Vastu Shastra

What is Vastu Shastra?
Universe is one of the beautiful creations of nature and everything stands alive only in the limelight of truth. Just like every subject of human aspect is governed with rules, regulations & acts, similarly the nature has also got certain key factor principles for smooth governing of its residents, in which "Vastu stands for nature law" and ignorance of law is not an excuse anywhere. Vastu is an inherent energy concept of science. We cannot see energy with our naked eyes but we can realize and see its application in different forms and fashions. We all know that "upto the knowledge of mind is called Science and beyond the knowledge of mind is called Spirituality." Hence, Vastu is not only a science, but is a bridge between man and nature, thus teaching us the Art of Living. Vaastu Shastra is the ancient science of architecture that teaches how to live in harmony with nature and how to influence nature so that it works for your benefit. It is part of a vast body of Vedic knowledge written over 5,000 years ago. ‘Vaastu’ means dwelling and ‘Shastra’ means scientific treatise—the science of designing and building homes according to the eternal laws of nature. There is a natural order and structure to Creation and Vaastu sets forth its principles. Although the same nature exists everywhere, every location is different. Vaastu shows us which places and homes are best to live in.

Whether you live in a simple thatched hut or a substantial estate, if it has been built according to the rules of Vaastu, you will have a heaven—a refuge from the chaos and confusion of the outer world. Nature’s bounty will flow in your life and its severity will be subdued. By living and working in such an environment, nature will support you and your life will progress in a smooth and beautiful way. The science of Vaastu as a very practical, effective way to solve many of life’s problems. He says, “Good Vaastu creates the main things we need in life—peace, prosperity, power and happiness. If

you follow the principles of Vaastu your life will be successful. Vaastu can and will change any person’s life. You can fix your life by using Vaastu. Seriously, it will change your life. In buildings where the secret force of the elements supports you, positive vibrations will flow strongly into your life. I can’t say you will be a huge billionaire, but your life will be so happy. You will be living in bliss. When your land, its surrounding walls, the house and its interiors are built according to Vaastu, it brings a lot of peace prosperity, power and happiness. What else do you need? These are the major issues in human life. Eighty percent of your problems can be solved through Vaastu. Your life will become very happy and blissful.” Your home’s Vaastu impacts every aspect of your life. It affects you whether you believe in Vaastu or not. Good Vaastu in the places where you live and work brings good fortune, while bad Vaastu creates unnecessary suffering. By following the principles of Vaastu you can transform the quality of life. You can transform anyone’s life. You can change your experience and alter your destiny. With good Vaastu, health, happiness and success come much more easily. While with bad Vaastu, obstacles, problems and hardships will come, seemingly without reason. Vastu Shastra is essentially the act of correct settings whereby one can place himself in such a manner so as to absorb the maximum benefits of the Panchbhootas or the five elements as well as the influence of magnetic field surrounding the earth.

Vaastu — Living in Harmony with the Five Elements
Simply put, this ancient science of architecture teaches not only how to live in harmony with nature but also how to induce the forces of nature to work for your benefit. Sri Kaleshwar says, “Following Vaastu means following nature—living in harmony with the Great five elements. Each of the elements has a proper position on our property and in our home. When the elements are correctly positioned, they become balanced and create the perfect vibrations. Then the positive effects of the elements will flow. Nature automatically cooperates with your soul and your life. In order to live a happy and successful life, you have to take protection in God’s elements, the roots of the tree of Vaastu, the pancha pranas, the five life forces of Vaastu. “Each of the five elements behaves in two ways: they have a positive effect and a negative effect. If they are used properly, they give good results. If not, they give negative results. It is necessary to make use of them in the right way. If the elements are not cooperating with us, if we are not accessing their vibrations perfectly, we will receive terrible sicknesses, unnecessarily create enemies, and without our notice, lose a lot of money. You cannot make spiritual progress or receive enlightenment that easily.”

History of Vastu Shastra
The historical background: In the Vedic period, people built homes, temples and hermitages with a view to have a peaceful and harmonious living. But, in the modern world people build concrete clusters, mainly for the high rate of return. This race to make buildings not in line with the ancient bye laws of nature has led the world into pollution, environment and ecological problems with no peace of mind under any kind of shelter. Vastu Shilpa Shastra, the ancient mystic science and the art of designing and constructing buildings finds its origin in Stapatya Veda, which in turns is a part of Atharvana Veda, one of the four Vedas. Vedas are not new to the other parts of the world and there have been people of all levels who have appreciated the depth, inspirations and insight of Vedic thoughts for many years. Our saints knew various mysterious and mystics of this vast universe even before western scientist could start finding them out. One of the systems discovered by them was VASTU SHASTRA. Meaning – Because of VASTU SHASTRA, the whole universe gets good health, happiness and all round prosperity. Human beings attain divinity with this knowledge. Followers of VASTU SHASTRA get not only worldly pleasure but also experience heavenly bliss. With the above shloka, it is very much clear that VASTU SHASTRA is universal. It is not confined to any particular group of people in the development of all human being irrespective of any caste, creed or religion

Necessity of Vastu Shastra
Why vastu is necessary?
Vastu is the bridge between man and nature. Everything is made up of basic five elements –

FIRE, WATER, EARTH, SPACE, and AIR. All These elements are only found on earth that is why it is the only planet that supports life and nature. If the residential and commercial buildings are constructed without any regards to these elements then how would it will give any benefits? From each of the basic elements we are getting a strange precious gift due to infinite powers of the universe. All materials in the world , irrespective of their size, shape , colour , physical or chemical compositions have embedded their origins from one of the Panchbhootas . They enjoy peculiar vibration levels, which is evading the intelligence of human beings. Vastu is in a position to reduce the gravity of the problems faced by human beings as well as industries particularly those suffering from sickness through vibrations of Panchbhootas which has anchored their roots in the body of the human beings as well as the external and internal building configurations.

Why and how to follow Vastu
Our sages and saints in India always wanted to ensure happiness and prosperity not only to mankind, but to everything living being in this world. Nowadays we hear a lot about the importance of ecology, pollution – free environment, nature and all in big seminars and conferences. Our ancestors knew the secret of how to live in perfect harmony with nature and enjoy all that it bestows in plenty for the upliftment of mankind. According to Mayamatam, Vaastu is used to designate dwelling or buildings and both the terms appear in the list of synonyms. Vaastu as a legend in Matsya purana, was born out of the sweat of Lord Shiva, while fighting and killing a giant called "Andhkasur”. A spirit originated out of the perspiration of Lord Shiva and consumed all the blood from the body of the devil. His hunger was still not satisfied. He then undertook penance. Lord Shiva was impressed and highly satisfied by his penance and offered him a boon. “Who ever construct building on Earth shall offer pooja (worship) to him and make offerings if they want to enjoy health, wealth, wisdom and prosperity in their new building. However only those people who do not offer you prayers shall be at your mercy and you may trouble them in anyway. There is a possibility that these stories were added in the olden scripts only to scare people and make them conscious about the subject. The science of Vaastu Shastra is however no mythological story and has stood the test of time for thousands of years. Vaastu Shilpa is divided into two parts : (1) Deva Shilpa : It deals with all aspects of temple and religious activities including idol,yagna etc. (2) Manav Shilpa : It deals with houses , residential buildings , schools , commercial buildings etc. The transmission of the knowledge had to take a corresponding form and integrate all the sciences as one seamless discipline. It is for this reason that the Sthapati or vastushilpi, the priest architect had to undergo a process of integrated learning. To this day, the Sthapatis take recourse to the collective knowledge of related discipline as to give shape to their creations. To understand Vaastu, one should understand the VASTU PURUSHA MANDALA. Purusha and Mandala are associated with Vaastu (site). Vastu encompasses the house with the site and its environment. According to the Vedic thought, Purusha is not only the cause and life behind all prakriti, but also behind all creations of Man. Purusha is consciousness, the life source. It is also called atman. The Vastupurusha Mandala is a grid of square, regarded as a perfect figure, is conceived to be a fundamental form in architecture and all other shapes are derived from it. The Vastupurusha Mandala offered the formula to determine the functions of the building in relation to its orientation. The Vasturatnakara assigns specific functions to each direction. The south-east for example, is dedicated to fire and north-east to the element Water. Invariably, the correspondence with the elements would determine the position of the rooms in the house. The space assigned to the region of fire , for instance , would be used for building a kitchen or reserved as a source for heat and warmth. The Mandala also served as a guide to locate the buildings on site and determining the position of the shrines in a temple complex

Therefore Southward portion of every building should be higher than the northward portion so that there may not be any hindrance to the flow of magnetic waves. which has significant influence on the human life. sun moving towards West. Tap and Satyalok. which is vital for sustenance of life on the Earth. the heaviest as North Pole. UV rays – the only reliable source of Vitamin D (Vitamin D is absorbed by the blood directly when the bare skin is exposed to sun). • Other than that. • The Eastern direction assumes a great significance because the sunrays of early morning emit more light and less heat. Bhuv. The basic source of energy of the whole world is stored at North and South Pole. our ancient Indian sages. This is the eternal rule of the nature and it has no place for any logic. diseases. Jan. it is explicitly laid down in Vastu Shastra that more open space. to Bhrsha and Aakaasha . various calamities. tension and other problems. not equipped with any kind of appliances were able to discern many natural phenomena in a scientific manner and according to the visible spectrum had distinctive names with specific functions besides colors like: Jayanta. Parjanya. doubt or debate.Is Vastu a science? The Vastu science is founded upon the laws of nature. causing disturbed sleep. which correspond to VIBGYOR. If the head is directed towards the North while sleeping. Mahendra…. accidents can occur. more balconies and verandahas should be provided towards the East and the North side than in the South and the West side. Thus. Human body itself acts as a magnet with the head. Similarly. sunrays consist of 7 colors (VIBGYOR) and their effect on human body is immense as it cures several diseases. more windows and doors fixed. it is said by Vastu • . The cars are so accurately balanced that even deflation in any one of the tyres can cause a serious accident. when a building is constructed without observing the rules of Vastu science. The equilibrium we observe in the nature is easily perceivable by us in all moving bodies. Ozonosphere etc. But thousands of years ago. In the afternoon. that the inmates can derive maximum benefits from sun-rays and the energies of the sun like heat light. Role of Vastu Science in 21st century Our ancient Vastu Shastra has been founded in such a way. which are detrimental to health. Swar. It is only some years ago that the modern scientists have discovered that the white solar light could be split into segments called visible rays and invisible heat spectrum. Thus. during the last few decades. grow hot emitting Infrared rays. • The most important aspect considered while formulating the Vastu Shastra is the magnetic field of the Earth. but unfortunately we are unable to note this equilibrium in static bodies. • Uttaraayana and dakshinaayana too are of great scientific importance since daytime will be more than the nighttime in the Uttaraayana facilitating availability of more sun light. the atmosphere over which Varuna held its way was divided by our sages into Bhu. the North Pole of the Earth and that of the human body repel each other affecting the blood circulation. has divided the atmosphere into several zones like Stratosphere.The modern astra physics. but several centuries before this discovery. due to all these reasons. It flows uninterruptedly from North Pole to South Pole in the form of magnetic waves. . hence the best.

