Vastu for Bedroom

A place to unwind, let your hair down and put up your feet-all very casual and private activities. For all the time spent and the intimacy it demands, a bedroom takes very careful and detailed planning. Not because it is the most personal room in a house but because it is a room WHERE YOU DREAM !!!

What is life without dreams? And what is a better place to dream in than your own bedroom? So that is what a bedroom really is-a place to rest and relax, to share a few quiet moments with yourself, to sleep away the weariness of a long, hard day.

As the most private, personalised space in a home, the bedroom must necessarily reflect its user's lifestyle, his practical needs, aesthetic preferences and also his dreams, and this is exactly why a bedroom decor poses a challenge to interior designers. To design an ideal bedroom for a client, the designer must get to know the client's innermost thoughts and ideas, his cultural background and upbringing, his temperament and his personal conception of a dream bedroom; besides the more tangible factors such as his needs in terms of the storage space provided or his taste in terms of the colour scheme he would like best. All these diverse factors govern aesthetic decisions, which explains the high degree of subjectivity involved. That is why one cant really set up aesthetic byelaws; nor can these byelaws find an easy acceptance, if indeed they are made.

The first thing to do when your home starts feeling cramped is to analyse the way you are using available space. All too often, there is too much unrequired furniture. Even clearing out stacks of old magazines, empty bottles and worn out clothes, will make you realise how much space you have and how incorrectly you have been using it.

The basic principle of not breaking up a room into little bits is equally applicable to the floor. This is why a room with a wall-to- wall carpet looks much bigger than a one with rugs scattered all over. However, given the Indian climatic conditions, maintaining carpets and rugs requires a huge effort; and can only be risked in air-conditioned and dust free environment. The latest option is laminate flooring, and it does seem to have a lot of advantages, while also being aesthetically appealing, and free from the hassles of ordinary wooden flooring. It should be noted that the same flooring sweeping through several rooms gives a better, more spacious effect.

Lighting in a home must do more than dispel darkness. Most rooms benefit from a combination of functional and decorative lighting-relying on the former to set the scene and the latter to add interest. So every room must have primary as well as secondary lighting. The primary lighting fixtures (tubelights) are essential for daily household chores like cooking and reading; but for dramatic effects, shades and shadows, secondary lighting (spotlights, dimmers, up-lighters) is extremely important.

Bright colours and bold patterns advance and make up the space look smaller; while pale colours and small, all-over patterns recede, reflect light and make the space look bigger. Contrasting colours and textures in a room break it up into several different areas and make it seem smaller.

The way a room is decorated has a major effect on how spacious it looks. Even though you have not actually pushed out the walls or raised the ceiling, you can use colour, texture and pattern to create that effect. The colours for walls and ceilings, the choice of flooring, the treatment of windows and design of the lighting system are all important aspects of decor. Also, there are a few other aspects specific to bedroom decor such as bedspreads, quilts and cushions which must be given due consideration.

For centuries, sumptuous bedspreads, coverlets and quilts have been important elements of bedroom furnishing. These accessories should be seen as a part of the whole bedroom scheme. Cushions, although small, have the potential to pull a scheme together with accents of pattern or colour.

Windows let in light and are usually a prominent focal point of the room. Decorative window treatments can lend style to rooms that have no distinct character of their own or accentuate architectural details that already exist. Curtains, which give life to any room , comes in unlimited colours, designs and fabric. Only the heaviest tapestries and weaves are unsuitable because of their weight and bulk.

The master bedroom should be in the south-west area of the building. This room can be used by father or the eldest son in the family. The central south portion is also recommended for the eldest son.

Beds should be placed so as the head of the person should be in south or west direction. The bedroom should not be constructed above porch, car parks and kitchen.

The bedroom should never be constructed on four pillars with no construction under the bedroom. The room should not be in the central portion of the building or in the basement; as it may lead to mental instability in person using such bedrooms.

When it comes to the placement of beds, Vaastu lays clear rules for the placement of bed in the room. According to Vaastu, the beds should never be placed under the joint in roof or under a beam. The beds should always be kept away from the walls.

If any cabinets of almirahs are constructed/placed in the bedroom, which contain valuable documents, cash, jewelry etc., it should be in the south-west of the room opening towards north.

An attached bathroom to the room can be to the north-west or south-east of the room.

Entrance door to the bedroom may have a window opposite to it.

If there are more than one floors, the head of the family (elder person) should have a bedroom on the upper floor and in the south-west corner. This room should never be used as a bedroom of young children, or unnecessary quarrels are likely to occur in the house.

