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Complete Vastu Guide

Vastu Sastra (Shastra)

(Sadar Charano main Samarpit)

Shri Surendra Singh Bhadauria

117-H2/32,Pandunagar Kanpur-208005

(Sadar Charano main Samarpit)

Late Shri Mati-Bitola Kunwar(Mother)

late-Shri Shivram Singh Bhadauria(Father)

Village-Shivnagar (Korath)

Bah-Agra

And My right hand

Shri Brijendra Singh Bhadauria

Gotan-Nagaur-Rajsthan

(Ramendra Singh Bhadauria (Astrologer and Vastu-Shastri)

[Writer and Consultator]

Where we live can influence our happiness, wealth, health, and prosperity. The Vastu
Shastra is the Vedic science of building. When one studies the Vastu Shastra, he
learns to create buildings that favorably influence those things that bring us
happiness.

The Vastu Shastra considers the astrological placement of the Sun, Earth, and other
planets during the actual construction. It also considers where the building site is
located, the site’s shape, the proposed building’s shape, the direction the building
will face, the location of gates, entry doors, room doors, windows, and the building’s
general design. North and east are considered important directions—east because it
is the direction from which the sun rises.

Assessing the Land


When purchasing a property, it is a good idea to stand on the land and feel its
vibration for a few moments. Trust your feelings. If you feel positive about it,
consider buying the land. If not, it is probably not good for you. It is best to buy land
where happy and successful people have lived. A house sold by a person in distress
or who is impoverished, should be purchased only with caution. A dilapidated or
haunted house should not be purchased at all.

The land should be cultivatable and should smell good. It is best not to build on
nonarable land. Land that contains many rocks, anthills, many worms, bones, broken
pottery, sludge, and thorny trees should not be purchased. If the center of the land is
humped like the shell of a turtle, it should not be purchased.

The color of the soil should also be considered. White soil is good for brahmans
(priests, teachers, scientists, or intellectuals), red for ksatriyas (rulers, soldiers, or
administrators), yellow for vaisyas (businessmen, farmers or bankers), and black for
sudras (laborers, artisans, craftsmen, or servants).
When you assess the soil, do not just make a surface check, but also dig about 4m
(12 ft) down.

If the soil is black up to 1m (3 ft) down and white or red below that, the land can be
purchased.

According to Vastu Shastra, black and clayey soil is not good for building. If the soil
is crumbly rock, money can easily be gotten. Yellow soil is good for businessmen.

Another test of land quality is to dig a knee-deep hole (2/3m or 2'x2'x2') and then
refill it. If after filling the hole you have some soil left over, the land is good. If there
is no soil left after filling the hole, the land is average. If the returned soil does not
even fill the hole, this is not a good sign. Such land should not be purchased. This
shows the soil’s natural moisture and aeration.Again dig the same sized hole. This
time, fill it with water. If it takes more than an hour for the water to be absorbed,
this is a good sign. If there are many cracks in the hole after the water has been
absorbed, the construction may cost more than you expect. This is a percolation test
done even in the U.S. to test for clay deposits. The cracks indicate clay soil, which is
not best for water drainage and can cause foundation problems, etc. Also, wastes are
not carried away properly, which can bring disease.

Do not purchase land that has been used as a crematorium, cemetery, or a samadhi
(tomb for a holy person). The land should not be purchased if in the recent past
someone has committed suicide on it, or if there have been several deaths over the
period of a couple of months.

It is usually best not to purchase land next to a bridge. If the bridge is on the north
or east sides, it definitely should not be purchased. If it is on the south or west sides,
that is a safer purchase.

It is also usually best not to purchase land that shares a well with another property.
The land can be purchased, however, if the water supply is a common well on the
north, east, or northeast side.
A plot of land situated on a hill is also not a good purchase in most cases. It is better
to purchase level ground. If the land to be purchased is on the side of a hill,
however, and the land slopes down toward the north or east, that is all right. If the
land slopes to the west, do not purchase it.

After choosing and purchasing land, plants should be grown on the land. Also, if
possible, keep a cow and her calf on the land for a while to make it more auspicious.

The Land
The direction that the front of a property faces is important. The best shapes for plots
of land are square or rectangular, facing squarely on the four cardinal directions. A
land tilt of 20 degrees, off square by 20 degrees, is acceptable. If the plot is
rectangular, it is better that the longer sides run north to south rather than west to
east.

If the plot of land does not squarely face the four cardinal directions, and if the road
does not run in one of the four cardinal directions, the house should be built facing
the four directions The house should be square or rectangular, and the faces of the
building should each be toward a cardinal direction, and not built facing the road.

It is not good to purchase a piece of land squeezed between two larger pieces of land
as such land will bring its owner poverty.

The northeast side of the land should be the lowest side. If the northeast side is at a
higher elevation than other sides of the property, you can dig soil from that one side
and use it to build up the other parts. The land should either slope down toward the
north or east, but not toward the west or south. Land sloping north brings riches,
sloping east brings good fortune, sloping south brings ruin, and sloping west brings
financial loss.

It is auspicious if tall buildings or hills do not obstruct the north, northeast, and east
sides of the land. Do not purchase land with such obstructions to those sides because
the sun’s rays will be blocked.Having those same obstructions blocking the west or
south sides, however, bring health and wealth—light coming from the southwest is
not beneficial. The sun’s rays traveling westward are considered harmful. Thus such
obstructions block out harmful rays.For the same reason, a water source located on
the southwest side of a building will cause the owner misery. Similarly, there should
be a minimum number of doors and windows set into the southwest side of a
building; the majority of windows should be set in the northeast side.
The boundary walls around a property should be higher in the west and south and
lower in the north and east.

It is auspicious if the plot has a river or a stream flowing through it on the northeast,
or if there is a lake on the same side. It is not auspicious if there is an electrical
power supply or large electric pole on the northeast side of the plot. A telephone pole
is not negative in the northeast, however.
There should not be any valley, a depression in the land, or large pit around the
land.

Construction
Construction should not stop once it begins. Workers should not be unnecessarily
pushed to speed up their work; work for the day should stop at sunset. No
construction should be done at night. A qualified engineer should always oversee the
construction.
Building materials should be stored in the southwest corner of the property during
construction. The storage area or structure can also be built in the southeast corner,
at least 1m (3 ft) from the property boundary. The guard should stay in a house in
the southeast corner. Thieves will be a danger if the guard stays in the northwest
corner, and the guard should not stay in the southwest corner.

Order of construction: the well, the storage house, and then the boundary wall.

Roads in Relation to Land


A square piece of land surrounded by roads on four sides is considered very good. It
should be purchased even if at a high cost. A person who owns this land will become
wealthy, healthy, and happy.

If a road runs alongside the property and ends at the northeast corner, that is also
very good. If a road ends on any other parts of the property, however, that plot is
usually not good.

A road on the north side of the property is good, but a road on the south side is not
so good. If there is only one road, it is best if it is located on the east side. It is not
so good if it is located on the west side.

If there are roads on only the east and north side, that is good. If there are roads on
the west and north, it is average. Roads on the north, west, and east—that is, only
on these three sides—is not so good. Roads on the north, south, and west is also not
so good. It is inauspicious if there are three roads only on the east, south, and
west.Land should also not be next to a T or Y intersection.

Negative Location of Land


There are other aspects of land assessment that should be considered. The plot
should not be within twice the distance of the height of the house to a public place—
a hospital, factory, temple, church, marriage hall, courthouse, cemetery, or
cremation grounds. There should not be a laundry place, shoe shop, meat shop, or
workshop with loud machinery opposite the property.The house should be at least
25m (80 ft) from the entrance of a temple. The property’s gate should not face a
temple or church, and the shadow of a temple or church should not fall on the
house.If the public place is twice the distance of the height of the house away from
the house, it will have no effect.

Building Material
Only new bricks, wood, and materials should be used when building a new house.
Materials from an old building should not usually be used to build a new one in case
those old materials repeat negative incidents that occurred in the old house. There is
unhappiness in using old things. If there are old materials available, better to sell
them and use the money to buy new materials.

Wood from thorny trees should not be used, as it will have a negative effect.
Materials that have been stored for a long time should also not be used. Iron grills
should only be used when needed.

Shape of the Land


The best properties are either square or rectangular. If the plot is not a perfect
rectangle, it is best if at least the southwest and southeast sides of the land are at
90º angles from one another. The southwest side of the quadrilateral should
definitely not be extended past the southeast side, even if that means giving away a
portion of the plot. Land that extends past the northeast side of the quadrilateral,
however, brings wealth, happiness, and good name. Land extending on the northeast
side is very good. Extensions on any other side are inauspicious. Extensions of the
northwest side will cause you to lose money and peace.

If the land is cut in the corner this is not good. If possible the land to fill in the
missing corner should be purchased. If the land is cut short on the northeast side it
is very bad and is not aspicious; do not purchase it. It is like a headless body.

Round, oval, and triangular plots should be avoided. The house should not be built in
the shape of a diamond, with the corner facing north. L-shaped plots are also
inauspicious and should not be purchased.

It is good if the plot is narrower at the entrance and wider at its rear, but the
opposite is not good.

Well or Water Source


It is advised that the first construction project for the new house is to dig the well. If
water is used from this well for the construction, it is auspicious for the family who
will live in the house. It is best that the well or water source is on the north or
northeast side of the land, or if water comes from the municipality, it should enter
from the northeast side. If you draw a line from the southeast corner to the
northeast corner, the well should be to the right or left of the line, not on it.

The well can also be in the north or east sides of the property. The well should not be
in the northwest or southeast corners, as this is inauspicious. It is especially
inauspicious if the well is dug in the southwest corner. It is also inauspicious to have
a well in the middle of a house.

Wells should be round. Ideally, the well water should be exposed to sunlight for five
hours a day. It is not recommended to share wells between two properties.

The well should be dug after puja (worship) has been performed on the land at an
astrologically auspicious time. This will insure that the water will be pure.

The well should be dug under an auspicious star, such as Rohini, Hasta, Uttara
Bhadrapada, Uttara, etc. It should be dug on an auspicious day—a Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. The well should be dug during a downward-facing
constellation or star, such as, Krittika, Purva Phalguni, Mula, Bharani, Ashlesha,
Purva Bhadrapada, or Purvashadha.Water departing from the kitchen and bathroom
should flow to the northeast and leave the house from this side.

Compound Wall and Gate


The compound wall should be built before the house is constructed. Construction
should begin during an auspicious constellation, and on a favorable day—a Monday,
Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday. It should also be begun during an auspicious day of
the lunar month—Pratipada, Panchami, Shashthi, Dashami, Ekadashi, or Purnima.
The compound wall should not be higher than the house, and construction of it
should begin on the southwest side.

The southwest part of the wall should be higher than the rest of the wall. The walls
on the north and east sides should be 53cm (21 inches) shorter than on the west and
south sides. If this is not possible, then the north and east sides should be a
minimum of 8cm (3 inches) shorter.
Do not set the gate on the south side. It is best that there are two gates to the
compound, so evil things entering one gate will exit from the other.

Outside of Main Building


It is best if the house is built on the southwest section of the land. Any open space
should be to the north and east. Open space on the west side of the land is not good
for the family’s male members.

It is also good to keep a tulasi plant in the northeast corner.The electric generators
should be situated on the southeast section of the plot, not the northeast, which is
inauspicious. Loud machinery should not be placed near the house.

If there is to be a swimming pool, waterfalls, or fountains, they should be set to the


north, east, or northeast. Gardens, plants, or the lawns should also be set to the
north, east, or northeast. Plants should be less than 1m (3 ft) in height. Swings
should be to the north or east, and should swing from east to west.

Outdoor seats should be placed in the south or west of the open area, and people
should face north or east while sitting.

It is considered inauspicious to block the entrance to a house, such as with a tree or


telephone pole. If one of these things is more than twice the distance of the house’s
height away, it will not have any effect.Trash or dirty water should not be kept near a
house’s entrance (or the entrance to a place of business), and neither should it be
kept near the property’s entrance. An unclean stream or pool of unclean water should
not be located in front of the house.Annexes or outhouses should not be on the north
or east sides of the house, and they definitely should not touch the eastern or
northern boundary walls.

A garage, building, or servants’ quarters built separately from the house should be
located to the southeast or northwest of the main house but should not touch any of
the boundary walls. Ideally such quarters should not touch the southeast corner, but
should be slightly west (without touching the east wall). They should also not touch
the northwest corner but should be slightly south (without touching the north wall).
They should be established about 1m (3 ft) from the wall.

Parking
Cars should be parked facing east or north. A car should never be parked facing
south. If a car is parked facing west or northwest, the owner will spend a long time
traveling.

The parking lot should be in the northwest corner of the property. It should not be
located to the southwest or northeast. Parking can also be located in the basement,
on the north or east side.

A parking garage should not be connected to the compound wall or the main
building.

The parking garage should be painted a light color, not a dark color.

Roof
The roof of the house should slope towards the northeast and rainwater should flow
to the north, east, or northeast direction.

Balconies and Verandahs


Balconies, verandahs, and terraces should ideally be built on the north, northeast, or
east sides of the house, not on the south or west sides. If a balcony is on the
southwest side of a house, it should be covered and closed.

The floor or roof over a balcony or terrace should be lower than the floor or roof of
the main building. It is best if the verandah’s roof is slanted toward the northeast.
Tin is a good roofing material for such structures. The verandah’s corners should not
be rounded, and balconies should not have arches.Flowerpots on the verandah
should be small. No creepers should be planted on a verandah. The seats on the
verandah should be set on the south or west sides.

Shoes can be removed and placed on the verandah. They should not be placed to the
northeast.

Inside the Building


Furniture, such as sofas, should be placed in the southeast, south, or west sides of a
room. The house’s owner should sit facing north or east, and his guests should sit
facing west or south.It is best that the northeast corner of each room in the house be
left empty. If furniture must be set in the northeast corner, it should be set 15cm
(six inches) from the wall.

Do not align doors within the house. One door should not lead directly into another.

It is best when a student studies that he face north, northeast, or east. Therefore a
table in a study room should be placed in the south or west sides of the room. Books
should be stored in the southwest side of the room.

Do not keep money in a place facing south.


When one prays, he should face either north or east.

Beds should face either west or south to insure that when a person rises in the
morning, he is facing either north or east. While asleep, one should place his head to
the south, east, or west, not north. If one’s place of worship is in the bedroom (in the
northeast), one should sleep with his head facing east to avoid pointing his feet
toward the altar.Mirrors should be placed on the north or east walls, not on the south
or west walls. Do not keep broken mirrors in the house. Clocks should be placed on
the west, north, or east walls. Clothes should be washed in the southeast corner of
the house.

Medicine should be kept in the northeast corner of the house, and a person should
face northeast while taking it. It is best to nurse those who are ill in the southwest
corner of the house, although the northwest corner is also good.

Rainwater and wastewater should leave the house from the northeast side. It should
flow west to east or south to north.

There should be an even number of columns and beams in the house, not odd.

Doors should generally be made from a single piece of wood and should open on the
left side.
A television can be placed in the southeast side of a room. An overhead water tank
should be located in the southwest side of a building.

Stairways should be on the south, southwest, or west sides of a building.


Certain pictures should not be hung in a house such as nudes, animals fighting,
captured elephants, hunting scenes, trees without fruits or flowers, snakes, owls,
bats, vultures and pigeons.

Entrance Gate and Main Door


The main door of the house should be larger than the other doors entering the
house. The main door should have two shutters and open to the inside of the
building. Teak is a good material for the entrance door.

It is best that a house has two entrances. The exit door should be smaller than the
entrance, and it should have only one shutter. If there are two external doors for the
house, they should not be set in a straight line.

When one enters the house, there should not be a wall in front of the entrance. There
should be a door that opens to the next room. A shadow should not fall on the main
door. The main door of the house should not be below ground. Neither should the
main door be in the center of the house, nor in the extreme corners. If the door is set
in the north wall, move it east of center; if it’s in the east wall, move it north of
center. If it is set in the south wall, it should be moved east of center; if it is in the
west wall, move it south of center. Some authorities say that if the house’s entrance
is in the west wall. It should be centered.Some Vastu authorities say that to figure
out where to place a main door, divide the house into nine parts. The door should be
in the fourth section of the house from the left hand side. From the right side of the
house, the entrance is in the sixth division from the right.

The main door should not be situated across from the main door of another house.
The entrance doors of two houses should not be exactly opposing one another.
Neither should two houses share a common entrance.

If the entrance of the house is to the south, there should not be a balcony or
verandah in front of the door.

It is good to set gates to both the property and the entrance to the house on the
north or east sides. It is also all right to have the main door on the west wall. It is
not advised to have the main entrance on the south side.

It is considered auspicious if the entrance to the property and the main door of the
house are on the same side. It is not considered good if the main door to the house
is on the opposite side to the entrance of the property.