Now-a-days many hi-tech instruments are available by which one can detect Vastu defect of a house by measuring the energy level of the person residing in. easiest and quickest to use. Maximum contrast is obtained by the use of colors of extremely strong chromes. If a room has only a North window. The color of an object depends upon the light it emits or sends back to an eye. Yellows were possibly the color of fire and white that of the day. which admits cold light. • In the most recent survey of the Gujarat earth quake effected regions . If a room gets much direct sunlight. Surrounded . During early period Heart. it should be painted in light color and if a room gets good amount of natural light throughout the day. It is nearly better to have ceilings white and the ceiling temperature should be less than the human body temperature. the maximum houses destroyed were not according to Vastu and those were intact were constructed on the principles of vastu. A strong yellow on a black field is an excellent example of maximum visibility. Color contrast in value is perhaps the most important factor in a composition or a design. it is not advisable to paint the walls yellow or peach. How colors influence Vastu/Vaastu Shastra? Colors are most powerful in influencing the human mind and body. If a room has poor daylight. They are really the colors of the planets governing these directions. it can be painted in some deep color. According to some Vaastukars. A bright strong yellowish red would be considered as a powerful color. It is also the least expensive. Surrounding an intense color with a Grey increase the apparent colorfulness of the intense color making. in decent manner to derive maximum delight with dignity and décor. the color schemes should conform to the raashi (constellation / zodiac sign) of the owner to bring good luck and happiness. which were more permanent in shade. At an early period in human history the symbolic use of colors was made. Opposite contrast colors are quickly changed when it mixed as for black which makes colors both brighter and lighter in looks. It appears even brighter or brilliant. we should not use blue on the walls. Vaastu Shastra provides vital guidelines as to how to decorate our homes etc. one can not only detect the Vastu defect by measuring the energy of the human. all colors were taken out from vegetables and flowers. soothing to eye and natural tint. By using Feed Back Energy tester. Some scholars suggest different color to the direction the building faces. which was the seat of life and the blood was identified with life and consciousness and was colored red. Another device to measure the human energy field is ‘Lecher Antenna’. In Vedic periods. to change and to create a decorating scheme. but the same person can restore the energy with the help of ‘Yong Yang Deep Stimulator’.Shastris that ONE SHOULD NOT SLEEP FACING HIS HEAD TOWARDS NORTH.

The warm colors are red and yellow in cast. Colors affect our body and mind very much. Surrounded by red. golden yellow or tinted brown color is recommended. For quicker healing. One must always bear in mind that no individual is completely white (good) or black (bad). pearl white Ruby red. a Grey color may appear slightly blue. A sensible good blending can create a forceful creation. colors the most. For a high blood pressure patient. tasty food. but too strong blue or red cause depression.by yellow. For a good healthy. It is the color that makes them feel that way. Such as for good appetizer or to give excitement for the low blood pressure patient. but is an amalgam of the two Grey. coral red Golden yellow Dim red Pink. Red makes you feel gay while man can work best when surrounded by blue. People often feel cold in blue room and warm in a red room. The purest and most thoughtful minds are those. a light limited soothing color atmosphere is recommended. which love. blue Yellow. Similarly Blue color is to stop overeating habits. pure white . The cool colors are blue sea or mainly blue in cast. Zodiac sign Aries Taurus Gemini Cancer Leo Virgo Libra Scorpio Sagittarius Capricorn Aquarius Pisces Colors suggested Coral red Milky white Green Rose red. milky white Pink. a light limited soothing color atmosphere is recommended. it may appear slightly green and surrounding by Grey with a bright color on other hand may influence the eye to discern in the greying of the complementary of the bright colors. The warm colors are red or mainly blue in cast. A particular color can activate or can control human glands by different bodily functions. dim white Emerald green Cement color. green color is used in hospitals.

mankind has found a sense of peace and tranquility when in touch with “Mother Earth “. a sad or happy memory associated with a color. warm base. Some colors are articulate and must be listened to. INTELLECTUAL COLORS: These are the sharp. the stopper is out and uniqueness and personal preferences are really in. They foster quiet conversation with family and friends and can dispel loneliness. The neutrals are somewhat like the furniture while other palettes are more like accents or accessories. so it will naturally be found in the intellectual palette. Others are very quiet. Throughout time. others make you want to nestle down and read. Now in millennium. witty and unique colors which convey a message that the owner has travelled. These colors will command respect without being overbearing. a color can change mood from sad to happy. Red also appears in this intellectual palette. It will always be found among the ‘nurturing neutrals’. . but the shades will be earthy and complicated burgundy. It follows that colors which impart a sense of warmth and serenity come directly from the earth. In addition to the earth colors in the neutral group are colors associated with sea such as sand. In previous decades. GREEN is a color which helps us to adjust to new environments and situations. shell. Yet others create a desire for closeness. Some colors indicate that you have travelled or are well read. Grey is a color which promotes creativity and will often be found in foundation of an intellectual palette. Following are some of the most typical responses to various color groups. from fear to confidence. seaweed. NURTURING NEUTRALS: These colors create a sense of peace and well being. cranberry. Some tones of blue suggest communication and trust. certain colors or group of colors dominated every palette. is well read and has something to say. from confusion to intelligence. There are no absolutes in the world of color. These greys will be warm and gentle. Navy blues will often find their way in this palette. Some colors make you want to get out of your chair. stone.Direction East (Sun) West (Saturn) North (Mercury) South (Mars) North-East (Jupiter) South-West (Rahu) South-East (Venus) North-West (Moon) Color suggested Shining white Blue all greens Pink. pearl. coral. interiors. Response to a color may be influenced by a number of factors such as the body’s need for a specific color. This palette also starts with a earthy. but its effect is warm and never cold and fragile. landscape and even natural light. The BLUES represented here will range from winter sky to stream to midnight. intimacy and love. coral red Golden yellow all greens Silver white White CREATING MOOD WITH COLOR Color has a profound effect on our mood. In clothing. Particular colors have different effects on each individual.

a less intense. PURPLE is another color which is definitively romantic because of its passionate. less intense tones of ORANGE such as apricot and peach are often included in the romantic palette. Pinks have an interesting quality that seems to halt the body’s ability to stay angry. like the sounds of children playing. Paler. The most effective color palettes reflect and enhance the interests. The bottom line in creating this type of palette is that the colors should suggest a sense of freedom. This could be anywhere from vanilla ice cream to snow drifting to winter moon. HEALING COLORS: This palette includes the colors which are very refreshing and rejuvenating.PLAYFUL COLORS: These colors are exiting and used for a fun providing environment these playful. all the berry colors and crayon colors. collections and activities of the people who live there as well as architectural features. Because they have the power to help us adjust to new environments. wintergreen. Then the bubble gum pink. Healing palettes also take inspirations from warn earth tones. But if overdone. PERSONAL STYLE: There are no trends in color as important as personal style. There are highs and lows. In interior design. softer tone of red is far more conducive to romance than the pure hue. The effects of color on mood will vary from individual to individual. whimsical palettes create their own kind of music. Often referred as PINKS. allowing it to be included in many diverse palettes . buttercup. however. BLUES in the romantic palette will be cool and inspired by water. most designers draw from many historical periods as well as contemporary influences and mix them together to create unique personal spaces. play and downright fun. suggesting purity and innocence. skillful designers use lots of plants and other forms of green. Color schemes have emotional messages too. They will include a range of lights and darks but will never be muddy. but not muddy or mysterious like those in the intellectual palette. Today. lights and darks and always movement and activity. These palettes usually contain contrast as well as clarity of color that is inspiring. these colors vary from cool to warm and from light to dark. RED is the color of sex and lust and is often called the most romantic of colors. Like nurturing colors. but it must be understood that this information is not absolute. It is no accident that red is the chosen symbolic color for the Valentine’s Day. Many of these colors will be cool. The foundation of this palette is WHITE. Healing greens may be warm or cool. unpredictable and quixotic characteristics. The first group of colors considered in this palette is GREEN. this type of palette becomes irritating and stressful. ROMANTIC COLORS: Many species including the human beings attempt to attract the opposite sex with colors. Subtle changes in tone can increase or decrease the emotions evoked by a particular color. An awareness of the emotions generated by different colors is helpful in planning personal palettes that will be pleasant to live with. a ‘playful’ palette can add energy and vitality. and even in lighter tones there will be brightness and clarity. ‘healing colors’ also begin by getting in touch with nature. Used in active spaces within the home.

They are orange. there will not be any problem in forming any color scheme. play and rejuvenate in the spaces are the ones whose well-being is affected. entertain. Now here are some of the colors with their effects and the nature they depict and the places where they are suggested to use. In these ways they create contrast through a change in value (lightness and darkness) or intensity (brightness and dullness). that matters and that is you. Neutrals are practical and by changing accessories and fabrics the look of space can be dramatically altered against the same neutral background THE COLOR WHEEL The color wheel is a complete picture of all the colors available. once you understand this. . An understanding of color can really help us achieve the goal of a pleasant. If we understand the basics of the color. Any low intensity color that is used as a background for other accent colors. A perfectly balanced color scheme might use equal parts of three colors which are equidistant on the color wheel. There are hundreds of options but only one decision maker. it is easy to see how the possibilities for combining colors are infinite and inviting. orange is complement of blue. Secondary color – When two primary colors are mixed. and the secondaries form another triangle opposite to that. green and violet.KNOW MORE ABOUT THE COLORS Color is the most powerful decorating element in our homes. the primaries form a triangle with equal sides with in the circle. blue and yellow. then we can make a perfect color scheme. green is complement of red. a beautifully colored room. they form a tertiary color. features. Thus. and russet. personal and comfortable home. like citron. Using the tints and tones. With even this limited information. furniture and objects in a space can be classified as neutrals. they form a secondary color. Each color has a ‘complement’ which is located directly across from it on the wheel. Interior designers often compensate for intensity by either tinting (adding white) or toning (adding black) or by graying (adding complementary colors). red. Tertiary color When two secondary colors are mixed. The people who eat and sleep. olive. the total effect is lively and pleasing but not overwhelming. They are the foundation of the color wheel and all other colors are derived from them. In the color wheel at the right. The colors are divided into three categories Primary color These are the three basic hues. Color is memorable and above all personal. Neutrals Using neutrals does not mean not using color.

