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
when a building is constructed without observing the rules of Vastu science. the atmosphere over which Varuna held its way was divided by our sages into Bhu. • 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 heaviest as North Pole. The cars are so accurately balanced that even deflation in any one of the tyres can cause a serious accident. it is explicitly laid down in Vastu Shastra that more open space. 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. accidents can occur. Jan. that the inmates can derive maximum benefits from sun-rays and the energies of the sun like heat light. Parjanya. The basic source of energy of the whole world is stored at North and South Pole. which is vital for sustenance of life on the Earth. sunrays consist of 7 colors (VIBGYOR) and their effect on human body is immense as it cures several diseases. 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). which correspond to VIBGYOR. Bhuv. The equilibrium we observe in the nature is easily perceivable by us in all moving bodies. causing disturbed sleep. more windows and doors fixed. hence the best. In the afternoon. more balconies and verandahas should be provided towards the East and the North side than in the South and the West side. Tap and Satyalok. 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. during the last few decades.
Role of Vastu Science in 21st century
Our ancient Vastu Shastra has been founded in such a way. This is the eternal rule of the nature and it has no place for any logic. but several centuries before this discovery. tension and other problems. but unfortunately we are unable to note this equilibrium in static bodies. Thus. our ancient Indian sages. to Bhrsha and Aakaasha . • Other than that. which has significant influence on the human life. grow hot emitting Infrared rays. Ozonosphere etc. . has divided the atmosphere into several zones like Stratosphere. Human body itself acts as a magnet with the head. doubt or debate. due to all these reasons. But thousands of years ago.The modern astra physics. Thus. Similarly.Is Vastu a science?
The Vastu science is founded upon the laws of nature. • The most important aspect considered while formulating the Vastu Shastra is the magnetic field of the Earth. Mahendra…. which are detrimental to health. • The Eastern direction assumes a great significance because the sunrays of early morning emit more light and less heat. If the head is directed towards the North while sleeping. It flows uninterruptedly from North Pole to South Pole in the form of magnetic waves. sun moving towards West. various calamities. the North Pole of the Earth and that of the human body repel each other affecting the blood circulation. it is said by Vastu
. diseases. 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. Swar.
Opposite contrast colors are quickly changed when it mixed as for black which makes colors both brighter and lighter in looks. • In the most recent survey of the Gujarat earth quake effected regions . According to some Vaastukars. It is nearly better to have ceilings white and the ceiling temperature should be less than the human body temperature. During early period Heart. which was the seat of life and the blood was identified with life and consciousness and was colored red. In Vedic periods. If a room gets much direct sunlight. If a room has only a North window. easiest and quickest to use. The color of an object depends upon the light it emits or sends back to an eye. it should be painted in light color and if a room gets good amount of natural light throughout the day. At an early period in human history the symbolic use of colors was made. It is also the least expensive.Shastris that ONE SHOULD NOT SLEEP FACING HIS HEAD TOWARDS NORTH.
How colors influence Vastu/Vaastu Shastra?
Colors are most powerful in influencing the human mind and body. By using Feed Back Energy tester. it can be painted in some deep color. Surrounding an intense color with a Grey increase the apparent colorfulness of the intense color making. Some scholars suggest different color to the direction the building faces. the maximum houses destroyed were not according to Vastu and those were intact were constructed on the principles of
vastu. A bright strong yellowish red would be considered as a powerful color. A strong yellow on a black field is an excellent example of maximum visibility. which were more permanent in shade. Color contrast in value is perhaps the most important factor in a composition or a design. the color schemes should conform to the raashi (constellation / zodiac sign) of the owner to bring good luck and happiness. it is not advisable to paint the walls yellow or peach. 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. Maximum contrast is obtained by the use of colors of extremely strong chromes. Another device to measure the human energy field is ‘Lecher Antenna’. all colors were taken out from vegetables and flowers. but the same person can restore the energy with the help of ‘Yong Yang Deep Stimulator’. in decent manner to derive maximum delight with dignity and décor. Surrounded
. It appears even brighter or brilliant. soothing to eye and natural tint. we should not use blue on the walls. Yellows were possibly the color of fire and white that of the day. They are really the colors of the planets governing these directions. If a room has poor daylight. which admits cold light. 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. to change and to create a decorating scheme.
which love. For a good healthy. Such as for good appetizer or to give excitement for the low blood pressure patient. pearl white Ruby red. For a high blood pressure patient. Surrounded by red. It is the color that makes them feel that way. a light limited soothing color atmosphere is recommended. coral red Golden yellow Dim red Pink. colors the most. milky white Pink. green color is used in hospitals. a Grey color may appear slightly blue. The purest and most thoughtful minds are those. One must always bear in mind that no individual is completely white (good) or black (bad). A particular color can activate or can control human glands by different bodily functions. 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. Similarly Blue color is to stop overeating habits. A sensible good blending can create a forceful creation. golden yellow or tinted brown color is recommended. but too strong blue or red cause depression. The cool colors are blue sea or mainly blue in cast. but is an amalgam of the two Grey.by yellow.
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Colors suggested Coral red Milky white Green Rose red. blue Yellow. dim white Emerald green Cement color. The warm colors are red and yellow in cast. The warm colors are red or mainly blue in cast. Colors affect our body and mind very much. People often feel cold in blue room and warm in a red room. tasty food. For quicker healing. pure white
. Red makes you feel gay while man can work best when surrounded by blue.
stone. Some colors indicate that you have travelled or are well read. intimacy and love. certain colors or group of colors dominated every palette. These colors will command respect without being overbearing. Particular colors have different effects on each individual. These greys will be warm and gentle. shell.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. GREEN is a color which helps us to adjust to new environments and situations. They foster quiet conversation with family and friends and can dispel loneliness. Yet others create a desire for closeness. warm base. the stopper is out and uniqueness and personal preferences are really in. cranberry. but its effect is warm and never cold and fragile. It follows that colors which impart a sense of warmth and serenity come directly from the earth. others make you want to nestle down and read. The neutrals are somewhat like the furniture while other palettes are more like accents or accessories. from fear to confidence. NURTURING NEUTRALS: These colors create a sense of peace and well being. a sad or happy memory associated with a color. from confusion to intelligence. In addition to the earth colors in the neutral group are colors associated with sea such as sand. interiors. Navy blues will often find their way in this palette. so it will naturally be found in the intellectual palette. Some colors are articulate and must be listened to. but the shades will be earthy and complicated burgundy. coral.
. The BLUES represented here will range from winter sky to stream to midnight. Some tones of blue suggest communication and trust. Some colors make you want to get out of your chair. a color can change mood from sad to happy. There are no absolutes in the world of color. coral red Golden yellow all greens Silver white White
CREATING MOOD WITH COLOR
Color has a profound effect on our mood. Others are very quiet. Now in millennium. witty and unique colors which convey a message that the owner has travelled. This palette also starts with a earthy. Following are some of the most typical responses to various color groups. It will always be found among the ‘nurturing neutrals’. In clothing. is well read and has something to say. seaweed. Response to a color may be influenced by a number of factors such as the body’s need for a specific color. mankind has found a sense of peace and tranquility when in touch with “Mother Earth “. Red also appears in this intellectual palette. Throughout time. landscape and even natural light. Grey is a color which promotes creativity and will often be found in foundation of an intellectual palette. pearl. INTELLECTUAL COLORS: These are the sharp. In previous decades.
Healing greens may be warm or cool. Then the bubble gum pink. most designers draw from many historical periods as well as contemporary influences and mix them together to create unique personal spaces. RED is the color of sex and lust and is often called the most romantic of colors. suggesting purity and innocence. unpredictable and quixotic characteristics. The foundation of this palette is WHITE. ROMANTIC COLORS: Many species including the human beings attempt to attract the opposite sex with colors. The bottom line in creating this type of palette is that the colors should suggest a sense of freedom. this type of palette becomes irritating and stressful. Often referred as PINKS. less intense tones of ORANGE such as apricot and peach are often included in the romantic palette. There are highs and lows. The effects of color on mood will vary from individual to individual. Paler. Today. and even in lighter tones there will be brightness and clarity. This could be anywhere from vanilla ice cream to snow drifting to winter moon. But if overdone. these colors vary from cool to warm and from light to dark. Healing palettes also take inspirations from warn earth tones. In interior design. skillful designers use lots of plants and other forms of green. play and downright fun. These palettes usually contain contrast as well as clarity of color that is inspiring. It is no accident that red is the chosen symbolic color for the Valentine’s Day. buttercup. BLUES in the romantic palette will be cool and inspired by water. Pinks have an interesting quality that seems to halt the body’s ability to stay angry. The most effective color palettes reflect and enhance the interests. however. all the berry colors and crayon colors. a ‘playful’ palette can add energy and vitality. HEALING COLORS: This palette includes the colors which are very refreshing and rejuvenating. lights and darks and always movement and activity. collections and activities of the people who live there as well as architectural features. They will include a range of lights and darks but will never be muddy. Like nurturing colors. softer tone of red is far more conducive to romance than the pure hue. a less intense. The first group of colors considered in this palette is GREEN. like the sounds of children playing.PLAYFUL COLORS: These colors are exiting and used for a fun providing environment these playful. whimsical palettes create their own kind of music. ‘healing colors’ also begin by getting in touch with nature. Because they have the power to help us adjust to new environments. An awareness of the emotions generated by different colors is helpful in planning personal palettes that will be pleasant to live with. allowing it to be included in many diverse palettes
. but it must be understood that this information is not absolute. Used in active spaces within the home. wintergreen. Many of these colors will be cool. PURPLE is another color which is definitively romantic because of its passionate. Subtle changes in tone can increase or decrease the emotions evoked by a particular color. Color schemes have emotional messages too. but not muddy or mysterious like those in the intellectual palette. PERSONAL STYLE: There are no trends in color as important as personal style.
