Vaastu is about 10 directions and five elements of nature, but when we delve deep in this study, which is called as micro Vaastu, we understand that each and everything that is placed or used inside and around the house has an impact on its inmates. Vaastu is a set of principles oriented to align maximum benefits from the natural energies, and the environment we create around us is directly linked with the level of positive energies or dis-ease we feel at home. Any kind of physical or mental ailment occurs, when there is misbalance in any of the five elements of nature in an abode. While talking about striking a balance between energies of all the five elements, ‘FURNITURE’ of the house is one aspect, which has a significant role to play. Colour, weight, design and material of the furniture have the power to change the Vaastu of a house completely. This write up will help you understand, as to, what kind of furniture should be bought, where to keep what, and how to keep them.
Placement of heavy furniture between South and west is prime rule of Vaastu but equally important is its shape, size, colour and material. Vaastu profoundly supports the visual and design components used in creating furniture. The item wherein design is simple, construction is good, material is eco-friendly, without any dust collecting feature in it, is given a thumbs up.
While selecting furniture for a house, following things should be considered –
Material: Furniture comprises of different types of materials like fabric, wood, fibre, plastic, steel, iron etc. The material used in furniture has an impact on the overall energies in the house. Vaastublessings doesn’t recommend furniture made up of plastic or steel as plastic emits toxic gases and iron attracts and allows electromagnetic rays to pass through it and sitting on it for longer duration is only going to invite health issues. Natural wood, bamboo, cane are the best materials for furniture. Fabric for cushioning is a good alternative over synthetic material but fabric should be dry washed quite often and dust should not be allowed to seep in, as dust can lead to breathing and skin related problems and allows fungal and bacterial growth in monsoons. Designs of the fabric should also be simple and subtle.
Symmetry in line: Too many lines of various natures in a room create confusion and chaos. As per Vaastu, lines in a house should be restricted to minimum types. Furniture placed should be equal in height and there should be balance in their size, to give an impression of unity in space. Horizontal lines are created by chair, tables, bookcases, shelves etc. whereas vertical lines are formed by beams.
Form or shape: Furniture placed in a room should be regular in shape too. Try to avoid putting too many shapes in a place like square table, circular chair, rectangular bed, triangular shelf. Maintain a uniformity of shapes to create a sense of order in inmates, irregularity in shape of furniture brings disorder and irregularity in inmates. While choosing the furniture, comfort should be the prime purpose.
Texture: Rough texture absorbs light and smooth texture reflects it. Hence rough textured furniture should be used between south and west or in a big room with lots of light, whereas plain or smooth textured furniture can be used between north and east or in a small dark room.
Color: Humans react emotionally and psychologically to different colors. As per Vaastu, one should thoughtfully select the colors for furniture. Furniture with dark shades should be used in big and well lit areas, whereas light coloured furniture should be used in small and dark areas. Color for furniture should be pleasing to eyes, irrespective of the season of the year. You may find a white or sea blue colour sofa too cool during winters and an orange or red coloured sofa too searing during summers.
Carpet is inseparable from furniture and people tend to spread one in their living areas or bedroom, without knowing that new carpets emit toxic gases formed by the chemicals like acetone, xylene, formaldehyde and benzene derivatives which are there in the carpet in the form of glue, backing material, flame retardants, dyes etc. It takes six months to two years for the carpet to release itself free from these harmful gases which ultimately are inhaled by the family members. Best is to use the newly brought carpet only after dry-cleaning them. Carpets invite bugs and bacteria, so it is important to clean them regularly and sundry them often.
Vaastu is nothing but living in harmony with the nature and it provides solutions to live a comfortable and healthy life by using natural and organic things and being close to the nature.
Dr Aarushi Sadhotra is a post graduate in Management and after working for a decade in HR Department of Telecom industry she found her calling in – “Vaastu Shastra”. After completing Ph.D. in Vaastu, she pursued few years of extensive research in Vaastu science and practiced under expert’s supervision, and that’s when she founded “Vaastublessings” – a consultancy for people seeking advices on Vaastu for commercial and residential complexes. Vaastublessings provides onsite as well as off- site consultation in India and overseas. Dr Aarushi is an author as well and has been writing articles for various publications.