There should not be an underground tank, septic tank, or canal under the main
entrance. There should not be any abandoned, wrecked buildings in front of the main
entrance.

It is good to decorate a house’s entrance with pictures or statues of Laksmi, Ganesh


or Kuvera and auspicious signs such as OM or the Swastika. Inauspious pictures
should not be on the door. Doors should have thresholds. Shoes should not be kept
in front of the door, but to the side.The door should not be slanted, sliding, or
circular.

Overhead Water Tank


The overhead water tank should be in the southwest (best) or west corners of the
building. An overhead water tank should not be located in the northeast or southeast
corners, or in the middle of the roof. It is also best that it is not located in the
northwest unless the tank is small and is located approximately 1m (2 or 3 ft) from
the building’s corner. The tank should be elevated at least 1m (2 or 3 ft) above the
roof, on a platform.If possible, the tank should not be made of plastic. If it must be
plastic, however, it should either be black or dark blue plastic, because such colors
aid the absorption of sunlight. A dark water tank while absorbing sun for heat doesn’t
encourage microbial growth as quickly as a light-colored tank would do.If possible,
there should be different tanks for the kitchen and bathrooms.

The House
It is best if the building’s walls are higher on the west and south sides and lower on
the north and east sides. Also, the south and west walls should be thicker than the
north and east walls, if possible. The building’s floor and roof should be higher on the
south and west sides, lower on the north and east sides. Neither the ground nor the
building should be higher in the northeast than in the southwest. Rooms in the
House

Worship (Temple) Room


Worship should be done in the northeast, north, or east sides of the house. It is best
that the temple room is in the northeast corner of the house. The worship room
should not be to the south. The place of worship should be on the ground floor and
not upstairs.

The altar should be located on the northeast side of the temple room. The deities or
pictures of the deities should either face east or west, and should not face north or
south. It is best that the Deities face west and the worshipers face east.

The altar should not be set into the wall but should be at least 2.5 cm (an inch) from
it. The door to the temple room should have two shutters.

Toilets should never be above or below the place of worship. White, light yellow, or
light blue are good colors for a temple room. It is good if the worship room is shaped
like a pyramid, sloping inward as it goes upward toward the roof in the four
directions.

Kitchen
The kitchen should ideally be in the southeast corner of the house, its windows on
the east and south sides. There can also be a window on the west side. If the kitchen
cannot be in the southeast corner, it is all right to place it in the northwest corner.
But in general, the kitchen should not be in the north, and should certainly not be in
the northeast corner. Locating the kitchen to the southwest will cause problems.

The kitchen should not be next to or across from a toilet, nor should it be directly in
front of the main door.

Cooking should be done in the southeast corner or on the east side of the kitchen. It
is best to cook while facing east, but facing north is also all right. It is advisable not
to put the stove on the northern wall. The cooking platform should not touch the wall
but should be placed at least 8 cm (3 inches) from the wall. The stove should not be
in front of the kitchen’s door.Electrical items such as microwaves, grinders, and
mixers should be placed in the southeast corner of the kitchen. The sink should be in
the northeast corner. The southwest wall should be used for storage.

The refrigerator should be in the northwest, southeast, south, or west. It should not
be placed on the northeast side. If it is on the southwest side of the kitchen, be sure
to set it away from the wall.
If there is a dining table in the kitchen, it should be placed on the north or west side.
The door to the toilet should not face the dining table.

Kitchens should be painted yellow, rose, red, orange, or chocolate brown. If possible,
do not paint the walls white or black.

Living (Sitting) Room


The living room should be on the north side of the house. Furniture should be square
or rectangular, not round or oval. It is good if the ceiling slopes down toward the
northeast direction. The air-conditioner should be in the west, not the southeast.
Furniture should mainly be in the west and south section of the room.

The walls should be painted white, yellow, green, or blue, never red or black.
Depressing paintings should not be placed on the walls.

Bedrooms
The main bedroom should be on the southwest or northwest side of the house. If
there is an upper story in the house, the master bedroom should be on this floor, in
the southwest corner. Adult married children can also use this room. Younger
children, however, should not use it because that will cause trouble in the household.
Bedrooms on the northeast side of the house will also cause trouble.

The children’s bedrooms should be in the northwest or west. The younger children’s
bedroom can also be on the east side of the house, Newly married couples should not
use a bedroom on the east side.Guest bedrooms are best located in the northwest
corner, but can also be located in the northeast corner.

Bedroom walls should be painted a light rose, dark blue, dark green, gray, etc. Some
authorities say that the walls should not be painted white or a light yellow. The door
should be set in the east, west or north, and should ideally be one shutter.

One should sleep in his own house with his head facing east or south. If one is
staying in someone else’s house, or while traveling, he should sleep with his head
facing west. One should never sleep with his head facing north. Upon rising from
bed, the right foot should be placed on the floor first.If one is to study in the
bedroom, the east side should be used. The wardrobe should be located on the
northwest or southwest side of the bedroom. TV, heaters, and air conditioners should
be located in the southeast corner.

The southwest corner of the room should not be vacant. An attached bathroom could
be built on the west or north sides of the room. It is best not to keep the safe in a
bedroom, but if this is the only place for the safe, it should be located on the south
wall, opening north.

Safe Room
Money, valuables, or a safe should be stored in a room on the north side of the
house. This is the side of Kubera, the god of wealth. The door to this room should be
facing north or east. The walls should be painted yellow, because yellow leads to an
increase of wealth.

If a safe is large, it can be placed in the south, southwest, or west sides of the house,
but it should always be set a few inches from the wall. It should not be in the
southwest or southeast corner, and should definitely not be in a northeast corner.
The safe should face north and open toward the north or east. It is inauspicious to
have a safe opening to the south—this will cause a loss of money. The safe should
not be located under any beams.Safes should be installed on a Monday, Wednesday,
Thursday, or Friday, when the Sun is in the constellations of Dhanishtha, Rohini,
Uttara, Swati, Shravan or Punarvasu.

Dining Room
The dining room should be located on the west side of the house, or on the east or
north side of the building. If the kitchen is on the ground floor, the dining room
should not be on an upper floor but should also be located on the ground floor.

The door leading into the dining room should be on the east, north, or west side of
the room. It should not have arches. The house’s main entrance door should not face
the dining room’s door.It is best to face east or west while eating. The head of the
family should face east during meals. Other members of the family can face east,
north, or west, but it is not advisable to face south.

The dining table should not be round or oval but either square or rectangular. It
should not fold from the wall or be attached to the wall.

A sink can be located in the northeast corner of the dining room, or on the north or
east sides of the room. No toilets should be attached to the dining room.

Bathrooms
Bathrooms can be on the west or northwest sides of the building, but not on the
eastern or northeastern sides. The toilet room should also not be located on the
southeast, the southwest, or in the center of the building. The morning sun falling on
the body after bathing is good, so windows should be set in the north or east sides of
the room.
Ideally, toilets should face south, not east or west (in the direction of the sun). The
toilet should be located on the west or northwest side of the room and should be
built 30–60cm (1 or 2 feet) above the ground.An attached bathroom should be on
the west or northwest side of a room, never on the northeast side.

Sinks should be placed on the northeast, north, or east sides of the room. Bathtubs
should be located on the northeast, west, or east sides.

Bathroom walls should be painted white, sky blue, or another light shade. Do not use
black or dark red.

Water should leave the bathroom from the east or northeast side. Water should not
leave from the southwest or southeast directions. The overhead septic tank should be
on the northwest side of the house.

Study Room
The library or study should be located on the west side of the building, but should
not be located in the corners of the house. When using a library or study, it is best to
sit facing east or north.

The bookshelves should not be in the northwest or southwest corner. Books should
be in the east, north, or west sides of the room.

The door should be two-shuttered and should be located in the northeast, north, or
west. Windows can be set on the east, north, or west walls. The walls should be
painted white, sky blue, cream, or light green.
If one will not sleep in the room, a pyramidal shape (walls sloping inward as they go
upward towards the ceiling) will help study and meditation.

Storage Area
The storage areas should be located in the northwest part of the building, but not in
the north or east. The storage room door should not be on the southwest side of the
room. Storage cabinets should be located on the west or north sides of the room.
Butter, ghee, oil, and cooking gas should be kept in the southeast corner.

Stairways
Best to build stairways on the southwest, or if necessary, on the south or west sides
of the house.

Do not build stairways on the northeast side, as it will cause loss of wealth. The
staircase should go up from east to west or north to south. The same stairway that
goes to the upper floor should not also go down to the basement.

Stairways should be built with an odd number of stairs—9, 11, or 15 steps, for
example. The number of stairs should not end with a zero if you must build an even
number—there should not be 10 or 20 steps—because it is best to begin climbing
steps with the right foot and also to end the climb on the right foot. This is not
possible when there is an even number of stairs. The right foot is equated with gain,
the left with loss.Circular stairways are not good. The doorway at the top of the
stairway should be at least 20cm (8 inches) lower than the doorway at the bottom of
the stairs. Broken stairs should be repaired immediately to avoid accidents.

The stairway should be painted a light color. The worship room, safe, or toilet should
not be located under a staircase.

Basement
Basements should ideally not be built under the entire house. If that is impossible,
use only the northeast section. Heavy equipment can be kept on the south and west
sides.

It is best that the basement should only be in the northeast side of a house. It can
also be located on the east side of the house. It should not, however, be located only
on the south, southeast, or west side.

The floor of the basement should slope downward towards the northeast. The walls
should be at least 3m (9 ft) high. The basement should be painted white but should
not be blue. The heater, water heater, or electrical panels should be in the southeast
corner of the basement.

Since sunrays do not enter basements, this highly reduces the basement’s positive
effect on the persons living in them. Therefore, a basement should not be used for
living as far as possible. Basements are also not good places to conduct business.
The basement’s effects will be improved if one-fourth of the basement is above
ground.

Mezzanine
A mezzanine or loft should be built on the south, west, or southwest sides of a room.

Position of Rooms
Directions Ruling Planet Room
North Mercury Living (Sitting) room safe
Northeast Jupiter Worship room living room
Living room bathing room (no
East Sun
toilet)
Southeast Venus Kitchen
South Mars Kitchen storeroom
Southwest Rahu Master bedroom heavy storage
Children’s bedroom store room
West Saturn
study
Guest room bathroom grain storage
Northwest Moon
room
Upper Floor
It is best that there are more doors and windows on the north and east sides of the
building. There should be fewer windows and doors on the upper floors than on the
lower ones. It is also said that the number of doors and windows on the upper floor
should not equal the amount of doors and windows on the ground floor. The ceiling
height of the rooms on the upper floor should be less than the ceiling height of the
rooms on the ground floor.

If only part of the upper floor is used, this part should be built in the southwest area.
The balcony should be on the north, east, or northeast side. The balcony should not
be in the southwest corner.
Bedrooms and studies should be located on the upper floor. A storage area for heavy
items should be located on the lower floor, and not the upper.

Trees and Plants


It is always good to grow a tulasi plant on one’s property. Tulasi should be located on
the north, northeast, or east sides of the house, or in front of the house. Trees
should not be planted directly in front of the house’s main entrance. There should be
an even number of trees on one’s property, not an odd number.Trees should be
planted on the south or west sides of the house. Ideally, they should be planted on
both these sides rather than on only one side. It is not good to plant a tall tree on
the north, northeast, or east sides of a building.

Smaller trees may be planted on the east or north sides, but no trees should be
planted in the northeast corner. Tall trees should not be too close to a building as
they block the sunlight. A tree’s shadow should not fall on the house.Large trees
should not be located too near the house as their roots can damage the foundation
and compound wall. Also, the roots of large trees absorb sunlight quickly, meaning
these positive rays will not be received by the building. Do not allow tree branches to
touch the house.

Stone sculptures and rock gardens should be located on the southwest side of the
house because they are heavy.

Thorny plants should not be planted near the house. Cactus should not be planted at
all. Thorny plants other than roses have a negative energy.

Ideally all thorny plants should be pulled up and destroyed.

A list of good trees to plant: coconut, neem, betal, sandalwood, lemon, pineapple,
bilva, almond, jackfruit, pomegranate, mango, amla, and katha.

Banyan and pipal (aswatha) are sacred trees; they should usually only be planted
near a temple or at a sacred place.
Creepers or other plants should not be grown by using the building or compound wall
as support. Creepers should only be grown in a garden, and they should have their
own independent supports.

Plants should be planted during auspicious constellations. Saplings should first be


planted in clay pots and only later placed in the ground. This enables them to grow
better.

If a tree must be removed because it is inauspicious or for other reasons, it should be


removed in the months of Magh or Bhadrapada. The day before cutting the tree,
worship it and express regret that it must be removed from its rooting. Promise to
plant a new tree in its place. Do so within three months. When cutting the tree, it
should fall east or north, not south or west.

Worship of Land
Certain rituals can be performed before construction on the plot begins. The land
should be installed at an auspicious time, during an auspicious constellation.
Mondays and Thursdays are auspicious days for such rituals. Ideally, a qualified
astrologer should set the time of installation.

Worship should be done in the northeast corner of the land.

Before installing the land, it should be cleared. Dirt, stones, holes in the ground, and
trash should be removed. Thorny bushes should also be uprooted and removed.

The installation should not be done if a woman in the household is more than seven
months pregnant. The groundbreaking ceremony for the house should only be done
during the Uttarayan period, when the sun is in the northern hemisphere, and when
the days are longer than the nights, from June 21 through December 20.

House Warming
Before entering a new house, a house-warming ceremony should be performed. A
good time to enter a new house is in the period of Uttarayan, from June 21 through
December 20, in the months of Vaishaka, Shravan, and Margashirsh, in the
constellation of Uttara, Magha, Ashwini, Swati, Pushya, and Revati, on an auspicious
day. It is good to confirm this time with a qualified astrologer.

Ganesh-puja, Navagraha-puja (worship of the nine planets), and worship of the


Vastupratima (building deity) should be performed. The residents of the building
should then circumambulate the building. Then puja should be done to the threshold.

Purchasing the Adjacent Plot


If one wishes to purchase the land adjacent to one’s own property, it should be
purchased on a Monday, Thursday, or Friday, during an auspicious constellation such
as Vaishaka, Purva, Ashlesha, Mrig, Revati, Mul, or Anuradha.The land one already
owns can be extended to the north, east, or northeast. The northwest corner should
not be extended. If a plot is available in the southwest, west, or south sides, it
should not be purchased, as it will cause misfortune and loss.
If the northeast plot is available, purchase it. It is best if the adjacent lot on the
northeast side is at a lower elevation than the land already owned. If such land is
purchased, the dividing wall should be taken down. As far as possible, you should not
construct buildings on this land.
KITCHEN
There is no ambience in the home more loved and lived in by all the members of the
family, the best of the family , the best place to savour the pleasure of being
together with all the tastes , memories and daily habits of the family . These are
feelings which need a suitable ambience , where the warmth of wood combines with
the strong character of the stony materials , such as marble and granite of table tops
and the counter .

The hob also has a central position with a canopy formed by its hood which destroys
odours and fills the ambience with light at the same time . The electrical appliances
are carefully concealed beneath the worktop . Function and harmony from the
dominating characterstics of the present collections .

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 . To
create , therefore , a little domestic paradise in which several people , all there
together will find it easy to move about among extremely functional articles . There
is no need for large spaces , but it is attractive and welcoming , perfectly in tune with
the surroundings with the reminder and exaltation of stories , traditions and
rediscovered family values.

The marked personalities of these modern and innovative kitchen brings into the
home the soothing atmosphere of colourful and lively activity . There are as many as
four colours which gladden the eye and communicate a note of joyful serenity of the
ambience which they furnish , creating together a happy scene .

A kitchen layout should be customised to the specific requirements and needs of the
users . Hence , it is important to ascertain the individual preferences overall lifestyle
and eating habits of the direct users .
IDEAL KITCHEN

The kitchen is probably the most used (or misused !!) room in any home , requiring
an efficient combination of storage spaces , working counters , seating areas and free
passages . It has to be functional , practical , elegant and comfortable , all at the
same time and hence , great emphasis should be laid on the overall layout design of
the kitchen , especially the small (and seemingly minor ) details.

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 style of cooking (which varies greatly due to influences of country , state ,
religion , health and personal choice ) would greatly influence the design and layout
of a kitchen . Importance must be given to the type of materials , ingredients and
mediums used as well as the appliances and working space required for that
particular style of cooking .

- A kitchen should be designed to match the preffered style of the individual user and
the general ddécorof the rest of the house . It may be designed in a country /
farmhouse , contemporary , colonial / english , laboratory , futuristic / high-tech ,
European / Mediterranean or ethnic style with matching decor and finishes .