it is easy to see how the possibilities for combining colors are infinite and inviting. the total effect is lively and pleasing but not overwhelming. The colors are divided into three categories Primary color These are the three basic hues.KNOW MORE ABOUT THE COLORS
Color is the most powerful decorating element in our homes. 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. An understanding of color can really help us achieve the goal of a pleasant. The people who eat and sleep. furniture and objects in a space can be classified as neutrals. Tertiary color When two secondary colors are mixed. personal and comfortable home. Interior designers often compensate for intensity by either tinting (adding white) or toning (adding black) or by graying (adding complementary colors). Any low intensity color that is used as a background for other accent colors. They are orange. and russet. If we understand the basics of the color.
. Neutrals Using neutrals does not mean not using color. like citron. that matters and that is you. With even this limited information. Each color has a ‘complement’ which is located directly across from it on the wheel. then we can make a perfect color scheme. olive. once you understand this. There are hundreds of options but only one decision maker. green and violet. features. green is complement of red. a beautifully colored room. they form a tertiary color. They are the foundation of the color wheel and all other colors are derived from them. 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. red. orange is complement of blue. the primaries form a triangle with equal sides with in the circle. and the secondaries form another triangle opposite to that. Thus. In the color wheel at the right. Color is memorable and above all personal. Now here are some of the colors with their effects and the nature they depict and the places where they are suggested to use. A perfectly balanced color scheme might use equal parts of three colors which are equidistant on the color wheel. Secondary color – When two primary colors are mixed. they form a secondary color. Using the tints and tones. blue and yellow. In these ways they create contrast through a change in value (lightness and darkness) or intensity (brightness and dullness). entertain.
comfort and reassurance. VIOLET: It seems to be a color of emotional contrasts. Yellow is a perennial favorite in interior design.RED Red is the most dramatic. YELLOW: It is a powerful color. it evokes warmth. emotional and active of the three primaries. ORANGE: It is amazingly versatile. warmth and elegance. There is not any particular definition for a pastel color but when colors become so light that they almost seem to be white. both light in value and extremely intense in its purest form. fragile and quiet feminine. Nowadays. It represents the greenery of the nature and thus provides the room with liveliness. blue is associated with tranquility and contentment. white added to red yields pink and light pink is a pastel. GREEN: Green is the most common choice of the designers. It is used in those areas where one needs excitement like the bars. linking the present with tradition and lasting values. Psychologically. It is the most versatile in expressive values. BLUE: Blue is the only colors which is the most universally equated with the beauty. It is less often used in sleeping area because of its energizing quality. It is often used as a dominant room color. 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
. It enjoyed the popularity in the Victorian era and now as pure colors emerges again. popularly known as peach is common in use as it gives a cool effect. beautiful violet is certain to be a player. take these tips from the professionals and then you can become creative. softer and lighter blues are generally preferred for the larger areas. the lighter orange. It evokes a sense of energy and excitement. Blue is timeless. The use of red suggests a bold and confident attitude. Enjoy color. The complement of red is green. The pastels are becoming more and more popular as they crate the most sober and elegant look. Its paler tints are unabashedly romantic. capable of emitting great energy in its purest form and as an earth tone. enlivening interior spaces by creating excitement. PASTELS: Pastels are simply lighter tints of any hue. It is an especially versatile color in its effects. combining with greens to provide the natural freshness and with red for gaiety and richness. Green goes with every other color and makes it a natural neutral. they are pastels. In interior design.
The paint should reflect the character of those who live and work there and the atmosphere they want to create. perpetuated over centuries by people whom the concept of style has often. as the finishes were applied over cheaper timber. Wood graining. which is much cheaper
. Any style of interior is now within your range – from a country kitchen to a baronial hallway. Transformation. became an immensely popular way of imitating the real gold decoration that only the richest could effort. but there are other good examples of wonderful effects in much simpler public buildings. allowed people to enjoy the beauty and elegance of expensive woods without the cost. for example. Paint techniques can also be used to disguise some surface imperfections. daring to try something new is fun and may reveal a new side of you. one can easily reproduce the interiors with an authentic look. For example. 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. soft pinks and warm ochre’s that outface the Mediterranean sun and the sober tones remind of the interiors of United States. the colour blue-grey represents the traditional Scandinavian interior. Paint effects are a wonderful way to express your character and that of your home and the people who live with you. the dazzling blues.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. Painting walls has often had greater significance than the simple imperatives of domestic decoration and display. they offer an attractive alternative. Creating the right wall finish for a period interior was once time consuming and expensive. was usually the guiding principle. for one good reason or another. been meaningless. whether the effect was one of rough stone. 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. Today successful substitutes have been found for the unusual and expensive products required using the different permutations and combinations. the possibilities are endless. As early as the fourteen century . Choosing the colour and finish for the walls are probably the most important decision you make when decorating a room. or more frankly deception. Materials of today are less toxic and many are available in a wider range of colours. These are styles and finishes firmly rooted in the often harsh climate and economic or social realities of a particular region. Many ancient civilizations decorated the insides and outsides of their temples and state and public buildings with paint. luxurious marbling or the opulence of gliding. However. illusion. in homes or apartment. Today great houses may have the best preserved examples of traditional paint finishes. for example the art of gliding – applying thin layers of gold to surfaces such as wood or plaster .
3. one should always consider the following tips while doing the paint. Remember too that the colour of the base coat will greatly alter the glaze coat applied to it. An easy way to give texture to modern interiors. MEDITERRANEAN LOOK: The word Mediterranean gives us a impact of wonderful chalky colors of sun baked. Equally. Remember some areas suffer extra wear and tear: certain finishes may not be practical for kitchens or bathrooms. the brush is kept relatively dry as glaze is applied lightly over a base coat to create a cloudy effect. Pale colours give a sense of space and darker ones make a room even smaller. Always choose the colour according to the space. it is also used to create an aged finish for period settings. painted house. furniture and frames. 2. 4.than having your walls re-plastered. The obvious advantage of texturing
. it involves the application of thin washes of glaze in which the brush marks are left apparent to give the finish texture and depth. 5. Thus. and others need special attraction. DRY BRUSHING: In this technique. for furniture. COLORWASHING: Color washing is among the group of finishes that have their beginnings in fine are. a perfectly smooth new wall can be given instant interest and texture. it looks good on wood paneling. The most striking colour effects are often achieved by using white as the base colour.
A poor surface treated with the right paint technique can be transformed into a wall of character. It is ideal for highlighting architectural moldings and because it is extremely resilient. town or country interiors SPONGING: Sponging is a modern broken-color technique. A well prepared surface is essential and a steady hand. but one should be aware of the effect. matt finish. 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. they are often known as broken-color technique. Specifically. Usage of sea sponge creates more interesting textures that normal household sponge. Natural sponge. Random brushing and hard rubbing create the characteristic roughness and depth of tone. It gives a very country look kind of the atmosphere. STIPLING: Traditionally stippling entails the reworking of newly applied paint to create a finely textured. It can be subtle if applied in soft tones with soft strokes or bold if you use hard bristled brushes and strong colors.
1. It can be used on a variety of surface but is natural suited to uneven plaster and textured surfaces. even though you may want a cohesive scheme throughout your home. one desire to create. An elegant effect which adds subtle ageing to a room. TEXTURING: There are many different ways to texture paints.
Here are some of the effects of the paints that one can create apart from the flat surface. Each room must be treated individually. It provides an interesting alternative to flat color and can be used to decorate period or modern.
Color is the determining factor but with today’s wide choice of colors. or a tough finish to a garden room or exterior wall. Stairs. where new wood is often ill at ease.One can choose color and patterns one wants and can make them as simple or as complex.is that it is a wonderful disguise for imperfect wall. BORDERS: Borders are nowadays becoming very common and people are having a keen interest in them. WOOD FINISHES: Paint finishes on wood can be as authentic and fantastic as you wish. handrails. Painted borders are a neglected way of bringing additional interest to wall surfaces. Paint effects can also ‘age’ new wood quickly. the scope for experiment is enormous. But it can bring character to any surface.
