The white sunlight that illuminates the Earth is the reason we are able to see colours.  The visible light energy of the sunlight contains all the possible color variations and each has a certain wave length. Colour is perceived by us because of the reflection of the particular colour component of the sunlight to our eyes where, the photo receptors in the retina of our eye (known as cones), translate this energy into colour.  Thus, when sunlight falls on an apple, it reflects the red light into our eyes while all the other colours of the sunlight are absorbed into the apple, giving us the perception of red colour.


Colors play a very important role in our lives and have a definite bearing on our fate. People respond to the energy of colours around them, either positively or negatively. Preferably, colours in our built surroundings should be subtle and pleasant. They should not be very bright and stimulating. In Vastu Shastra, specific colours have been prescribed for each room and in each direction. This is because each room has a specific function. For example, a Pooja room is meant for prayer and meditation and hence should have a sober and subdued colour which will not be distracting but encourage quiet thinking.

Colours can be used in a variety of ways. We can paint our walls with colours. We can wear clothes with colours of our preference; we can drink solarised water in coloured glasses. We can use curtains, carpets and furniture with colours of our liking.

Here I have explained under the following headings, the specific colours to be used in each room of the house and in the cardinal directions, in order to enhance the atmosphere of the specific room and make it useful in our daily life for bringing prosperity.

What are the ideal Vastu colours prescribed for the rooms of a house?
What are the Vastu colours suggested for rooms in each cardinal direction?


PRAYER ROOM/MEDITATION: A sober setting with solid, calm, subdued colours and no patterns is ideal. Subtle and deep shades of blue, violet, green, yellow or sandal will encourage deep concentration and inspire intellectual clarity. The Reasoning- The Pooja room is used for prayer and meditation and hence the setting should be soothing, subdued and not distracting.

BEDROOM : Pink is the ideal colour for the master bedroom.  The secondary colours can be light green and light blue as these are colours of hope and cultivation. Red should not be used in the bedroom, as it is too energizing though pink or red sheets and blankets are suitable for those who want to get married or for newly weds to ensure marital bliss. The Reasoning When used in abundance in a bedroom, red can be overpowering and stressful for people who are anxious by nature. However, plain white sheets or white sheets with flowers or colourful designs are fine.

Yellow is fine for the elderly. But dark blue should be avoided. The Reasoning Yellow is a soothing colour while dark colours can be gloomy especially for elderly people who spend a lot of time in the Bedroom.

STUDY ROOM/CHILDREN’S BEDROOMGreen colour should be used as it encourages concentration. Black is fine for furniture to encourage deep thoughts. Parents can have blue coloured bedrooms for their children who tend to be aggressive. The Reasoning – Since Children’s bedrooms are used by young children for study, they should have a colour that generates calm and peace for a cool head.

LIVING ROOM: In the living room, bright colours, shades, and patterns can be used. The best colours are yellow, beige or tan, or green or blue. The Reasoning As it is the place to entertain guests, it should be lively and conducive for pleasant conversations.

DINING ROOM: Orange is the best colour for the dining room as it is known to stimulate the appetite. Peach colour can also be used, as it gives a cool affect and is  a shade of orange. Secondary colours can be pinks, greens, and blues. Avoid black or white or a mixture of black and white as these colours are less conducive to enjoying eating. The Reasoning The dining room, where the family eats together and entertains, should have colours that stimulate appetite and conversation.

KITCHEN: For the 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. The Reasoning –  The kitchen tends to get dirty with all the grease and food. Hence it is better to have light colours that will not hide the dirt. Moreover, light shades and white help to brighten up the kitchen and enable us to see better while cutting and cooking.

BATH ROOM: The ideal colour is white or a mixture of black and white or grey. Pink and other pastel colours are also good. The Reasoning White ensures that the dirt and slime common in bathrooms is not hidden. Light shades and white make the bathroom brighter and enables us too see better.



Vastu Shastra recommends the use of specific colours in each of the cardinal directions. This is because each direction is governed by a planet which is in turn represented by a specific colour. Scientifically this can be explained by the fact that, we perceive colour only because of sunlight and the intensity of sunlight is different in different directions. Hence it is preferable to have certain colours in each direction.

It is advisable to use the recommended colours for different directions to enhance good luck, health and wealth.

Dark brown is the ideal colour in the East
EAST: ruled by the Sun. The preferred colour is dark brown which gives purity. The ReasoningNormally the Library or Study room is located here since it gets engulfed with the morning sun.

SOUTH-EAST: ruled by Venus. The preferred colour is white which gives beauty, charm and luck. The Reasoning This corner is reserved for the Kitchen, for which white is preferred colour.

SOUTH: is ruled by Mars. The ideal colour here is  red which gives aggression. However this is preferred only for fire stations or police stations and not for houses.

SOUTH-WEST: is ruled by Rahu. The suitable colour here is blue which gives courage. The ReasoningThe Master Bedroom is located in this corner and so a soothing colour like blue is preferred.

WEST: is ruled by Saturn. The colour prefered here is grey which gives satisfaction and maturity. The ReasoningThe Toilets are usually kept in the West and the choice of colour is grey.

NORTH: is ruled by Mercury. The colour suitable for this direction is green as this gives intelligence and wealth. The Reasoning- The North is reserved for the Living room and here, Green is suitable.

NORTH-EAST: is represented by Jupiter. The ideal colour here is yellow as it stands for piety and purity. The Reasoning The North-East corner is ideal for a pooja room or meditation room and so, yellow is the best colour.

Green is the most suited colour in the North

This post was about the Vastu Colours for the Interiors of a house – the different rooms and directions. In addition read about the “Vastu Guidelines  for choosing the right colours”  and the “Design of a House”, here:

Feng Shui And Vastu Shastra are both ancient Asian sciences that have similarities. You can read more here:

While painting a home there is a wide choice of colour options and it becomes difficult to decide on the colours. So to help you make the right choices, you can read about the colour wheel, colour groups and themes and their effects on our well-being in:

If you want to make the rest of the rooms of your house/apartment Vastu compliant, then go to:

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4 thoughts on “IDEAL VASTU COLOURS FOR A HOME | An Architect Explains

  • February 7, 2010 at 1:12 am

    Excellent display! Here’s a site I perceive everyone should look at for a ton of stuff.

  • March 3, 2011 at 2:53 am

    I purchased a house, infact 50% of the construction does not comply with vastu, how can we rectify the vastu dosha, without hampering the structure.?

  • August 3, 2011 at 8:55 am

    vastu sucks!!!! its nothing but basic principles considered while designing a house. most people associate it with hindu religion. this is just an other way of making money for astrologers !!!!!!!

  • February 20, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    very nice to read about vastu of colours .Thank U
    Hi Manoj,
    Thank you for the appreciation.

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