The Living Room is the front room where guests are entertained, once they enter the house. This is the room where they make their first impression. Members of a family also sit around, and have their daily discussions here. In a way, the living room is the heart of a home. The Living Room is accessed through Main Entrance Door.


A living room with a beautifulview

Here I have explained 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 toexplain these guidelines rationally and scientifically, so that you can decide what you want to follow and what you don’t, instead of blindly following them.

Since the Living room should be near the entrance, the  location of a Living room is based on the direction a house faces:

In a North facing site: The Living room can be in the North-East.
In a West facing site: The Living room can be in the North-West.
In a South facing site: One can have a South-East Living room.
A living room can also, be in the Central East, central West, central North or central South of a house.


Sofas should be placed against the walls


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 theconstant 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 and allow free movement:The Reason - It is obvious that a cluttered arrangement will not allow free movement and creates tension in our ordered minds.

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.

Water fountain/Aquarium should be in the North: 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.

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.

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.

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 sun’s rays 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. It is just like the feeling of irritation you get with a small speck of dirt on a clean surface. So it is better to conceal the beam.


A fire place is a nice addition to the living room


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, 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 pictires 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 South and West walls can have innovative paintings of a gentle elephant herd, high rise mountains with heavy plant life and similar pictures or paintings that denote strength.


Colour of the Living room walls: should be white, yellow, green, or blue, never red or black. The Reason - The Living room is engulfed with light from the north and East sides and if it is painted in light colours, the room will be bright and appear large also.


The living room should be in light shades

This post was about the Vastu guidelines for the design of a Living Room. The Living room leads into the next spaces namely the Dining Room and the Pooja Room. Read about the Vastu guidelines for the design of these spaces here:
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

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  1. Gauri says:

    What about the location of the living room for the east facing house?

    What concerns me is: in my case I plan to locate the main door on the left side of the central imaginary line drawn in the E to W direction. If I plan to have the door opening inside and clockwise, I think, I would be forced to use the South central location. But I would prefer to have the living room in the central NE location.
    Hi Gauri,
    I think you are confused. The way I see it, you need to stand outside your East facing site. Draw a central imaginary line from East to west and place your main door on the ‘right’ side, that is in the NE quadrant and open it clockwise. It will take care of all the vastu principles.

  2. Prathima says:

    My living room has 2 huge paintings (each 4 feet x 3 feet) hand painted by my husband.
    One is the picture of a teenage french boy and a half naked girl with transparent clothes swinging on a swing in a garden.
    Other is the picture of a teenage guy riding on a horse trying to lift a teenage girl (again with transparent clothes).
    We are into interior decoration business for the past 15 years. But we have very very less business. and into lot of financial problems for the past many years.. We have hung these paintings on the walls of the sitting room for the past 13 years. Should i shift these paintings to the bedroom. Please advise.
    Hi Prathima,
    These paintings, I assume cannot be called ‘nudes’. I feel if they are aesthetic, you should leave them in the living room as they are interesting for conversation. But if you feel that they may make some visitors uncomfortable because of the ‘nudity’, then shift them to the bedrooms.
    Interior decoration businesses have so much of competition- you cannot blame the paintings for that. You have to shift your focus on the best ways to market your business.

  3. Connie Nirmaier says:

    Very informational. Thanks.
    Thank you Connie for your appreciation.

  4. Payal Mishra says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Very helpful :.
    Thank you Payal for taking the time to leave an appreciative note.

  5. mary kumar says:

    hi, recently v changed our building colour to orange red. and the living room is one side pink and the other with light green mix now recently my husband not well. we changed all colours according to vaastu. now I want a suggestion from u. which wud be the best colour for the living room.
    Hi mary kumar,
    I would suggest you use light colours like off-whites, beige, pale green or yellow. You can read more about it in my post vastu colours for rooms of a house or in choose the right vastu colours for your house.

  6. shagun rana says:

    i have sofa covers of brown and golden colour and having elephant print who is carrying doli of a girl on his back . its good for us and our business ? plz help
    Hi Shagun,
    You cannot look at sofa cover designs or colours to decide the fate of your business

  7. pooja says:

    i would like to hang a horse painting in my living room, but want to know few things before doing it:
    1, On which wall shall i hang (Direction)?
    2, How many Horses should be there on the painting?
    3, In which Direction the Horses shall face?
    4, Horse colour shall be White, Black or Brown??

    Please clear my doubts because i have heard that it is very good for
    the peaceful and prosperous atmosphere of vastu.
    Hi Pooja,
    I do not know about the finer details about horse paintings in vastu shastra. But I believe that galloping horses and white ones are the best. It is preferable to hang them on the North wall.

  8. srinivasarao says:

    My house is west facing,once enter the house ,southwest living room,north west bed room,south east kitchen room,north east children room,and north east extend and road view is there north east,is it preferable?
    HI Srinivasa Rao,
    As long as gthere is enough light and ventilation in the house in all rooms, it is oky.

  9. kavya says:

    Hi sir
    I would like to ask a small question.Recently we have booked a flat which is north facing, but my husband modified to west facing and their booking note was like this “West facing conversion required for north entrance apartment”.
    so i am confusing whether west facing is good or not ?
    Please reply as early as possible
    HI Kavya,
    A north facing apartment is preferred to a West facing ones for those who follow Vastu. But there must be some reason why your husband chose to have the door on the west. If the benefits of having a west facing door outweigh the original north option, then go for it.

  10. Somya says:

    We are renovating the living room now, it has started. Can you please tell me how should the ceiling be according to vastu.
    And any preferable colors? In our other 2 bedrooms we have got the modern tray done.
    Thank you.
    Hi Somya,
    The ideal colour for a ceiling is white and it’s shades, like cream, ivory etc.

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