. floors and frames can also be aged to add a period feel to any home. Borders painted by hand are essentially individual . This is a important period setting.
The clock should be placed on the Eastern. lions. jackals. Fight scenes using swords. and wild asses. Inderjall (magic) scenes. colleges and other buildings too. wolves.To display the following in a house is not good . vultures should not be placed in a house. Vishnu.War scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. pigeons. painting or models of the animals like pigs. Installation of Idols in homes and other buildings: A pooja or worship place is a must in a home. six-headed kartikeya. it is better to have one in office. Om. Symbols like Swastika. bookshelf.How to decorate house with Vastu Shastra?
Great importance is given for the decoration of the house with the paintings. Stone or wooden statues of terrifying giants or demons. portraits. chandeliers.
. Paintings. aesthetic and cultural aspects also should be borne in mind. Rangoli decorations stop the entry of evil spirits and evil influences in the house. The heavy furniture should be placed in the Southwest side of the room and the light furniture can accommodate in any corner. Shilocha yaarnyamayam sadhasuram bheeshmam kurutha krindhanaram thvanambaram. flower pots and furniture etc. schools. owl. should be avoided. Vaarah shaardhul shiva prudhakavo grudhabi golukapothavayasaa Sashye nagothadhi vakadhi patrino vichitratha no sharane shubhavaha. Western or Northern wall. 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. factory. Inder should face east or West and four-headed Brahma. idols and especially the main door decoration. snake and birds like eagle. Scenes of weeping and crying people in tears. Surya. Whatever is exhibited should be pleasing to the eyes and mind bringing joy and cheer to those who view them. The following shlok explains the rules relating the above things: "Grahe Na Ramayan bhatatha hawan chitram kurupanahvamindra jalikam . five faced Shiv can be placed facing any direction. should be meticulously and tastefully selected and placed in appropriate settings so that they look attractive and follow vaastu principles etc. crow. The pictures. bears. Maheshwar." Meaning . All pictures or wooden or metal figures of wild beasts like tigers. Hanuman ji should face southwest. The deities like Brahma. while selecting decorative pieces or paintings and pictures and placing them in our home. The photographs of the ancestors should be placed on the southwestern side of the house. 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. hounds etc. statues: Decorative lights. vases.
but Vaastu Shastra apply the same basic principles to all the buildings used by humans whether it is a house. they are full of
. office or shopping complex. Roofing: The roofing slope should always be towards East and North so that the water always flows towards the North and East. North – East and East sides. it’s a fashion to keep the roof sloppy. The construction should never be on the Northern and eastern wall as this violates the basic principle of Vastu. which in one way again related to weight. The proportion: The ratio between the length and breadth of the building should normally be 1:1 or 1:1. Nowadays.5 or maximum up to 1:2. Light walls in North and East sides will allow the beneficial morning rays to come and penetrate in the house. for that one must always be careful to make the slopes in north and east sides. The height: The height is another criterion.The factors to be considered while designing the exteriors
Whenever we buy a plot. 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. Once it is approved. The Levels: At any level. South. West sides will automatically gets heavier and this is very auspicious. one goes for the building plan. But never keep the North and east sides at more heights than the South. otherwise it will become a ‘long bar’ shaped plot and is not at all auspicious for anyone. it should never exceed this limit in any circumstance. the West. 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. South – West sides should be more elevated than the North. 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. For each type of building the requirements are different ass prescribed by developmental authorities. West. the first thing that is done is to prepare a site plan for the approval of competent authority before preparing the building plan. which are harmful for the humans. Terrace / Porch / Portico / Balcony: All these should always be located in the North. whether Ground level or First level. 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. East or north – East Compound wall: The compound is the wall that covers the boundary of the house. East or North – East sides of the building to bring the health. So here are some points which one should always consider before designing the plan. wealth and happiness. The balconies should always face the North. Here one has to meet the requirements of the Vaastu as well as the authority to make a building plan. 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. The building dimension should preferably be longer in North – South and shorter in East – West. Slanting towards South or West should be avoided as it causes serious health problems. 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.
East corner of the house. the galaxy and the whole of the nature and the universe and duly invoking the blessing of the Gods of the directions.a thing needed utmost for real prayer. monetary gain. now Pooja room has its own directions. Another choice is East or the North zone. so one must be aware of the facts how to design the rooms.
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. Worship / Pooja Room: It has been known the Pooja room is best suitable in the North .East will bring all the happiness. 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. if we consider all these points. the place of God supreme and should never be in South – East. wealth. prosperity. Every room has their eight directions again. Now we will discuss every room in the detail. o North . This way the South and West sides will also become heavier than the rest which is very auspicious. Under – ground reservoir: It should always in the North – East. can face east or north but it should NEVER face south. Placing pooja room in the North . The deity should face west. 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. gravitational effects etc. Thus. Doing interiors with the Vaastu is a bit difficult job but if everything is planned carefully. 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. health. 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. It keeps our mind fresh and the soul pure and clean . one can open the doors of the prosperity for themselves.Vitamin D and are the only source of obtaining it.East Side of the house which is most auspicious and good for health. North – East is not to be over loaded with overhead tank though water in North – East is considered very good. of the earth. In the morning the sun’s rays straight fall on North . the rainfall. peace of mind and happiness with the blessings of God.East zone is considered most appropriate for worship for another reason also.
. 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.
o The entrance of the bathroom should preferably in North or East.Main door decoration: Care should be taken to decorate the main door.East corner.West Side of the bathroom.East corner of the house.e.West but should never be in the North . elephants. heaters and all other electrical equipment should be installed in the South . The objects of the main door as prescribed in the text are: Kula Devata: The image of the family deity. Its dimension should not be more than one hasta (18") of length. Dhaatri (a dwarfish nurse): her maid companions should follow it. hunting.East corner of the bathroom. Vishnu etc. o The geysers. owl. along with lady Prathiharinis and placed on both the sides of the door. following things must be considered: o Now the bathroom will also have a North . Shanka and Padmanidhi emitting coins. glowing with youth and beauty. nudes.West direction or the North . o Mirror should always be on the East wall. Now if we come to the bathroom layout. in this corner either a shower or a floor trap should be placed. One must make it a point not to make a W. The Asthamangala: on the seat of lotus wearing a sacred garland of eight auspicious symbols. wild animals. o W.
Bath Room with W. daityas. Ganesh.C should always be on the North . o If there is almirah. Two Prathiharis (Sentinels or guards): Well decorated in ornaments bearing staff and swords in their hands. as there is no remedy for it. Vidhushakas. Nowadays people in their over enthusiasm to decorate the house use figures of Gods like Krishna. the happy jesters i. Lakshmi: lotus seated and well decorated and being bathed by elephants.East corner. Cow with her calf and well ornamented with flower garlands etc.C:
As we have already discussed that bathroom should be either in the South .West Side and facing East. and also many other prohibited motifs.
. giants. fight between God and demons. well clothed. trees devoid of flowers should not be placed on the main door.C in North . house on fire. 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. Motifs of serpents. it should always be on the South .
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. elegant and comfortable . 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. such as marble and granite of table tops and the counter. where the warmth of wood combines with the strong character of the stony materials. health and personal choice) would greatly influence the design and layout of a kitchen. It has to be functional .Designing a Kitchen
There is no ambience in the home more loved and lived in by all the members of the family. The electrical appliances are carefully concealed beneath the worktop.
. therefore. state. traditions and rediscovered family values. creating together a happy scene. it is important to ascertain the individual preferences overall lifestyle and eating habits of the direct users. all there together will find it easy to move about among extremely functional articles. the best place to savor the pleasure of being together with all the tastes. Importance must be given to the type of materials.especially the small (and seemingly minor) details. Function and harmony from the dominating characteristics of the present collections. The kitchen is probably the most used (or misused !!) room in any home . seating areas and free passages . The marked personalities of this modern and innovative kitchen bring into the home the soothing atmosphere of colorful and lively activity. religion. 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. These are feelings which need a suitable ambience. Hence. great emphasis should be laid on the overall layout design of the kitchen . working counters . The style of cooking (which varies greatly due to influences of country. There is no need for large spaces. the best of the family. perfectly in tune with the surroundings with the reminder and exaltation of stories. requiring an efficient combination of storage spaces . There are as many as four colours which gladden the eye and communicate a note of joyful serenity of the ambience which they furnish. practical . To create. A kitchen layout should be customized to the specific requirements and needs of the users. a little domestic paradise in which several people. all at the same time and hence . memories and daily habits of the family. but it is attractive and welcoming. ingredients and mediums used as well as the appliances and working space required for that particular style of cooking.
East corner. -the walls in most kitchens are usually painted.East. European / Mediterranean or ethnic style with matching decor and finishes.
