Moderator's Note -

News/Posts related to Housing Loans have been moved to a New thread -
Read more
62 Replies
Sort by :Filter by :
  • Liquid gains

    Water feature in homes is an important part of Feng Shui guidelines. The harmonious flow of water in the vicinity of any home or building is traditionally regarded as an auspicious feature. According to Feng Shui masters, the presence of water always spells prosperity and brings opportunities for business growth. When oriented correctly, water in all its manifestations attracts good fortune to the home. This is because the flow of water is believed to mirror the flow of the invisible Chi current that swirls around the earth.

    According to ancient texts on the subject, however, the Chi created by water can either bring great wealth or can cause all the wealth of the family to drain away. Thus, while water has the potential to attract great wealth, if not correctly oriented it can also take it away.

    According to Feng shui principles there are different ways of building water features and designing water flow in and around the home to attract wealth.

    As not everyone can afford the luxury of having a house near a natural water element city dwellers have to create water bodies that are near enough, deep enough and ‘yang’ enough to stimulate the prosperity-bringing properties of natural water bodies.

    The good news about water is that there are probably four or five spots around your home where its presence would either enhance prosperity for you or subdue the afflictive luck (poison arrow) coming from harmful structures in the surrounding environment.


    The front of the house which is termed as the facing palace in Feng Shui, is where the presence of a body of water is the most helpful in a house. Having yang water here would definitely enhance growth luck and increase one’s net worth. This is based on the Sheng chi energy located in the facing palace, and since Sheng chi is the wood element, water here helps the wood to grow and expand but the orientation should be precise.

    Three examples of artificially created water structures — waterfalls, fountain and fish pond — not only have the potential to improve your wealth but they also add beauty to a well-planned garden.

    A fishpond is considered to be one of the best ways of creating favorable and auspicious Sheng Chi. Keeping fish has a symbolic meaning because the fish is regarded as one of the symbols of wealth and success. The Chinese refer to fish when they speak of growth and expansion. If you plan to keep fish, do ensure that you have a proper filter system. While making a waterfall make sure that the water flows towards the house. Water flowing away from home is inauspicious.


    Placing decorative water in the interior of dwelling places is very much a modern-day phenomenon. Water inside the house can be in the form of an aquarium, it can be a water feature that has a rotating crystal ball or it can be a simple wide-rimmed pot filled with water and auspicious water plants.

    Water bodies like fish pond or water features that fill up a hole dug into the earth are the most auspicious. But this is not something that can be done carelessly. It is the water inside the house which signifies that prosperity is already captured; it is already inside rather than outside.

    The water bodies inside the home must be incorporated into your plans while building the house. Remember that one must not dig inside the house after moving in. Digging a hole in a ground inside the house, especially if you or family is living, is a taboo. This disturbs the earth spirits of your home.

    Water for wealth

    Water (Feng) and wind (Shui) are the two main components of Feng Shui. The flow of water on the earth was also linked with flow of invisible chi current in the atmosphere.

    Living by river looks very desirable. But the Feng Shui of the riverfront house is compromised if the river is straight. Neither should a house have a river on its back.

    Water features outside homes or work buildings can bring beneficial chi energy, if laid out according to Feng Shui principles.

    The direction of water flow is crucial. Water that appears to flow away from the building is bad; a flow that seems to embrace it is better.

    An artificially created waterfall is an attractive addition to any garden and may help increase your bank balance too. The best location for water featutres is in the North or East corner.

    Avoid swimming pools with corners, as this will encourage negative Shar Chi. The best design is a modest round, oval, or kidney-shaped pool.

    For the Chinese, eight is a very auspicious number. That makes it a good shape for a fish pond.


    The use of water as an ornamental feature in the garden has long been important to the Chinese and is deemed to be a crucial part of Feng Shui, particularly for activating the potential for wealth and prosperity. The north and east are excellent directions for having water features. Water Feng Shui is extremely accurate if the ‘water formulas’ are applied carefully. One must use the water formulas to ascertain the most auspicious location of any water features in your garden.
  • Let Chi flow inside your home

    The Feng Shui of interiors is as important as that of the external environment. It is no good having excellent external Feng Shui if inside of the home suffers from stagnant Chi and residents have to endure an unbalanced flow of energy everyday.

    Feng Shui for interiors is concerned with the flow of chi inside the home, the arrangement of rooms, their shapes, the flow of traffic within, and the way furniture is placed in relation to door, windows, staircase and toilets. All of this affects the quality of the energy of the home.