-A minimal , modular , straightlined , no-fuss work-area where the emphasis is on


efficiency , workability and cleanliness . There are no wasted spaces and no
unnecessary display of items or clutter . Most of the appliances are built-in and the
workareas are easy to maintain and clean .

-According to the theory , an efficient and practical kitcen layout is one where ideally
the three major elements :
Sink/Washing area
Refrigerator
Cooking range

are conviniently located so that the user can work and move about easily . The
distance between the refrigerator , the cooking range and the washing area should
not be less than 6 meters . This working should not be broken by full
heights,fittments doors or passages .
-The flooring , mostly used are mosaic,ceramic tiles,marbles.Stone flooring or
ceramic tiles are recommended for Indian conditions,keeping in mind the
surrounding dirt and dust since the material is impermeable , hard and stin / scratch
resistant .

-the walls in most kitchens are usually painted.Good qualityplastic emulsion paint for
areas under the sink and near the wash area .

-Cabinets are usually made of 19mm commercial block boards with laminate or
enamel/duco paint .
Bedroom - a place to unwind,let your hair down and put up your feet-all very casual
and private activities.For all the time spent and the intimacy it demands,a bedroom
takes very careful and detailed planning.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,to share a few
quiet moments with yourself,to sleep away the weariness of a long,hard day.

As the most private,personalised space in a home,the bedroom must necessarily


reflect its user's lifestyle,his practical needs, aesthetic preferences and also his
dreams,and this is exactly why a bedroom decor poses a challenge to interior
designers.To design an ideal bedroom for a client,the designer must get to know the
client's innermost thoughts and ideas,his cultural background and upbringing,his
temperament and his personal conception of a dream bedroom;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. All these diverse factors govern
aesthetic decisions,which explains the high degree of subjectivity involved.That is
why one cant really set up aesthetic byelaws;nor can these byelaws find an easy
acceptance,if indeed they are made.

The first thing to do when your home starts feeling cramped is to analyse the way
you are using available space.All too often,there is too much unrequired
furniture.Even clearing out stacks of old magazines, empty bottles and worn out
clothes,will make you realise how much space you have and how incorrectly you
have been using it.

The basic principle of not breaking up a room into little bits is equally applicable to
the floor.This is why a room with a wall-to- wall carpet looks much bigger than a one
with rugs scattered all over. However,given the Indian climatic
conditions,maintaining carpets and rugs requires a huge effort;and can only be
risked in airconditioned and dust free environment.The latest option is laminate
flooring,and it does seem to have a lot of advantages,while also being aestetically
appealing,and free from the hassles of ordinary wooden flooring.It should be noted
that the same flooring sweeping through several rooms gives a better,more spacious
effect.

Lighting in a home must do more than dispel darkness.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.So every room must have primary as well as
secondary lighting.The primary lighting fixtures(tubelights) are essential for daily
household chores like cooking and reading;but for dramatic effects,shades and
shadows, secondary lighting(spotlights,dimmers,uplighters)is extremely important.

Bright colours and bold patterns advance and make up the space look smaller;while
pale colours and small,all-over patterns recede,reflect light and make the space look
bigger.Contrasting colours and textures in a room break it up into several different
areas and make it seem smaller.

The way a room is decorated has a major effect on how spacious it looks.Even
though you have not actually pushed out the walls or raised the ceiling,you can use
colour,texture and pattern to create that effect.The colours for walls and ceilings,the
choice of flooring, the treatment of windows and design of the lighting system are all
important aspects of decor.Also,there are a few other aspects specific to bedroom
decor such as bedspreads,quilts and cushions which must be given due
consideration.

For centuries,sumptuous bedspreads,coverlets and quilts have been important


elements of bedroom furnishing.These accessories should be seen as a part of the
whole bedroom scheme.Cushions,although small, have the potential to pull a scheme
together with accents of pattern or colour.

Windows let in light and are usually a prominent focal point of the room.Decorative
window treatments can lend style to rooms that have no distinct character of their
own or accentuate architectural details that already exist.Curtains,which give life to
any room , comes in unlimited colours,designs and fabric.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,for this reason it is important
• that the furniture matches ,and if all the pieces are not the same style they
should atleast have uniformity of colour and texture.

• The walls and the lighting should be tenous and not be concentrated around
the head board.

• 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.

• Choosing the right mattress is also complicated as there are many dofferent
types to choose from:foam,latex,spring,and combinetions ,with one side for
summer and the other for winter, anti-allergy,traditional wool ones,and a
sybaritic tendency to place several mattresses one on top of other ,one spring
and other latex.

• Wardrobes and beds are usually combined in the bedrom and are designed to
make the most of the space available,they incorporate comfortable details
such as doors which open with just a light touch and the indispensable
interior lighting.

• Wardrobes are usually from 1.90 to 2m high and 55cm deep and have interior
steps for adjusting the shelves.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.

• 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.Normally it
is recommended to paint the headboard wall a more outstanding colour than
the other three which should all be the same relaxing ,warm colour.So if the
furniture and the upholstery has already been chosen,the walls and ceiling
should be their appropriate background.

• Carpeted walls are another alternative for the bedroom which normally is
considered when the floor is carpeted as well,very appropriate for colder,more
humid climates for their insulation and warmth.

• Bedroom lighting should have a special treatment,the tone of the light should
be warm and cozy,to achieve this,apart from the ceiling light and the lamps
on the night table, we recommend that the light intensity might also be
adjustable.The regulator of light intensity, also called a dimmer,is a
mechanism which permits,apart from the normal function of a light switch
.gradual control of intensity of the light,allowing one to choose the exact level
desired between the total lighting and the total darkness of the room.

• Interior door frames should be as decorative as the doors,highlighting their


design and quality.If the frame should expand or contract dua to wood's
movement it will have to be carefully planed,checking the measurements
regularly,re-hanging the door to check the progress untill it is
correct,remembering that there should always be a little pay.

• When decorating one's bedroom one usually mixes and matches coordinating
fabrics,in the curtains,bedspreads,pillows,lampshades,headboards,walls,but
avoiding overdoing it.

• Whites and creams adapt to both classic and modern styles and are found in
fabrics made of cotton,polyster,wool and embroidered linen.

• Fabrics with a natural design create a bucolic atmosphere,with light lovely


colours,with fabrics like cretonne,polyster and cotton chintz,silk,faille,teffeta.

• One romantic finish is to cross two embroided muslin blinds held open with
two wide velvet bands.

• There is nothing better than a wooden rug to warm up a room,placing one at


the end of the bed is not only a basic decoretive element but also an object
which adds warmth,calm and intimacy.The choice of a rug depends primarily
upon the floor,furniture,wals,upholstery, luminosity,space and if the bedroom
has a specific decor,one will be obliged to choose a coordinating rug which is
essential to create the right atmosphere.

• Bedspreads,sheets,blankets,quilts,comforters,and pillows all enter into the


play in the decoration of the bedroom.One need only know the decorative
style and have bit of extra fabric to combine
walls,curtains,canopies,headboards,lampshades etc.with the indispensable
bedding.

• The fabric is the body and soul of the bedroom set,such as jacquard,tapestry
inspired, elegant and noble lines which shine through somber tones.
Bathrooms have come a long way from the tiny , dingy little cubiclesthat our ancestors
rushed in and out of as fast as they could. Spending any thought or money on doing
up these romms was considered a sheer waste untill very recently.The bathrooms of
today are different in quality and style-ranging from the practical to luxurious.

Every individual's idea of luxury differs,as do the features they would like to include
in their bathrooms.The possibilities are endless:His and Hers wash-
basins,bidets,jacuzzis with underwater lighting and adjustable slide jets with an
option of water,heated air or both,sauna,steam bath,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.

Whereas earlier the sink,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,today a lot of thought is given to the placement of each fixture in
the bathroom.

Dressing walls in the bathroom is easier,as many material can be used.A simple look
requires just a coat of paint or ceramic tiles. However,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,it will leave ugly stains with the passage of the time.Lighting in the
bathrooms give the whole space a well-lit look.Fluorescent tubelights are accepted as
a rule,but a couple of bulbs fitted near the mirror would produce a clearer image.

The minimum fixtures in any bathroom are a WC,washbasin and shower/tap. But the
tempting variety available today both in design and colour offer different
combinations.Bathrooms are been given much more attention,particularly in size The
budget allocated for decoration of bathrooms has also increased substantially.

New and popular flooring options avaible today are more in terms of colour than any
change in material used.Italian marble and ceramic tiles still hold the market,but the
changes seen are in the colours and the ways of laying them.Basic earth shades are
being mixed and contrasted with bolder shades to draw attention to the floor.Walls
can also sport the new look of plain,patterned,embossed or marbled ceramic tiles
which are offset by printed borders.

A variety of WC's are now available in different shapes,flushing styles and the
capacity of the flush-which ranges from 5 to 7.5 litres. Wall mounted WCs Re
available in two options:standard and concealed flushing apparatus.

Wash basins,with pedestals or fitted into a counter,come in a host of shapes- be it


the standard one or the triangular shape that fits perfectly into a corner of the
bathroom and avoids wastage of space.

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,black
and ivory which were popular years ago.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.

Acrylic bath-tubs are now available in many shapes- from standard rectangular to
the more unusual triangular,D-shape and the rounded variety.Readymade acrylic
bath trays,another new enterant,come in the standard size of 3'X 3' or 4'x 2.3' in a
square or rectangular shape.

Luxury options like jacuzzis are popular by means of those who can afford the steep
rise,while shower cabinets find very few takers in the market today.Jacuzzis made of
acrylic and reinforced with fibre- glass are available in designs.Saunas are popular
because they help the excess fat in the body to melt away.

Bathroom accessories are colour coordinated with the rest of the like the soap
trays,bathroom shelves,towel rails,toilet-paper holders, hooks and toothbrush
holder.Walk in wardrobes adjacent to the bathroom are also a common feature.A lot
of stress is also laid on exhaust and fresh air fans.

The colour schemes popular today are contrasts between a basic earthy shade like a
fawn,beige or black, with a bolder colour like a deep maroon or forest green.If
bathroom space permits,jacuzzis and bath tubs find their way in.

Vastu is very prevalent here,and bathrooms are carefully planned accordingly- from
where the WC is placed to the wall on which the mirror is hung.According to
vastu,the bigger and better planned the bathroom, the more prosperous you will be.

Current lifestyles often demand that bathrooms offer extra facilities beyond the
purely functional.Besides the now mandatory closet storage,make-up table-cum-
dresser,washing machine or even a little nook used as a dressing space,you could
find a bed or a dance floor in your private retreat next- depending,of course,on the
space available.
IDEAL BATHROOM

The ideal bathroom is such which provides the essentials where you need it,when you need it.
• The ideal position of the bathing area would be one that allows you to step out of your
bath on to dry ground.

• Family size has an important role to play in the design and layout of bathrooms.The larger
the family,the larger the bathroom in terms of square footage and storage space.

• Plumbing fixtures should be comfortably spaced,with sorage facilities andfurnishings well


arranged so that there is plenty of free space left for manoeuvring.

• Tailoring the bathroom to suit the age requirements of all its users is sensible.If toddlers
use the same bathroom as the adults,the towel stand could be fixed a little lower so that a
child has easy access.

• In situations where one bathroom has to be shared by four or more people,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.

• A WC should be placed near a window or an outer wall,so that an exhaust fan can be
fitted alongside.

• The bathing area should be kept away from the windows to protect it from drought.

• A dry and free area(unencumbered by fixtures) is needed to allow an adult to dry off and
dress after bathing.

• Floor should always be skid resistant variety.

• A jacuzzi should ideally be fitted with its access panel and electric points under the
flooring,directly below the tub.

• Colour scheme should be according to the age factor. Women prefers soft colours and
designs,while children's bathroom sport cartoon characters.The middle income groups
there is a marked preferences for pastel shades.The trend shouldbe sober and not flashy.

Fangsui

1. If the marriage sector of your home is gloomy and badly lit, any relationships are
likely to be sluggish and apathetic. One can increase the amount of light by opening
blinds and curtains during the day. At night, keep this part of the house well lit, until
you are ready for bed.

2. Crystals are effective way of attracting light into any area that you wish to
activate. Thus marriage sector should always have attractive crystals for increasing
the power of this sector.

3. There should be no CLUTTER in this area. CLUTTER has the effect of disrupting the
smooth flow of ch'i through the house which cousequently causes problems. Many
people are inclined to hoard things, just in case they need them again in future.
Clutter can reveal itself in many different forms. Like, if you deposit your clothes all
over the floor when you go to bed at night, you are effectively cluttering up the room
for the next eight hours.
Clothes restricts you and holds you back. If you are looking for a new relationship,
you need to particulars attention to the clutter in your home.

4. Place something in this part of the house that relates to your personal element, or
the one things which you think symbolises love to you. Like place the heart shaped
glass wall hanging which was presented to you by your first love.

5. A dusty ornament or any entity which is not in use, when placed in the marriage
sector indicates a tired, and lack luster relationship. Keep everything clean, fresh and
sparkling and you will bring those qualities into your relationships.

6. The marriage sector should appear attractive and welcoming. It is a good idea to
keep items of furniture and other objects in this location that you consider attractive.
In this part of the house is appealing and welcoming, you will want to spend time
here. By doing this, you will subconcousciously send positive energies out into the
universe which will attract the right person to you.
7. Spend time in the Marriage Sector of your home. Think only pleasant thoughts
when you are there. This part of the home should be an oasis of peace and
tranquillity.

8. Do not spend time in the Marriage Sector when you are feeling unhappy, stressed
or angry. We attract to us what we thing about. Consequently, this is a good area to
sit in and think about the love and happiness that is coming to you.

9. If there is any problem in this Sector you feel depressed regarding all such
matters, it is advised to use the following Feng Shui cures : - - -

A.BRIGHT OBJECTS :Mirrors, lights and crystals, especially lead glass crystals
are examples.

B.LIVING OBJCTS : Plants, flowers, ponds are quariums are good examples.
Artificial replicas also serue the same purpose. Consiquently, artificial flowes, a
ceramic animal, or a painting that depicts live animals and plants would act as an
effective remedy.

C.SOUNDS : Wind Chimes and bells that make pleasing sounds in the breeze are
good examples.

D.MOVING OBJECTS : Mobiles, fountains, and fans are examples of objects in


this category.

E.HEAVY OBJECTS : Boulders, large stones and statues are the examples.

F.HOLLOW OBJECTS : Flutes and wind chimes are good examples. (are should
be taken than the wind chimes should always be hollow to allow the ch'i to rise inside
them.

G.COLORS : Colors, particularly when used in cunjunction with five elements make
useful remedies.

H.ELECTRICALS OBJECTS : Streos, radios, television all create music.

I.INTUITION : We can sometimes be drawn to put a certain object in a particular


place, without really knowing why. It pays to follow our intuition in this way, and use
it to create effective remedies.
Fortunately, there are a number of remedies that can be used to rectify this problem.
Like placing a lamp on a pole in the garden in the position where the corner of the
house would have been regular in shape. Hanging wind chimes and plant trees in this
position is also one of the remedies. However it is not always possible to do this. If
your home is an apartment, for instance, this position might be in the middle of your
neighbour,s living room.
Another remedy is to hang crystals in the windows of the two walls that mark off the
missing Sectors. This has the effect of symbolically squaring off the house. If there
are no windows on these walls, mirrors can be used. Mirrors are one of the most
effectiv of Feng Shui remedies and, in this mistake, a large mirror should be placed
on each wall. The mirrors reflect back what they capture and, in effect, make the
missing corner disappear. Mirrors should be as large as possible. Small mirrors
symbolically cut off people,s heads and feet, so, generally spealsing, a large mirror is
more effective from a Feng Shui point of view than a small one.
NUMEROLOGY
There is certain connection between our apprehension of things as facts of
experience and the cosmic laws which underline those facts. In the study of
numbers, we are not concerned with figurelogy or mere symbolism, but with qualities
and geometrical relations. This study has its principles, its alphabet, its language and
terminology and its significance.
There are only nine planets in our Solar System, also there are only nine numbers by
which all our calculations on this earth are made. Beyond these nine numbers all the
rest are just repititions as 10 is 1 plus 0 added. The final single number that remains
is called SPIRIT OR SOUL NUMBER of all previous numbers added together.

Sometimes the birth number of an individual is incompatible to the


name number and if change is made in the name by adding or
subtracting some part or altogether changing it, one really gets very
favourable results.