. The flooring. straight lined no-fuss work-area where the emphasis is on efficiency.East corner of the kitchen. According to the theory.West towards North . ceramic tiles. marbles. The cylinder should be placed in the South . then the kitchen may be shifted to the North . as good results can be achieved when one faces east while cooking. keeping in mind the surrounding dirt and dust since the material is impermeable . In the layout of the kitchen. The slope of the water flow should be from South . mostly used is mosaic.A kitchen should be designed to match the preferred style of the individual user and the general decor the rest of the house. contemporary. -Cabinets are usually made of 19mm commercial block The best location for the kitchen is the South . hard and stain / scratch resistant . laboratory. A minimal. fitments doors or passages. an efficient and practical kitchen layout is one where ideally the three major elements: Sink/Washing area. workability and cleanliness. following rules should be followed:
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The cooking platform should be towards eastern sidewall of the kitchen. The distance between the refrigerator. There are no wasted spaces and no unnecessary display of items or clutter. When the entrance of the house is from east or South. the cooking range and the washing area should not be less than 6 meters.West corner of the house. Most of the appliances are built-in and the work areas are easy to maintain and clean. Stone flooring or ceramic tiles are recommended for Indian conditions. Good quality plastic emulsion paint for areas under the sink and near the wash area. It may be designed in a country / farmhouse. colonial / English.east corner. This working should not be broken by full heights. modular. Refrigerator and cooking range are conveniently located so that the user can work and move about easily. The sink should be in the North . futuristic / high-tech.
STORAGE: The most important aspect of the kitchen design is a well planned storage. The electronic gadgets should be placed on the Southern platform. washing and cooking. this is a place where she has to spend the maximum of the time and for a working woman . FLOORING: Flooring should be non slippery. she feels fresh as she enters the kitchen. laboratory. the need of each individual household differ and often the kitchen has to cater to additional and varying requirements. The storage for all the food grains. such as marble and granite of table tops and the counter . so kitchen is the only place from where one can win anyone’s heart. utensils. tired . These are feelings which need a suitable ambience . 3. There is no ambience in the home more loved and lived in by all the members of the family. Hence. 4. PLANNING: Kitchen planning revolves around the three main work centers – storage.
. 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. The work pattern generally moves from the décor to the functional flow of traffic in the kitchen.West corner or the South wall
There is a saying goes that "To way to a man’s heart is through is stomach" . where the warmth of wood combines with the strong character of the stony materials . It may be designed in a country / farmhouse.East corner or the South wall.
1. Marble is the most common choice but one can also go for Kotah stone too. resilient. Every family has different expectation of their kitchens as they follow different cultures. contemporary.West corner of the kitchen The exhaust fan should be installed either in the North . These form three corners of the triangle. For a house wife . futuristic / high-tech. hard wearing and easy to clean. it should be so that. the best place to savour the pleasure of being together with all the tastes . A kitchen layout should be customized to the specific requirements and needs of the users. The fridge should be in placed in the North . memories and daily habits of the family . These centers should be connected with the work counters. Storage units have a variety of internal arrangements and dimensions to suit the items they are going to contain. it is important to ascertain the individual preferences overall lifestyle and eating habits of the direct users . While the basic function of the kitchen is to serve as an area for the preparation of the food . colonial / English. European / Mediterranean or ethnic style with matching decor and finishes. Granite tends to be slippery when wet. DESIGNING: Before designing the kitchen. A kitchen should be designed to match the preferred style of the individual user and the general décor of the rest of the house.• • • • •
The Geyser should be installed either in the South . one should identify the tasks to be performed in the kitchen. the over head almirah should always be on the Southern and the western walls and not on the Northern and the Eastern walls. the best of the family . 2. 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 next in the North .West room and only the children should sleep in the North . o A shelf of books may be kept in South . Care should be taken to ensure that the light does not cast shadow on the major working areas. o Bed should not touch North or east walls. 10. The electrical appliances are carefully concealed beneath the worktop. 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.West or West Side 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. for that only the nature has endowed us with day and night. easy to clean sink is still essential. VENTILATION: Ventilation is the most important aspect that should be taken care of properly. thus this has to immediately emitted out.
Thus. Function and harmony should be the dominating characteristics of the present collections.Eastern room. the elderly in the South . Now there are some points. therefore. An exhaust fan is a considerable help in dispelling smell and for air circulation also.West is best for the master bedroom. perfectly in tune with the surroundings with the reminder and exaltation of stories. stainless steel. The counter top is the most wear tear area. To create.Eastern room but not the couple. The sink plays an important role in overall efficiency of the kitchen.
9. The idea is to keep moving space around the bed and if Vaastu is taken care of. Generally the eldest sleeps in the South . traditions and rediscovered family values. but may touch South or West walls when we keep our heads towards South or west for sleep.
7. laminates can be used for counters and each has its own pros and cons. Kitchen walls should be able to withstand all kinds of fumes and splashes. south . A reading table with chair may also be kept in this corner of the room. Good quality plastic emulsion paint for areas under the sink and near the wash area.
. There is no need for large spaces. Kitchen is a area which generates lot of odours and smoke. Materials such as stones. all there together will find it easy to move about among extremely functional articles.5. Light fitted on the underside of the overhead cabinets light up the counters effectively.
LIGHTING: Kitchen lighting should be bright and functional. linking cooking accessories.West corner of the room.
After the day long toil and turmoil every living being earnestly require rest. a little domestic paradise in which several people. glazed enamel tiles. South West becomes heavy as we put the heaviest bed their. a roomy. which one should always remember: o The bed should be located in the middle of the room or should be in the South . Even if you have a dish washer.West room. For the bedroom. The walls in most kitchens are usually painted. but it is attractive and welcoming.
they should be placed in the South . 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. It should be noted that the same flooring sweeping through several rooms gives a better. o Now the biggest question is why not sleep legs facing towards SOUTH? This is the most common question that the Vaastukars face nowadays. irritation. to share a few quiet moments with yourself. Lighting in a home must do more than dispel darkness. given the Indian climatic conditions. maintaining carpets and rugs requires a huge effort. more spacious effect. if indeed they are made. We all know that all of the body. 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. no direction is bad. hard day. aesthetic preferences and also his dreams. there is too much unrequired furniture. his temperament and his personal conception of a dream bedroom. the head is the heaviest and consists of all the iron and other elements. to sleep away the weariness of a long. The North direction has an ill effect on the blood circulation and the organs of the body. personalized space in a home. will not get sufficient blood resulting in headache. But this is the biggest myth. his practical needs.V or electrical equipment. The thing is ONE SHOULD NOT SLEEP FACING THE HEAD TOWARDS NORTH. and this is exactly why a bedroom decor poses a challenge to interior designers. nor can these byelaws find an easy acceptance. This is why a room with a wall-to.o If there is some T. The first thing to do when your home starts feeling cramped is to analyze the way you are using available space. a bedroom takes very careful and detailed planning. For all the time spent and the intimacy it demands.
. let your hair down and put up your feet-all very casual and private activities. That is why one can’t really set up aesthetic bye laws. To design an ideal bedroom for a client. All these diverse factors govern aesthetic decisions. As the most private. and free from the hassles of ordinary wooden flooring. empty bottles and worn out clothes. there is a scientific reason for not sleeping with legs towards South. will make you realize how much space you have and how incorrectly you have been using it. All too often. The latest option is laminate flooring. while also being aesthetically appealing. and can only be risked in air-conditioned and dust free environment. which are away from the brain. which explain the high degree of subjectivity involved. Even clearing out stacks of old magazines. 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.East corner of the room. the bedroom must necessarily reflect its user's lifestyle. The basic principle of not breaking up a room into little bits is equally applicable to the floor. and it does seem to have a lot of advantages. insomnia Bedroom is a place to unwind. the designer must get to know the client's innermost thoughts and ideas. 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.wall carpet looks much bigger than a one with rugs scattered all over. his cultural background and upbringing. However.