    Interiors should, thus, be designed, organised, and arranged carefully taking into consideration the implications that these will have for the Feng Shui of one’s immediate living space. Here are some general guidelines that you can keep in mind:

    The layout of rooms

    -Irrespective of the shape of your house or apartment, the inner half and outer half of the home are determined by the location of the main door. The outer half is the front of the house where you should not locate your private rooms, the inner half is the back part of the house. When designing your layout and allocating rooms, take account of some general guidelines:

    - Kitchens and bedrooms should not be located in the outer half of the home if it is a single-level house. If the house has several levels, kitchens should still not be located there, although it is all right for bedrooms to be.

    - Dining room should preferably be located in the centre of the home, neither too far to the back nor too near the main door. If you have two dining rooms, the one used for entertaining may be located in the outer half of the house.

    - Auspicious Sheng Chi must always be given a chance to move slowly and gently through the house, and the best way to ensure this is to design your rooms in a way that allows the flow of traffic through the house to curve.

    - Long corridors and sharp turns are strongly discouraged as the flow of chi in them is too fast and too strong, and is not auspicious. There will be lots of quarrels in this home. The problem will be made worse if the main door opens straight into the corridor, thus increasing the speed of chi. Traditionally, this is a major Feng Shui taboo. The resulting effect is the creation of an invisible but nevertheless lethal poison arrow caused by nothing more than the layout of the rooms and the location of the doors that link these rooms.
  • Make your home a vibrant space

    Make your home a vibrant space
  • Vastu Shastra for Staircase

    Vastu verifies to locate staircase of the building in the South or West direction. Staircase is a heavy structure; hence it should be located in negative zones like the South or the West. The staircase in northern or eastern part of house may give adverse effects. The stairs should rise from the East to West or from the North to South. The staircase should not be in the center of the house. Avoid staircase in northeast direction also.

    Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for functional staircase


    -Make staircase of the house in southern or western part of the house as these directions are heavy.
    -Build staircase in southeast in east, northwest in north, southwest in west and southwest in south if the staircase is external.
    -Arise the stairs from the East to West or from the North to South and a turn can be taken to any other side due to paucity of space.
    -Make the number of stairs odd. It should not end with zero. The number of risers should be such odd numbers that if divided by 3, the remainder is always 2.
    -Paint staircase in light colors. Avoid red and black color.
    -Repair broken stairs immediately otherwise it may cause accidents or mental tension due to clashes.


    -Avoid staircase in northeast of the house and in center of the house as it will cause loss of wealth. The staircase in any other corner reduces loss.
    -Do not make staircase circular as it may cause ill effects on health.
    -Do not build any room such as kitchen, bathroom and ‘Pooja’ room under staircase. However it can be used for storage.
    -Do not use common staircase for going upstairs and basement.
  • Locker Room Vastu

    According to vastu ‘Locker Room’ should be located in north direction of the house. If locker room/strong room is located in wrong position, the outflow of money is much as compared to inflow. The locker room should be fully secured and safe for keeping cash, jewelry and ornaments.

    Shape of Room

    Locker room should be of square or rectangular shape. Odd shaped locker room is not good. Any side of room should not be extended. The height of locker room should not be less than that of other rooms.

    Locker Location

    Locker/Almirah should be placed in south side of the room leaving south-east and south-west of the room. The locker should have its back towards south wall and front towards north wall. Avoid placing locker in north-east corner as it can cause loss of wealth. Locker in south-east and north-west corner can lead to unnecessary expenditure.

    Locker should be placed 1 inch away from the wall. Care should be taken that it is at least 1 foot away from north-west or south-west corner. Due to paucity of space locker can be placed in the East.

    Doors and Windows

    The locker room should have only one door with two shutters. The doors of locker room should be in north or east direction. It should not have doors in south-east, south-west, north-west and in south directions. Windows should be in east and north directions in this room.

    Color Scheme

    The wall and floor of locker room should be of yellow color. This will lead to increment in wealth.