THE NUMBER-1

The number 1 stands in the symbolism for the planet SUN. This number represents
all that is creative, individual and positive. Thus person represented by this number
is creative, inventive, strong individuals, definite in his/her views, and in
consequence more or less obstinate and determined in all the projects the individual
undertakes. They are bold and like restraint in life. They always rise in whatever their
profession or occupation may be. They have a desire to be at the top of each and
every venture.
CAUTION: People represented by this sign are incompatible to Number 6 and 8. If
the Birth Number is 1 while Name Number is 6 or 8 (and vice-versa) there are
definite conflicting traits in personality and fortunes and name needs rectification.
LUCKY TIME: Lucky time to start any venture are all the days that vibrate to their
own numbers, such as on 1st, 10th, 19th or 20th of any month but specially when
Sun is transitting Leo or Aries.
LUCKY COLOURS: Gold, Yellows and bronze to golden brown.
LUCKY STONE: Ruby.

THE NUMBER-2 Top

The number 2 stands in symbolism for the MOON. It has a few attributes of the
number 1. Such persons are gentle by nature, imaginatve, artistic and romantic.
They are inventive by nature but are not very forceful in carrying out their ideas.
Their qualities are more on the mental plane than the physical plane and they are
seldom as strong physically as those born under number 1. They should guard
against being restless and unsettled and the lack of continuity in their plans and
ideas. They too easily get despodent and melancholy if they are not in happy
surroundings.
CAUTION: The number 2 are incompatible with number 5, 6 and 8. If the Name
Number is 2 and Birth Number is 5, 6 or 8 (and vice-versa) there is a definite tension
in daily sphere and the person is always at odds in his mental state of being.
LUCKY TIME: Number 2 persons should endeavour to carry out their chief plans and
ideas on 2nd, 11th, 20th or 29th of any month but specially when Moon is transitting
Cancer and Taurus.
LUCKY COLOURS: Cream and White. All dark colours should be avoided.
LUCKY STONE: Pearls White and Red. Round shaped pearls are the best while flat
pearls should always be avoided.

THE NUMBER-3 Top

The number 3 Stands for the planet JUPITER. Number 3 people are decidedly
ambitious, they are never satisfied by being in subordinate positions, their aim is to
rise in the world, to have central place and authority over others. They are excellent
in execution of commands, law order and decipline in all things and are extremely
conscietious in carrying out their duties. They are sometimes overdominating. For
this reason, although they are not quarrelsome, they succeed in making many
enemies.
CAUTION: Number 3 people are incompatible to Numbers 6 and 8. If the Birth
Number is 3 and Name Number is 6 or 8 (and vice-versa) there is need for
rectification as all the plans, no matter how big and promising, they appear to give
disgrace as the final result.
LUCKY TIME: Number 3 people should endeavour to carry out their plans and aims
on all days that vibrate to their own number such as 3rd, 12th, 21st, 30th of any
month but more specially when Sun is transitting Saggitarius, Pisces and Cancer.
LUCKY COLOURS:Yellow colour is the best.
LUCKY STONE: Yellow Sapphire.

THE NUMBER-4 Top

The number 4 stands in symbolism for planet URANUS. Number 4 people have a
distinct character of their own. They appears to view everything from an opposite
side angle to everyone else. In an argument they will always take the opposite side,
and although not meaning to quarrelsome, yet they bring about opposition and make
a great number of secret enemies who constantly work against them. They often
rebel against constituitional authority and set up rules and regulations either in the
domestic or public life. They do not make true friends easily.
CAUTION: The number 4 is incompatible to number 6, 8 and 5. If Birth Number is 4
and Name Number is 5, 6 or 8 (and vice-versa) causes lots of tensions in friendly
sphere and the family life of the person is also not good and needs rectification.
LUCKY TIME: The number 4 people should endeavour to carry out their plans and
ideas on all days that have their number 4 such as 4th, 13th, 22nd and 31st of any
month especially when Sun is in Leo or Aries.
LUCKY COLOURS: Half Shades, Half Tones, Electric colours, Electric blue and gray.
LUCKY STONE: Ruby and Pearl.
THE NUMBER-5 Top

The Number 5 stands in symbolism for the planet MERCURY and is versatile and
mercurial in all its characterstics. Number 5 people make friends easily and get on
with persons born under almost any other numbers, but their best friends are people
representing their own number. The number 5 people are mentally very highly
strong. They live on their own and appear to crave for excitement. They are quick in
thoughts and decisions, and impulsive and seem naturally to drift into all methods of
making quick money. Have keen sense of making money by inventions and new
ideas. They have the most wonderful elasticity of character and nothing seems to
affect them for very long. When tested, they easily become irritable and quick
tempered.
CAUTION: Number 5 shows incompatibility to Number 9. If Birth Number is 5 and
Name Number is 9 (and vice-versa) the person is always at adverse with his
surroundings and is always mentally tensed about one thing or other, lacks
consistency of thought and action; and needs rectification.
LUCKY TIME: Number 5 people should endeavour to carry out their plans and aims
on all days that fall under their ' own number ' such as 5th, 14th, 23rd of any
month, but more specially when Sun is transitting in Gemini and Virgo.
LUCKY COLOURS: All shades of light green, white and glistening materials and
should wear dark clothes as rarely as possible.
LUCKY STONE: Emerald and Diamond.

THE NUMBER-6 Top

The Number 6 stands in symbolism for planet VENUS. Persons having Number 6 as
their number are extremely magnetic, they attract others to them, and are loved and
often worshipped by those under them. They are very determined in carrying out
their plans, and may infact be deemed obstimate and unyielding, except when they
themselves become deeply attached, in such a case they become slaves to those
they love. They lean to be romantic and ideal in all matters of the affections. They
love beautiful things, make most artistic homes, and fond of rich colours, also
paintings and music. They cannot stand in discard and jealousy.
CAUTION: Number 6 people are incompatible to Number 5. If the Birth Number is 6
and Name Number is 5, tensions in regards matter of opposite sex and general
surroundings and needs rectification.
LUCKY TIME: The Number 6 people should endeavour to carry out their plans and
aims on all dates that fall under the Number 6th, 15th and 24th of any month but
especially when Sun is in Taurus, Libra and Pisces.
LUCKY COLOURS: All shades of yellow, from the light to the darkest.
LUCKY STONE: Diamond.

THE NUMBER-7 Top

The Number 7 stands in symbolism for the planet NEPTUNE. People representing
number 7 are very independent, original and have strongly marked individuality. At
heart they love change and travel, being restless in their nature. They devour books
on travel and have a wide universal knowledge of the world at large. They often
make good writers, painters or poets, but in everything they do, they sooner or later,
show a peculiar philosphical outlook on life that reflects in all their work. As a class
they care little about the material things of life, they become rich by their original
ideas or methods of businesses. They have peculiar ideas about religion and dislike
to follow the beaten track. They create a religion of their own. They have usually
remarkable dreams and a peculiar magnetism of their own.
CAUTION: Number 7 is incompatible to number 5, 6 and 8 (and vice-versa) If the
Birth Number is 7 and Name Number is 5, 6 or 8 there will be frustration and mental
tension and will live in the past ; hence needs rectification.
LUCKY TIME: The number 7 people should undertake all important plans for early
success on all days which are compatible to their number 7th, 16th, and 25th of any
month and especially when Sun is in Cancer and Taurus.
LUCKY COLOURS: White and Yellow also all pale shades. Avoid wearing dark
colours.
LUCKY STONE: Pearl and Cat's eye.

THE NUMBER-8 Top

The Number 8 stands is symbolism for the planet SATURN. These people are
invariably much misunderstood in their lives and perhaps for this reason they feel
intensely lonely at heart. They have deep and intense natures, great strength of
individuality, they generally play some important role in life's stage, but usually one
which is fatalistic, or in the instrument of fate for others. If at all religious they go to
extremes and are fanatics in their zeal. They gradually make bitter and restless
enemies. They are distinct and different from their follows. One side of the nature of
this number represents, revolution, waywardness and eccentricities of all kinds and
the other side represents philosophic thought, a strong leaning towards occult
studies, religious devotion, concenteration o fpurpose, zeal and a fatalistic outlook
colouring all actions.
CAUTION: Number 8 is incompatible to number 1, 2, 4, 7 and 9. If the Birth Number
is 8 and Name Number is incompatible, it will only add to tensions in their already
tensed thinking and lack of drive to execute any work.
LUCKY TIME: The number 8 people should endeavour all their important plans on
8th, 17th and 26th of any month and especially when Sun is in Aquarius, Libra or
Capricorn for an early success.
LUCKY COLOURS: Black and Dark Green
LUCKY STONE: Yellow Sapphire.

THE NUMBER-9 Top

The number 9 stands in symbolism for the planet MARS. They are fighters in all
attempts in life. They usually have diificult times in their early years, but generally
they are, in the end, successful by their strong will and determination. In character,
they are hasty in temper, impulsive independent, and desire to be their own masters.
They like to be called as the head of the family and dislike subordination. Their
greatest danger arise from fool hardiness and impulsiveness in word and action. They
are peculiary prone to accidents from fire/explosions and rarely get through life
without injury from such causes. As a general rule they go under many operations by
the surgeon's knife. They usually experience many quarrels and strife in their home.
This number is supposed to be a fortunate number to be born under, provided one
control's one's thoughts and is not carried by excess of temper and violence that it
also represents.
CAUTION: Number 9 is incompatible to number 5, 6 and 8. if the Birth Number is 9
and Name Number is incompatible, it makes them misunderstood as headstrong /
bullish and brings ill repute in social life. Hence needs correction.
LUCKY TIME: Number 9 people should start their projects on 9th, 18th, 27th of any
month and especially when Sun is transitting Aries, Capricorn and Scorpio.
LUCKY COLOURS: Crimson or Red, also all rose tones and pink.
LUCKY STONE: RedCoral

NSPIRATION AND HAPPINESS THROUGH COLOURS


Colour Theory offers a way to enhance nearly every aspect of our lives - improving our moods
and stimulating our minds, increasing our effectiveness at work and in society and
creating better physical and mental health.
Colours affect various domains of our life - world, food, clothing, the living place, transportation,
education and recreation. Wise arrangement of colour will help to increase their happiness,
enhance their wealth, and faster their marital harmony.
Colour inspires emotion. Colour structures our behavior.
Pink and Green conveys vitality, Red symbolizes justice, WHITE represents pureness and Black
denotes a sense of awe, grandeur and depth. No colour is universally is useful in all cultures for
the maintenance of internal harmony within individuals and external harmony between them and
nature.
All permutations, from cosmic to atomic, resound in us and the force that links us with colour is
energy or cosmic breath. Energy is the non-biological self , i.e., our spirit, our psyche, our
essence. Without energy, we are nearly flesh and bones; Energy is the breath essential to
maintaining physical, environmental, and emotional balance. In a sense, it is destiny, blue print
of our personality, talent and life course.
Colour also can harmonize and balance our energy and thus improve our life and destiny. For any
form known to exist, it must possess colour and we know that out of the void of the Universe
come all things. Harmony and balance are desirable in our physical and emotional makeup and in
our environment. Out of the balance and harmonizing of positive and negative forces arises
energy - the most essential feature of life and life and human energy is greatly affected by colour.

Colour also indicates cardinal directions, seasons, the cyclical passage of time, and the
internal organs of the human body. Colour is regarded as a manifestation of cosmic energy -
vitality that can also shape an individuals personal energy and therefore, their destiny. Adding a
new colour to an environment can stimulate a positive or negative response.

Colours describe emotional properties. We feel blue or green with any, red with shyness,
describes someone as "a yellow-coward". The properties of colour are both emotional and
physical. The direct impact of colour on our existence is easy to understand. Some colours make
us happy, other colours make us sink into gloom, and some other relax, distract or energize us.
Colour is a manifestation of light and energy, a good colour can depend on your mood of the day.
If you select a colour that harmonizes with your energy then you will flourish. If the colour
clashes with your mood, that colour will irritate you . Whatever we look upon and see through
our eyes will, through our optic nerve, send sensory signals to our body, to react to what our eyes
see. So the colours of everything our eyes come in contact will influence our temperament,
physical movements, language and thoughts - in short, our lives".
Five elements of nature, i.e., Air, Fire, Earth, Water and Space are responsible for generating
positive and negative energies. These five elements are not physical substances but powers or
essences describing all matter and all attributes. These elements are also associated with colors,
seasons, directions and organs. For example, the elements -
'Fire' is associated with red, summer, the south, the heart.
'Earth' positioned at the center, stands for yellow, oranges, or brown, mid-autumn, etc. and
the liver.
'Air' is blue autumn, north and the lungs and gall bladder it gets), winter, the west, and the
kidneys.
Space is shapeless, colourless and has North-East direction effects mind and cells.

A rainbow sighted in the east indicates fine weather, while to the west it means rain. A red sky in
the morning will foretell an afternoon shower, while a red sky at night will mean a clear sky. A halo
around the moon indicates wind.
These can be employed in all areas of our lives - the colours of homes, offices, clothes, food,
even our cars as well as in adjusting our personalities and vitality. Its role is both determining
good and bad, improving the luck of a site and residence in which we live. Following colours
are, therefore, proposed for improving 'Vastu' of a building.

1) Purple - Purple, deep red, or plum is an equally Auspicious colour. It is said to inspire
respect.

2) Yellow-Yellow or gold stands for Power. Yellow gives a sense of tolerance, patience, and
wisdom gained from past experience.

3) Green - Green represents Tranquility, Hope, and Freshness. In plants and vegetation, green
indicates good and healthy earth energies.

4) Blue - Blue or indigo symbolizes Spring, New Growth, and Hope. However, blue is also a
cold, secondary and mourning colour.

5) Blue - Green - Blue - green mint, or aqua are more Auspicious than indigo as they are more
closely aligned with the colours of nature and spring. In general, vitality represents verdant
youth.

6) Black - On the positive side, black - or any dark colour - gives a feeling of depth, both in
mood and perspective. Yet black indicates a Lack of Hope, and it may make us feel "Dark"
low and Depressed.

7) Gray - Gray is an ambiguous - or gray area. To some, gray, like a dismal cloudy day,
keynotes Frustration and Hopelessness .To other, it is positive and signifies Balance and the
Resolution.

8) Brown - Brown gives us a heavy feeling, the colour can be used to create a stable,
established impression and a sense of the passage of time. It symbolizes the Depth and
Elegancy..................

9) Tan - Tan or caf represents a new, successful beginning. Out of seeming Hopelessness, a
new possibility arises.

10) Orange - Orange, as a mixture of red and yellow and yellow, is Auspicious and is imbued
with the characteristics of Happiness and Power.

11) Pink - Pink represents Love and Pure Feelings, Joy, Happiness, and Romance.
12) Peach - It is the colour representing Attraction and Love.
EXTERIOR COLOURS OF HOUSE

The colours of a house and the face it presents, should be uplifting. The effect of such
colours on us is immediate and intuitive. The colour and condition of a house exterior can also
affect its inhabitants. <The proposed colour scheme is given in table-I enclosed. It should start
from bottom of the building to the roof.>

EXTERIOR DECORATION THROUGH WINDOW - BOXES

Exterior colour schemes need not be limited to outside walls and windows. The colour of window
boxes is another element of a buildings faade. The best window box colour is one that has a
creative relationship with casement colour. The colour of the box should always be different
from that of the window casement.
OUR HOUSE - INTERIOR COLOUR SCHEME
A general idea of appropriate colours have been given here to help enhance the specific room's
atmosphere and use.

BEDROOM - Pink is best for the master bedroom. Pink is also an auspicious colour. Light green
and light blue are also fine for bedrooms, as they are colour of hope and cultivation.

Plain white sheets or white sheets with flowers or colorful designs are fine. Pink or red sheets and
blankets are used by those who want to get married as well as by newlyweds desirous of ensuring
marital bliss. Yellow is fine for the elderly.

For young children, education is important and therefore, green colour. Black is fine for furniture to
encourage deep thoughts.

LIVING ROOM- The living room should be full of May colours, shades, and patterns. As the place
to entertain guests, the living room should be full of pleasant visual stimuli to keep the atmosphere
and conversations lively and diverse. The best co ours are yellow, beige or tan, or green or blue.

MEDITATION ROOM - If there is a meditation room, an austere setting is best : solid, calm,
subdued colours, with no patterns. Subtle and deep shades of blue, green, yellow, or red will
encourage deep concentration and thoughts.

LIBRARY - The best colour, however, depends on the type of books that the residents like to
read. If they prefer serious books, brown is an appropriate shade. For less serious readers, pale
blue, light green or pink are good.

DINING ROOM - Dining rooms, where the family eats and entertains, should be appetizingly
colourful . Pinks, greens, and blues are best. Avoid black or white or a mixture of black and white.
These colours are less conducive to enjoying eating.

KITCHEN - In a kitchen, white is the best colour, it show off the colours of food, as if it were a
blank canvas upon which the cook creates a meal of red tomatoes, green peppers, yellow
squash. Besides it is also the colour of purity and cleanliness.

BATH ROOM - It can be white or a mix of black and white or gray. Pink and other pastel colours
are also good.