for this reason it is important
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That the furniture matches. 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.Also. they incorporate comfortable details such as doors which open with just a light touch and the indispensable interior lighting. the treatment of windows and design of the lighting system are all important aspects of décor . Decorative window treatments can lend style to rooms that have no distinct character of their own or accentuate architectural details that already exist. designs and fabric. reflect light and make the space look bigger. all-over patterns recede. The colours for walls and ceilings. texture and pattern to create that effect. while pale colours and small. secondary lighting (spotlights. Even though you have not actually pushed out the walls or raised the ceiling. The way a room is decorated has a major effect on how spacious it looks. Normally it is recommended to paint the headboard
. and if all the pieces are not the same style them should at least have uniformity of colour and texture. spring . Curtains. dimmers. coverlets and quilts have been important elements of bedroom furnishing. antiallergy. sumptuous bedspreads. Wardrobes are usually from 1. up lighters )is extremely important. but for dramatic effects. shades and shadows. These accessories should be seen as a part of the whole bedroom scheme. The primary lighting fixtures(tube lights) are essential for daily household chores like cooking and reading.and combinations . For centuries.with one side for summer and the other for winter. 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.90 to 2m high and 55cm deep and have interior steps for adjusting the shelves. Wardrobes and beds are usually combined in the bedroom and are designed to make the most of the space available. quilts and cushions which must be given due consideration. come in unlimited colours. traditional wool ones.one spring and other latex. and a sybaritic tendency to place several mattresses one on top of other . Contrasting colours and textures in a room break it up into several different areas and make it seem smaller.So every room must have primary as well as secondary lighting. which give life to any room. there are a few other aspects specific to bedroom decor such as bedspreads. Choosing the right mattress is also complicated as there are many different types to choose from: foam. Windows let in light and are usually a prominent focal point of the room. have the potential to pull a scheme together with accents of pattern or colour. the choice of flooring. Cushions. The walls and the lighting should be tenuous and not be concentrated around the head board. although small. 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. Bright colours and bold patterns advance and make up the space look smaller. you can use colour. 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. latex.
luminosity. wool and embroidered linen. When decorating one's bedroom one usually mixes and matches coordinating fabrics. canopies. silk. quilts. tapestry inspired elegant and noble lines which shine through somber tones. the walls and ceiling should be their appropriate background. warm colour. walls. more humid climates for their insulation and warmth. Carpeted walls are another alternative for the bedroom which normally is considered when the floor is carpeted as well. headboards. also called a dimmer. space and if the bedroom has a specific decor. taffeta. we recommend that the light intensity might also be adjustable. sheets. and remembering that there should always be a little pay. Fabrics with a natural design create a bucolic atmosphere.•
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wall a more outstanding colour than the other three which should all be the same relaxing. comforters. walls. with the indispensable bedding. apart from the normal function of a light switch .gradual control of intensity of the light. The regulator of light intensity. is a mechanism which permits. bedspreads. in the curtains.
The fabric is the body and soul of the bedroom set. one will be obliged to choose a coordinating rug which is essential to create the right atmosphere. polyester and cotton chintz. upholstery. very appropriate for colder. faille. polyester. If the frame should expand or contract due to wood's movement it will have to be carefully planed. apart from the ceiling light and the lamps on the night table. placing one at the end of the bed is not only a basic decorative element but also an object which adds warmth. The choice of a rug depends primarily upon the floor. such as jacquard. with fabrics like cretonne. One romantic finish is to cross two embroider muslin blinds held open with two wide velvet bands. So if the furniture and the upholstery have already been chosen. allowing one to choose the exact level desired between the total lighting and the total darkness of the room. blankets. curtains. furniture. Bedspreads. lampshades. the tone of the light should be warm and cozy. Whites and creams adapt to both classic and modern styles and are found in fabrics made of cotton. to achieve this.
. calm and intimacy. checking the measurements regularly. with light lovely colours. pillows. Bedroom lighting should have a special treatment. lampshades etc. Interior door frames should be as decorative as the doors. There is nothing better than a wooden rug to warm up a room. headboards. but avoiding overdoing it. and pillows all enter into the play in the decoration of the bedroom. highlighting their design and quality. re-hanging the door to check the progress until it is correct. One need only know the decorative style and have bit of extra fabric to combine walls.
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. Every individual's idea of luxury differs. heated air or both. today a lot of thought is given to the placement of each fixture in the bathroom. But the tempting variety available today both in design and colour offer different combinations. steam bath. sauna. it will leave ugly stains with the passage of the time. Jacuzzis with underwater lighting and adjustable slide jets with an option of water. Dressing walls in the bathroom is easier. WC and bathing area were placed just where they fitted in conveniently. often resulting in the users having to traipse the length of the room to wash their hands.Bathrooms has come a long way from the
tiny. but a couple of bulbs fitted near the mirror would produce a clearer image. Fluorescent tube lights are accepted as a rule. The bathrooms of today are different in quality and style-ranging from the practical to luxurious. Lighting in the bathrooms give the whole space a well-lit look. washbasin and shower/tap. as do the features they would like to include in their bathrooms. The possibilities are endless: His and Hers wash-basins. Bathrooms are been given
. 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. as much material can be used. dingy little cubicles that our ancestors rushed in and out of as fast as they could. bidets. Spending any thought or money on doing up these rooms was considered a sheer waste until very recently. A simple look requires just a coat of paint or ceramic tiles. However. The minimum fixtures in any bathroom are a WC. Whereas earlier the sink.
A variety of WC's are now available in different shapes.from standard rectangular to the more unusual triangular. come in the standard size of 3'X 3' or 4'x 2. bathroom
.be it the standard one or the triangular shape that fits perfectly into a corner of the bathroom and avoids wastage of space. Wash basins. D-shape and the rounded variety. Wall mounted WCs Re available in two options: standard and concealed flushing apparatus. but the changes seen are in the colours and the ways of laying them.3' in a square or rectangular shape. with pedestals or fitted into a counter. Jacuzzis made of acrylic and reinforced with fiber glass are available in designs. another new entrant. Saunas are popular because they help the excess fat in the body to melt away. Acrylic bath-tubs are now available in many shapes. black and ivory which were popular years ago. Walls can also sport the new look of plain. 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. patterned. Italian marble and ceramic tiles still hold the market. Basic earth shades are being mixed and contrasted with bolder shades to draw attention to the floor. embossed or marbled ceramic tiles which are offset by printed borders. while shower cabinets find very few takers in the market today. Luxury options like Jacuzzis are popular with those who can afford the steep rise.5 liters.much more attention. 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. particularly in size the budget allocated for decoration of bathrooms has also increased substantially. Bathroom accessories are colour coordinated with the rest of the like the soap trays. come in a host of shapes. New and popular flooring options available today are more in terms of colour than any change in material used. Readymade acrylic bath trays.
A lot of stress is also laid on exhaust and fresh air fans. Besides the now mandatory closet storage. In situations where one bathroom has to be shared by four or more people. If toddlers use the same bathroom as the adults. The bathing area should be kept away from the windows to protect it from drought. the towel stand could be fixed a little lower so that a child has easy access. Tailoring the bathroom to suit the age requirements of all its users is sensible. A Jacuzzi should ideally be fitted with its access panel and electric points under the flooring. beige or black. on the space available. Plumbing fixtures should be comfortably spaced. toilet-paper holders.
. A dry and free area (unencumbered by fixtures) is needed to allow an adult to dry off and dress after bathing.depending. A WC should be placed near a window or an outer wall. when you need it. IDEAL BATHROOM The ideal bathroom is such which provides the essentials where you need it. The larger the family. 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. of course. you could find a bed or a dance floor in your private retreat next. and bathrooms are carefully planned accordingly. hooks and toothbrush holder. the bigger and better planned the bathroom. the more prosperous you will be. towel rails. Family size has an important role to play in the design and layout of bathrooms. Current lifestyles often demand that bathrooms offer extra facilities beyond the purely functional. with storage facilities and furnishings well arranged so that there is plenty of free space left for maneuvering. According to vastu. Walk in wardrobes adjacent to the bathroom are also a common feature. If bathroom space permits. directly below the tub. with a bolder colour like a deep maroon or forest green.shelves. so that an exhaust fan can be fitted alongside.
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The ideal position of the bathing area would be one that allows you to step out of your bath on to dry ground. Jacuzzis and bath tubs find their way in. make-up table-cum-dresser. washing machine or even a little nook used as a dressing space. Vastu is very prevalent here.from where the WC is placed to the wall on which the mirror is hung. The colour schemes popular today are contrasts between a basic earthy shade like a fawn. the larger the bathroom in terms of square footage and storage space. Floor should always be skid resistant variety.
UNDERSTANDING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM
Light can define space. halogens . With technological developments and the stress on precision lighting. gets very difficult . museums. individual lighting requirements are worked out. the play of natural and artificial lighting largely determine both function and decoration. architect work out the detailed light fittings which are conducive for a work environment . gardens. spot lights . Artificial light falling from various angles and heights on different surfaces guide us to perceive various features and dimensions while creating a specific mood. while children's bathroom sport cartoon characters. showrooms. up lighters . with the shifting sun and atmospheric conditions. The choice of fitting according to the room .Colour scheme should be according to the age factor. one can then
. interior design. one gets puzzled off as there are so many varieties in lights like the table lamps . recessed / surface mounted lights . light and the shadows change the appearance of things natural and man made. mood. water bodies. In homes. But in the indoors. Similarly for hotels. Today lighting is considered to be a very important element of decorating scheme. clamp lights . The middle income groups there are a marked preferences for pastel shades. a careful selection of lights extends and enhances the aesthetics of interiors. The trend should be sober and not flashy. function of work have been specified. substance and style. sky lights . Once the basic idea of the space. The invention of the incandescent bulb in 1978 revolutionized lighting systems as it allowed light to be easily manipulated. pendants . large windows etc. for offices . incandescent bulb . Apart from exploiting natural light by using opaque or transparent glass walls. fluorescent fixtures and lots of others. Women prefer soft colours and designs. Outdoors. a variety of lighting fixtures are readily available with options which offer manifold possibilities in terms of effect.