    Tips for Locker Room

    - North is an excellent location for the room.
    - East is alternate location for this room.
    - Locker should not be placed under the beam.
    - It should not be placed in a corner of the room also.
    - Locker room should be clean and clutter free.
    - Gold, silver and other valuables should be kept in western or southern part of the locker.
    - A mirror should be hanged to reflect locker. It doubles the opportunity to gain wealth.
    - The fountain increases the inflow of money. A fountain with gentle sound of water is just a thing to move positive energy through the space.
    - A birdbath or feeder in house yard to attract wildlife increases the amount of energy around your house as well as brings wealth in life.
  • Dining Room Vastu

    According to vastu dining room should be located in east or west portion of the house. If the kitchen is on ground floor, dining room should not be on upper floor. The room should be located adjacent to kitchen or drawing room. Having meal in such located dining room will be beneficial for you, ensures Vastu.

    Vastu Dining Location

    Dining room should be located in west direction whereas kitchen should be made in south-east direction. Dining room should not be located in south side. Water arrangement should be in north-east direction.

    Color: The color of dining room should be light like pink, light green, cream etc. Avoid black and white color.

    Shape of dining table: According to vastu dining table should be in square shape and rectangular shape. It should not be in round shape, egg shape, and oval shape.

    Location of TV and electronic appliances: Electrical appliances like fridges should be in south-east direction. Television should not be placed in the dining room.

    While taking food Family members should face east, west or north directions. Do not face south direction as it creates quarrels among family members. It’s best to face east or west direction while eating.

    Lighting: Lights create positive energy. The décor of dining room should be arranged according to the mood and taste of the family. Lighting should create easy and relaxed environment. Candles and lamps give special effects to any meal. Ceiling lights should fall vertically and mainly focus on the surface of dining table. Scenery and paintings give positive effect in dining room.

    Window and Door: Window should be placed in north or east side as compared to south or west side. If the house is located in north direction, the entrance should be in north direction. If the house is located in east direction, the face of entrance should be in the east.

    If the room is located in south direction, the face of entrance should be in the South and if it is in north direction, the entrance should be in the north.Main entrance door and dining room door should not face directly to each other. Toilet should not be attached to dining room.
  • Vastu for Construction of House

    As you have bought a plot for your dream home, Vastu provides principles for construction of house. By following these principles, you can make an inauspicious plot auspicious. At first make a plan on paper regarding layout of the building, excavation, foundation concrete, brick work, doors and windows frame etc.

    Before starting construction, the land should be cleared of thorny plants, bushes, stones, holes in the ground. The trash should be removed from construction site. Construction should be done constantly, that is, there is no break in construction work. Daytime is good for construction work, avoid it in the night. Compound walls should be built before construction of house. Here are given principles for right construction of the house.

    Construction Material: Only new material should be used for building. Old material which is not durable should not be used for new construction as generally old bricks, doors; steel bars and plumbing material are used in new construction. Wood taken from thorny trees should not be used. As per Vastu rules same material should be used for doors and their frames that is iron doors are made of iron frames rather that wooden frames and wooden doors are made of wooden frames instead of iron frames.

    Storage of Material: Store room is necessary at construction site for storing materials like cement bags. Storage makes the room heavy so it should be in southwest, south or west direction.

    Excavation: As per Vastu, excavation of land should commence from northeast corner and proceed towards the East, North, South and then West direction.

    Water Sump: Water source in the plot is auspicious in northeast, north or east directions as northeast is place of water. Avoid it in southwest, southeast and northwest directions. Water sump in the middle of house is inauspicious.

    Laying Foundation: Foundation work should start from southwest corner and proceed towards northwest and southeast and then from southeast and northwest to northeast.

    Entrance Door: Entrance door should be in positive direction and far away from corners. Positive directions are North, Northeast, and East in East and North facing plot, Southeast and South in South facing plot, West and Northwest in West facing plot. There should be one or maximum two entrance doors in a house.

    General Tips for House Construction

    There should be open space in the northeast of the house. There is more open space in the North and East than South and West.

    Master bedroom should be in the Southwest of the house.

    Kitchen should be in the Southeast of the house. Alternate location is the Northwest.

    Pooja Room should be built in the Northeast of the house.

    Toilet should be in the West or Northwest and bathroom can be in the Northeast, North, East or Northwest of the house.

    Basement can be in northern or eastern portion of the house.

    The paint of light color is auspicious as per Vastu. Avoid red and black color in house.
  • Bed Room Vastu

    According to ancient science of directions, Vastu Shastra peace and harmony reign through bedroom if the room is located in right direction. A properly located bedroom provides complete relaxation after a weary day and also brings good things into life. Here are given the facts which explain complete vastu for bedroom.