COLOUR OF PUBLIC PLACES

The colours of public places - parks, mountains, parkways, rest areas and gardens should
be both lively and vibrant and arranged in ways we do not see normally. This enlivens our
energy and increases our happiness and pleasure. In general, the best colour choices for a large
building such as skyscraper are white or coffee, gold or yellow, or earth coloured . The lower
levels and base can be of white while the top floors can be green with red accents, suggesting the
upper reaches of a tree laden with fruit, its good luck and prosperity.

ROADS

Roads and roadside colours are also important. Highways should ideally have <shoulders> and
dividers with abundant greenery and flowers to keep the drivers mind stimulated and awake and
generally to inspire.

SCHOOLS AND BUSINESS

Colours, full of life force - green, blue, bluish - purple, reddish - purple - stimulate the brain,
providing access to energy. Such colours help them to work hard and concentrate.

From ancient times to the present, the colour of nature have provided a calming and
invigorating stimulus to our bodies and minds, enhancing our emotions, speech, and
nervous system, the reds, blues, greens, yellows and whites of trees, flowers, and earth
help to inspire and regenerate our energy.

All colours of nature are highly evocative. Today, life is complicated and confusing, and our minds
can become unsettled and weighed down by work, daily activities, and struggles. So we take
vacations each year to rest and travel, to go to the mountains or seashore to regenerate
ourselves. We need to see colours we do not normally see often, to bring balance to our minds
and bodies and to stimulate our energy. This colourful change is, in a sense, enjoyment.

Pyramids

Pyramids have been an integral part of the Egyptian and Mayan cultures. The ancient
Vedas have references to Pyramid Geometry. Pyramid Geometric Energy has been
used by most enlightened societies around the world. Temples, churches, mosques,
and pagodas, have a Pyramid shaped structure atop. Temples have a `shikhar' -
Church has a steeple - Mosques and Pagodas have a cone shaped minaret or roof.

`Shikhar', Steeple, and Minarets are essentially Pyramid Shapes. Cone is a Pyramid
with innumerous sides (circle is made up of innumerous lines).

Pyramid Geometry, attracts all available Energy Particles from its surrounding. Dome
Geometry, stores the Energy Force Field. All religious buildings are built with Pyramid
and Dome synthesis.

When you enter any religious building, at once you are overwhelmed, by the unique,
soothing environment.

Pyramid has been found to exist in over 40 places around the globe including in the
Himalayas.

About 6,000 years ago, Egyptians were the first to use Pyramids for preserving dead
body cells. Mayans used it for religious ceremonies.

Our organizational structures are Pyramidal - One person at the top and the
hierarchy expanding down the line.

The Creation itself is in Pyramid Geometry:-

Before the Creational-Process began, there was only One Kinetic Energy - of The
Supreme Creator (Universal Soul) - His pattern was Uni-Polar - Love being His
attribute (Inward Attraction) - Gravity is a reflection of this Uni-Polar energy pattern
and each Energy System has it.

At a lower level - a new energy pattern emerged - of Universal Mind - Desire being
the attribute - the Uni-Polar Energy Pattern turned Bi-Polar at this level - Inward and
Outward - Revolution and Rotation - Yin and Yang - Positive and Negative - our
breathing (Prana), are reflections of this energy pattern.

As a consequence of the emergence of bi-polar energy system, a third energy pattern


spontaneously emerged - from the inter-action between Universal Soul and Universal
Mind - like the intermediate pole of a Magnet - Bi-Polar energy pattern turned Multi-
Polar - Triguna - Sat - Raj - and Tam, are the attributes - the energy triangle
(Trinity) is a reflection of this energy pattern.

At a still lower level, each of the 3 Energy Patterns, emerged in 4 different forms
(Infinite, Gasious, Fluid, and Solid Material Particles). Energy flow was now in 4
dimesions/directions - Swastika has its origin at this level.

Love/Gravity being the Prime Energy at each level; the Prime Energy (symbolized by
Agni), and the four energy-forms, are regarded as the 5 Sukshma (Subtle) tatvas viz
Aakash, Vayu, Jal, Prithvi, and Agni; (Panch-Maha-Bhut) - 5 senses and 5 organs of
action has its root at this level.

Because of further spontaneous inter-actions between these energy patterns, 84


elements that constitute all animate and in-animate forms, colours, and existence;
emerged in our Solar System. (Scientists say there are 105 elements of which 84 are
stable - 21 are radio-active and cannot be found in nature)

Pyramid Energy Force Field contains energy vibrations of all these Energy Particles.
Man knew about the beneficial effects of Pyramid Energy System even 6,000 years
back. This is evident from the use of Pyramid Geometric shapes in numerous
structures viz Pyramids, Temples etc. and the use of geometric patterns like
Swastika in the Rangoli made at the door step of every Indian household to ward off
Negative Energies and create a Positive Energy environment at home and at work
place.

Ancient sciences and knowledge was consciously forsaken by man during the last
about 80 years in the wake of Industrial Revolution which eventually brought about a
new but somewhat irrational concept of forsaking all traditions and customs
irrespective of their true merits.

People around the world were quite irrationally led by the scientific, rational,
powerful, and influential opinion leaders, to opt for only that which the Modern
Scientists have verified and tested in their laboratories with their new and modern
(always state of the art???) instruments.

Public and the Government was made to believe that the Modern Medicine Industry
was in reality, re-searching all ailments and drugs, very scientifically, in contrast with
the ancient practices which were base-less - not being based on modern scientific
evidence.

Scientists across the globe have been awed by the sheer size of the Giza (Egypt)
Pyramid - 450 feet tall - occupying 13 acres of land - using 2.6 million stones -
smallest stone weighing 2 tons - biggest stone weighing 70 tons
The main chamber of the Giza pyramid incorporates Pythagorean theorem. Plato in
Timaeus has declared Pythagorean theorem to be the building block of the universe.

Looking down the descending passage of the Giza pyramid, into a reflecting water
tank, one could determine the speed of a star's orbit. This system is quite similar to
the one used even today in our modern observatories.

Scientists thought at one time, that mummification prevents decay of the dead body
cells of the mummies kept within Pyramid Space.

So why did the Egyptians create such an unusual and massive Pyramid structure to
place the mummified bodies?

And even more pertinent question was :- How did they create such a massive
structure, 5,000 years back, without the modern day technology and equipments?
Because all the engineers of the world today - together cannot re-create the Great
Giza Pyramid - They neither have the technique or the equipment to do so.

The scientists' attention has been therefore focused on these issues for the past 80
years. Many independent and state funded research programs have been going on.

The Break-Through:-

Dr. Bovis (France) was involved in a similar research program and he saw (about 40
years back) a stray cat, which had died after entering the Pyramid. The cat's body
was obviously NOT MUMMIFIED - and yet - he observed that its dead body was not
decaying for weeks.

He thought therefore, that some invisible Energy Field present within the Pyramid
Space is preventing the decay of the dead body cells - by keeping the dead cells in
perfect harmony. His path-breaking research revealed that all life forms and all
matter, when placed within the Pyramid Space of a scale model, improved in
performance, behavior, and appearance. e.g.

Flowers grew better and faster within Pyramid Space as compared to out-side.

Fruit and Food products had longer shelf life within Pyramid Space.

Foods (coffee, fruit, etc) improved in taste and flavor when stored within Pyramid
Space.

A shaving blade stored within Pyramid Space could be used for 100 shaves as
compared to an un-energized blade, which could not be used after 2 shaves.

All dead animals placed within Pyramid Space did not decay for several weeks.

Those who used his scale model Pyramid reported better sleep, improved meditation,
reduced fatigue, relief in symptoms of aches and pains, asthma, etc.

When the result of these experiments were presented to the world, thousands around
the world began to research Pyramid Energy Systems.

Pyramid Energy System, was found to have application in,

1. healing
2. agro-products to increase the yield and quality of crop;
3. Ionizing air particles for cleaner environment;
4. Energizing drinking water for better health and digestion;
5. Re-charging dry battery cells;
6. Polishing tarnished jewelry;
7. Relieving fatigue and tension;
8. Meditation; etc.
Pyramid can be of any material size or shape. The selection will depend upon the
purpose. e.g. If liver cells are to be healed then we need a Pyramid that has energy
vibrations of healthy liver cells in such strength as to bring about healing of dis-
harmonious liver cells within a reasonable time. For healing of liver the best material
would be Gold.

Wooden Pyramid will be best for Depression. Marble Pyramid will be best for
Digestive System.

Energy Frequencies can be manipulated by choosing Material, Size, Shape, and


Colour as Energy Force Fields are a product of these four variables.

Anyone can make Pyramids at home - millions have done it in the past 15 years all
over the world. One needs to be careful in choosing the materials, size, shape,
colour, and the place where it is made, and who makes it.

Pyramid acts like an antenna. It captures geological, biological, and cosmic Energy
Particles. So if the Energy Particles captured by the Pyramid happens to be Negative
(weak) - then the Energy Force Field will be Negative. This is why proper knowledge
of Pendulum Dowsing System is most essential before venturing into making of
Pyramid Energy System.

Energy Force Field of our home and work place will drain our bio-energy (physical
and mental) if it is Negative. This will cause fatigue and tension dis-proportionate to
our activity and situation. Over a period one will become tension prone, irritable,
angry, and depressed. The decision making ability, inter-personal relations, and
performance will become impaired. Such person will not enjoy life nor be at peace
with himself despite having all material comforts of life.

By placing appropriate Pyramid Energy System, the Energy Force Field of the land
and building will be transformed into Positive (strong or healthy) and the person's
bio-energy will now be supplemented instead of being depleted. So he will feel less
fatigue and tension and will have surplus energy to meet the demands and pressures
of daily work/life.

As he will have surplus energy, he will be less agitated by problem situations. So less
irritated - less angry - less depressed - over a period this leads to better decisions,
harmony, inter-personal relations, performance. So more satisfaction in life/work
leading to harmony and happiness.
People in Positive Energy Force Field get better sleep, live healthier life, are more
satisfied, meditate better, have greater immunity against stress, fatigue, infection,
and disease.

Pyramid can be used by:-

keeping them underground

simply placing them on the bed side table

hanging two dimensional Pyramid Geometric Energy Patterns on any wall of your
home or office or factory

placing under the bed or inside your cupboard

placing Pre-Energized 2 dimensional cards (like visiting cards) inside the shirt pocket
or wallet or purse

drinking water energized within Pre-Energized Copper Glass

sticking Pre-Energized stickers on the TV, AC, Cars

Tele-Therapy

One can make a Pyramid at home for experimentation or education. There are
Pyramid Kits available in many book stores.

All you need to do is cut 4 pieces of card-board in triangular shapes. e.g. 3*3*3
inches on all 3 sides. Join the 4 pieces with cello-tape. Your Pyramid is ready. Paint it
white or use a white card sheet.

Take a pendulum and hold it over the Pyramid - if it moves clockwise the Energy
Force Field is Positive. If it moves anti-clockwise the Energy Force Field is Negative.

This Pyramid will be good for meditation - provided that the Energy Force Field of the
place where it is built is Positive. Else it may aggravate problems. One can use a
Pendulum to determine whether the Energy Force Field of a place is Positive or
Negative.
Aagney - It is the lord of fire , and is positioned in the South-East direction.

Aap - Means water , which is one of the five elements that constituent our universe.

Aakash - Means Space , which is another element that constitutes our universe.

Aura - It is defined as a luminous radiation , a radiant light around a person's head


or body. The different colours appearing in the aura have been studied by physics ,
and various tints of each colour suggest different characterstics.

Atman - The individual consciousness.

Brahma - The creator of the universe.

Istaka - The brick , as known in the Vedic times.

Jiva - the soul.


Kalpadruma - The wishing tree.

Purusha - The consciousness, the life source.

Parmataman - The universal consciousness.

Prana - The life.

Prakriti - The nature.

Samadhi ( Sthiti) - To sit with folded legs on the ground in one posture for
meditation.

Shankh - The counch , a sea shell through which the sound is produced and is
mostly used in religious ceremonies.

Shrishti - Creation of the entire universe.

Sthapati - The architect , as known in the Vedic times.

Sutregrahi - The draughtsman , as known in the Vedic times.

Takshaka - The carpenter , as known in the Vedic times.

Vardhaki - The mason , as known in the Vedic times.


CONSTRUCTION OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING

Which room should be constructed in which direction, if this is not kept in mind
while planning a house, the whole building may go against the principles Vastu
Shastra and it will create lot of troubles causing irreparable harms and loss to the
owner / inmates.

SOME OTHER RELATED TOPICS

Doors of each room should be facing East.

2. Bedrooms should be in South and West.


3. Placement of mirrors on South and West wall are inauspicious.
4. While sleeping head should be in South or West but never in North.
5. Pooja room should be in North East. All idols and photographs should be facing
East or West.

6. Toilet seat should be in North-South only. It should not be in East-West.


7. Out houses should not touch the compound wall of North and East side.
8. Stairs should always be in clock-wise direction.
9. Anything underground should be in North or East.
10. Anything above ground should be in South or West.
1:2. It should not exceed 1:2 in all circumstances. The building dimension should
preferably be
longer in North-South, shorter in East-West.

GROUND LEVEL :

Ground level should be higher in West, SouthWest and South as compaired to East,
North and NorthEast. It is better to keep NorthEast the lowest.

FLOOR LEVEL :

Floor level should be higher in South, SouthWest, SouthEast and Western portion
and lower in North, NorthEast and East. The water should flow towards East or North
and not in other directions. Central zone should be even.

ROOFING:

It is better to keep roofing sloping towards East and North.

SLOPY ROOFS / SLANTING ROOFS :

Now a days it has become a fashion to keep roofs deeply slopy :

(1.) Keeping the roofs slopy symmetrically in all sides : or


(2.) If the slope is on East or North sides only, keeping the East or North or both
sides down. The idea
is to keep South and West heights in level. Slanting towards South or West only
should be
avoided as that will lead to serious health problems.

BUILDING HEIGHT :

There are two options :


(1.) Height can be equal every where in the building.
(2.) Keeping South, SouthWest and West higher as compared to other parts of the
building.
Conversely North, NorthEast and East should be lower in heights.

TERRACE / PORTICO / PORCH / BALCONIES :

All these should be located only in North, East and NorthEast sides of the building to
bring health, wealth and happiness. Balconies should face North and East.

MEZZANINE FLOOR : ( a projected floor in between ground and first floor as seen in
Cinema
theatres)
This should be placed in West or South side of the building.

CELLARS / BASEMENT :

Normally building cellars and basement rooms etc. below the road level of a house
should be avoided. Due to paucity of space now a days building cellars or basement
is being widely adopted. Care should be taken to keep the height of the cellar or
basement projecting up above the road level to some extent. Cellars or basement
covering the entire plot is all right. If it is to be constructed only in a portion of
basement it should be located only in North, NorthEast and East sides preferably with
entrance from NorthEast. If constructed on SouthWest that should be used for heavy
storage. NorthWest and SouthWest portion should be used for servants, car parking
etc.

If cellars or basement are built in South, SouthWest and West and used for living
that will create mental tension and loss of wealth for inmates.

STAIR CASE:

Placing stair case in North or West zone turning right in the middle and emerging in
the first floor facing East or South or SouthWest zone is also auspicious. While
climbing one should face West or South up to middle point and after that one can
face any direction; emerging at the end at NorthEast portion is considered
auspicious.

It will be auspicious to keep doors both at beginning and at the end of the stair case.
It is also essential to ensure that the stair case does not touch Eastern or Northern
wall.
The steps should be in odd numbers like 11, 17, 23 etc. In other words, if the
number is divided by 3, the remainder.

SERVANT QUARTERS :

The best place to construct servant quarter is South-East or North-West corners.


Care should be taken to ensure (i) not to block the corners at SouthEast or
NorthWest. (ii) the quarters should not touch the walls on East or North.

GARAGE FOR CARS:

The best place for garage is South-East or North-West and the garage walls should
not touch the walls on East or North.

CHOWKI OR SECURITY CABIN OR GUARD'S ROOM :

A regular concrete shelter or alternatively a wooden chowki is made in South-West or


other place near main gate. The shelter should be facing East or North. It is
important to ensure that the watchman can easily see every movement from a
distance itself.

OVER HEAD TANKS:

North-West or South-West zones are the right places for overhead tank. Since it is of
having weight at a height, South-West is the best. Precaution should be taken to
ensure that the overhead tank does not touch the main building.

UNDER GROUND RESERVIOR OR WATER TANK :

The right place for underground reservior or water tank is the NorthEast, the place of
Eshwar, the God Supreme. The next choice is East Zone on the Northern side.

SWIMMING POOL :
The best place to locate a swimming pool is the NorthEast side. It is better to build
the swimming pool in a corner ( and not exactly at junction of North and East points
) where privacy is ensured.