Spaces can be provided with one. dramatic dimensions to the scheme. Later. an ordinary space can be infused with much dramatic look to convey different moods to suit different times of the day. intensity and the right direction. the selection of bulbs and the exact effect can be created. painting etc. two or all types of these lightings. The eye is stimulated by the contrast of tone and sparkle. thus objects become more or less important in the room.It supplies an overall illumination in the area. They are auxiliary to the general lighting and provide an added. Accent lighting . color changes or disappear . Here are the tips on how to maintain the lighting system in different rooms according to the ambience. Task lighting – It supplies the required illumination for specific tasks such as reading . With different types of lighting in each room and dimmers to adjust the intensity of light. When room lighting change .It offers a decorative element to the area by highlighting the particular objects or features in the area.
. General lighting . The eye works best when the work surface is more brightly lit then the surroundings. depending upon the requirement. The eye prefers even lighting with the minimum of contrast between the brightness of the room surfaces and the lighting fixtures. fixtures to support them in appropriate locations. There are three basic types of lighting which are categorized according to the intensity of the light used. wiring channels to activate the light sources and the convenient electrical controls.
MAINTAINING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM
The term lighting refers to the useful energy output of a system consisting of light sources. Every activity that takes place in the interior must have lights of the right kind. It directs strong local illumination without high general illumination as required for activities carried in a particular area.consider the basic types of lighting. One should always keep in mind some of the basic rules while designing the light. and at times. Initially only the planned positions of lights need to be decided.
For maximum pleasure of reading and for easier concentration. Avoid lighting the mirror itself rather light of the person looking into the mirror. The most critical lighting in a bath centers around the mirror area. Care should be taken where computers are placed. down lighters. of different types of lighting. In the reading room. The shade should be moderately illumines to softly diffuse the light and eliminate glare thus open top shades are preferred. Side fixtures should be mounted 30" – 36" apart on the wall and install about 60" above the floor. the task light should not produce glare or reflections on the screen. recessed into the ceilings or those over a tub or a shower must be watertight and vapor proof.
READING ROOM LIGHTING: The study is the most important room for the intellectuals. this is the basic for good grooming. one on either side of the mirror or one overhead. Medium size and large size baths and especially those with sectioned areas for tub . light should be soft and diffused without glare or shadow. BEDROOM LIGHTING:
. In a study. one should plan the lights very carefully as the intensity affects a lot on the eyes thus on the health. make up applications hair care. shower and toilet will require several overhead fixtures. The most efficient to light up a person’s face is to use three fixtures. 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. Task lights for writing should be positioned so as to avoid both glare and shadow. the bath area can use a no.perhaps the only room in the house where one can be totally private and get much needed peace. A minimum of 100W incandescent or 60W fluorescent lamp is sufficient. If floor lamps are used as reading lights. General lighting is essential in a compact bath. It is after all an intimate personal place. For a relatively small room. For shaving. then it should be 40"-49" from the floor to the bottom edge of the shade. The complete room may be lit with powerful up lighters.Planning and designing is a tedious job. Today’s bathroom wears a well dressed look . for students as this is the room where one builds his career. or the general lighting may be reduced to be supplemented with task lights as required. 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. 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 priority is to provide adequate illumination for reading and writing. Additional bath lighting for specific purposes may include plant lights to take the advantage of bath humidity for growing the flowers and ferns. a central ceiling may suffice. The lights are general. its design recognizing people’s needs to begin and end their day in pleasant surroundings.
The bedroom is a place where one can be totally oneself. This should be done while the construction of the pool so as to keep the wiring away from water. the lights are generally set below the water level. should create striking effects and keeps what is to be concealed in shadows.
. into the sides of the pool.
SWIMMING POOL / FOUNTAINS LIGHTING Water presents a challenging and rewarding medium for lighting. it can result into mis match of everything. all lights. For effective swimming pool lighting. relaxing environment. The lighting should illuminate select areas. if worked carelessly . romantic. fountains. waterfalls magically come to life with lighting effects at night. Lighting should be planned according to desired landscape lighting effects as well as providing adequate light for walking. Table lamps or hanging lamp shades provides the room a very aesthetic look. wiring and metal work should be able to resist weather conditions for a prolonged period of time like dust. So one must be very careful while planning the lights and choosing the fixtures as in the end . relax and unwind. Up lighters look very beautiful. Swimming pools.
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. moisture and corrosion. The lights should be placed to shimmer down the deep end of the pool. It is the room where we spend the maximum amount of time – to sleep. Lights should be planned in such a way that it must create a light. Thus. the way of lighting drastically changes the way of living and mood of the environment. dimmers can be very useful to play with the intensity of the light as per mood. The lighting should be a soothing general illumination. after a long tiring day and rejuvenate oneself for the tomorrow. Waterfall comes to life when lit from behind. security etc. If want to highlight some paintings or photographs. 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. one can go for a task lighting in this area.
LIVING ROOM LIGHTING The living room is the core of domestic life. Feature window areas with the cosmic lighting. Ceiling down lights should fall and focus primarily on dining room table surface. Today’s kitchens are far removed from the dark dingy spaces one saw earlier. Buffet or service areas and chinaware/silverware/crockery displays deserve special lighting emphasis. which is not dictated by prevailing trends or large amounts of money.
. Be sure that the floor. KITCHEN LIGHTING: Kitchen is a place where a lady spends her maximum time so it should have comfortable and fresh feeling. Fluorescent fixtures reduce the energy demands without sacrificing illumination. mantles etc. Bar area could use incandescent light to play up sparkling glassware. Use dimmers to program lighting moods. Special lighting for key work areas can be installed in the ceiling or in the upper cabinets. General lighting for a kitchen should be well distributed. People decorate them according to their interest . install down lighting over a sink for cloudy days or nights. A dining room can change the style of eating.
DINING ROOM LIGHTING: The decor of dining room depends upon the culture of the family. brightness. Highlight artwork and plants with individual lighting arrangements. table and hanging fixtures have adequate shades to prevent glare. but the one element that is common to all is the intangible style . Play up with the architectural features like aala. Plan adequate lighting to handle a variety of family activities like rack for display. Illuminate an entire wall with overhead fixtures to provide background for room furnishings. Even if there is window in the kitchen. Here are some basics how to illuminate it properly. So one should be careful while playing with the lights to make the environment relax and easy. • • • • • • Establish an adequate general illumination level to reduce the accent light. One must keep the visual emphasis off the ceiling and walls and on the décor of food and guests. niches. Indirect light like that under a pelmet or above a cabinet will supply soft uniform illumination. uniform and as shadow less as possible. Candles and fuel lamps in decorative holders can add special touch to any meal. Provide light for storage areas in pantry or wall cabinets overhead or shelf mounted brackets will do the job. contrast. Lighted shelves or fluorescent fixtures under the front edge of bar are effective.
The door size should be in ratio of 2:1 in respect to height and width. so that the door falls in the Eastern half of that side. which need consideration while planning and designing. If a house faces east. so that the main door falls in the Northern half of that side. The normal sized door is 7' X 3'. While fixing the doorframes in an internal wall. Main entrance or the gates of the two houses opposite to each other should not open exactly towards each other. so that the main door falls in the Northern half of that side. 4. It is essential to fix doors and windows opposite to each other to have better light and air. the entrance should be fixed towards North. Irregular shaped doors or square doors are not recommended and are considered inauspicious. For making doors and windows. 6. Such a door yields good results and is very auspicious. so that is falls in the eastern half of that side. If the house is south facing. and this is one of them. it must be ensured that the doorframe is not fixed contiguous to the main wall of the house. in east and west. If the house has two doors. If a house faces West. At least a minimum of 4" pad should be built before fixing the doorframe to a lateral wall. 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. If only one door is to be fixed in a house. cross-ventilation should be taken care of. When the house is north facing. then the doors in South and West side should be bigger than the North and the east side and not the other way. Windows also should have symmetry in height through sizes of width may differ. it must be fixed either Eastern or northern side of the building. the entrance should be fixed towards West.
. Gatpal Patra Pramathibhishch Thanmadulau shrich nuyath" Doors in all rooms should be of equal size but if wanted to make some bigger ones. The main door should be the tallest and other doors should not be superior in size or in beauty to the main door. etc.Vaastu for placing doors & windows
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The doors and windows need a great attention. Besides outside settings and interiors too. There are some points that one should always consider before designing the doors and the windows. they should always be off centered. The number of doors and windows in the house should be in even numbers like 2. there are several other aspects. Doors should not be placed in the center of the wall. 8. Teak is the best wood for this purpose. they can be placed in North and South. in East and North but never in South and West. While fixing the doors and the windows. the entrance should be fixed towards East. as far as possible one type of wood should be used. It is also written in Braunth Sanhita as: "Mool Dwaaram Naanayyarabhisanthathi Roopdurya. the entrance should be fixed towards North.
