The Living Room is a room of ‘gathering’: the front room where guests are entertained once they enter the house and also the room where members of a family sit, have discussions and spend quality time together. This is a place of relaxation and positivity, where the family makes some good memories. In a way, the living room is the heart of a home.
In most houses, the Living room is accessed through the Main Entrance Door and therefore, is the first place into which, the outside energy, ‘positive or negative’, enters. Also it is the space where guests drop off their energy, ‘positive or negative’. Hence it is important that you ensure that positive energy enters the living room and remains there, whereas negative energy is disposed off, otherwise it could affect you and your family.
So, is there a way to make this achievable? Well, according to Vastu Shastra, the right placement of the main door and the living room, the furniture, lighting and the colours, can ensure that the positive energy is enhanced and the negative energy is rid off. So to know more about making your Living room a vastu compliant space, read on…..
Listed here, are some of the Vastu Guidelines for a Living room. Since Vastu is a science, every guideline is based on logic and reasoning. As an Architect, I have attempted to explain each of these guidelines rationally and scientifically under the following headings, so that you have a choice and can decide what you want to follow or not instead of looking at Vastu as a superstition:
- What is the best location for a Living room?
- What are the ideal colours in a living room?
- What are the vastu guidelines for arrangement of furniture in a living room?
- What are the vastu guidelines for fixtures in a living room?
- What are the vastu guidelines for placement of paintings and artefacts in a living room?
- What are the ideal colours and lighting in a living room?
WHAT IS THE BEST LOCATION OF THE LIVING ROOM, ACCORDING TO VASTU SHASTRA?
- First choice for living room location: North, North-West, North-East, East.
- Second Choice for living room location: South-East (only option in South facing sites) or South-West
In a West facing site: The Living room can be in the North-West (good location, but guests feel restless and leave early).
In a South facing site: One can have a South-East Living room but if there is no other choice, opt for the South-West (guests feel at home and stay on for a long time).
In an East facing site: The Living room can be in the East, otherwise in the North-East corner.
WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR ARRANGEMENT OF FURNITURE IN THE LIVING ROOM?
Sofa sets should be placed against the South and West walls: If there is no other choice, then place them against the East walls. The Reason – It is best to have big window openings on the North and East walls as they allow the constant North light and the morning East light into the house. So it is better not to obstruct these windows with furniture.
Avoid a cluttered sofa arrangement: The Reason – It is obvious that a cluttered arrangement will not allow free movement and creates tension in our ordered minds.
Use square or rectangular furniture in the living room. Avoid circular or curved furniture: The Reason – rectangular furniture will fit in neatly in the corners of the rectangular/square rooms.
Avoid furniture near sharp corners of columns: The Reason – These sharp edges can be dangerous when moving around and can cause damage to the furniture when moved against them. Hence it is better to camouflage them by placing something in front of them, like indoor plants.
WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR FIXTURES IN A LIVING ROOM?
Water fountain/Aquarium should be in the North, East. Avoid one in the South: A small, wall/floor or tabletop mounted water fountain that runs throughout the day, and made of natural materials like copper, stone, glass, clay, stainless steel, bamboo, etc., or a Fish Aquarium is recommended. The Reason – The soft and soothing sound of falling water in a fountain is pleasing to the ear. Also, watching fish is a very relaxing pastime. This helps in better interaction between the family members and guests as the aquarium becomes a talking point. Also, an aquarium is considered an important remedy in Vastu Shastra just like in Feng Shui.
Fireplaces should be in the South-East or North-West: since South-East represents Agni (Fire). But avoid the North-East and South-West corners since North-East represents Water. The Reason – The North-East corner is reserved for windows to allow the morning East light into the house, so blocking it with a fireplace defeats the purpose.
Avoid exposed beams: As a rule avoid sitting under a beam as it excites your stress zone and disturbs your rational judgment in matters of importance. The balance can be partly restored by concealing beams with the help of a false ceiling. The Reason – When sitting in a room with an exposed beam, your peripheral eye vision is constantly disturbed as the ceiling is not uniform and the beam is projecting out. So it is better to conceal the beam.
Air conditioners should be placed on West walls: The Reason – Since the Sun is in the West in the evenings, the West wall tends to get heated up by evening and during the night, hence it is logical to have Air coolers or air conditioners that release cool air on this side.
Watch TV facing East or North: The Reason – Since one tends to sit in front of the T.V. for long hours, it makes sense to sit facing North or East, as will be inadvertently exposed to the suns rays, entering from the North or East windows.
WHAT ARE THE VASTU GUIDELINES FOR PLACING PAINTINGS AND ARTEFACTS IN LIVING ROOMS?
Paintings have a profound effect on the home or workplace. They can either create an active ambience or have a negative impact. Paintings evoke strong sentiments or ‘rasas’ in us. The positive sentiments are “seductive” induced by beauty, “comic” and “peaceful or meditative”. So images that are uplifting, positive, harmonious and calming should be hung throughout the house.
The negative sentiments like “anger”, “fear”, “repulsion”, arousing pity, contempt etc should be avoided. As a rule, avoid paintings that depict death, violence, negative aspects of life, fearful scenes, battles, wounded animals and gore. The Reason – Negative images can remain in our sub-conscious mind causing some negativity in us.
In Vastu Shastra, certain pictures should be hung in specific directions. For example:
The North Wall can have paintings/pictures of water bodies to stimulate the positive aspect of the primary element water. It can also have pictures of wealth.
The East wall can have a painting or picture of the rising sun— the beginning of the dawn of a day. The East wall can also have pictures of flowers and fruits.
The North-East corner walls can have Godly pictures.
The South and West walls can have innovative painting of a gentle elephant herd, high rise mountains with heavy plant life and similar pictures or paintings that denote strength.
Do not keep dried/artificial flowers, bonsai or cactus in living rooms: The Reason – Artificial flowers and bonsai are unnatural, cactus thorns can prick and dried flowers look dried.
ACCORDING TO VASTU, WHAT ARE THE IDEAL COLOURS AND LIGHTING FOR A LIVING ROOM?
Colour of the Living room walls should be white, yellow, green, or blue, never red or black. The Reason – The light colours of the room will reflect the light and make the room bright and appear large also.
Similarly, use light curtains in the North, East, North-East and heavy curtains in the South, West: The Reason – Same as above.
Have ample and soothing light in a living room: The Reason – It is obvious that the living room should be well lit as it is a space for people to gather for long periods of time. A dark and dimly lit room is not condusive for relaxation and discussion.
Hang the biggest chandelier in the South-West part. Avoid in the North-East: The Reason – A tall chandelier can be an obstruction and so should be avoided in the NE as the light coming in, may be reduced.
With these simple and useful Vastu Shastra tips, you can make minimal and inexpensive changes in your Living room and I’m sure you will see some positive differences because, like I have said at the beginning, Vastu Shastra is a science and all these guidelines have a scientific basis. Good luck!
The Vastu Guidelines are very similar to the guidelines used by modern Architects in designing a house. To read about an Architect’s guidelines on the Design of a Living Room, go to: Designing A Living Room
If you want to make the rest of the rooms of your house/apartment Vastu compliant, then go to:
- Vastu Shastra
- Vastu Shastra Factors
- Vastu Shastra Principles
- Vastu Guidelines For Selection Of Site
- Vastu Guidelines For Designing A House
- Vastu Guidelines For Construction