    Location for Bedroom

    Ideally master bedroom should be located in southern part of the house and all other bedrooms should be located either towards the East or North of master bedroom. Master bedroom may be located in south-west of the house. This room should be used by the head of the family and eldest son of the family. South portion is also recommended for eldest son bedroom. If there is more than one floor, the head of the family should have his bed room in south-west direction on first floor. This bedroom should not be used by young children otherwise unnecessary quarrels can take place in the house.

    A west sided bedroom is good for children. An eastern bedroom can be used for children. But this room should not be used by newly wed couples because it can cause unnecessary quarrel between the couple. Teenager girls should have their bedrooms in north-west direction. The bedroom should not be constructed in central portion of the house or in basement as it may lead to mental tension. Also bed room should not be constructed above porch and kitchen. An attached bathroom can be in north-west or south-east of bedroom.

    Bed Location

    The beds should be of good quality wood and metal bed should be avoided. The bed should be placed in such a way as the foot of the bed should be in North and does not face the door. It should not touch walls keeping 2 or 3 inches distance. Avoid placing bed in corners or under the beam. The space under the bed should be clean and clutter free. Due to paucity of space modern vastu says to use box bed.
    Keep storage space clean and clutter free. Do not keep utensils and metal in storage space. This may cause mental stress and diseases.

    Cabinet Location

    Cabinet/Almirah should be placed in south-west of the room opening towards North. It should be placed leaving south-east, north-east, south-west, north-west corners and east and north directions of the room.

    Television and Electrical Appliances Location

    Avoid television in bedroom. If you place T.V. in bedroom, it should be kept in south-east of bedroom. It should never be placed in front of bed as it works like a mirror. Thus placed mirror is not good for health. Electrical appliances should be kept in south-east of the room.

    Doors and Windows Location

    The door of bedroom should be in the East or the North. Windows in the East and North of the room are beneficial.

    Color Scheme

    Color affects our mind and changes the mood. Vastu recommends light colors. Light colors are better than dark colors. The color of bedroom should be light rose, pink, blue, yellow and green. Avoid black and red color in bedroom. Yellow and white marble should not be used in bedroom.


    As per vastu lighting is an essential part of bedroom. Comfortable lighting is the key to excellent bedroom. The bedroom should not have too bright or too dim lighting. Keeping an up-lighter in south-east is good.


    Do not display pictures of war, cruelty, sadness, single bird, any animal and wild animals in bedroom. Generally people having religious nature display idols of God in bedroom. They should place these idols in pooja Room.


    Do not use mirror in bedrooms. If it can not be avoided, keep it in such a position that should not reflect your shadow while sleeping. Keep a curtain on mirror to avoid reflection. To avoid mirrors in bedroom means to avoid unnecessary quarrels between the couple.

    Tips for Vastu Bedroom

    As a general rule of vastu, south-west corner of bedroom should not be left empty. Always keep heavy things, furniture etc. in this portion in every room.
    South-west side of the house and of all rooms inside the house should always be heavier than the East and north-east side. Maximum open space should be left in north-east side of the room and house.

    Nobodys bedroom should be exactly in the middle of the building.

    Some buildings do not get proper east-west and north-south directions. They have corners only. In bed rooms of such buildings, for getting the proper direction, one should not put his bed in an oblique position.

    As far as possible, the almirah should not be in the bedroom. If it is necessary, it should be placed in a way leaving the south-east, the north-east, the south-west and the northwest corners as well as the east and the north directions.
  • Vastu for Kitchen

    According to Vastu Shastra, the lord of ‘Agni’ (Fire) prevails in south-east direction. So ideally the kitchen should be located in south-east of the home. The second best option is north-west part of the home. The stove should be placed in south-east direction of the kitchen so that the cook may face east direction while cooking.

    East quadrant is considered an excellent location for kitchen because this area brings prosperity. South-east is the best direction for the kitchen. North quadrant is second option and north-west is direction. In diagonal plots, avoid north quadrant which has ill effects on female members. West quadrant gives average results for kitchen. The kitchen should not be placed under or above Pooja Room, Toilet or Bed Room.

    Let’s discuss the directions of various items of the kitchen.

    The Entrance: Entry door of kitchen should be in the East, North or West. The door of kitchen should not be in any of the corners.

    Cooking Gas: The gas stove should be in southeast corner, a few inches away from the wall. It should not be in front of the main door of the kitchen. Gas stove or any other cooking material should be placed in such a way as allows the cook to face only towards the East while cooking. If the lady faces west while cooking, it may lead to health problems. Cooking with face towards the south may lead to financial problems in the family. No shelf should be placed above cooking gas.