. big trees etc.e. down below and at the end i. such a door along with chowkhat should be replaced immediately. Give Priority to the Northeast Pay close attention to the northeast quadrant and give it top priority whenever possible. floor levels within the house and the roof Height & Weight Must be in the southwest. Never cut it off! Never put height and weight. staircases.e. in the top of the
staircase. If there are more floors in a building.
Top preference should be given to the northeast. Just as the face has two eyes. sewage tanks or garbage in the northeast.) Open Land Must be more open land to the north and east than to the south and west. If a door is making screeching sound while movement. if it is oversized or under sized. One should take utmost care of several things like. and the threshold. Frames can be four or maximum five in a door. surrounding land. (This applies to the property. or a sill or threshold below the doorway. staircase. lamppost or any kind of obstruction. Opposite to it should not be a temple. Avoiding a doorway in the South and keeping doorways in other directions are auspicious. This applies to both the property and buildings. The purpose of lips is served by the frame shutters. or by joining three or five shutters. a nose and a mouth. It is better to make the door consist of only one panel or shutter. one door over another door brings poverty and financial crisis and this condition should be avoided. After this. buildings and rooms. Bodies of Water Must be located in the north. diseases and paves way for prosperity. The main entrance of a house is compared with the mouth of a human being. There should be no obstructions in front of main door such as rails. Main entrance should always have threshold or doorsill. It is said that the threshold protects the household from perils. it will destroy the children. It is better to have doors both at the beginning i. if the door closes itself automatically.
Vaastu at a Glance
Downward Slope Property should slope downward from the south to north and/or from west to east. surrounding land. east or northeast. the main entrance of a house is supposed to possess windows on either side.• •
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Placing doorways in the three directions except east are not auspicious. that will make the inmates lunatics. it can be given to any auspicious direction. toilets. Extend it or place water features there. south or west. east or northeast of the property. (This applies to the property. Water should flow to the north. it should be changed immediately. if the door closes itself.
Streets must hit your property at auspicious directions.
Should shine into as many rooms as possible from the east. east or northeast.
Never sleep with your head to the north.
Top preference is given to the northeast quadrant. even if only by a few inches.
The best is a square or rectangle with the northeast extended. you should face north or east. They should be built before any other construction begins. extend or slope more to the north. west or southwest.)
Staircases should never be located in the northeast or create negative extensions. finally. Priority is given to the south. toilets anywhere except the northeast. and no bedrooms in the northeast. any auspicious direction is acceptable.
Roofs should be highest in the south.
Auspicious Movements Entrances
Movements should be auspicious and bring you to the northeast. After this. Top preference is given to roads in the north and east.
Rooms should be located in the correct locations of the house. kitchen in the southeast or northwest. Rainwater should flow to the north or east. (Master bedroom in the southwest. next is west and.
Compound Walls & Fences
It is essential to have a wall or fence to create boundaries around a property. the east
Cook food facing only east or north.
sky and air) are influencing the experiences in our lives.
Example of a Good Vaastu Two Bedroom House & Description of Details House Plan
. water.The Fundamentals of Vaastu
The following is a brief introduction to a few important principles of Vaastu. This gives an idea of the effects of Vaastu and how the elements (earth. fire.
3. 2. Placement of Water 1.Interpretation of ancient knowledge of Vaastu differs from many of the prevailing ideas. The property shape is an auspicious east-west rectangle. The middle south property entrance is exactly centered. Shape and Alignment 1. he teaches that some south and west entrances are acceptable. Master bedroom is located in the southwest quadrant. child's room is in the northwest. Property entrances in the north-northeast and middle south. The main entrance in the south-southeast is aligned to an opposite-facing door. The patio creates a powerful northeast extension to the house. 5. 5. The house placement creates greater open space to the north and east. The east-southeast garage is not attached to the house. 4. The property is aligned to the cardinal directions. The driveway entrance is in the south-southeast.) Downward Slope & Open Space 1. 7. then northwest and lowest in the northeast. The southwest corners of both the property and house form perfect 90º angles. The property slopes down to the northeast. The House 1. There are large windows on the east and north sides of the house. 4. east-northeast and south-southeast. (Otherwise. A compound wall surrounds the entire property. The house is aligned to the property. it would create a negative east-southeast house extension.
. The roof and floor levels follow the Principle of Height: highest in the southwest. (Only rounded water bodies are acceptable in the northeast. 3. 2. 5. then southeast. For example. The kitchen is located in the southeast quadrant of the house.) Entrances. 2. All the interior doors are located in auspicious directions. The northeast room of the house is open and unobstructed. 4. A below-ground swimming pool is located in the northeast quadrant. 6. House entrances are in the north-northeast. Doors & Windows 1. There are no bedrooms or bathrooms in the northeast quadrant of the house. 7. 2. 3. 6. like the south-southeast entrance depicted in this illustration.
These subdirections are considered to be either positive or negative. 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. The most height and weight should be in the south. driveways. doors and windows. south.
The Fundamentals of Vaastu
Principle One: Auspicious & Inauspicious Directions
The four directions—north. east and west—are divided into sub-directions.
Auspicious & Inauspicious Directions This diagram illustrates the positive and negative directions and the locations where the elements have their greatest influence on your property. The green area indicates where to favorably locate these features. The least height and weight should be in the north.
. the red areas indicate where it is detrimental for them to be placed. property extensions. hills. This chart is used to determine the positions of streets. west and especially southwest because height and weight suppresses the negative vibrations of these directions. trees.
The stove is situated so that one faces east while cooking. cuts. buildings and furniture. entrances. 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. gates.6. Height and weight decreases the influence of a direction. Height and weight refers to features such as mountains. east and northeast because of the positive vibrations which reside there. buildings and even interior rooms. The Principle of Height and Weight applies to surrounding land.
it brings happiness.
Height & Weight in the West Benefits: Very Auspicious. When located inside or outside of the property. Whether located inside or outside of a property. Height & Weight in the South Benefits: Very Auspicious. prosperity has to come and stand with you. it is the worst placement. Avoid at all costs. don’t take it! You will have a miserable life.
. People with hills or mountains in their south will experience a lot of happiness. Even if someone gives you a billion-dollar check and the property as a gift. Height & Weight in the Northeast Results: Very Dangerous. avoid at all costs. it will take a hundred times more effort. Creates happiness. enemies will come into your life and want to stab you in the back. financial stability. Creates soul commanding ability. Whether inside or outside of a property. you can solve it. Brings progress. Without your notice. It will ruin your life. willpower and social standing. peace and prosperity. Height & Weight in the North Results: Very Dangerous. peace and soul commanding ability for both material and spiritual endeavors. it inspires you to work and be industrious. You will not be able to sit idly in your house because the height and weight will naturally inspire you to work.Height & Weight in the Southwest Benefits: Very Auspicious. The world will recognize who you are and what you can do. The world will recognize you and your capabilities. Your name and fame will grow. Whether inside or outside a property. There will be financial loss. You will go broke! There will be no financial success and all types of headaches will come. Whatever work you try to do. relationship problems and defamation of character. illness. Whether located inside or outside of a property. relationship problems and illnesses for children. It blocks the beneficial influences of this holy direction. If any problem comes.
the highest.Height & Weight in the East Results: Very Dangerous. peace.
Downward Slope to the East Benefits: Very Auspicious. It is a life risk. fame and the ability to solve problems. Even if you make money. No matter what. This is the second most powerful downward slope. the northeast should never be higher than any other part of the property. Downward Slope to the Northeast Benefits: Very Auspicious. avoid at all costs. A northeast slope brings wealth. Note: The arrows always point in the direction of downward slope. clarity. Downward slopes should be to the north. The northeast should always be the lowest point on a property and the southwest.
. especially for men. If the land is completely flat it is acceptable. roofs. The influences of an east slope are those associated with the benefits of the morning sun. peace. and success in both material and spiritual endeavors. Don’t stay. Whether inside or outside of a property. It causes great irritation and stress.
Downward Slope to the North Benefits: Very Auspicious. Health will deteriorate.
Principle Three: Downward Slope
The Principle of Downward Slope reveals the correct placement of slopes and lower elevations on a property. east and especially northeast. Big financial problems will come. A downward slope amplifies the energy of the direction towards which the slope flows. name. fame. and floor levels within a building and a room. wisdom. It will ruin your life. name. the slopes that influence the Vaastu of a property the most are the slopes of the surrounding land and the property itself. peace. land surrounding the property. An east slope brings noble qualities. A property or its surrounding land with a slope down to the northeast is one of the most beneficial features in Vaastu. material success. name and fame. inspiration. Generally. A slope down to the north brings tremendous prosperity. You won’t have any success. you will go into debt. Slope applies to the property.
