Are you one of those who believe that your home can shower good luck upon you and a bad design element can just turn it upside down? Well, every belief that is followed since ages does have a basic science behind it! Here are some popular Do’s and Don’ts that will make our home a sanctuary of wellness and happy living!
The Science of Vastu-Shastra
Vastu Shastra is an ancient science of architecture and construction. Texts that describe the principles of layout, design and construction of a house are found in from ancient times. These days most builders follow the principles of vastu, during the construction phase itself, since most buyers prefer vastu designed homes. Vastu is also deeply imbibed through the sense of directions. Even later, at the design stage using the vastu friendly directions, there are various ways to implement a vastu inclined décor at home. Thus a home can eliminate bad vibes and remedial actions prove to be beneficial to its occupants.
Vaastu is the science of balancing cosmic energy field levels of a plot, house, and flat. It can affect both positive and negative energy, so it is always believed that there should be a constant flow of energy at home. Positive energy should always flow inside the home and negative energy should flow out of the home.
Create a Positive Vibe: The entrance, foyer and the door are one of the first as you enter any home. Let it have a welcoming décor. The entrance space always makes a lasting impression. Remove clutter and anything that induces negative energy from the way!
Let the view of unsightly footwear not dampen the spirit of your visitors. Keep them stacked in a cabinet and thus hidden from obvious view. Place what is pleasing to the eyes .Let the décor at the entrance speak volume of what is in store inside. Placing auspicious symbols, creating a memory wall, floating arrangement of flowers, a colourful wall mural enhances your mood, thereby bringing in positive vibes and happiness as you enter.
Be Direction Wise: Vastu is a science and has certain principles based on the directions. It is aimed at bringing harmony between man and his surroundings. The directions are defined with respect to the rise of the sun (east) and therefore the main aim of Vastu Shastra is to ensure that the inmates of a house are inadvertently exposed to the useful rays of sunlight, even if they are inside the house the whole day. But during a day, people perform different activities in different rooms at different times and the Sun’s position keeps changing. So to ensure that the inmates get exposed to sunlight constantly, each room should be positioned in a specific cardinal direction so that it faces the Sun at the time of the day when it is most likely to be used by them.
The Gift of Nature: A home that is surrounded by abundance of nature around it always maintains a peaceful and healthy living. Life in the form of birds and small animals like squirrels ensures a youthful and chirpy feel in the house. Greenery also ensures that the home remains cool during the day time and in the hot sultry months in summer.
Go for a Tulsi or Basil plant at home and avoid cacti, bonsai and milk producing plants since they are believed to be harmful for good health. The reason behind this is simple. Plants such as Tulsi, aloe Vera are medicinal plants and can be used in times of need whereas cactus has thorns that may hurt children while playing absent mindedly. Also a neem tree around the house is considered auspicious again because of medicinal properties. Other plants and trees that provide shade during summers are also recommended. Thus designing a green cover on the basis of Vastu Shastra is purely logical and beneficial to home owners.
The Colour Palette: Avoid using black and blue as the predominant colours on the wall. Opt for a mix of orange, red and yellow colours. They are bright and cheerful colours. Such colours help in removing dullness. Even if dark colours are your choice, suitably mix-match them with lighter tones to give a brighter look.
The Impact of Design Elements Gone Wrong: Sometimes there are certain design elements that may have a negative impact on the wellbeing of the inmates. Vastu identifies such elements and also provides certain remedial actions to overcome these.
It is recommended that you don’t place mirrors in front of your cot in the bedroom. It may result in bad dreams and hence better avoided. Staircases, toilets and bathrooms should never occupy the centre position in a home. This is also not recommended aesthetically as it may result in an unwanted sight right at the centre of the home thus causing negative energy to remain within the house. Money wise, do not block your entrance with pipes and wires. Not only are they unsightly but also may hamper money flow. North is Kubera’s direction. Hence maintain positive energy in that area. Another popular belief is that one must not sleep with the head in the north direction because of geomagnetic forces.
There are many such beliefs whose essence is to be understood before blindly following them. In general, if one adheres to the basic principles of Vastu Shastra, one can enjoy a home full of life and energy.