WATER CLOSETS OR LAVATORY :

For this Southern or Western side should be used. South-West or North-West corners
and central place of the house or building should never be used for this purpose. If
possible Eastern and Northern side should also be avoided. The person sitting in
water closets should face North or South or South-West and never the East Direction.

TREES :

Vastu concepts regarding the plants and their plantation must be kept in mind so as
to make your home not just superficially beautiful, but also Vastu oriented. As a
general rule, gardens in homes or factories should always be in the North or West
and of the compound. The South-East and South-West are not to be selected for any
kind of garden or plantation. Fruit bearing trees or trees with good foliage are always
preferred to thorny trees. Care should be taken not to grow trees which have huge
penetrating roots as it can prove harmful for the house.

OUTER GATES :

Generally gates in North, North-East and East directions are auspicious and good.
Roadfacing South is not generally preferred. In South road plots, SouthWest gate
should be avoided. South-East gate is a better choice. In a plot facing West (road on
Western side) SouthWest main entrance gate should be avoided; NorthWest gate is a
better option. East or North direction is the best for placing main gate.

HEIGHT :

Height of the building should be uniform to get the most advantageous results. There
must be uniformity among projections or elevations. The higher or lower level of the
building in any of the eight directionshas the following effects as given in Shastras :
DIRECTION LOWER HIGHER
1. North Brings good, comfort Harmful in every sense
and prosperity
2. NorthEast All prosperity benefits Poverty and sufferings
3. SouthEast If lower than Nairitya, If higher than Nairitya, it
it is auspicious, but if is inauspicious, if higher
lower than Vayaya or than Eeshan or Vayaya, it
Eeshan, fear of fire brings wealth.
and enemy and
breeds ill.
4. East Name and fame, long Loss of children
life
5. South Diseases, loss of Economic and health
wealth and brings benefits
economic difficulties
HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR FORTUNE BY PROPER LAYOUT OF
YOUR OFFICE

First of all an ideal site, free from any of Vastu defects should be selected. After
selecting the site, in designing a lay-out for industry and providing for utilities
special attention should be paid for the following aspects :
1. The sloping of floors should be towards East, North and North-East, More
Why and how to follow Vastu - I

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 constructs
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 vaastushastra 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.
The factors to be considered while designing the exteriors

Whenever we buy a plot, the first thing that is done is to prepare a site plan for the
approval of competent authority before preparing the building plan. Once it is
approved, one goes for the building plan. For each type of building the requirements
are different ass prescribed by developmental authorities, but Vaastu shastra apply
the same basic principles to all the buildings used by humans whether it is a house,
office or shopping complex. Here one has to meet the requirements of the Vaastu as
well as the authority to make a building plan. So here are some points which one
should always consider before designing the 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 construction
should never be on the Northern and eastern wall as this violates the basic principle
of Vastu. 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.

The proportion: The ratio between the length and breadth of the building should
normally be 1:1 or 1:1.5 or maximum up to 1:2, it should never exceed this limit in
any circumstance, otherwise it will become a ‘long bar’ shaped plot and is not at all
auspicious for anyone. The building dimension should preferably be longer in North –
South and shorter in East – West.

The Levels: At any level, whether Ground level or First level, the West, South, South
– West sides should be more elevated than the North, North – East and East sides.
Basically the flow of water should always be from the South to North or West to East
as it creates a lot of positive energies.

Roofing: The roofing slope should always be towards East and North so that the
water always flows towards the North and East. Nowadays, it’s a fashion to keep the
roof sloppy, for that one must always be careful to make the slopes in north and east
sides. Slanting towards South or West should be avoided as it causes serious health
problems.

The height: The height is another criteria, which in one way again related to weight.
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, West sides
will automatically gets heavier and this is very auspicious. But never keep the North
and east sides at more heights than the South, West.

Terrace / Porch / Portico / Balcony: All these should always be located in the
North, East or North – East sides of the building to bring the health, wealth and
happiness. The balconies should always face the North, East or north – East.
The factors to be considered while designing the exteriors - II

Compound wall: The compound is the wall that covers the boundary of the house.
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. 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, which are harmful for the humans. Light walls in North and
East sides will allow the beneficial morning rays to come and penetrate in the house,
they are full of Vitamin D and are the only source of obtaining it. This way the South
and West sides will also become heavier than the rest which is very auspicious.

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.

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.

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. North – East is not to be over loaded with overhead tank though water in
North – East is considered very good.

Under – ground reservoir: It should always in the North – East, the place of God
supreme and should never be in South – East. Another choice is East or the North
zone.

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.

Thus, if we consider all these points, 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.
Know more about your paints

Paint has been used for centuries to decorate all kinds of homes and in that time a
huge variety of finishes and effects have been employed beyond the flat coverage of
a simply painted surface. Many 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 splendours
themselves. Paint effects are a wonderful way to express your character and that of
your home and the people who live with you.

Transformation , illusion , or more frankly deception , was usually the guiding


principle , whether the effect was one of rough stone , luxurious marbling or the
opulence of gliding. As early as the fourteen century , for example the art of gliding –
applying thin layers of gold to surfaces such as wood or plaster , became an
immensely popular way of imitating the real gold decoration that only the richest
could effort. Wood graining , for example , allowed people to enjoy the beauty and
elegance of expensive woods without the cost , as the finishes were applied over
cheaper timber. Today great houses may have the best preserved examples of
traditional paint finishes , but there are other good examples of wonderful effects in
much simpler public buildings , in homes or apartment. For example , the colour
blue-grey represents the traditional Scandinavian interior , the dazzling blues , soft
pinks and warm ochres that outface the Mediterranean sun and the sober tones
remind of the interiors of United states. These are styles and finishes firmly rooted in
the often harsh climate and economic or social realities of a particular region ,
perpetuated over centuries by people whom the concept of style has often , for one
good reason or another , been meaningless.

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. Materials of today are less toxic and many are available
in a wider range of colours , they offer an attractive alternative. Painting walls has
often had greater significance than the simple imperatives of domestic decoration
and display. Many ancient civilisations decorated the insides and outsides of their
temples and state and public buildings with paint.

Choosing the colour and finish for the walls is probably the most important decision
you make when decorating a room. The paint should reflect the character of those
who live and work there and the atmosphere they want to create. However , daring
to try something new is fun and may reveal a new side of you , the possibilities are
endless.

Creating the right wall finish for a period interior was once time consuming and
expensive. Today successful substitutes have been found for the unusual and
expensive products required using the different permutations and combinations , one
can easily reproduce the interiors with an authentic look. Any style of interior is now
within your range – from a country kitchen to a baronial hallway. Paint techniques
can also be used to disguise some surface imperfections , which is much cheaper
than having your walls replastered. Thus , one should always consider the following
tips while doing the paint .
• A poor surface treated with the right paint technique can be transformed into
a wall of character. Equally , a perfectly smooth new wall can be given instant
interest and texture.

• Each room must be treated individually , even though you may want a
cohesive scheme throughout your home.

• Remember some areas suffer extra wear and tear : certain finishes may not
be practical for kitchens or bathrooms , and others need special attraction.

• Always choose the colour according to the space. Pale colours give a sense of
space and darker ones make a room even smaller.

• Remember too that the colour of the base coat will greatly alter the glaze coat
applied to it. The most striking colour effects are often achieved by using
white as the base colour.
Know more about your paints - II

Here are some of the effects of the paints that one can create apart from the flat
surface , but one should be aware of the effect , one desire to create.

COLORWASHING : Colorwashing is among the group of finishes that have their


beginings in fine are, they are often known as broken-color technique. Specifically , it
involves the application of thin washes of glaze in which the brush marks are left
apparent to give the finish texture and depth. It provides an interesting alternative to
flat color and can be used to decorate period or modern , town or country interiors

SPONGING : Sponging is a modern broken-color techniques. Natural sponge ,


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. Usage of sea
sponge create more interesting textures that normal household sponge.

STIPLING : Traditionally stippling entails the reworking of newly applied paint to


create a finely textured , matt finish. A well prepared surface is essential and a
steady hand. An elegant effect which adds subtle ageing to a room , it looks good on
wood panelling , furniture and frames.

DRY BRUSHING : In this technique , the brush is kept relatively dry as glaze is
applied lightly over a base coat to create a cloudy effect. It can be subtle if applied in
soft tones with soft strokes or bold if you use hard bristed brushes and strong colors.
An easy way to give texture to modern interiors , it is also used to create an aged
finish for period settings. It is ideal for highlighting architectural mouldings and
because it is extremely resilient , for furniture.

MEDITERRANEAN LOOK : The word mediterranean gives us a impact of wonderful


chalky colors of sunbaked , painted house. It gives a very country look kind of the
atmosphere. Random brushing and hard rubbing create the characteristic roughness
and depth of tone. It can be used on a variety of surface but is natural suited to
uneven plaster and textured surfaces.

TEXTURING : There are many different ways to texture paints. The obvious
advantage of texturing is that it is a wonderful disguise for imperfect wall. But it can
bring character to any surface , or a tough finish to a garden room or exterior wall.

WOOD FINISHES : Paint finishes on wood can be as authentic and fantastic as you
wish. Color is the determining factor but with today’s wide choice of colors , the
scope for experiment is enormous. Paint effects can also ‘age’ new wood quickly. This
is a important period setting , where new wood is often ill at ease. Stairs , handrails ,
floors and frames can also be aged to add a period feel to any home.

BORDERS : Borders are nowadays becoming very common and people are having a
keen interest in them. Painted borders are a neglected way of bringing additional
interest to wall surfaces. Borders painted by hand are essentially individual .One can
choose color and patterns one wants and can make them as simple or as complex.
Know more about the Kitchens

There is a saying goes that "To way to a man’s heart is through is stomach" , so
kitchen is the only place from where one can win anyone’s heart. For a house wife ,
this is a place where she has to spend the maximum of the time and for a working
woman , it should be so that, she feels fresh as she enters the kitchen, tired . There
is no ambience in the home more loved and lived in by all the members of the
family, the best of the family , the best place to savour the pleasure of being
together with all the tastes , memories and daily habits of the family . These are
feelings which need a suitable ambience , where the warmth of wood combines with
the strong character of the stony materials , such as marble and granite of table tops
and the counter .

Every family has different expectation of their kitchens as they follow different
cultures. While the basic function of the kitchen is to serve as an area for the
preparation of the food , the need of each individual household differ and often the
kitchen has to cater to additional and varying requirements. A kitchen layout should
be customized to the specific requirements and needs of the users . Hence , it is
important to ascertain the individual preferences overall lifestyle and eating habits of
the direct users . There are various practical points that must be considered and
discussed before commencing the designing of a new kitchen or the modification of
an existing one .

• DESIGNING : Before designing the kitchen , one should identify the tasks to
be performed in 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 . It may be designed in a country / farmhouse , contemporary , colonial
/ English , laboratory , futuristic / high-tech , European / Mediterranean or
ethnic style with matching decor and finishes .

• PLANNING : Kitchen planning revolves around the three main work centers –
storage , washing and cooking. These form three corners of the triangle .
These centers should be connected with the work counters. The work pattern
generally moves from the décor to the functional flow of traffic in the kitchen.

• STORAGE : The most important aspect of the kitchen design is a well


planned 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. Storage units have a
variety of internal arrangements and dimensions to suit the items they are
going to contain.

• FLOORING : Flooring should be non slippery , resilient , hard wearing and


easy to clean. Marble is the most common choice but one can also go for
Kotah stone too. Granite tends to be slippery when wet.

• LIGHTING : Kitchen lighting should be bright and functional . Care should be


taken to ensure that the light does not cast shadow on the major working
areas. Light fitted on the underside of the overhead cabinets light up the
counters effectively.

• VENTILATION : Ventilation is the most important aspect that should be


taken care of properly. Kitchen is a area which generates lot of odour and
smoke , thus this has to immediately emmitted out. An exhaust fan is a
considerable help in dispelling smell and for air circulation also.

• The hob also has a central position with a canopy formed by its hood which
destroys odours and fills the ambience with light at the same time . The
electrical appliances are carefully concealed beneath the worktop . Function
and harmony should be the dominating characteristics of the present
collections.

• Kitchen walls should be able to withstand all kinds of fumes and splashes. The
walls in most kitchens are usually painted. Good quality plastic emulsion paint
for areas under the sink and near the wash area.

• The sink plays an important role in overall efficiency of the kitchen , linking
cooking accessories . Even if you have a dish washer , a roomy , easy to clean
sink is still essential .

• The counter top is the most wear tear area. Materials such as stones , glazed
enamel tiles , stainless steel , laminates can be used for counters and each
has its own pros and cons.
Thus , 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 .
To create , therefore , a little domestic paradise in which several people , all there
together will find it easy to move about among extremely functional articles . There
is no need for large spaces , but it is attractive and welcoming , perfectly in tune with
the surroundings with the reminder and exaltation of stories , traditions and
rediscovered family values.
How to manage the interiors with vastu - I

The stone of Vaastu is to make us live in harmony with nature taking advantage of
the magnetic fields, gravitational effects etc. of the earth, the rainfall, the galaxy and
the whole of the nature and the universe and duly invoking the blessing of the Gods
of the directions. Doing interiors with the Vaastu is a bit difficult job but if everything
is planned carefully, one can open the doors of the prosperity for themselves. Now
we will discuss every room in the detail. Every room has their eight directions again,
so one must be aware of the facts how to design the rooms.

Worship / Pooja Room: It has been known the Pooja room is best suitable in the
North - East corner of the house, now Pooja room has its own directions. The deity
should face West, can face East or North but it should NEVER face South. North -
East zone is considered most appropriate for worship for another reason also. In the
morning the sun’s rays straight fall on North - East Side of the house which is most
auspicious and good for health. It keeps our mind fresh and the soul pure and clean -
a thing needed utmost for real prayer. Placing pooja room in the North - East will
bring all the happiness, prosperity, monetary gain, health, wealth, peace of mind and
happiness with the blessings of God.

Bed Room: After the day long toil and turmoil every living being earnestly require
rest; for that only the nature has endowed us with day and night. For the bedroom,
south - West is best for the master bedroom. Generally the eldest sleeps in the South
- West room, the elderly in the South - Eastern room, the next in the North - West
room and only the children should sleep in the North - Eastern room but not the
couple. Now there are some points, which one should always remember:
— The bed should be located in the middle of the room or should be in the South -
West corner of the room. The idea is to keep moving space around the bed and if
vaastu is taken care of, South - West becomes heavy as we put the heaviest bed
their.
— Bed should not touch North or east walls, but may touch South or West walls when
we keep our heads towards South or west for sleep.
— A shelf of books may be kept in South - West or West Side of the room. A reading
table with chair may also be kept in this corner of the room.
— If there are some T.V or electrical equipment, they should be placed in the South -
East corner of the room.
Now the biggest question is why not sleep legs facing towards SOUTH? This is the
most common question that the Vaastukaars face nowadays. 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. But this is the
biggest myth, no direction is bad, there is a scientific reason for not sleeping with
legs towards South. The thing is ONE SHOULD NOT SLEEP FACING THE HEAD
TOWARDS NORTH. We all know that all of the body, the head is the heaviest and
consists of all the iron and other elements. The North direction has an ill effect on the
blood circulation and the organs of the body, which are away from the brain, will not
get sufficient blood resulting in headache, irritation, insomnia.
How to manage the interiors with vastu - II

Bath Room with W.C: As we have already discussed that bathroom should be
either in the South - West direction or the North - West but should never be in the
North - East corner of the house. Now if we come to the bathroom layout, following
things must be considered: -
• Now the bathroom will also have a North - East corner, in this corner either a
shower or a floor trap should be placed. One must make it a point not to
make a W.C in North - East corner of the bathroom, as there is no remedy for
it.

• Mirror should always be on the East wall.

• W.C should always be on the North - West Side and facing East.

• The dirty linens should be placed in the West Side of the bathroom as setting
rays are very harmful for bacteria and kill them.

• If there is almirah, it should always be on the South - West Side of the


bathroom.

• The geysers, heaters and all other electrical equipment should be installed in
the South - East corner.

• The entrance of the bathroom should preferably in North or East.

Kitchen: The best location for the kitchen is the South - East corner. When the
entrance of the house is from east or South, then the kitchen may be shifted to the
North - West corner of the house. In the layout of the kitchen, following rules should
be followed:
• The cooking platform should be towards eastern sidewall of the kitchen, as
good results can be achieved when one faces east while cooking.

• The sink should be in the North - East corner of the kitchen.

• The slope of the water flow should be from South - West towards North - East.

• The cylinder should be placed in the South - east corner.

• The Geyser should be installed either in the South - East corner or the South
wall.

• The electronic gadgets should be placed on the Southern platform.

• The storage for all the food grains, utensils, the over head almirah should
always be on the Southern and the western walls and not on the Northern and
the Eastern walls.