they are pastels. combining with greens to provide the natural freshness and with red for gaiety and richness. comfort and reassurance. enlivening interior spaces by creating excitement. both light in value and extremely intense in its purest form. Blue is timeless. VIOLET: It seems to be a color of emotional contrasts. Enjoy color. It is less often used in sleeping area because of its energizing quality. beautiful violet is certain to be a player. In interior design. PASTELS: Pastels are simply lighter tints of any hue. popularly known as peach is common in use as it gives a cool effect. fragile and quiet feminine.RED Red is the most dramatic. take these tips from the professionals and then you can become creative. Psychologically. It enjoyed the popularity in the Victorian era and now as pure colors emerges again. It is often used as a dominant room color. it evokes warmth. warmth and elegance. BLUE: Blue is the only colors which is the most universally equated with the beauty. The complement of red is green. It represents the greenery of the nature and thus provides the room with liveliness. softer and lighter blues are generally preferred for the larger areas. It evokes a sense of energy and excitement. It is used in those areas where one needs excitement like the bars. ORANGE: It is amazingly versatile. white added to red yields pink and light pink is a pastel. blue is associated with tranquility and contentment. YELLOW: It is a powerful color. Nowadays. Its paler tints are unabashedly romantic. You must think about the people in your home who matter the most for you and then imagine the things you do together and then finally go for a final color scheme . capable of emitting great energy in its purest form and as an earth tone. The use of red suggests a bold and confident attitude. It is an especially versatile color in its effects. It is the most versatile in expressive values. linking the present with tradition and lasting values. emotional and active of the three primaries. The pastels are becoming more and more popular as they crate the most sober and elegant look. Green goes with every other color and makes it a natural neutral. the lighter orange. GREEN: Green is the most common choice of the designers. Yellow is a perennial favorite in interior design. There is not any particular definition for a pastel color but when colors become so light that they almost seem to be white.

luxurious marbling or the opulence of gliding. for one good reason or another. which is much cheaper . as the finishes were applied over cheaper timber. Choosing the colour and finish for the walls are probably the most important decision you make when decorating a room. Creating the right wall finish for a period interior was once time consuming and expensive. However. Any style of interior is now within your range – from a country kitchen to a baronial hallway. Today great houses may have the best preserved examples of traditional paint finishes. As early as the fourteen century . illusion. whether the effect was one of rough stone. the colour blue-grey represents the traditional Scandinavian interior. perpetuated over centuries by people whom the concept of style has often. for example. Paint techniques can also be used to disguise some surface imperfections. was usually the guiding principle.Know more about your paints Paint has been used for centuries to decorate all kinds of homes and in that time a huge variety of finishes and effects have been employed beyond the flat coverage of a simply painted surface. Many ancient civilizations decorated the insides and outsides of their temples and state and public buildings with paint. daring to try something new is fun and may reveal a new side of you. Many of what are now regarded as traditional paint effects have their origins in the great houses of the European aristocracy and were later adopted by the rising merchant classes who wanted to share in those splendors themselves. Wood graining. soft pinks and warm ochre’s that outface the Mediterranean sun and the sober tones remind of the interiors of United States. one can easily reproduce the interiors with an authentic look. These are styles and finishes firmly rooted in the often harsh climate and economic or social realities of a particular region. for example the art of gliding – applying thin layers of gold to surfaces such as wood or plaster . Materials of today are less toxic and many are available in a wider range of colours. Transformation. The paint should reflect the character of those who live and work there and the atmosphere they want to create. Painting walls has often had greater significance than the simple imperatives of domestic decoration and display. but there are other good examples of wonderful effects in much simpler public buildings. became an immensely popular way of imitating the real gold decoration that only the richest could effort. allowed people to enjoy the beauty and elegance of expensive woods without the cost. been meaningless. they offer an attractive alternative. Many of the materials used in the past are still available and experts working on great old buildings and antique furniture undertake restoration work using the same equipment and techniques. or more frankly deception. Paint effects are a wonderful way to express your character and that of your home and the people who live with you. the possibilities are endless. the dazzling blues. in homes or apartment. For example. Today successful substitutes have been found for the unusual and expensive products required using the different permutations and combinations.

STIPLING: Traditionally stippling entails the reworking of newly applied paint to create a finely textured. Each room must be treated individually. Random brushing and hard rubbing create the characteristic roughness and depth of tone. DRY BRUSHING: In this technique. it involves the application of thin washes of glaze in which the brush marks are left apparent to give the finish texture and depth. An elegant effect which adds subtle ageing to a room. it is also used to create an aged finish for period settings. 5. and others need special attraction. Equally. Specifically. one should always consider the following tips while doing the paint. TEXTURING: There are many different ways to texture paints. painted house. 3. Remember some areas suffer extra wear and tear: certain finishes may not be practical for kitchens or bathrooms. Remember too that the colour of the base coat will greatly alter the glaze coat applied to it. matt finish. It is ideal for highlighting architectural moldings and because it is extremely resilient. the brush is kept relatively dry as glaze is applied lightly over a base coat to create a cloudy effect. It gives a very country look kind of the atmosphere. they are often known as broken-color technique. moistened with water or soaked in glaze and used over the opaque base coat to produce a softly mottled effect–either by removing or adding color. 4. The obvious advantage of texturing . a perfectly smooth new wall can be given instant interest and texture. even though you may want a cohesive scheme throughout your home. The most striking colour effects are often achieved by using white as the base colour. 1. one desire to create. it looks good on wood paneling. furniture and frames. Natural sponge. An easy way to give texture to modern interiors. It provides an interesting alternative to flat color and can be used to decorate period or modern. It can be subtle if applied in soft tones with soft strokes or bold if you use hard bristled brushes and strong colors. Usage of sea sponge creates more interesting textures that normal household sponge. but one should be aware of the effect. for furniture. MEDITERRANEAN LOOK: The word Mediterranean gives us a impact of wonderful chalky colors of sun baked. Pale colours give a sense of space and darker ones make a room even smaller. 2. Here are some of the effects of the paints that one can create apart from the flat surface. It can be used on a variety of surface but is natural suited to uneven plaster and textured surfaces. town or country interiors SPONGING: Sponging is a modern broken-color technique. Thus. A well prepared surface is essential and a steady hand. Always choose the colour according to the space. A poor surface treated with the right paint technique can be transformed into a wall of character. COLORWASHING: Color washing is among the group of finishes that have their beginnings in fine are.than having your walls re-plastered.

One can choose color and patterns one wants and can make them as simple or as complex. Paint effects can also ‘age’ new wood quickly. Stairs. BORDERS: Borders are nowadays becoming very common and people are having a keen interest in them.is that it is a wonderful disguise for imperfect wall. where new wood is often ill at ease. the scope for experiment is enormous. Borders painted by hand are essentially individual . This is a important period setting. Color is the determining factor but with today’s wide choice of colors. But it can bring character to any surface. or a tough finish to a garden room or exterior wall. Painted borders are a neglected way of bringing additional interest to wall surfaces. handrails. floors and frames can also be aged to add a period feel to any home. WOOD FINISHES: Paint finishes on wood can be as authentic and fantastic as you wish. .

jackals. Rangoli decorations stop the entry of evil spirits and evil influences in the house. The following shlok explains the rules relating the above things: "Grahe Na Ramayan bhatatha hawan chitram kurupanahvamindra jalikam . Scenes of weeping and crying people in tears. painting or models of the animals like pigs. Western or Northern wall. The clock should be placed on the Eastern. wolves. Surya. should be avoided. pigeons. bears. All pictures or wooden or metal figures of wild beasts like tigers. chandeliers. Installation of Idols in homes and other buildings: A pooja or worship place is a must in a home. The appropriate place is the north-east corner of the building and if not then the north-east corner of the room in house and central chowk or garden or lawn of other buildings. six-headed kartikeya." Meaning . owl. portraits. Inder should face east or West and four-headed Brahma. Paintings.War scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. . hounds etc. lions. Vishnu. vases. it is better to have one in office. statues: Decorative lights. while selecting decorative pieces or paintings and pictures and placing them in our home. and wild asses. The photographs of the ancestors should be placed on the southwestern side of the house. The pictures. crow. Maheshwar. Whatever is exhibited should be pleasing to the eyes and mind bringing joy and cheer to those who view them. The heavy furniture should be placed in the Southwest side of the room and the light furniture can accommodate in any corner. aesthetic and cultural aspects also should be borne in mind. Hanuman ji should face southwest. idols and especially the main door decoration. Stone or wooden statues of terrifying giants or demons. Symbols like Swastika. Vaarah shaardhul shiva prudhakavo grudhabi golukapothavayasaa Sashye nagothadhi vakadhi patrino vichitratha no sharane shubhavaha. The main door was considered very important in ancient days and even today as the people used to think that all the prosperity and money comes from the main door. should be meticulously and tastefully selected and placed in appropriate settings so that they look attractive and follow vaastu principles etc.To display the following in a house is not good . colleges and other buildings too. bookshelf. schools.How to decorate house with Vastu Shastra? Great importance is given for the decoration of the house with the paintings. flower pots and furniture etc. Fight scenes using swords. factory. five faced Shiv can be placed facing any direction. Om. snake and birds like eagle. Shilocha yaarnyamayam sadhasuram bheeshmam kurutha krindhanaram thvanambaram. Inderjall (magic) scenes. vultures should not be placed in a house. The deities like Brahma.

but Vaastu Shastra apply the same basic principles to all the buildings used by humans whether it is a house. otherwise it will become a ‘long bar’ shaped plot and is not at all auspicious for anyone. for that one must always be careful to make the slopes in north and east sides. The proportion: The ratio between the length and breadth of the building should normally be 1:1 or 1:1. For each type of building the requirements are different ass prescribed by developmental authorities. So here are some points which one should always consider before designing the plan.The factors to be considered while designing the exteriors Whenever we buy a plot. Terrace / Porch / Portico / Balcony: All these should always be located in the North. The building dimension should preferably be longer in North – South and shorter in East – West. whether Ground level or First level. Once it is approved.5 or maximum up to 1:2. The open space around the building: We have to carefully examine the space given to us around the building and make sure that you are leaving the maximum space in North and East side and less on South and West sides. Slanting towards South or West should be avoided as it causes serious health problems. it’s a fashion to keep the roof sloppy. Light walls in North and East sides will allow the beneficial morning rays to come and penetrate in the house. The construction should never be on the Northern and eastern wall as this violates the basic principle of Vastu. the West. West sides will automatically gets heavier and this is very auspicious. East or north – East Compound wall: The compound is the wall that covers the boundary of the house. West. the first thing that is done is to prepare a site plan for the approval of competent authority before preparing the building plan. they are full of . The Levels: At any level. North – East and East sides. This is preferred as the thick wall of the South and West sides will prevent the Infrared rays of the afternoon sun and the setting rays of the sun. The height either be kept equal everywhere in the building or it will be preferred to keep the South and West higher than the North and East as the South. it should never exceed this limit in any circumstance. which in one way again related to weight. Here one has to meet the requirements of the Vaastu as well as the authority to make a building plan. The height: The height is another criterion. East or North – East sides of the building to bring the health. The left area in North should not be less compared to the open area left in the South as this is very bad according to Vaastu so one must correct it defect before developing this plan. South. wealth and happiness. Nowadays. South – West sides should be more elevated than the North. But never keep the North and east sides at more heights than the South. one goes for the building plan. The compound wall either should be of same height and thickness in all the four sides or it will be best if it is thicker and taller in Southern and Western sides as compared to the Northern and Eastern sides. Basically the flow of water should always be from the South to North or West to East as it creates a lot of positive energies. which are harmful for the humans. Roofing: The roofing slope should always be towards East and North so that the water always flows towards the North and East. The balconies should always face the North. office or shopping complex.