Brings success. Downward Slope to the West Results: Very Dangerous. worry and depression. Avoid at all cost. murder. You will not be able to make money. Even if it is only greater by a few feet or inches. fighting. enemies and addictions. enemies. confusion.
. It is a life risk. More open space in one direction will increase the influences of that direction. terrible financial loss.Downward Slope to the Southwest Results: Very Dangerous. The Principle of Open Space is related to the Principle of Height and Weight.
Northeast. depression. It is a life risk. illness. heartbreak. relationship problems. prosperity. Brings failure. east and northeast. Following are two examples of open space created by the building placement on the property. suicide. east or northeast than in the south. Both of these principles protect the divine energy of the northeast. Crazy things will start in your life. enemies. addictions. happiness and good fortune. commanding ability. Brings accidents. It is a life risk. open space refers to the distance between the house (or main buildings) and the property boundary. It negatively affects character. mistrust.
Principle Four: Open Space
The Principle of Open Space recommends that more open space should exist in the north. chronic illness. For a property. A building placed in the southwest quadrant of a property creates height and weight in the southwest and more open space in the north. confusion and doubt.
Downward Slope to the South Results: Very Dangerous. You will want to run away but you can’t because it is hard to escape this negative influence. financial ruin. North & East Open Space Benefits: Very Auspicious. heartbreak. Brings unnatural deaths. leading to immoral behavior. depression. jealousy. accidents. it is still acceptable. west or southwest. illness. Never stay —simply get out.
happiness and good fortune. Brings great material prosperity.South. illnesses. happiness. willpower. health. Brings accidents. however. However. harmonious relationships. peace. east or northeast. Having water in the north is another top feature in Vaastu. Brings the greatest divine blessings and success to every aspect of life. West & Southwest Open Space Results: Very Dangerous.
. Any water feature on a property will bring either strong positive or strong negative results to the inhabitants. 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. A building located in the northeast quadrant of a property creates height and weight in the northeast and more open space to the south. depression and no spiritual success. Your life will be miserable. Creates material and spiritual prosperity. accurately understanding how water is affecting a property requires considerable experience and knowledge of Vaastu. perpetual money struggles.
Water in the North Benefits: Very Auspicious. success. Water in the Northeast Benefits: Very Auspicious. so it is crucial to determine the Vaastu of any water features. a few exceptions.
Important Points about Water Placement
Water has a very powerful influence on Vaastu because it acts as a huge energy generator. One of the most beneficial features in Vaastu. west and southwest. business failure. The surface level of water located in auspicious directions should always be below the ground level of the rest of the property. success. peace and good fortune. name and fame. It is a life risk. There are.
Water in the Southwest Results: Very Dangerous. streams and creeks must flow to the north. It is a life risk.
Important Points about Water Flow
The direction of flowing water has an incredibly strong impact on the Vaastu of a property. It is a life risk to men. You cannot live peacefully here. financial ruin.
. and defamation of character. east or northeast when they are on or near a property. illnesses. financial loss. It is a life risk. also divorce. undesirable relationships. Creates fear and disaster. unbalanced mentality and strange.
Water in the South Results: Very Dangerous. It is responsible for every kind of destructive occurrence. immoral behavior. except fire. Improves social status and increases noble qualities. Rivers.Water in the East Benefits: Very Auspicious. name and fame. Brings unnatural death through chronic diseases. Brings accidental deaths.
Water in the West Results: Very Dangerous. defamation of character. Brings unnatural death by accidents or chronic and fatal disease. Brings brilliant thoughts. Water in the east increases the effects of the morning sun and is highly beneficial. immoral behavior. knowledge. You will want to leave but you will not find it easy to do so. Affects women most strongly. One of the worst features in Vaastu. wisdom and peace. fighting. Determining the Vaastu of flowing water requires great skill as it is a very powerful feature—either very positive or very negative. enemies and financial ruin. You cannot survive on such a property. mental stress and depression.
Water Flow to the South Results: Dangerous. Brings tremendous prosperity.
Water Flow to the West Results: Very Dangerous. is unacceptable.
Water Flow to the North Benefits: Very Auspicious. illness. peace. depression. Although the river is located in a positive direction. chronic illnesses and suicides. fame. Causes unnatural deaths from accidents. it flows south and. anxiety.
Water Flow to the East Benefits: Very Auspicious. This river has both auspicious placement and direction of flow. happiness and good fortune. financial problems and accidents. name. success. therefore. happiness and all angles of good fortune. One of the most beneficial features in all of Vaastu. This river has both auspicious placement and direction of flow. success. Water in the east will bring some benefits but the south flow will cause depression. material and spiritual success. brilliant thoughts. defamation and relationship problems will occur
Important Points about Fire Placement
. financial loss. Brings enormous prosperity. The river has both negative placement and flow. Brings tremendous prosperity. fame. name. Enemies. happiness and all angles of great fortune.Water Flow to the Northeast Results: Very Auspicious.
Just keep in mind the placement of the five elements: water in the northeast. earth in the southwest and air in the northwest. This placement brings physical health and harmony in the family’s relationships. Fire in the Northeast or Southwest A fire feature should not be situated in the southwest or northeast quadrant of a property. fireplaces. fire in the southeast. Fire transforms. in the southwest brings conflicts and arguments. 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. great care must be taken with the placement of the fire element within your home. The natural placement for the kitchen.
Important Points about Room Placement
Activities in your home should take place where they will be in harmony with the five elements. room placement is very important. is in the southeast? The home of the fire element. stoves. A kitchen or fireplace in the northeast will cause whatever money you make to ‘burn up’ and go away. An unbalanced fire element creates disturbance in relationships.
. bedrooms and bathrooms is crucial. It also brings health problems. therefore. building or room. water heaters and electrical fuse boxes all constitute fire element features in a home. By coordinating your actions with the elements your activities will go smoothly. This includes kitchens. fire features should only be placed in the southeast or northwest of any room. A kitchen or fireplace. Because of the interconnectedness of these two elements. building or property. fireplaces and to a lesser degree boilers. But. for example. Stoves. but is also can turn everything to ash. It is easy to determine where the activities in the house should take place. conflicts and arguments. furnaces. health problems and unnatural fear. open flames and outdoor cooking features. Correct placement of the kitchen. Therefore.The fire element has the capacity to transform? Such as when you use fire to cook food or to heat and light your home.
Head placement refers to the direction the top of your head points when lying down. especially cancers.
. industriousness and increased longevity. they will dominate the family and be overburdened with responsibilities inappropriate to their age. Whenever possible.
Important Points about Bathroom Placement
Bathroom Placement Bathrooms with toilets may be placed anywhere except the northeast quadrant. Heads of the household should sleep in the southwest so that the household runs smoothly. The best position for sleeping is with the top of your head pointing to the south and feet pointing north.Bedroom Placement Bedrooms can be placed anywhere except the northeast quadrant. Toilets in the northeast bring serious health problems. the master bedroom should always be in the southwest—the place of ‘commanding’. The master bedroom may also be placed in the southeast if the southwest is used as an office. Head to South Benefits: Auspicious. Brings health.
Important Points about Sleeping Position
The direction your head faces while sleeping has a strong effect on your physical and mental well-being. as this brings chronic health problems. If children are in the southwest.
Brings terrible dreams and disturbed 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. It sucks your positive vibrations while you sleep. Never sleep with the top of your head pointing to the north and feet pointing to the south. Never cook facing the south or west—you will ‘cook’ the entire household! Arguments. with the east as the first preference.
. misunderstandings and conflicts will arise. You will feel miserable. 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. frustration and emotional instability will develop.Head to North Results: Dangerous. Irritability.
The life. The different colours appearing in the aura have been studied by physics. a sea shell through which the sound is produced and is mostly used in religious ceremonies. as known in the Vedic times. Aap . Atman .the soul.The consciousness. as known in the Vedic time
. Shankh .The architect. Samadhi (Sthiti) . as known in the Vedic times.It is defined as a luminous radiation. which is one of the five elements that constituent our universe. Istaka . Kalpadruma . Purusha .It is the lord of fire.The creator of the universe. Brahma .The brick. the life source.Means Space.The universal consciousness.To sit with folded legs on the ground in one posture for meditation.The conch.Creation of the entire universe.The nature. Aakash . which is another element that constitutes our universe. Jiva . as known in the Vedic times.The draughtsman. Shrishti . Vardhaki .The wishing tree. Aura . and various tints of each colour suggest different characteristics. Prakriti .Dictionary of Vastu Shastra
Aagney .The carpenter. and is positioned in the South-East direction.Means water.The individual consciousness. as known in the Vedic times. a radiant light around a person's head or body. Parmataman . Sutregrahi . Prana .The mason. Sthapati . Takshaka .