• The fridge should be in placed in the North - West corner of the kitchen

• The exhaust fan should be installed either in the North - West corner or the
South wall.
(1) HOW TO CHOOSE A PLOT

One should be very careful before taking any decision. Some basic points I have
already told , now the main things that one should consider are (1) Orientation of
plot (2) Four side angles of the plot in respect to orientation.
• The length of the plot should be more in North-South direction as
compared to East-West direction.

• If all the corner angles of plot are 90 degrees , it is a good plot.

• A plot with all corners 90 degrees having two sides road front and back
is a good plot.

• A plot with four corners having 90 degrees angles with three sides of
four sides road is a very good plot.

• If the house is projected in any of the either directions , then one


should always consider the following rules. The North/East projection is
good and is recommended.

• The South/East , South/West and North/West projections are not the


good sites and are not recommended according to vastu but if one has
already has this kind of plot , it can be corrected.

• If you are seeing the plot which is cut on either direction , then it is
not recommended.

• Now if the plot angles are not at 90 degree , be sure about it whether
it is ‘shermukha plot’ or ‘gowmukha plot’. The shermukha plot is one
which has a broader entrance and it becomes narrower as we go in. It
is NOT at all recommended for the residence.

• The gowmukha plot is one which is narrower at the entrance and


becomes broader as we go in. It is very auspicious.
(2) HOW TO CHOOSE A PLOT

Vastu , is like the astrology , is a vast science and its not possible for a normal
human being to understand it fully ,but one should always consider some basic rules
of Vastu. If you are looking for a plot , keep these things in mind. All the four
directions , hills , water bodies , cremation places , highways etc , they all influence
the Vastu of the place in one way or other.

There are some important factors that you should always consider while looking for a
plot. Whenever possible one should always try to follow the Vastu principles as
violation of these principles does destroy the happiness of one’s life.

You should never purchase the land from the following persons as the atmosphere of
the particular space depends on the people living there.

• From people suffering from sickness , lunatics.

• From people who have become insolvent.

• Land donated to any religious place.

• Land without any deed.

• From people who have left the country.


• The place where magicians used to live.

• Land containing ant-hills , bones , skeletons.

• Houses sold by distressed , unfortunate people.


Considering the color , smell , taste and texture of the soil , it is categorized into
following :
• The soil white in color , having lotus smell and sweet taste and that contain
greenery is good for the learned people and teachers.

• The soil red in color , smelling blood and astringent in taste is good for
Warrior class.

• The soil yellow/pale green in color , grainish smell and sour taste is good for
the Business class people.

• The soil black in color , having pungent small and bitter taste is good for the
lower or backward working class.

Usually people believe that South facing plot is not good ,this and that these are all
myths ,it entirely depends upon the full orientation ,. The entrance of the house
depends on the zodiac sign of the owner. It is as follows.

Kark ( Cancer)
1. Virchak (Scorpio ) EAST facing plot
Meen (Pisces)
Mithun (Gemini)
2. Kanya ( Virgo) SOUTH facing plot
Makar ( Capricorn )
Rishab ( Taurus)
3. Tula (Libra) WEST facing plot
Kumbh ( Aquarius)
Mesh ( Aries)
4. Singh (Leo) NORTH facing plot
Dhanu ( Saggitarius)

This zodiac sign principle is followed by many vastukaars but it is desirable to fix
main door or gate in favourable position instead of following Zodiac sign of owner ,
as the house will be occupied by his descendents also for generations.
(3) STUDENTS : TIPS FOR ATTAINING A BETTER RESULT

This is a academic week as now coming the TEACHER’S DAY……. So why not to give
some tips to the students who are very bright but are not able to explore themselves
fully .Many a times students complain that they are not able to concentrate , learn or
retain what they have read .The remedy to these problems was formulated by our
ancestors in the form of the directional science of Vaastu Shastra .For students eager
to do well , here are a few techniques , following which the students can achieve
success in their studies and obviously bring about a positive changes in grade and
will come off with flying colors.

• The room to be chosen for study should be in the east ,North or the North-
East direction of the house. These directions improve the absorption power
and increase the knowledge content. Along with that if the door of the room is
also in either of these directions , the result turns out to be the best.

• The study room should have images of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Saraswati.
east direction bears heavy weight it shall pressurize the students’ mind.

• Furthermore , if the student studies on the table and chair , the table should
not stick to the wall .It should be at least 3 feet away from it . Along with that
unnecessary books should not be piled up on the table . Only the books which
are needed should be kept on the table. Load of books on the table create
unnecessary mental pressure on the mind .The study books should be placed
in the cupboard in the cabinet rather than in the open .And if the shutter of
the cupboard is kept shut , the flow of energy is constantly maintained.

• If the learner makes use of the Table lamp then the lamp should be kept in
the South-East corner of the desk. Plus if it is a square table then nothing like
it. Further the size of the study table should not be too big nor too small. It
should be just the size which is comfortable for the working of the student. A
big sized table diminishes the working capacity , whereas the small table
gives rise to depression.

• Moreover , if possible , the walls of the study room should be light orange in
color as it is very auspicious and enhances the wishing power as well as
supports the speedy progress of mind.

• Along with that , at the same time of study , the learner should use a pyramid
cape as it proves to be extremely beneficial . Not only that it embellishes the
remembering power and absorption.

• The student should ensure that after studying when they go off to sleep , their
head is in the South direction . It helps in maintaining the magnetic balance
of the body and the earth.

• And last but not the least , a pendulum watch is a must in each and every
study room.
(4) THE BENEFICIAL VASTU ACCORDING TO THE SUITABLE DIRECTION.

- Plot facing EAST is good for scholars,philosophers,priests,professors,teachers etc.

- Plot facing NORTH is good for those in Power,Administrators and those who work
for government.

- Plot facing SOUTH is good for business class and for those who work in business
organizations.

- Plot facing WEST is for those who provide supporting services to the society.

Moreover the buyer should also keep in mind his Zodiac sign(Raashi) in mind
selecting the plot or the enterance facing different directions. These are as follows:

Cancer
Scorpio EAST facing plot
Pisces
Gemini
Virgo SOUTH facing plot
Capricorn
Taurus
Libra WEST facing plot
Aquarius
Aries
Leo NORTH facing plot
Sagittarius
(5) HOW TO DESIGN YOUR OFFICE
our work places , which is the reason that one should always be very careful
about the functionality décor of the working space. Our work space , where we
spend at least half our walking time , six days a week , is as important a part of
our lives as our homes. The working conditions and the environment in the offices
directly affect the way people interact with the family and friends at the end of
the day. These also have an influence on our productivity , mental well-being and
general health.

PLANNING THE OFFICE : To plan an office effectively , the designer should


have a thorough understanding of the functional and aesthetic requirements of
the client , followed by an in-depth evaluation of the possibilities and constraints
of the given space , including columns , beams , existing plumbing and so on. An
office should ideally have enough space not merely to seat its employees , but to
locate ancillary and support services , from the stately boardroom to the humble
pantry , as well as for circulation between these areas , with adequate access to
stairs and fire escapes. When planning a given space , it is important to conceive
a long term master plan , keeping in mind planned growth and future
requirements , even if the intention is only to implement part of the plan now and
execute the rest as needs and funds arise. The master plan would ensure that
what is installed now will not have to be dismantled or relocated when new
developments take place. This would help eliminate unnecessary wastage of
material and labour .

THE RECEPTION AREA : It is the reception area that makes the first impact on
the visitor and which colors his expectation of the space ahead. If the business of
the company calls for continuous interaction with guests who need to be suitably
impressed , then it is important that the reception area be adequately dressed.

- The reception can be used to display the company’s product or operations with
visuals or models.
- Alternatively , paintings or aesthetic accessories in the room can be chosen to
reflect the company’s taste and style.
- The receptionist should have direct visual access to be able to keep an eye on
office comings and goings .

CONFERENCE ROOM : Conference room is the central area of any office and can
give impressions to anyone new having meeting in that room

- Conference should ideally be easily accessible from the entrance , so that the
visitors do not have to travel all over the office.
- The facility of a nearby toilet will be an advantage for the same reason.
- The equipment necessary for presentations , such as a screen , TV , video
monitor , black board , flip chart etc , needs to be provided .
- The design should provide a calm , neutral background for visual presentation
and adequate lighting.
The furniture and ambience should be designed so that the participants can
communicate with each other

CEILINGS : It is well to remember that ceilings , like any other surface , reflect
light and sound , and contribute significantly to the lighting and acoustic qualities
of a space.

- Suspended ceilings are available in different materials , and increasingly ,


acoustic tiles and panels are becoming standard , especially in open offices and
where no special ceiling treatment is required. Usually made of non-combustible
which prevents sound waves being reflected back into the room.
- Holes for recessed lights can be cut out wherever required.
- Plaster or gypsum board is harder and reflects more sounds then it absorbs .
- Exposed structural ceiling are sometimes used to create a hi-tech image , as a
stylistic alternative to the typical office interior.

LIGHTING : Good lighting is crucial for effective work , besides which , lighting
accounts for a considerable part of the energy consumed in an office. Therefore ,
two basic elements which the designer must keep in mind are the cost and the
efficiency of lighting . On the other hand , it is lighting which makes design come
alive and it should be exploited accordingly. It can create a warm , inviting and
dramatic interior , or result in a cold and monotonous office.

- One effective use of the standard bulb is as a wall wash , which tends to imbue
the whole space with incandescence and makes the room warm and friendly.
- Incandescent downlights , halogens included , can complement fluorescents and
can be used to highlight specific objects , such as desks , plants , paintings ,
objects , etc.
- To reduce eye strain and fatigue , high contrasts should be avoided . Use of job
oriented , task lights can be practical , if complemented by general lighting .
- Suspended or pendant lights can serve a dual function in this regard , and while
providing overall illumination , can be lowered to concentrate on a given space.
- A system of selective switching and operational control areawise , or where
possible even deskwise , can help restrict usage and operating costs of lighting to
only as and when required.

FLOORING : Office flooring is subjected to more wear and tear than any other
surface in the room , and it is therefore imperative that it be hardy and resilient.

- Flooring materials vary greatly . hard flooring , such as stone , granite , marble
, kota , etc. Wood , cement , terrazzo , ceramic tiles , are usually noisier
- Soft coverings such as vinyl or carpeting , but they are hardier.
- Choice of flooring material will depend on the function of a given area and its
requirements where durability , appearance , cost and maintenance are
concerned.
- Flooring can be used as a design tool not only in an obvious choice of material
and color , but to demarcate departments , private/public areas and circulation
paths , by a selective use of different hues and surfaces.

STORAGE : While providing enough storage the emphasis today should be on


eliminating unnecessary garbage .

- The basic storage units such as the cupboards , filing cabinets , drawer unit ,
open shelf , are still as useful as ever , whether they are free standing or built
into walls , or used in lieu of the partitions to save space.
- In addition we have certain new innovations such as filing shelves which move
on tracks , and which completely fill a given space.
- Furniture too can be designed to save space , using the space above and below
work tops..

PANTRY: For offices that can afford the space , a clean well designed and
pleasant looking cafeteria or canteen will help employees relax.
- Pantries should be designed to incorporate all the essentials , such as a hot
plate or gas burner with cylinder space below and a sink , a stainless sink is
hardy and easy to clean.
- A storage cupboard , shelves or hooks can hold the cups and saucers , plates ,
cutlery , tea , coffee , sugar , etc. A small compact refrigerator is useful for
storing milk , cold drinks , preserving food items , etc.
- A good garbage storage system will help circumvent the inevitable mass of tea
dregs , papers etc.
- Disposable plastic cups , plates , if economically viable can save on
maintenance and cleaning.

ESSENTIAL SERVICES : coming to the toilets , which perhaps more than any
other room , reveals the true class of a company , its attitude to cleanliness and
the activity of its employees and visitors.

- Bathrooms don’t have to be exotic , but they do have to be adequate in number


for the staff employed and they have to be clean.
- They should have tiled surface , preferably in light plain shades which are not
overpowering and which cannot be scrubbed down easily.
- Separate toilets for men and women are statutory to a given number of
employees . The traps , the Indian and the western WC with the urinals to
accommodate all the users.
- If ventilation is less than ideal , an exhaust or ceiling fan may help , for there
are few things as off-putting as a smelly toilet.
- Facilities for dispensing toilet paper , towel , hand dryer etc , should be
provided.

Thus , planning the ideal offices large and small , opulent and spartan , the
professionals can help make the complicated thing , simple to understand and to
work out

(6) THE OFFICE : OUR WORK SPACE

A few decades ago , offices were treated like machines , catering only to
organizational requirements , with little consideration given to the ‘people’ factor
which played almost no role in determining the design of the office. Offices are
trying to move away from airless , box-like rooms , to better ventilated , well lit ,
ergonomically sensitive spaces. Increasingly these are being designed by
professionals who , apart from seeing that the spaces work with optimum
utilization are able to add an aesthetic touch.

Nowadays offices are considered to be a status of a person. In India ,previously


the offices were either a part of the home or the royal court. The equipment that
made these function were no more than the pen , paper and ink. The first sign of
automation or mechanization came with the introduction of the typewriter in the
nineteenth century. Then the second bit of mechanization came with the
telephone and the cyclostyling machines. In the fifties and sixties , offices were
rather simply organized. A very strong hierarchical system prevailed and the
office was divided between the bosses who had their rooms , the junior managers
who had their small personal cabins , and the general staff who sat in the hall.
Then the revolution started with the introduction of mainframe computer in
seventies and then there was no looking back , these were followed by mini
computers , then with the arrival of personal computers in early eighties and the
office set-up began to change dramatically.
The strong hierarchical system was no longer relevant , and a new office order ,
namely the open office , came into being. The open office had light , air and
privacy for all. Typically low height partitions were erected between pieces of
furniture to give visual privacy but they were not able to provide the acoustic
privacy and the noise was the biggest hurdle. The open plan system can
accommodate a wide range of functions from reception to conference room. Here
,both executives and staff are placed in an open area divided into individual or
shared workstations , defined by independent storage units or partitions of
varying heights. The heights of the dividing panels will depend on their function.
Low panels upto 4’ , create a feeling of privacy when seated , yet allow one to see
or reach over when standing . 5’ high panels offer more visual privacy and though
the extra tall can still see over are usually high enough for Indian users. Taller
panels can be used to define different departmental areas. Partitions can be
useful in concealed old unmatched furniture so that this does not clash with
modern additions , which would ruin the aesthetic appeal of the office

Then there were so much developments in the designs and now is the trend of
modular offices. Designing new offices involves making thousands of decisions .
Some of these are easy , others may take more time. Then the difference
between a well designed office and a poorly designed one is enormous . get it
wrong and you are faced with high overheads , little design flexibility and worst
of all – the unhappy staff and in the last the work suffers. Space in the office as
always at a premium. The key is to use it as well as you can. By coming up with
an adaptable partition system to customize your floor space , and full filling all
the furniture needs , the designer can help you maximize the use of the space
available. In recent years , India has been waking up to another genre of
furniture that has long been popular in the west – well made modular furniture in
wood and particle board. So now the question comes , what exactly is the
modular furniture ?? Quite simply , furniture that can be broken down into
modules and put back together at will. Machine made for the most part , it is
devoid of frills . The advantage of this kind of furniture – often referred to in the
trade as CKD (Complete Knock Down) are many.

- For the largest segment , going modular is the key to better living.
- Because it can be dismantled , it is ideal for people who have to move a
lot.
- It is cost-effective and convenient , and gives one the freedom to play
around with color and form.
- It being light and simply structured , is ideally suited to the match box
sized dimensions of modern day apartments.

The atmosphere in the office can greatly influence work output and an increasing
emphasis is being placed on making the modern office as pleasant as it is
functional. This is not always easy , given the increasingly smaller work spaces to
contend with. In such a set-up , going modular is a great idea. Stylish , color co-
ordinated contemporary and both environment friendly and practical modular
furniture is here to stay. Most furniture lines come is a range of models, to be
selected as per individual requirements and budgets. With multiple work surfaces
and storage areas above and below the working levels , space is used very
effectively. One can add draw units , cabinets , display panels and pin boards
whenever and wherever one needs them. All these systems are easy to install ,
upgrade or relocate and they adapt well to all modern communication data and
computer equipment.
Thus , Image is a subtle component that is affected by several variables , some of
which may not be possible to change; like the location itself. Image also conveys
an important message to those who work in the office. Design requirements will
vary from office to office , according to function , organizational style , budget
and of course , the image the company wants to present to the world. A pleasant
work environment is the management’s way of showing that it cares about its
people.