so one must be aware of the facts how to design the rooms.East will bring all the happiness. Garage / Out house: The best place to construct them is the North – West and South – East corner and care should be taken not to block or cut the corners at the South – East or North – West and the quarter walls should not touch the wall at the East or North side. Every room has their eight directions again. we will never make a mistake to design a house which is against Vaastu and then the people will stop suffering from the defects of Vaastu. the place of God supreme and should never be in South – East. It keeps our mind fresh and the soul pure and clean . can face east or north but it should NEVER face south. How to manage the interiors with vastu The stone of Vaastu is to make us live in harmony with nature taking advantage of the magnetic fields. now Pooja room has its own directions. prosperity. This way the South and West sides will also become heavier than the rest which is very auspicious. .East corner of the house. Worship / Pooja Room: It has been known the Pooja room is best suitable in the North . of the earth. Guard’s room: A concrete or wooden shelter is made either in south – West and the shelter should be facing the East or North but it is important to ensure that the watchman is able to see every movement. Thus. Now we will discuss every room in the detail. monetary gain. if we consider all these points.a thing needed utmost for real prayer. Over – head tanks: These tanks should be placed either in North – East as water is considered good in this direction or in South – West as the tank becomes very heavy. In the morning the sun’s rays straight fall on North . the rainfall. one can open the doors of the prosperity for themselves. Doing interiors with the Vaastu is a bit difficult job but if everything is planned carefully. The deity should face west.East Side of the house which is most auspicious and good for health. peace of mind and happiness with the blessings of God. o North .Vitamin D and are the only source of obtaining it. Placing pooja room in the North . Another choice is East or the North zone. wealth. North – East is not to be over loaded with overhead tank though water in North – East is considered very good. the galaxy and the whole of the nature and the universe and duly invoking the blessing of the Gods of the directions. Under – ground reservoir: It should always in the North – East. Well / Bore – Well / Tube – Well: These should be placed in North – East or eastern sides preferably in between the mid North and North – East as it bring all round prosperity and new opportunities for growth.East zone is considered most appropriate for worship for another reason also. health. gravitational effects etc.

West Side and facing East. as there is no remedy for it. o W. Shanka and Padmanidhi emitting coins.East corner. house on fire. Nowadays people in their over enthusiasm to decorate the house use figures of Gods like Krishna.West Side of the bathroom. well clothed. . o If there is almirah. Bath Room with W. daityas. o Mirror should always be on the East wall. Vidhushakas. The Asthamangala: on the seat of lotus wearing a sacred garland of eight auspicious symbols. elephants. o The geysers. owl. following things must be considered: o Now the bathroom will also have a North . Two Prathiharis (Sentinels or guards): Well decorated in ornaments bearing staff and swords in their hands. Cow with her calf and well ornamented with flower garlands etc. Ganesh. Vishnu etc.West but should never be in the North . nudes. the happy jesters i. fight between God and demons. o The entrance of the bathroom should preferably in North or East.Main door decoration: Care should be taken to decorate the main door. and also many other prohibited motifs.C should always be on the North .e.East corner. Dhaatri (a dwarfish nurse): her maid companions should follow it. in this corner either a shower or a floor trap should be placed.C in North . Motifs of serpents.East corner of the house. Its dimension should not be more than one hasta (18") of length. giants. trees devoid of flowers should not be placed on the main door.West direction or the North . it should always be on the South . hunting.East corner of the bathroom. Lakshmi: lotus seated and well decorated and being bathed by elephants. The objects of the main door as prescribed in the text are: Kula Devata: The image of the family deity. along with lady Prathiharinis and placed on both the sides of the door.C: As we have already discussed that bathroom should be either in the South . heaters and all other electrical equipment should be installed in the South . glowing with youth and beauty. Now if we come to the bathroom layout. o The dirty linens should be placed in the West Side of the bathroom as setting rays are very harmful for bacteria and kill them. One must make it a point not to make a W. wild animals.

The style of cooking (which varies greatly due to influences of country. There are various practical points that must be considered and discussed before commencing the designing of a new kitchen or the modification of an existing one. A kitchen layout should be customized to the specific requirements and needs of the users. state. It has to be functional . The hob also has a central position with a canopy formed by its hood which destroys odours and fills the ambience with light at the same time. the best place to savor the pleasure of being together with all the tastes. such as marble and granite of table tops and the counter. . There are as many as four colours which gladden the eye and communicate a note of joyful serenity of the ambience which they furnish. Hence. These are feelings which need a suitable ambience. The marked personalities of this modern and innovative kitchen bring into the home the soothing atmosphere of colorful and lively activity. Importance must be given to the type of materials. perfectly in tune with the surroundings with the reminder and exaltation of stories. There is no need for large spaces. The basic concept is to finish this ambience which is the most lived in the entire family with the aim of making it a place in which it is pleasing to be together. great emphasis should be laid on the overall layout design of the kitchen . but it is attractive and welcoming. To create. a little domestic paradise in which several people. The kitchen is probably the most used (or misused !!) room in any home .Designing a Kitchen There is no ambience in the home more loved and lived in by all the members of the family. where the warmth of wood combines with the strong character of the stony materials. Function and harmony from the dominating characteristics of the present collections. practical . traditions and rediscovered family values. the best of the family. The electrical appliances are carefully concealed beneath the worktop. memories and daily habits of the family. requiring an efficient combination of storage spaces . seating areas and free passages . ingredients and mediums used as well as the appliances and working space required for that particular style of cooking. creating together a happy scene. therefore.especially the small (and seemingly minor) details. all there together will find it easy to move about among extremely functional articles. elegant and comfortable . it is important to ascertain the individual preferences overall lifestyle and eating habits of the direct users. working counters . all at the same time and hence . health and personal choice) would greatly influence the design and layout of a kitchen. religion.

In the layout of the kitchen.east corner. Good quality plastic emulsion paint for areas under the sink and near the wash area. -Cabinets are usually made of 19mm commercial block The best location for the kitchen is the South .West corner of the house. futuristic / high-tech.East. mostly used is mosaic. The slope of the water flow should be from South . Refrigerator and cooking range are conveniently located so that the user can work and move about easily. Stone flooring or ceramic tiles are recommended for Indian conditions. . as good results can be achieved when one faces east while cooking. The distance between the refrigerator. an efficient and practical kitchen layout is one where ideally the three major elements: Sink/Washing area. workability and cleanliness. ceramic tiles. The flooring. modular. the cooking range and the washing area should not be less than 6 meters. There are no wasted spaces and no unnecessary display of items or clutter. The sink should be in the North . It may be designed in a country / farmhouse. European / Mediterranean or ethnic style with matching decor and finishes. then the kitchen may be shifted to the North .East corner. A minimal. -the walls in most kitchens are usually painted. straight lined no-fuss work-area where the emphasis is on efficiency.A kitchen should be designed to match the preferred style of the individual user and the general decor the rest of the house. contemporary. marbles. laboratory.East corner of the kitchen. fitments doors or passages. Most of the appliances are built-in and the work areas are easy to maintain and clean. colonial / English. keeping in mind the surrounding dirt and dust since the material is impermeable . According to the theory.West towards North . following rules should be followed: • • • • The cooking platform should be towards eastern sidewall of the kitchen. When the entrance of the house is from east or South. This working should not be broken by full heights. hard and stain / scratch resistant . The cylinder should be placed in the South .

STORAGE: The most important aspect of the kitchen design is a well planned storage.East corner or the South wall. While the basic function of the kitchen is to serve as an area for the preparation of the food . Hence. it is important to ascertain the individual preferences overall lifestyle and eating habits of the direct users . These centers should be connected with the work counters. such as marble and granite of table tops and the counter . memories and daily habits of the family . PLANNING: Kitchen planning revolves around the three main work centers – storage. The work pattern generally moves from the décor to the functional flow of traffic in the kitchen. hard wearing and easy to clean.• • • • • The Geyser should be installed either in the South . . FLOORING: Flooring should be non slippery. this is a place where she has to spend the maximum of the time and for a working woman . There is no ambience in the home more loved and lived in by all the members of the family. A kitchen should be designed to match the preferred style of the individual user and the general décor of the rest of the house. 3. A kitchen layout should be customized to the specific requirements and needs of the users. There are various practical points that must be considered and discussed before commencing the designing of a new kitchen or the modification of an existing one. The storage for all the food grains. washing and cooking. the need of each individual household differ and often the kitchen has to cater to additional and varying requirements. the best of the family . laboratory. For a house wife . It may be designed in a country / farmhouse. the best place to savour the pleasure of being together with all the tastes . one should identify the tasks to be performed in the kitchen. utensils. These form three corners of the triangle. These are feelings which need a suitable ambience . where the warmth of wood combines with the strong character of the stony materials . colonial / English. Every family has different expectation of their kitchens as they follow different cultures. it should be so that.West corner or the South wall There is a saying goes that "To way to a man’s heart is through is stomach" . 4. 2. the over head almirah should always be on the Southern and the western walls and not on the Northern and the Eastern walls. contemporary. Storage units have a variety of internal arrangements and dimensions to suit the items they are going to contain. resilient. tired . It can facilitate or impede the main task of cooking and keep the kitchen either tidy or a mess at the end of the day. futuristic / high-tech. she feels fresh as she enters the kitchen. Marble is the most common choice but one can also go for Kotah stone too. The fridge should be in placed in the North . European / Mediterranean or ethnic style with matching decor and finishes. so kitchen is the only place from where one can win anyone’s heart. The electronic gadgets should be placed on the Southern platform.West corner of the kitchen The exhaust fan should be installed either in the North . 1. Granite tends to be slippery when wet. DESIGNING: Before designing the kitchen.

