu

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The colours in a home, have a significant influence on its inhabitants. We get the experts’ advice on selecting the right colours for the various rooms in your house.

It is a proven fact that colours have a significant psychological effect on people. A home is a place where a person spends a major part of one’s life. As specific colours stimulate distinctive emotions in the people, it is important to have an appropriate balance of colours in one’s home, to feel fresh and live a healthy life.

Colours for your home, as per direction

Each direction has a specific colour, at times, it may still not suit the owner. Therefore, home owners should adhere to the general guidelines for colours as per Vastu Shastra, which entails the following key points:

  • North-east – Light blue.
  • East – White or light blue.
  • South-east – As this direction is associated with fire, orange, pink and silver colours can be used to enhance the energy.
  • North – Green, Pista Green.
  • North-west – This area is related to air. So, white, light grey and cream are the best colours.
  • West – It is the place of ‘Varun’ (i.e., water). So, the best colours are blue or white.
  • South-west – Peach, mud colour, biscuit colour or light brown.
  • South – Red and yellow.

Home owners must take extra precautions while choosing colours like black, red and pink, as these colours do not suit every person.

Colours that you should avoid in your home

Experts suggest that light shades are always good. Dark shades like red, brown, gray and black may not suit everyone, as they represent some of the fiery planets likes Rahu, Shani, Mars and Sun. “Red, deep yellow and black should be avoided. Generally, theses colours have high intensity and it may disturb the energy pattern inside your house.

Vastu Shastra tips for a temple at home

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The temple at home, is a sacred place where we worship God. So, naturally, it must be a positive and peaceful place. The temple area, when placed according to Vastu Shastra, can bring health, prosperity and happiness to the house and its occupants. Although a separate puja room would be ideal, this is not always possible in metropolitan cities, where there is space crunch.

How should a temple at home be constructed as per Vastu

When it comes to constructing the temple, do not place it directly on the floor. Instead, keep it on a raised platform or pedestal, advises Parmar. “The temple should be made of marble or wood. Avoid temples made from glass or acrylic. Do not clutter the temple. Ensure that you do not have multiple idols of the same God or Goddess, either in a seating or standing position in the temple. The idol or photos placed in the temple, should not be cracked or damaged, as it considered is inauspicious,” suggests Parmar.

One should be able to perform poojas, wherever the temple is kept. During special poojas, the entire family tends to pray together. Hence, ensure that there is enough space for the family to sit down and pray. The temple area should have good and healthy flow of energy. So, keep it neat and clean, without dust or cobwebs and avoid stuffing the space with too many accessories. Above all, the temple should give you a feeling of serenity and calmness

Do’s and don’ts for decorating a temple at home

  • The light or diya, should be placed on the right side of the person performing a pooja.
  • Decorate the temple with fresh flowers. Light a few aroma candles, dhoop or incense sticks, to cleanse the area and create a divine ambiance.
  • Photographs of the dead/ancestors, should not be kept in the temple.
  • Create a small shelf near the temple, to place the incense, puja materials and holy books.
  • Ensure that there are electric points near the temple, so that one can light up the temple during festive days.
  • Avoid keeping unnecessary items below the temple or dustbins in this area.
  • Some people keep the temple in the bedroom or kitchen. In such cases, hang a curtain in front of the temple, when you are not using the temple.
  • Temple should not be against a wall that has a toilet behind it. It should also not be placed below a toilet on the upper floor.
  • For the temple space, use white, beige, lavender or light yellow colours.

Vastu Home implying South East facing Flats / Apartments- Advantages or Disadvantages

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Vaastu rules say that all directions are good. However, the internal layout of the house (position of the kitchen, toilets, bath rooms, bed rooms, mandir, main door, etc.) and cuts/extensions in the shape of the house if any, decide the benefits or losses due to the energy of any direction.

Thus, if the main door is in a direction which is ideal as per Vaastu rules, it will bring in good energy, but if the door is in a direction which is prohibited for an entry by Vaastu rules, it will bring in bad energy. E.g. Vaastu rules do not allow entry from the South West but insist on having the Master bed room in that direction.

Thus, we see that the south west is not a good or bad direction per se; it is the best direction to have a bed room and a very bad direction to have a door. In this article we will discuss about the South East (SE) direction.

  • South-East facing Flats/Apartments are considered a medium type of plot where the occupant has a average success in his/her life. Success comes in little by little.
  • South East facing Flats/Apartments should have a lower compound wall boundary towards east (half )& higher boundary towards the south (other half). Height & width of the boundary should be based on the size of the plot.
  • Main gate (compound gate) should be placed in the auspicious zone on the south-east boundary wall. Ideally it is advisable to make a internal lane on the north-east boundary wall. This will reduce the size of the plot but will help in making a door in positive direction.
  • Leave equal space on south-east and north-west zone of the plot while making a constructions.
  • Avoid slope towards the sotuh-east of the plot or home as this will create a “major vastu fault”.
  • Avoid slope towards the sotuh-east of the plot or home as this will create a “major vastu fault”.
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