Vastu shashra and Interior decoration
Vastu shashra and Interior decoration – In dealing with the interior decoration of a vastu shastra house, a good understanding of the zones is required. There are positive and the negative zones which vastu shastra aims to balance. These zones deal with placing light objects and furnishings on the positive zones while the heavy ones should be kept at the negative zones. Positive zones are located at the North, East, and Northeast while negative zones are located at the South, West, and Southwest.
Placement of Furniture
• The ideal spots for the couches and chaise lounge sets are in the south and west portion of the room. The person sitting on a couch should make sure that he or she is seated facing the North or East directions.
• Beds should be positioned pointing to the southwest direction of the room.
• Bureaus or drawers containing valuables such as cash or jewelry are best kept in southwest portion of the room.
• The dining table is best found in Northwest of the kitchen, living room, or dining room.
• Study table will bring better results if situated in the North or East of the room.
• Place aquariums in the North, East, or Northeast since they are light and water bearers as well.
Decors and Fixtures
Paintings and Statues – Vastu Shastra encourages the use of paintings that depict natural scenery, for example waterfalls, sunrise, mountains, flower fields, and the likes. Do away with war scenes and other forms of conflict and violence since they obviously do not promote peace and harmony. Statues of God and deities should have a proper niche in the prayer room but take care in choosing its location. Heavy statues should not be placed in the Northeast of the room or the house.
Mirrors: These objects should find suitable places in the North or East wall of the rooms. However do not place them on walls opposite the
bed or put them in a study room.
Indoor Plants: Do not put large plants in the Northeast of the house nor use cactus and other thorny plants as your decor.
Curtains: Bedrooms are best fitted with light colored curtains while dark colored curtains are suitable only for the living room. In choosing dark colored curtains, red and black are not the favorable hues.
Ceilings: Keep ceilings flat since elevated ceilings have less appeal for Vastu Shastra concept.
Lightings: The house should be kept brightly lit to bring more positive vibrations to the house; avoid keeping rooms dimly lit.
Floorings: Flooring materials recommended by Vastu Shastra are mosaic, ceramic tiles, and marbles; white marble tiles for regular rooms are not appropriate. Use white marble tiles for pooja or prayer rooms since this will prove favorable.
Paint Colors: Choose light shades of colors of blue and green aside from the naturally light shades of pink and cream. Exclude red and black from your choices as they are not recommendable hues for house paints.
Electrical Appliances: Heat emitting appliances like gas, ovens, and microwaves are best kept in the Southeast directions. TVs, audio, and video players are best located at the North, East, and Southeast of the room. Take note not to install electrical appliances in the Northeast corner of the room.
Colors and their Vastu Impact
As colors can stir different feelings and emotions, Vastu Shastra also puts emphasis on colors that will bring positive influences in our home. The following colors are considered complimentary to natural forces.
Red: The Red is complimentary only for decors and ornaments since its bright hue can liven up an otherwise disciplined environment. It is a color symbolic of bravery and power and has an energizing quality. However, refrain from using it as your wall paint particularly the bedrooms since it can also produce stressful effect.
Orange: Similar to the red hue, this color is strong and vibrant and at best is used for decors and ornaments. It encourages positive feelings of happiness, joy, and good relationships. Its variation into a light color can be found in peach-like tints and will make the color suitable for curtains and wall paints.
Green: A color that represents nature which brings hope, freshness, and harmony; it denotes energy forces for quick healing, good health, and calmness to the room. This is the reason why most hospitals use this color in their environs. This color is suitable for the study room as it relaxes and readies the mind for absorption of ideas.
Yellow: It promotes patience and wisdom and carries the sunlight aura. Rooms that receive direct sunlight are discouraged from being painted with yellow colors. However, the pooja or prayer room is an ideal choice for applying the yellow color.
Blue: A cool color that is symbolic for spring and new growth as well as relaxation. Bedrooms and the prayer room can function well if painted with this color.
Purple: A color symbolic of faith encourages respect and trust. However, avoid painting the entire room with this color as it tends to be over-powering. Its variation into a lighter hue is the lilac or lavender which can now render itself as suitable for bedroom walls.
White: This color is elegant, pure, and often used as a combination with other colors. Ceilings are ideally painted with the white color since it produces a widening and bright effect. Vastu Shastra recommends this color for the Northwest bedroom also.
Pink: A color that represents joy, happiness, and pure feeling; it is suitable for all bedrooms in the South and Southwest.
Black: A somber color which is brooding in nature hence it is powerful in its energy. Black by its nature tends to make us feel depressed and heavily laden. In some aspects it also borders on the occult hence this color is hardly advisable for wall paints and draperies. However, this color can find its use in small amounts to give emphasis as borders and frames to ornate decors.