perfectly in tune with the surroundings with the reminder and exaltation of stories. Now there are some points. A reading table with chair may also be kept in this corner of the room. a roomy. thus this has to immediately emitted out.West is best for the master bedroom. The electrical appliances are carefully concealed beneath the worktop. but it is attractive and welcoming. Good quality plastic emulsion paint for areas under the sink and near the wash area. 7. which one should always remember: o The bed should be located in the middle of the room or should be in the South . o Bed should not touch North or east walls. easy to clean sink is still essential. To create. for that only the nature has endowed us with day and night. The idea is to keep moving space around the bed and if Vaastu is taken care of.West room. 6. The walls in most kitchens are usually painted. VENTILATION: Ventilation is the most important aspect that should be taken care of properly. the basic concept is to finish this ambience which is the most lived in the entire family with the aim of making it a place in which it is pleasing to be together. There is no need for large spaces.5. South West becomes heavy as we put the heaviest bed their. south . For the bedroom. 10. traditions and rediscovered family values. Thus. Bedroom After the day long toil and turmoil every living being earnestly require rest. .West or West Side of the room. the next in the North . Materials such as stones.Eastern room but not the couple. The counter top is the most wear tear area. but may touch South or West walls when we keep our heads towards South or west for sleep. Generally the eldest sleeps in the South . Kitchen walls should be able to withstand all kinds of fumes and splashes. a little domestic paradise in which several people. Care should be taken to ensure that the light does not cast shadow on the major working areas.West room and only the children should sleep in the North . An exhaust fan is a considerable help in dispelling smell and for air circulation also.Eastern room. all there together will find it easy to move about among extremely functional articles. o A shelf of books may be kept in South . Function and harmony should be the dominating characteristics of the present collections. the elderly in the South . Even if you have a dish washer. 8.West corner of the room. The hob also has a central position with a canopy formed by its hood which destroys odours and fills the ambience with light at the same time. The sink plays an important role in overall efficiency of the kitchen. LIGHTING: Kitchen lighting should be bright and functional. Kitchen is a area which generates lot of odours and smoke. Light fitted on the underside of the overhead cabinets light up the counters effectively. linking cooking accessories. stainless steel. laminates can be used for counters and each has its own pros and cons. glazed enamel tiles. 9. therefore.

no direction is bad. and this is exactly why a bedroom decor poses a challenge to interior designers. Even clearing out stacks of old magazines.V or electrical equipment.o If there is some T. his temperament and his personal conception of a dream bedroom. . Lighting in a home must do more than dispel darkness. All too often. nor can these byelaws find an easy acceptance. let your hair down and put up your feet-all very casual and private activities. his cultural background and upbringing. the bedroom must necessarily reflect its user's lifestyle. For all the time spent and the intimacy it demands. As the most private. o Now the biggest question is why not sleep legs facing towards SOUTH? This is the most common question that the Vaastukars face nowadays. hard day. more spacious effect. maintaining carpets and rugs requires a huge effort. That is why one can’t really set up aesthetic bye laws. if indeed they are made. they should be placed in the South . a bedroom takes very careful and detailed planning. will make you realize how much space you have and how incorrectly you have been using it. It should be noted that the same flooring sweeping through several rooms gives a better. Not because it is the most personal room in a house but because it is a room WHERE YOU DREAM!!! What is life without dreams? And what is a better place to dream in than your own bedroom? So that is what a bedroom really is-a place to rest and relax. All these diverse factors govern aesthetic decisions. the head is the heaviest and consists of all the iron and other elements. But this is the biggest myth. empty bottles and worn out clothes. and it does seem to have a lot of advantages. there is too much unrequired furniture. The North direction has an ill effect on the blood circulation and the organs of the body. insomnia Bedroom is a place to unwind. will not get sufficient blood resulting in headache. his practical needs.wall carpet looks much bigger than a one with rugs scattered all over. personalized space in a home. and can only be risked in air-conditioned and dust free environment. the designer must get to know the client's innermost thoughts and ideas. To design an ideal bedroom for a client. besides the more tangible factors such as his needs in terms of the storage space provided or his taste in terms of the colour scheme he would like best. The first thing to do when your home starts feeling cramped is to analyze the way you are using available space. irritation. Most rooms benefit from a combination of functional and decorative lighting-relying on the former to set the scene and the latter to add interest. there is a scientific reason for not sleeping with legs towards South. while also being aesthetically appealing. I have seen most people had a misconception in their mind that you should not sleep facing the lags towards South as south is not a good direction and it causes ill effects. to sleep away the weariness of a long. The latest option is laminate flooring. This is why a room with a wall-to. which explain the high degree of subjectivity involved. The thing is ONE SHOULD NOT SLEEP FACING THE HEAD TOWARDS NORTH. which are away from the brain. given the Indian climatic conditions. We all know that all of the body.East corner of the room. and free from the hassles of ordinary wooden flooring. aesthetic preferences and also his dreams. However. to share a few quiet moments with yourself. The basic principle of not breaking up a room into little bits is equally applicable to the floor.

with one side for summer and the other for winter. texture and pattern to create that effect.So every room must have primary as well as secondary lighting. designs and fabric. Bright colours and bold patterns advance and make up the space look smaller. and if all the pieces are not the same style them should at least have uniformity of colour and texture.Also. The walls and the lighting should be tenuous and not be concentrated around the head board. Choosing the right mattress is also complicated as there are many different types to choose from: foam. reflect light and make the space look bigger. If the wardrobe has only two doors it is a good idea to put mirrors on the inside to be able to see oneself from behind as well as the front. Curtains. The way a room is decorated has a major effect on how spacious it looks. come in unlimited colours. Normally it is recommended to paint the headboard . there are a few other aspects specific to bedroom decor such as bedspreads. Windows let in light and are usually a prominent focal point of the room. and a sybaritic tendency to place several mattresses one on top of other . coverlets and quilts have been important elements of bedroom furnishing. the treatment of windows and design of the lighting system are all important aspects of décor . have the potential to pull a scheme together with accents of pattern or colour. spring .and combinations . secondary lighting (spotlights. Cushions. but for dramatic effects. The primary lighting fixtures(tube lights) are essential for daily household chores like cooking and reading. they incorporate comfortable details such as doors which open with just a light touch and the indispensable interior lighting. traditional wool ones. Even though you have not actually pushed out the walls or raised the ceiling. Wardrobes and beds are usually combined in the bedroom and are designed to make the most of the space available. sumptuous bedspreads. The essential function of the bed is to provide a surface which is neither too hard nor too soft for the back and body to response in the correct position. up lighters )is extremely important. Only the heaviest tapestries and weaves are unsuitable because of their weight and bulk IDEAL BEDROOM The bedroom is usually a smaller room which can be seen in its entirety with just one glance. Decorative window treatments can lend style to rooms that have no distinct character of their own or accentuate architectural details that already exist.one spring and other latex. For centuries. all-over patterns recede. although small. Contrasting colours and textures in a room break it up into several different areas and make it seem smaller. which give life to any room. antiallergy. while pale colours and small. When deciding how to finish the walls and the ceiling in the bedroom one must know the kind of atmosphere desired and how to maintain it. Wardrobes are usually from 1. latex.90 to 2m high and 55cm deep and have interior steps for adjusting the shelves. for this reason it is important • • • • • • • That the furniture matches. the choice of flooring. shades and shadows. These accessories should be seen as a part of the whole bedroom scheme. you can use colour. The colours for walls and ceilings. quilts and cushions which must be given due consideration. dimmers.

polyester and cotton chintz. walls.gradual control of intensity of the light. polyester. canopies. upholstery. silk. One romantic finish is to cross two embroider muslin blinds held open with two wide velvet bands. space and if the bedroom has a specific decor. lampshades etc. headboards. When decorating one's bedroom one usually mixes and matches coordinating fabrics. warm colour. the walls and ceiling should be their appropriate background. also called a dimmer. curtains. blankets. checking the measurements regularly. wool and embroidered linen. There is nothing better than a wooden rug to warm up a room. with the indispensable bedding. . re-hanging the door to check the progress until it is correct. we recommend that the light intensity might also be adjustable. The regulator of light intensity. apart from the normal function of a light switch . and pillows all enter into the play in the decoration of the bedroom. pillows. but avoiding overdoing it. The fabric is the body and soul of the bedroom set. comforters. taffeta. bedspreads. walls.• • • • • • • • • wall a more outstanding colour than the other three which should all be the same relaxing. One need only know the decorative style and have bit of extra fabric to combine walls. If the frame should expand or contract due to wood's movement it will have to be carefully planed. Fabrics with a natural design create a bucolic atmosphere. placing one at the end of the bed is not only a basic decorative element but also an object which adds warmth. to achieve this. Carpeted walls are another alternative for the bedroom which normally is considered when the floor is carpeted as well. tapestry inspired elegant and noble lines which shine through somber tones. the tone of the light should be warm and cozy. with light lovely colours. Interior door frames should be as decorative as the doors. furniture. headboards. such as jacquard. allowing one to choose the exact level desired between the total lighting and the total darkness of the room. luminosity. with fabrics like cretonne. lampshades. very appropriate for colder. Bedroom lighting should have a special treatment. apart from the ceiling light and the lamps on the night table. sheets. more humid climates for their insulation and warmth. and remembering that there should always be a little pay. in the curtains. highlighting their design and quality. Whites and creams adapt to both classic and modern styles and are found in fabrics made of cotton. faille. quilts. one will be obliged to choose a coordinating rug which is essential to create the right atmosphere. The choice of a rug depends primarily upon the floor. Bedspreads. calm and intimacy. is a mechanism which permits. So if the furniture and the upholstery have already been chosen.

washbasin and shower/tap. but a couple of bulbs fitted near the mirror would produce a clearer image. The minimum fixtures in any bathroom are a WC. The bathrooms of today are different in quality and style-ranging from the practical to luxurious. as do the features they would like to include in their bathrooms. bidets. often resulting in the users having to traipse the length of the room to wash their hands. A simple look requires just a coat of paint or ceramic tiles. today a lot of thought is given to the placement of each fixture in the bathroom. Bathrooms are been given . Whereas earlier the sink. heated air or both.Bathrooms has come a long way from the tiny. WC and bathing area were placed just where they fitted in conveniently. Fluorescent tube lights are accepted as a rule. However. The possibilities are endless: His and Hers wash-basins. Jacuzzis with underwater lighting and adjustable slide jets with an option of water. water as well as soap suds are bound to splash on the walls in the bathing area and if the material is not well-selected. Dressing walls in the bathroom is easier. dingy little cubicles that our ancestors rushed in and out of as fast as they could. Lighting in the bathrooms give the whole space a well-lit look. it will leave ugly stains with the passage of the time. But the tempting variety available today both in design and colour offer different combinations. Spending any thought or money on doing up these rooms was considered a sheer waste until very recently. sauna. whirlpool or a reading nook with bookshelves and two comfy chairs! Then there are bathrooms located in a secluded corner of the house beside a glass wall that brings the outdoors with in. steam bath. as much material can be used. Every individual's idea of luxury differs.

