In addition to laying down rules on the design and layout of commercial, industrial and residential buildings, vastu also provides guidelines for decoration or design of their interior.
Interior design of a building includes everything from the floor plan, lighting, direction and placement of furniture, appliances, decorative statues, proper spacing, and even plants. All of these elements play a big role in ensuring a vastu-friendly environment.
When it comes to furniture, there are various strict rules under vastu for their placement. They include the ideal direction for the bed, wardrobe, bookshelves, study table, dining table, sofa sets and chairs among other things. Keeping these pieces of furniture in the direction is very important since some of them ensure good sleep, good money flow, and other beneficial things. Placement of mirrors and shoe racks is also very crucial and can sometimes go wrong. For example, shoe racks should only be placed in the southwest direction while the dining table must only be placed in the northwest part of the dining room to maintain balance. It is advisable to seek the help of Vastu Experts in aligning the furniture.
The placement and direction of electrical appliances may seem a very trivial thing but is actually very important. Cooling and heating appliances are best kept in the northwest and southeast directions respectively. Not all directions are conducive for a good environment when it comes to electrical appliances. For example, northeast is one direction which brings in negative energy if any electrical appliances are kept in that direction.
TREES AND PLANTS
Different trees have different effects and significance in vastu. While a plant like money plant is beneficial, trees like Peepal, Neem, Jack and Tamarind trees need to be uprooted or cut six months before the construction of the building. If these trees are in the plot after the construction is complete, then you have to wait for a certain time period to cut them. Thorny plants like cactus should not be brought into residential buildings.
Lighting is a very effective tool for enhancing the positive vibes and aura of the place. There are three kinds of lighting according to vastu –
- General Lighting: This is the basic lighting for an area, used to illuminate it.
- Accent Lighting: The purpose of accent lighting is to highlight particular pieces of decoration or some extraordinary feature. It adds drama to the general lighting of an area.
- Task Lighting: Task lighting is done to facilitate some activity which can be done with increased ease when the lighting is focused. Eg: Lighting to facilitate reading, sketching, etc.
All activities that take place in the interior of a building need different lighting in appropriate direction and spaces. Since different buildings require lighting that is suitable to their design, vastu experts are highly recommended.