Vastu-Inspired Home Décor
Finding the Right Place to Foster Harmony and Happiness
We cannot always put things anywhere we want them. Otherwise, certain imbalances may transpire that can affect one’s mood and perspectives. In turn, it can become a significant factor in the preservation of a harmonious relationship at home. This is the belief system fostered by ancient Indian preaching in terms of interior designs. This stems from a traditional system of knowledge of architecture called VASTU SHASTRA. It follows certain principles of designs and space arrangements. In decorating our home, there is nothing to lose if we follow some, if not all, of it. More so, it may add beauty to our home.
So, here are some basic suggestions:
- Put OM and SWASTIKA at the front door.
“An OM is a holy sound and a divine image as per ancient Indian tradition. While a SWASTIKA is considered to be an early spiritual image that looks like an equilateral cross with four legs set at 90 degrees.”
- Hang a wooden name plate with an icon of Ganesha to kindle prosperity.
- Do not put a mirror in areas like the study room or in front of the bed.
- Paintings with themes, like death and violence, and image of birds, like owl and eagles, are not encouraged. Arts should evoke a feeling of peace and lightness.
- While choosing a paint please ensure that it rouses the radiance in the home. The best colors are light blue, green, pink, and cream for rooms.
- The same thing goes for the color of the curtains. Dark shades like red and black are acceptable if it is placed in the living room. Bedroom curtains should have lighter colors.
- Shapes do matter too! Vastu designs find square and rectangles more positive. So, in selecting a sofa or dining table, those shapes are highly recommended.
- Green plants are not only for the purpose of aesthetics. It also provides a certain level of positive energy in our home. The best example is the lily, which is believed to stir peace and happiness.
- Specific materials for the floor are also important things to be taken into account. Marbles, mosaic, and ceramics are good selections. “White marbles should not be a part of the options. Hence, it is providential for pooja and temple.”
- Furniture on the living room should be positioned on the South or West while the television should be on the South-East side.
- Refrigerator in the dining area is best located and can be kept on the South-East side of the space as well.
“Directions also play a big part in this traditional architecture. It is called zones that are classified into two. The positive zone is lighter. And the North, East, and Northeast are believed to be on that zone. On the other hand, a negative zone is heavier. These are the South, West, and Southwest part of the home. With this, light objects and furniture should be on the positive zone.”
- In our attempt to consider Vastu Shastra home décor, it is best to consult an expert on this to get the exact and appropriate location of things and evoke a positive aura in our homes.
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