come in a host of shapes. D-shape and the rounded variety. Readymade acrylic bath trays. Basic earth shades are being mixed and contrasted with bolder shades to draw attention to the floor. particularly in size the budget allocated for decoration of bathrooms has also increased substantially. while shower cabinets find very few takers in the market today.be it the standard one or the triangular shape that fits perfectly into a corner of the bathroom and avoids wastage of space. Walls can also sport the new look of plain. Italian marble and ceramic tiles still hold the market. Acrylic bath-tubs are now available in many shapes. with pedestals or fitted into a counter. bathroom . black and ivory which were popular years ago.3' in a square or rectangular shape. Bathroom fixtures available in the market today have sleeker designs and come in a variety of power-coated colours of deep blue and vibrant red versus the chrome. New and popular flooring options available today are more in terms of colour than any change in material used. Bathroom accessories are colour coordinated with the rest of the like the soap trays. A variety of WC's are now available in different shapes. Saunas are popular because they help the excess fat in the body to melt away. but the changes seen are in the colours and the ways of laying them.5 liters. embossed or marbled ceramic tiles which are offset by printed borders. another new entrant. flushing styles and the capacity of the flushwhich ranges from 5 to 7. The designer taps may vary from a single tap to options like three tap hole basin mixers with pop-up systems and swivel spout mixers. Wall mounted WCs Re available in two options: standard and concealed flushing apparatus.much more attention.from standard rectangular to the more unusual triangular. Luxury options like Jacuzzis are popular with those who can afford the steep rise. Jacuzzis made of acrylic and reinforced with fiber glass are available in designs. come in the standard size of 3'X 3' or 4'x 2. Wash basins. patterned.

toilet-paper holders. Walk in wardrobes adjacent to the bathroom are also a common feature. when you need it. The larger the family. on the space available. In situations where one bathroom has to be shared by four or more people. with a bolder colour like a deep maroon or forest green. separating the WC and the wash basin from the bathing area will allow two people to use different areas of the bathroom at the same time. with storage facilities and furnishings well arranged so that there is plenty of free space left for maneuvering. so that an exhaust fan can be fitted alongside. beige or black. The bathing area should be kept away from the windows to protect it from drought. Tailoring the bathroom to suit the age requirements of all its users is sensible. A lot of stress is also laid on exhaust and fresh air fans. A dry and free area (unencumbered by fixtures) is needed to allow an adult to dry off and dress after bathing. Plumbing fixtures should be comfortably spaced. According to vastu. If toddlers use the same bathroom as the adults. directly below the tub. make-up table-cum-dresser. you could find a bed or a dance floor in your private retreat next. A WC should be placed near a window or an outer wall. washing machine or even a little nook used as a dressing space. Jacuzzis and bath tubs find their way in. • • • • • • • • • • The ideal position of the bathing area would be one that allows you to step out of your bath on to dry ground. Family size has an important role to play in the design and layout of bathrooms. the towel stand could be fixed a little lower so that a child has easy access. the larger the bathroom in terms of square footage and storage space. Floor should always be skid resistant variety. . IDEAL BATHROOM The ideal bathroom is such which provides the essentials where you need it. Vastu is very prevalent here. of course. Current lifestyles often demand that bathrooms offer extra facilities beyond the purely functional. A Jacuzzi should ideally be fitted with its access panel and electric points under the flooring. If bathroom space permits.depending. and bathrooms are carefully planned accordingly. the more prosperous you will be. towel rails. Besides the now mandatory closet storage.shelves. The colour schemes popular today are contrasts between a basic earthy shade like a fawn. hooks and toothbrush holder. the bigger and better planned the bathroom.from where the WC is placed to the wall on which the mirror is hung.

incandescent bulb . with the shifting sun and atmospheric conditions. The invention of the incandescent bulb in 1978 revolutionized lighting systems as it allowed light to be easily manipulated. halogens . large windows etc. substance and style. gardens. The middle income groups there are a marked preferences for pastel shades. a careful selection of lights extends and enhances the aesthetics of interiors. Once the basic idea of the space. light and the shadows change the appearance of things natural and man made. for offices . a variety of lighting fixtures are readily available with options which offer manifold possibilities in terms of effect. individual lighting requirements are worked out. water bodies. architect work out the detailed light fittings which are conducive for a work environment . UNDERSTANDING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM Light can define space. gets very difficult . mood. The choice of fitting according to the room . sky lights . fluorescent fixtures and lots of others. showrooms. Artificial light falling from various angles and heights on different surfaces guide us to perceive various features and dimensions while creating a specific mood.Colour scheme should be according to the age factor. one gets puzzled off as there are so many varieties in lights like the table lamps . up lighters . function of work have been specified. clamp lights . while children's bathroom sport cartoon characters. one can then . Outdoors. With technological developments and the stress on precision lighting. But in the indoors. spot lights . the play of natural and artificial lighting largely determine both function and decoration. In homes. highlighting. museums. The trend should be sober and not flashy. Women prefer soft colours and designs. interior design. recessed / surface mounted lights . pendants . Similarly for hotels. Today lighting is considered to be a very important element of decorating scheme. Apart from exploiting natural light by using opaque or transparent glass walls.

Initially only the planned positions of lights need to be decided. It directs strong local illumination without high general illumination as required for activities carried in a particular area. Accent lighting . General lighting . fixtures to support them in appropriate locations. depending upon the requirement.consider the basic types of lighting. an ordinary space can be infused with much dramatic look to convey different moods to suit different times of the day.It supplies an overall illumination in the area. Task lighting – It supplies the required illumination for specific tasks such as reading . thus objects become more or less important in the room. dramatic dimensions to the scheme. MAINTAINING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM The term lighting refers to the useful energy output of a system consisting of light sources. They are auxiliary to the general lighting and provide an added. Spaces can be provided with one. intensity and the right direction. the selection of bulbs and the exact effect can be created. Here are the tips on how to maintain the lighting system in different rooms according to the ambience. Later. and at times. There are three basic types of lighting which are categorized according to the intensity of the light used. The eye is stimulated by the contrast of tone and sparkle. two or all types of these lightings. Every activity that takes place in the interior must have lights of the right kind. The eye works best when the work surface is more brightly lit then the surroundings. When room lighting change . With different types of lighting in each room and dimmers to adjust the intensity of light. painting etc. color changes or disappear . The eye prefers even lighting with the minimum of contrast between the brightness of the room surfaces and the lighting fixtures. . One should always keep in mind some of the basic rules while designing the light.It offers a decorative element to the area by highlighting the particular objects or features in the area. wiring channels to activate the light sources and the convenient electrical controls.

a central ceiling may suffice. The shade should be moderately illumines to softly diffuse the light and eliminate glare thus open top shades are preferred. Avoid lighting the mirror itself rather light of the person looking into the mirror. In the reading room. down lighters. the bath area can use a no. For maximum pleasure of reading and for easier concentration. then it should be 40"-49" from the floor to the bottom edge of the shade. Medium size and large size baths and especially those with sectioned areas for tub . If floor lamps are used as reading lights. one should plan the lights very carefully as the intensity affects a lot on the eyes thus on the health. For the study it is necessary that task lights be supported with general illumination even if it is of low intensity to avoid eye strain. light should be soft and diffused without glare or shadow. make up applications hair care.Planning and designing is a tedious job. The most efficient to light up a person’s face is to use three fixtures. Side fixtures should be mounted 30" – 36" apart on the wall and install about 60" above the floor. shower and toilet will require several overhead fixtures. or the general lighting may be reduced to be supplemented with task lights as required. one on either side of the mirror or one overhead. recessed into the ceilings or those over a tub or a shower must be watertight and vapor proof. this is the basic for good grooming. For shaving. For a relatively small room. READING ROOM LIGHTING: The study is the most important room for the intellectuals.perhaps the only room in the house where one can be totally private and get much needed peace. Task lights for writing should be positioned so as to avoid both glare and shadow. It is after all an intimate personal place. The lights are general. reading lamps must have a proper quality and quantity of illumination and be placed so that the light falls comfortably on the open page. the task light should not produce glare or reflections on the screen. for students as this is the room where one builds his career. of different types of lighting. A minimum of 100W incandescent or 60W fluorescent lamp is sufficient. BEDROOM LIGHTING: . Care should be taken where computers are placed. In a study. The complete room may be lit with powerful up lighters. Additional bath lighting for specific purposes may include plant lights to take the advantage of bath humidity for growing the flowers and ferns. The most critical lighting in a bath centers around the mirror area. General lighting is essential in a compact bath. its design recognizing people’s needs to begin and end their day in pleasant surroundings. Incandescent fixtures should have a minimum of 75W bulb and fluorescent tubes on either side of 20W and one tube of 30W or two tubes of 15W overhead. the priority is to provide adequate illumination for reading and writing. Today’s bathroom wears a well dressed look .

SWIMMING POOL / FOUNTAINS LIGHTING Water presents a challenging and rewarding medium for lighting. romantic. For effective swimming pool lighting. Waterfall comes to life when lit from behind. wiring and metal work should be able to resist weather conditions for a prolonged period of time like dust. fountains. should create striking effects and keeps what is to be concealed in shadows. Lighting should be planned according to desired landscape lighting effects as well as providing adequate light for walking. if worked carelessly .The bedroom is a place where one can be totally oneself. one can go for a task lighting in this area. Table lamps or hanging lamp shades provides the room a very aesthetic look. Thus. So one must be very careful while planning the lights and choosing the fixtures as in the end . The lights should be placed to shimmer down the deep end of the pool. Lights should be planned in such a way that it must create a light. security etc. the way of lighting drastically changes the way of living and mood of the environment. into the sides of the pool. It is the room where we spend the maximum amount of time – to sleep. relax and unwind. it can result into mis match of everything. . Fountains are effectively lit by submerged narrow beam sources set near the base of each jet or falling on the flowing water casting a color and sparkle on it. after a long tiring day and rejuvenate oneself for the tomorrow. Swimming pools. waterfalls magically come to life with lighting effects at night. moisture and corrosion. The lighting should illuminate select areas. The lighting should be a soothing general illumination. This should be done while the construction of the pool so as to keep the wiring away from water. relaxing environment. dimmers can be very useful to play with the intensity of the light as per mood. Up lighters look very beautiful. GARDEN LIGHTING: Garden is a place where man interacts and is near to the Mother Nature even at the time when we are on the verge of destroying it. the lights are generally set below the water level. all lights. If want to highlight some paintings or photographs.