(7) KNOW MORE ABOUT THE COLORS

Color is the most powerful decorating element in our homes. Color is memorable
and above all personal. An understanding of color can really help us achieve the
goal of a pleasant , personal and comfortable home. There are hundreds of
options but only one decision maker , that matters and that is You. The people
who eat and sleep , entertain , play and rejuvenate in the spaces are the ones
whose well-being is affected.

If we understand the basics of the color , then we can make a perfect color
scheme. The colors are divided into three categories

Primary color- These are the three basic hues , red , blue and yellow. They are
the foundation of the color wheel and all other colors are derived from them.
Secondary color – When two primary colors are mixed , they form a secondary
color . They are orange , green and violet.
Tertiary color- When two secondary colors are mixed , they form a tertiary color
, like citron , olive , russet. THE COLOR WHEEL – The color wheel is a complete
picture of all the colors available , once you understand this , there will not be
any problem in forming any color scheme. In the color wheel at the right , the
primaries form a triangle with equal sides with in the circle , and the secondaries
form another triangle opposite to that. Each color has a ‘complement’ which is
located directly across from it on the wheel. Thus , green is complement of red ,
orange is complement of blue.

A perfectly balanced color scheme might use equal parts of three colors which are
equidistant on the color wheel . Interior designers often compensate for intensity
by either tinting (adding white) or toning ( adding black ) or by graying (adding
complementary colors ) . In these way they create contrast through a change in
value (lightness and darkness ) or intensity ( brightness and dullness ) . With
even this limited information , it is easy to see how the possibilities for combining
colors are infinite and inviting. Using the tints and tones ,the total effect is lively
and pleasing but not overwhelming , a beautifully colored room. Now here are
some of the colors with their effects and the nature they depict and the places
where they are suggested to use.

RED : Red is the most dramatic , emotional and active of the three primaries . It
is an especially versatile color in its effects , enlivening interior spaces by creating
excitement , warmth and elegance . The use of red suggests a bold and confident
attitude. It is used in those areas where one needs excitement like the bars. It is
less often used in sleeping area because of its energizing quality. The
complement of red is green.

BLUE : Blue is the only colors which is the most universally equated with the
beauty. Blue is timeless , linking the present with tradition and lasting values. It
is the most versatile in expressive values. Psychologically, blue is associated with
tranquility and contentment. In interior design , softer and lighter blues are
generally preferred for the larger areas.

YELLOW : It is a powerful color , both light in value and extremely intense in its
purest form. It evokes a sense of energy and excitement. Yellow is a perennial
favourite in interior design , combining with greens to provide the natural
freshness and with red for gaiety and richness.

GREEN : Green is the most common choice of the designers. It is often used as a
dominant room color . Green goes with every other color and makes it a natural
neutral. It represents the greenery of the nature and thus provide the room with
liveliness.

VIOLET : It seems to be a color of emotional contrasts. Its paler tints are


unabashedly romantic, fragile and quiet feminine . It enjoyed the popularity in
the Victorian era and now as pure colors emerge again , beautiful violet is certain
to be a player.

ORANGE : It is amazingly versatile , capable of emitting great energy in its


purest form and as an earth tone , it evokes warmth , comfort and reassurance.
Nowadays , the lighter orange , popularly known as peach is common in use as it
gives a cool effect.

PASTELS : Pastels are simply lighter tints of any hue , white added to red yields
pink and light pink is a pastel. There is not any particular definition for a pastel
color but when colors become so light that they almost seem to be white , they
are pastels. The pastels are becoming more and more popular as they crate the
most sober and elegant look.

NEUTRALS : Using neutrals does not mean not using color . Any low intensity
color that is used as a background for other accent colors , features , furniture
and objects in a space can be classified as neutrals. Neutrals are practical and by
changing accessories and fabrics the look of space can be dramatically altered
against the same neutral background.

Enjoy color , take these tips from the professionals and then you can become
creative. 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.

(8) CREATING MOOD WITH COLOR

Color has a profound effect on our mood. In clothing , interiors , landscape and
even natural light , a color can change mood from sad to happy , from confusion
to intelligence , from fear to confidence. Particular colors have different effects on
each individual . Response to a color may be influenced by a number of factors
such as the body’s need for a specific color , a sad or happy memory associated
with a color. In previous decades , certain colors or group of colors dominated
every palette . Now in millenium , the stopper is out and uniqueness and personal
preferences are really in. There are no absolutes in the world of color. Some
colors make you want to get out of your chair , others make you want to nestle
down and read. Some colors are articulate and must be listened to. Others are
very quiet . Some colors indicate that you have travelled or are well read. Yet
others create a desire for closeness , intimacy and love. Following are some of the
most typical responses to various color groups.

NURTURING NEUTRALS : These colors create a sense of peace and well being.
They foster quiet conversation with family and friends and can dispel loneliness.
Throughout time , mankind has found a sense of peace and tranquility when in
touch with " Mother Earth " . It follows that colors which impart a sense of
warmth and serenity come directly from the earth. In addition to the earth colors
in the neutral group are colors associated with sea such as sand , shell , coral ,
pearl , stone , seaweed. GREEN is a color which helps us to adjust to new
environments and situations. It will always be found among the ‘nurturing
neutrals’. The BLUES represented here will range from winter sky to stream to
midnight. The neutrals are somewhat like the furniture while other palettes are
more like accents or accessories.

INTELLECTUAL COLORS : These are the sharp , witty and unique colors which
convey a message that the owner has travelled , is well read and has something
to say. These colors will command respect without being overbearing. This
palette also starts with a earthy , warm base. Grey is a color which promotes
creativity and will often be found in foundation of an intellectual palette. These
greys will be warm and gentle. Some tones of blue suggest communication and
trust , so it will naturally be found in the intellectual palette. Navy blues will often
find their way in this palette , but its effect is warm and never cold and fragile.
Red also appears in this intellectual palette , but the shades will be earthy and
complicated burgundy , cranburry.

PLAYFUL COLORS : These colors are exiting and used for a fun providing
environment These playful , whimsical palettes create their own kind of music ,
like the sounds of children playing. There are highs and lows , lights and darks
and always movement and activity. Used in active spaces within the home , a
‘playful’ palette can add energy and vitality. But if overdone , this type of palette
becomes irritating and stressful. The foundation of this palette is WHITE . This
could be anywhere from vanilla ice cream to snow drift to winter moon. Then
comes the bubble gum pink , buttercup , wintergreen , all the berry colors and
crayon colors. Many of these colors will be cool , and even in lighter tones there
will be brightness and clarity. The bottom line in creating this type of palette is
that the colors should suggest a sense of freedom , play and downright fun.

HEALING COLORS : This palette includes the colors which are very refreshing
and rejuvenating. Like nurturing colors , ‘healing colors’ also begin by getting in
touch with nature. The first group of colors considered in this palette is GREEN.
Because they have the power to help us adjust to new environments , skillful
designers use lots of plants and other forms of green . Healing greens may be
warm or cool , but not muddy or mysterious like those in the intellectual palette.
Healing palettes also take inspirations from warn earth tones. These palettes
usually contains contrast as well as a clarity of color that is inspiring. They will
include a range of lights and darks but will never be muddy.

ROMANTIC COLORS : Many species including the human beings attempt to


attract the opposite sex with colors. RED is the color of sex and lust and is often
called the most romantic of colors. It is no accident that red is the chosen
symbolic color for the Valentine’s Day. In interior design , however , a less
intense , softer tone of red is far more conducive to romance than the pure hue.
Often referred as PINKS , these colors vary from cool to warm and from light to
dark. Pinks have an interesting quality that seems to halt the body’s ability to
stay angry. PURPLE is another color which is definitively romantic because of its
passionate , unpredictable and quixotic characteristics. Paler , less intense tones
of ORANGE such as apricot and peach are often included in the romantic palette ,
suggesting purity and innocence. BLUES in the romantic palette will be cool and
inspired by water.

PERSONAL STYLE : There are no trends in color as important as personal style.


Today , most designers draw from many historical periods as well as
contemporary influences and mix them together to create unique personal
spaces. The most effective color palettes reflect and enhance the interests ,
collections and activities of the people who live there as well as architectural
features.

The effects of color on mood will vary from individual to individual. Color schemes
have emotional messages too. An awareness of the emotions generated by
different colors is helpful in planning personal palettes that will be pleasant to live
with , but it must be understood that this information is not absolute. Subtle
changes in tone can increase or decrease the emotions evoked by a particular
color , allowing it to be included in many diverse palettes.

(9) UNDERSTANDING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM

Light can define space , substance and style. Outdoors , with the shifting sun and
atmospheric conditions , light and the shadows change the appearance of things
natural and man made. But in the indoors , the play of natural and artificial
lighting largely determine both function and decoration.

Today lighting is considered to be a very important element of decorating


scheme. The invention of the incandescent bulb in 1978 revolutionized lighting
systems as it allowed light to be easily manipulated. Apart from exploiting natural
light by using opaque or transparent glass walls , sky lights , large windows etc.
for offices , architect work out the detailed light fittings which are conducive for a
work environment . In homes , a careful selection of lights extends and enhances
the aesthetics of interiors. Similarly for hotels , showrooms , museums , gardens
, water bodies , individual lighting requirements are worked out. Artificial light
falling from various angles and heights on different surfaces guide us to perceive
various features and dimensions while creating a specific mood. With
technological developments and the stress on precision lighting , a variety of
lighting fixtures are readily available with options which offer manifold
possibilities in terms of effect.

The choice of fitting according to the room , gets very difficult , one gets puzzled
off as there are so many varieties in lights like the table lamps , spot lights ,
clamp lights , recessed / surface mounted lights , uplighters , halogens ,
incandescent bulb , pendants , fluorescent fixtures and lots of others. Once the
basic idea of the space , mood , interior design , highlighting , function of work
have been specified , one can then consider the basic types of lighting. Initially
only the planned positions of lights need to be decided. Later , the selection of
bulbs and the exact effect can be created. One should always keep in mind some
of the basic rules while designing the light.

- Every activity that takes place in the interior must have lights of the right kind ,
intensity and the right direction.
- The eye prefers even lighting with the minimum of contrast between the
brightness of the room surfaces and the lighting fixtures.
- The eye works best when the work surface is more brightly lit then the
surroundings.
- The eye is stimulated by the contrast of tone and sparkle.
- When room lighting change , color changes or disappear , thus objects become
more or less important in the room.

There are three basic types of lighting which are categorized according to the
intensity of the light used.

General lighting- It supplies an overall illumination in the area.

Task lighting – It supplies the required illumination for specific tasks such as
reading , painting etc. It directs strong local illumination without high general
illumination as required for activities carried in a particular area.

Accent lighting- It offers a decorative element to the area by highlighting the


particular objects or features in the area. They are auxiliary to the general
lighting and provide an added , and at times , dramatic dimensions to the
scheme.

Spaces can be provided with one , two or all types of these lightings , depending
upon the requirement . With different types of lighting in each room and dimmers
to adjust the intensity of light , an ordinary space can be infused with much
dramatic look to convey different moods to suit different times of the day.

(10) MAINTAINING THE LIGHTING SYSTEM

The term lighting refers to the useful energy output of a system consisting of
light sources , fixtures to support them in appropriate locations , wiring channels
to activate the light sources and the convenient electrical controls. Here are the
tips on how to maintain the lighting system in different rooms according to the
ambience .

LIVING ROOM lighting : The living room is the core of domestic life. People
decorate them according to their interest , but the one element that is common
to all is the intangible style , which is not dictated by prevailing trends or large
amounts of money. Here are some basics how to illuminate it properly.

- Establish an adequate general illumination level to reduce the accent light ,


brightness , contrast.
- Illuminate an entire wall with overhead fixtures to provide background for room
furnishings.
- Feature window areas with the cosmic lighting.
- Indirect light like that under a pelment or above a cabinet will supply soft
uniform illumination.
- Use dimmers to program lighting moods.
- Play up with the architectural features like aala , niches , mantles etc.
- Highlight artwork and plants with individual lighting arrangements.
- Be sure that the floor , table and hanging fixtures have adequate shades to
prevent glare.
- Plan adequate lighting to handle a variety of family activities like rack for
display.
- Bar area could use incandescent light to play up sparkling glassware. Lighted
shelves or fluorescent fixtures under the front edge of bar are effective.

DINING ROOM lighting : The decor of dining room depends upon the culture of
the family. A dining room can change the style of eating. So one should be
careful while playing with the lights to make the environment relax and easy.

- One must keep the visual emphasis off the ceiling and walls and on the décor of
food and guests.
- Ceiling down lights should fall and focus primarily on dining room table surface.
- Candles and fuel lamps in decorative holders can add special touch to any meal.
- Buffey or service areas and chinaware/silverware/crockery displays deserve
special lighting emphasis.

KITCHEN lighting : Kitchen is a place where a lady spends her maximum time
so it should have comfortable and fresh feeling. Today’s kitchens are far removed
from the dark dingy spaces one saw earlier.

- General lighting for a kitchen should be well distributed , uniform and as


shadow less as possible.
- Fluorescent fixtures reduce the energy demands without sacrificing illumination.
- Even if there is window in the kitchen , install down lighting over a sink for
cloudy days or nights.
- Special lighting for key work areas can be installed in the ceiling or in the upper
cabinets.
- Provide light for storage areas in pantry or wall cabinets overhead or shelf
mounted brackets will do the job.

(11) BATHROOM LIGHTNING

Planning and designing is a tedious job. Today’s bathroom wears a well dressed
look , its design recognizing people’s needs to begin and end their day in pleasant
surroundings. It is after all an intimate personal place- perhaps the only room in
the house where one can be totally private and get much needed peace.

- For a relatively small room , the bath area can use a no. of different types of
lighting.
- General lighting is essential in a compact bath , a central ceiling may suffice.
- Medium size and large size baths and especially those with sectioned areas for
tub , shower and toilet will require several overhead fixtures.
- The lights are general , recessed into the ceilings or those over a tub or a
shower must be watertight and vapour proof . A minimum of 100W incandescent
or 60W fluorescent lamp is sufficient.
- The most critical lighting in a bath centers around the mirror area , this is the
basic for good grooming. For shaving , make up applications hair care , light
should be soft and diffused without glare or shadow.
- Avoid lighting the mirror itself rather light of the person looking into the mirror .
The most efficient to light up a person’s face is to use three fixtures , one on
either side of the mirror and one overhead. Side fixtures should be mounted
30" – 36" apart on the wall and install about 60" above the floor.
- 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.
Additional bath lighting for specific purposes may include plant lights to take the
advantage of bath humidity for growing the flowers and ferns.
READING ROOM lighting : The study is the most important room for the
intellectuals , for students as this is the room where one builds his carrer. In the
reading room , one should plan the lights very carefully as the intensity affects a
lot on the eyes thus on the health.
- In a study , the priority is to provide adequate illumination for reading and
writing. For maximum pleasure of reading and for easier concentration , 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 complete room may be lit with powerful uplighters , downlighters , 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.
- Care should be taken where computers are placed , the task light should not
produce glare or reflections on the screen. Task lights for writing should be
positioned so as to avoid both glare and shadow.
- If floor lamps are used as reading lights , then it should be 40"-49" from the
floor to the bottom edge of the shade. The shade should be moderately
illuminous to softly diffuse the light and eliminate glare , thus open top shades
are preferred.

BEDROOM lighting : The bedroom is a place where one can be totally oneself. It
is the room where we spend the maximum amount of time – to sleep , relax and
unwind , after a long tiring day and rejuvenate oneself for the tomorrow.

- the lighting should be a soothing general illumination . If want to highlight


some paintings or photographs , one can go for a task lighting in this area.
- Uplighters look very beautiful , dimmers can be very useful to play with the
intensity of the light as per mood.
- Lights should be planned in such a way that it must create a light , romantic ,
relaxing environment. Table lamps or hanging lamp shades provides the room a
very aesthetic look.

SWIMMING POOL / FOUNTAINS lighting : Water presents a challenging and


rewarding medium for lighting . Swimming pools , fountains , waterfalls magically
come to life with lighting effects at night.

- For effective swimming pool lighting , the lights are generally set below the
water level , into the sides of the pool.
- This should be done while the construction of the pool so as to keep the wiring
away from water.
- The lights should be placed to shimmer down the deep end of the pool.
- 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.
Waterfall comes to life when lit from behind.

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.

- Lighting should be planned according to desired landscape lighting effects as


well as providing adequate light for walking , security etc.
- All lights , wiring and metal work should be able to resist weather conditions for
a prolonged period of time like dust , moisture and corrosion.
- The lighting should illuminate select areas , should create striking effects and
keeps what is to be concealed in shadows.

Thus , the way of lighting drastically changes the way of living and mood of the
environment. So one must be very careful while planning the lights and choosing
the fixtures as in the end , if worked carelessly , it can result into mis match of
everything.

Ramendra Singh Bhadauria (Astrologer and Vastu-Shastri)


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