Southwest corner of the bedroom should never be left empty, always keep heavy things, furniture etc. in this portion in every room as a general rule of Vastu. The southwest side of the house and all the rooms inside the house should always be heavier than the east and northeast side. Maximum open space should be left in the northeast side of the rooms and house.

Avoid keeping a TV in the bedroom. If a TV is kept, it should never be in front of bed, as it works as a mirror and keeping a mirror in front of bed generates negative energy. Keeping a up-lighter in the south-east is good.

The dressing-table in the bedroom should be kept north direction. Reading and writing activities can be carried out in the west or east of the bedroom. The door of the bedroom should be in the east, the west or the north. Having windows in the east and north and smaller windows in west is beneficial.

Colour of Walls

What we see effects our mind, both in good ways and bad. The kind of paintings etc. in the house also effect the thinking of the inmates. The colours you see when you wake up define you day. As a general rule in Vastu light colours in house are always better than dark shades. The colour of walls in the bedroom should be light rose, blue, green, gray, etc for they encourage intelligent thinking. Yellow and white coloured marble stones should not be used in the bedroom.

Sleeping Direction

Vaastu allows sleeping with head in any direction except north. The detail of the direction of head while sleeping and its effects is as under:

  • East: East is the direction of knowledge. Sleeping with head in the east improves health, increases knowledge and

  • increases a liking for spiritualism. Children should always sleep with head in the east.

  • West: Sleeping with one's head in the west causes bad dreams, illness, disturbed sleep and violent nature.

  • North: Sleeping with head in the north causes fear and sleeplessness and major illness.

  • South: South is the best direction for sleeping. Sleeping with one's head in the south brings happiness and sound sleep. It also leads to increment in wealth and prosperity.


Vastu Tips for Bedroom

Vastu Shastra Is the science if architecture that teaches how to live in harmony with nature and how influence nature so that it works for your benefit. It is a part of a vast body of Vedic knowledge written over 5000 years ago.'Vastu' means dweling and 'Shastra' means scientific treatise---the science of designing and building homes according to the eternal laws of nature.

  • North Direction: This direction is governed by diety "Kuber". This is the ideal direction for young couples and also for storing valuables, important papers, cash, jewellery etc.

  • A bedroom in the North East : This direction is governed by Diety "shiv". This direction should not have any bedroom because it is the space of Worship room.

  • A bedroom in the East: This direction is governed by Diety "Surya, Indra". The direction is ideal for unmarried children.

  • A bedroom in the South East : This direction is governed by Diety "Agni".The direction is not recommended for having bedroom because it leads to constant quarrels between couples and incures excessive expenditure. Children staying in this direction do not take interest in their studies and finds it difficult to get a sound sleep.

  • A bedroom in the West : This direction is governed by Diety "Varun".The direction is ideal for students. However, it increases the probability of birth of a larger number of girls in the family.

  • A bedroom in the North West : This direction is governed by Diety "Vayu".The location is the best for newlywed couples.


Vastu Guidelines for Bedroom

Let us also explore the basic Vastu guidelines that have to be followed, in case of the bedroom:-

  • Vaastu Shastra does not recommend a bedroom in the South East under any circumstances. It is best to shift from this room to any other room in the South West, South, West or North West. In case there is no choice, keep the bed away from the southeast corner or you will be sleeping on too much fire. Sleep in this room with your head towards the South and feet towards the North to ward off the ill-effects.

  • According to Vaastu Shastra, mirrors should not be located inside the bedroom as this leads to frequent misunderstandings and quarrels between couples. However, if essential, place them preferably along the North East wall.

  • You can decorate the walls with attractive wall hangings or pictures that bring pleasure since this is what you will see the first thing in the morning when you wake up!

  • The correct placement of furniture in the bedroom makes one feel at home. Vaastu suggests that since bedrooms normally have heavy objects like beds, cupboards etc, they should be placed in the South, South West or West direction of the room. If possible, avoid beds in the centre of the room.

  • According to Vaastu Shastra, mirrors should not be located inside the bedroom as this leads to frequent misunderstandings and quarrels between couples. However, if essential, place them preferably along the North East wall.

  • It is best to sleep with the head towards the South or East direction of the bedroom. The South brings a good deep sleep and ensures long life, while the East brings enlightenment. There should be no window behind you, while sleeping.

We recommend you to read our articles on South Direction to gain more knowledge.
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