Even if there is window in the kitchen. Fluorescent fixtures reduce the energy demands without sacrificing illumination. Lighted shelves or fluorescent fixtures under the front edge of bar are effective. • • • • • • Establish an adequate general illumination level to reduce the accent light.LIVING ROOM LIGHTING The living room is the core of domestic life. Illuminate an entire wall with overhead fixtures to provide background for room furnishings. Bar area could use incandescent light to play up sparkling glassware. Play up with the architectural features like aala. Today’s kitchens are far removed from the dark dingy spaces one saw earlier. Use dimmers to program lighting moods. Provide light for storage areas in pantry or wall cabinets overhead or shelf mounted brackets will do the job. which is not dictated by prevailing trends or large amounts of money. One must keep the visual emphasis off the ceiling and walls and on the décor of food and guests. brightness. Plan adequate lighting to handle a variety of family activities like rack for display. KITCHEN LIGHTING: Kitchen is a place where a lady spends her maximum time so it should have comfortable and fresh feeling. Be sure that the floor. but the one element that is common to all is the intangible style . Here are some basics how to illuminate it properly. Candles and fuel lamps in decorative holders can add special touch to any meal. niches. Special lighting for key work areas can be installed in the ceiling or in the upper cabinets. mantles etc. DINING ROOM LIGHTING: The decor of dining room depends upon the culture of the family. General lighting for a kitchen should be well distributed. Highlight artwork and plants with individual lighting arrangements. uniform and as shadow less as possible. contrast. table and hanging fixtures have adequate shades to prevent glare. So one should be careful while playing with the lights to make the environment relax and easy. A dining room can change the style of eating. Feature window areas with the cosmic lighting. . Ceiling down lights should fall and focus primarily on dining room table surface. People decorate them according to their interest . Buffet or service areas and chinaware/silverware/crockery displays deserve special lighting emphasis. Indirect light like that under a pelmet or above a cabinet will supply soft uniform illumination. install down lighting over a sink for cloudy days or nights.

While fixing the doors and the windows. they should always be off centered. it must be fixed either Eastern or northern side of the building. so that the door falls in the Eastern half of that side. 4. If the house has two doors. For making doors and windows. in east and west. At least a minimum of 4" pad should be built before fixing the doorframe to a lateral wall. Windows also should have symmetry in height through sizes of width may differ. so that is falls in the eastern half of that side. Such a door yields good results and is very auspicious. etc. Main entrance or the gates of the two houses opposite to each other should not open exactly towards each other. 8. which need consideration while planning and designing. Irregular shaped doors or square doors are not recommended and are considered inauspicious. The number of doors and windows in the house should be in even numbers like 2. While fixing the doorframes in an internal wall. The normal sized door is 7' X 3'. cross-ventilation should be taken care of.Vaastu for placing doors & windows • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • • The doors and windows need a great attention. so that the main door falls in the Northern half of that side. they can be placed in North and South. the entrance should be fixed towards West. the entrance should be fixed towards North. It is essential to fix doors and windows opposite to each other to have better light and air. . then the doors in South and West side should be bigger than the North and the east side and not the other way. The door size should be in ratio of 2:1 in respect to height and width. Teak is the best wood for this purpose. Gatpal Patra Pramathibhishch Thanmadulau shrich nuyath" Doors in all rooms should be of equal size but if wanted to make some bigger ones. as far as possible one type of wood should be used. there are several other aspects. If only one door is to be fixed in a house. It is also written in Braunth Sanhita as: "Mool Dwaaram Naanayyarabhisanthathi Roopdurya. When the house is north facing. the entrance should be fixed towards East. There are some points that one should always consider before designing the doors and the windows. If a house faces east. The best thing is if the maximum number of doors and windows open in North and East sdes of the building as compared to the South and the West Side. it must be ensured that the doorframe is not fixed contiguous to the main wall of the house. Doors should not be placed in the center of the wall. If the house is south facing. 6. so that the main door falls in the Northern half of that side. and this is one of them. If a house faces West. the entrance should be fixed towards North. Besides outside settings and interiors too. in East and North but never in South and West. The main door should be the tallest and other doors should not be superior in size or in beauty to the main door.

one door over another door brings poverty and financial crisis and this condition should be avoided. east or northeast. or a sill or threshold below the doorway. that will make the inmates lunatics. a nose and a mouth. and the threshold. Just as the face has two eyes. (This applies to the property. down below and at the end i. Avoiding a doorway in the South and keeping doorways in other directions are auspicious. staircases. staircase.e. Water should flow to the north. in the top of the staircase. if the door closes itself automatically. it will destroy the children.) Open Land Must be more open land to the north and east than to the south and west. buildings and rooms. or by joining three or five shutters. it should be changed immediately.• • • • • • • • Placing doorways in the three directions except east are not auspicious. . Bodies of Water Must be located in the north. Give Priority to the Northeast Pay close attention to the northeast quadrant and give it top priority whenever possible. east or northeast of the property.e. if it is oversized or under sized. Frames can be four or maximum five in a door. This applies to both the property and buildings. There should be no obstructions in front of main door such as rails. if the door closes itself. It is better to make the door consist of only one panel or shutter. it can be given to any auspicious direction. Extensions Top preference should be given to the northeast. It is better to have doors both at the beginning i. If a door is making screeching sound while movement. After this. lamppost or any kind of obstruction. (This applies to the property. The purpose of lips is served by the frame shutters. If there are more floors in a building. surrounding land. south or west. kitchens. Never cut it off! Never put height and weight. the main entrance of a house is supposed to possess windows on either side. Extend it or place water features there. The main entrance of a house is compared with the mouth of a human being. sewage tanks or garbage in the northeast. Vaastu at a Glance Downward Slope Property should slope downward from the south to north and/or from west to east. big trees etc. Opposite to it should not be a temple. Main entrance should always have threshold or doorsill. One should take utmost care of several things like. such a door along with chowkhat should be replaced immediately. surrounding land. toilets. floor levels within the house and the roof Height & Weight Must be in the southwest. diseases and paves way for prosperity. It is said that the threshold protects the household from perils.

After this. Top preference is given to roads in the north and east. and no bedrooms in the northeast. the east .) Staircases Staircases should never be located in the northeast or create negative extensions. Rainwater should flow to the north or east. Priority is given to the south. east or northeast. you should face north or east. Auspicious Movements Entrances Movements should be auspicious and bring you to the northeast. Roofs Roofs should be highest in the south. toilets anywhere except the northeast. When landing. Room Orientation Rooms should be located in the correct locations of the house. kitchen in the southeast or northwest. extend or slope more to the north.Streets Streets must hit your property at auspicious directions. finally. (Master bedroom in the southwest. Cooking Cook food facing only east or north. next is west and. even if only by a few inches. They should be built before any other construction begins. Sleep Never sleep with your head to the north. Compound Walls & Fences It is essential to have a wall or fence to create boundaries around a property. Top preference is given to the northeast quadrant. Morning Sun Should shine into as many rooms as possible from the east. west or southwest. any auspicious direction is acceptable. Auspicious Shapes The best is a square or rectangle with the northeast extended.

The Fundamentals of Vaastu The following is a brief introduction to a few important principles of Vaastu. fire. sky and air) are influencing the experiences in our lives. This gives an idea of the effects of Vaastu and how the elements (earth. water. Example of a Good Vaastu Two Bedroom House & Description of Details House Plan .

Property entrances in the north-northeast and middle south. All the interior doors are located in auspicious directions. (Only rounded water bodies are acceptable in the northeast. The roof and floor levels follow the Principle of Height: highest in the southwest. Master bedroom is located in the southwest quadrant. The southwest corners of both the property and house form perfect 90º angles. Doors & Windows 1. The property is aligned to the cardinal directions. The east-southeast garage is not attached to the house. 7. 5. 4. The main entrance in the south-southeast is aligned to an opposite-facing door. There are large windows on the east and north sides of the house. The property slopes down to the northeast. A compound wall surrounds the entire property. 2. it would create a negative east-southeast house extension. The kitchen is located in the southeast quadrant of the house. 5. child's room is in the northwest. he teaches that some south and west entrances are acceptable. 3. There are no bedrooms or bathrooms in the northeast quadrant of the house. (Otherwise. 2. For example. The house is aligned to the property. The northeast room of the house is open and unobstructed. 5.Interpretation of ancient knowledge of Vaastu differs from many of the prevailing ideas. The property shape is an auspicious east-west rectangle.) Downward Slope & Open Space 1. then southeast. 6. Shape and Alignment 1.) Entrances. The middle south property entrance is exactly centered. 6. like the south-southeast entrance depicted in this illustration. The patio creates a powerful northeast extension to the house. House entrances are in the north-northeast. 2. 7. 2. The house placement creates greater open space to the north and east. The driveway entrance is in the south-southeast. 3. then northwest and lowest in the northeast. The House 1. 4. 3. . A below-ground swimming pool is located in the northeast quadrant. east-northeast and south-southeast. Placement of Water 1. 4.

Height and weight refers to features such as mountains. These subdirections are considered to be either positive or negative. The Principle of Height and Weight applies to surrounding land. the red areas indicate where it is detrimental for them to be placed. gates. Auspicious & Inauspicious Directions This diagram illustrates the positive and negative directions and the locations where the elements have their greatest influence on your property. property extensions. buildings and furniture. The stove is situated so that one faces east while cooking. doors and windows. property. Principle Two: Height & Weight The Principle of Height and Weight shows the correct distribution of height and weight on a property or in a home. trees. south. The Fundamentals of Vaastu Principle One: Auspicious & Inauspicious Directions The four directions—north. buildings and even interior rooms. cuts. This chart is used to determine the positions of streets. hills. west and especially southwest because height and weight suppresses the negative vibrations of these directions. The least height and weight should be in the north. entrances. driveways. The most height and weight should be in the south. east and west—are divided into sub-directions.6. Vaastu shows how to emphasize or diminish a sub-direction's influence by indicating what should be placed in that area of your home or property. The green area indicates where to favorably locate these features. Height and weight decreases the influence of a direction. . east and northeast because of the positive vibrations which reside there.

financial stability. Even if someone gives you a billion-dollar check and the property as a gift. illness. it brings happiness. When located inside or outside of the property. Avoid at all costs. Height & Weight in the West Benefits: Very Auspicious. You will go broke! There will be no financial success and all types of headaches will come. you can solve it. willpower and social standing. . it will take a hundred times more effort. Brings progress. Creates soul commanding ability. It blocks the beneficial influences of this holy direction. It will ruin your life. Without your notice. peace and prosperity.Height & Weight in the Southwest Benefits: Very Auspicious. don’t take it! You will have a miserable life. The world will recognize who you are and what you can do. Whatever work you try to do. Whether inside or outside a property. relationship problems and illnesses for children. it inspires you to work and be industrious. peace and soul commanding ability for both material and spiritual endeavors. There will be financial loss. Height & Weight in the South Benefits: Very Auspicious. Creates happiness. Your name and fame will grow. it is the worst placement. Whether inside or outside of a property. Height & Weight in the North Results: Very Dangerous. avoid at all costs. Height & Weight in the Northeast Results: Very Dangerous. The world will recognize you and your capabilities. Whether located inside or outside of a property. enemies will come into your life and want to stab you in the back. If any problem comes. prosperity has to come and stand with you. Whether located inside or outside of a property. You will not be able to sit idly in your house because the height and weight will naturally inspire you to work. People with hills or mountains in their south will experience a lot of happiness. relationship problems and defamation of character.

You won’t have any success. The influences of an east slope are those associated with the benefits of the morning sun. peace. A slope down to the north brings tremendous prosperity. The northeast should always be the lowest point on a property and the southwest. Health will deteriorate. No matter what. material success. This is the second most powerful downward slope. Note: The arrows always point in the direction of downward slope. peace. Principle Three: Downward Slope The Principle of Downward Slope reveals the correct placement of slopes and lower elevations on a property. peace. A downward slope amplifies the energy of the direction towards which the slope flows. Generally. especially for men. Whether inside or outside of a property. the northeast should never be higher than any other part of the property. Big financial problems will come.Height & Weight in the East Results: Very Dangerous. the highest. name and fame. and floor levels within a building and a room. An east slope brings noble qualities. A northeast slope brings wealth. clarity. name. . A property or its surrounding land with a slope down to the northeast is one of the most beneficial features in Vaastu. wisdom. fame. Downward Slope to the North Benefits: Very Auspicious. avoid at all costs. roofs. you will go into debt. the slopes that influence the Vaastu of a property the most are the slopes of the surrounding land and the property itself. Downward Slope to the Northeast Benefits: Very Auspicious. It causes great irritation and stress. Even if you make money. inspiration. It is a life risk. Don’t stay. Downward Slope to the East Benefits: Very Auspicious. fame and the ability to solve problems. and success in both material and spiritual endeavors. name. Slope applies to the property. It will ruin your life. east and especially northeast. If the land is completely flat it is acceptable. land surrounding the property. Downward slopes should be to the north.

More open space in one direction will increase the influences of that direction. . happiness and good fortune. mistrust. illness. enemies. chronic illness. Brings failure. You will want to run away but you can’t because it is hard to escape this negative influence. murder. open space refers to the distance between the house (or main buildings) and the property boundary. worry and depression. enemies. addictions. west or southwest. jealousy. confusion and doubt. It is a life risk. It is a life risk. east and northeast. Even if it is only greater by a few feet or inches. financial ruin. depression. Brings unnatural deaths. Downward Slope to the West Results: Very Dangerous. east or northeast than in the south. heartbreak. Avoid at all cost. commanding ability. fighting. Crazy things will start in your life. Principle Four: Open Space The Principle of Open Space recommends that more open space should exist in the north. Never stay —simply get out. North & East Open Space Benefits: Very Auspicious. confusion. suicide. Downward Slope to the South Results: Very Dangerous. heartbreak. Both of these principles protect the divine energy of the northeast. it is still acceptable. leading to immoral behavior. accidents. terrible financial loss. relationship problems. It is a life risk. It negatively affects character. Northeast. The Principle of Open Space is related to the Principle of Height and Weight.Downward Slope to the Southwest Results: Very Dangerous. For a property. Following are two examples of open space created by the building placement on the property. Brings success. illness. enemies and addictions. depression. A building placed in the southwest quadrant of a property creates height and weight in the southwest and more open space in the north. prosperity. You will not be able to make money. Brings accidents.

depression and no spiritual success. Your life will be miserable. Water in the Northeast Benefits: Very Auspicious. accurately understanding how water is affecting a property requires considerable experience and knowledge of Vaastu. However. success. Important Points about Water Placement Water has a very powerful influence on Vaastu because it acts as a huge energy generator. A building located in the northeast quadrant of a property creates height and weight in the northeast and more open space to the south. a few exceptions. The surface level of water located in auspicious directions should always be below the ground level of the rest of the property. Brings great material prosperity. happiness. There are. harmonious relationships. Brings accidents. Any water feature on a property will bring either strong positive or strong negative results to the inhabitants. One of the most beneficial features in Vaastu. peace and good fortune. willpower. peace. so it is crucial to determine the Vaastu of any water features. happiness and good fortune. name and fame. Brings the greatest divine blessings and success to every aspect of life. West & Southwest Open Space Results: Very Dangerous. however. illnesses. . west and southwest. Basically there are two aspects that determine the Vaastu of water: 1) Placement and 2) Direction Water on or near a property should be located in the north.South. health. business failure. Water in the North Benefits: Very Auspicious. Creates material and spiritual prosperity. Having water in the north is another top feature in Vaastu. It is a life risk. east or northeast. success. perpetual money struggles.

Brings accidental deaths. financial loss. You cannot survive on such a property. illnesses. financial ruin. Creates fear and disaster. immoral behavior. knowledge. One of the worst features in Vaastu. You cannot live peacefully here. defamation of character. Important Points about Water Flow The direction of flowing water has an incredibly strong impact on the Vaastu of a property. Determining the Vaastu of flowing water requires great skill as it is a very powerful feature—either very positive or very negative. Brings unnatural death by accidents or chronic and fatal disease. Water in the east increases the effects of the morning sun and is highly beneficial. Water in the Southwest Results: Very Dangerous. fighting.Water in the East Benefits: Very Auspicious. unbalanced mentality and strange. Water in the West Results: Very Dangerous. streams and creeks must flow to the north. . It is a life risk to men. It is responsible for every kind of destructive occurrence. It is a life risk. mental stress and depression. also divorce. It is a life risk. undesirable relationships. Water in the South Results: Very Dangerous. wisdom and peace. You will want to leave but you will not find it easy to do so. immoral behavior. Brings unnatural death through chronic diseases. and defamation of character. east or northeast when they are on or near a property. Improves social status and increases noble qualities. enemies and financial ruin. name and fame. Affects women most strongly. except fire. Brings brilliant thoughts. Rivers.

Water Flow to the East Benefits: Very Auspicious. fame. Brings enormous prosperity. fame. Although the river is located in a positive direction. illness. name. depression. Water Flow to the North Benefits: Very Auspicious. defamation and relationship problems will occur Important Points about Fire Placement . name. One of the most beneficial features in all of Vaastu. financial loss. happiness and all angles of great fortune. Water Flow to the South Results: Dangerous. peace. Enemies. is unacceptable. brilliant thoughts. Water Flow to the West Results: Very Dangerous. happiness and good fortune. Brings tremendous prosperity. Brings tremendous prosperity. chronic illnesses and suicides. happiness and all angles of good fortune. The river has both negative placement and flow. therefore. anxiety. Causes unnatural deaths from accidents. success. material and spiritual success.Water Flow to the Northeast Results: Very Auspicious. financial problems and accidents. Water in the east will bring some benefits but the south flow will cause depression. This river has both auspicious placement and direction of flow. success. This river has both auspicious placement and direction of flow. it flows south and.

. But. fire features should only be placed in the southeast or northwest of any room. A kitchen or fireplace in the northeast will cause whatever money you make to ‘burn up’ and go away. great care must be taken with the placement of the fire element within your home. stoves. Just keep in mind the placement of the five elements: water in the northeast. is in the southeast? The home of the fire element. room placement is very important. An unbalanced fire element creates disturbance in relationships. fireplaces. building or room. furnaces. A kitchen or fireplace. earth in the southwest and air in the northwest.The fire element has the capacity to transform? Such as when you use fire to cook food or to heat and light your home. Therefore. Fire transforms. Fire in the Southeast or Northwest The southeast is the home of the fire element and the northwest is the home of the air element. health problems and unnatural fear. This placement brings physical health and harmony in the family’s relationships. Because of the interconnectedness of these two elements. It is easy to determine where the activities in the house should take place. water heaters and electrical fuse boxes all constitute fire element features in a home. for example. Important Points about Room Placement Activities in your home should take place where they will be in harmony with the five elements. Correct placement of the kitchen. therefore. building or property. Fire in the Northeast or Southwest A fire feature should not be situated in the southwest or northeast quadrant of a property. but is also can turn everything to ash. The natural placement for the kitchen. bedrooms and bathrooms is crucial. conflicts and arguments. This includes kitchens. It also brings health problems. in the southwest brings conflicts and arguments. open flames and outdoor cooking features. fireplaces and to a lesser degree boilers. fire in the southeast. Stoves. By coordinating your actions with the elements your activities will go smoothly.

If children are in the southwest. Important Points about Bathroom Placement Bathroom Placement Bathrooms with toilets may be placed anywhere except the northeast quadrant. Toilets in the northeast bring serious health problems. . Whenever possible. industriousness and increased longevity. The master bedroom may also be placed in the southeast if the southwest is used as an office. Heads of the household should sleep in the southwest so that the household runs smoothly. especially cancers. The best position for sleeping is with the top of your head pointing to the south and feet pointing north. as this brings chronic health problems. Important Points about Sleeping Position The direction your head faces while sleeping has a strong effect on your physical and mental well-being. they will dominate the family and be overburdened with responsibilities inappropriate to their age. Brings health.Bedroom Placement Bedrooms can be placed anywhere except the northeast quadrant. Head placement refers to the direction the top of your head points when lying down. the master bedroom should always be in the southwest—the place of ‘commanding’. Head to South Benefits: Auspicious.

Irritability. Never sleep with the top of your head pointing to the north and feet pointing to the south. Cook Facing East or North Cooking should only take place facing the east or north. Your physical and mental health will suffer. You will lose 50% of your willpower and your soul power will not increase while you sleep. Important Points about Direction to Face While Cooking The direction you face while cooking has a strong effect on the vibrations of the household and the health and happiness of the family.Head to North Results: Dangerous. frustration and emotional instability will develop. Never cook facing the south or west—you will ‘cook’ the entire household! Arguments. It sucks your positive vibrations while you sleep. You will feel miserable. . misunderstandings and conflicts will arise. Brings terrible dreams and disturbed sleep. with the east as the first preference.

Takshaka .To sit with folded legs on the ground in one posture for meditation. Jiva . as known in the Vedic times. as known in the Vedic times.It is the lord of fire.The life.The mason.the soul. Brahma . a sea shell through which the sound is produced and is mostly used in religious ceremonies. Aura .The individual consciousness. Aakash .The architect. Sutregrahi . Parmataman .The carpenter. Vardhaki .The nature. the life source. a radiant light around a person's head or body. Aap . Shrishti . as known in the Vedic times. as known in the Vedic times. Prana .The creator of the universe.The wishing tree. Samadhi (Sthiti) . Atman . which is another element that constitutes our universe. which is one of the five elements that constituent our universe. and is positioned in the South-East direction. Sthapati .It is defined as a luminous radiation.Means water.The universal consciousness.Means Space. Kalpadruma .Creation of the entire universe. and various tints of each colour suggest different characteristics. Istaka .The draughtsman. Purusha . as known in the Vedic time . Prakriti . The different colours appearing in the aura have been studied by physics. Shankh .The conch.The consciousness.Dictionary of Vastu Shastra Aagney .The brick.