    Dining in Kitchen:The food should never be served at the dining table placed in the center of the kitchen. Dining table should be placed in north-west corner of the room. One should only face towards east or north while taking food for good digestion.

    Gas Cylinder: Gas Cylinder should be kept in south-east. Empty Cylinder should be kept in south-west.

    Refrigerator: The direction of refrigerator should be in south-east, south, west or north direction. Refrigerator should not be in north-east direction. If the refrigerator is in south-west direction, it should be a feet away from corner otherwise it always gets out of order.

    Electric Equipments: Heaters, conventional ovens, micro-waves ovens should be placed in south-east or south side of the kitchen; never in north-east portion.

    Sink: Sink (wash basin) should be in north-east corner as far as possible.

    Storage: The storage racks should be made on southern or western wall Essential commodities like boxes of grain, spices, pulses, etc. should be in south or west direction. The water source including pitcher, water filter, etc. may be kept in north-east.

    Flooring: Ceramic tiles, mosaic, marble are good choices for kitchen flooring. Ceramic tile flooring is recommended to accommodate Indian conditions as it is stain-free, dust-free and scratch resistant.

    Windows: There should be one or two windows or air holes in the east direction of the kitchen. An exhaust fan in the East is good.

    Color Scheme: The color of floor and walls should be yellow, orange, rose, chocolate or red. It should not be black as far as possible.
  • Vastu for Bathroom and Toilet

    According to bathroom vastu, bathroom should be located in North or North-West portion of the house. If bathroom is located in wrong direction, it can cause health and financial problems. Bathroom should not be in South, South-East and South-West direction. South sided bathroom can cause adverse effects on the health of female members.

    As per Toilet Vastu, toilet should be located in west or northwest direction. Avoid construction of toilet at the centre and in the east, northeast of the house. The toilet seat should be placed in such a way that the person sitting could face the North or the South. Now a day toilet combined with bathroom is becoming popular due to lack of space. Combined bathroom and toilet should be in north-west direction. It should not be adjacent to Pooja Room, kitchen and under the stairs.

    Geyser and other electrical appliances like heater and switchboard should be installed in south-east corner of bathroom. Taps and showers are fixed in north direction. Placing bath tubs in east, west or north-east direction is good. Wash basin and shower can be either in north-east, north or east direction. The North is a good direction for vanity mirror.

    Water closet should be placed in the West and the South direction of the toilet. A water closet should be placed near a window or an outer wall.

    Exhaust fans are necessary if there is no window in the bathroom. The slope of bathroom floor should be in the North. It should not to be in south-west or south-east direction.

    Septic tank should be in northwest of the house. It should not be in south-east, north-east, north or east directions. The tank should be higher than floor level of the building.

    The door of bathroom should be in North or East direction. It should not be placed in south-west direction. In a bathroom there should be a small and airy window either in East, West or North direction. If the window is in south direction, it would have adverse effects on health.

    The color of bathroom tiles can be white, sky blue and light blue. It helps in giving a fresh look to bathroom. Avoid dark colors like black or red. The slope of floor in bathroom should be towards East or North direction.

    Vastu Tips for Bathroom and Toilet

    -It should not be located in east, north or northeast direction.

    -It should not be in northeast and center place of the house.

    -It should not be near kitchen and under the stairs.

    -If a change room is built in bathroom, it should be in South or West direction.

    -The mirror should be on northern or eastern wall.

    -The door should not be in south-west direction.

    -Washing machine can be placed in south-east and north-west direction directions.
  • Vastu Tips for Happy Married Life

    Vastu leads to a happy married life which every couple dream of. Life becomes joyful and peaceful if your life partner is compatible with you. Vastu defects may cause non compatibility with life partner. Everybody wants to live a successful and peaceful life. You also want to live a life which is enjoyable and happy, but you do not know why you become sad when you come to your house. You may feel that you are quite happy when you are far away from your house, you can feel some mood swings when you enter in your house. From a vastu perspective, if your home is not in proper balance, it may cause sadness, problem in relationships etc.

    Like nature all five elements (earth, water, fire, air and space) are in balance. Your home can also be balanced there is a need to know the importance of structure that can benefit you. Balance the five elements in your home because each of the five elements is associated with each direction.

    Northeast of your house is associated with water element. Open space in northeast of house is good for relationship and finances. Having water element in this direction without touching the diagonal axis is good for finances. If your financial condition is good, it has a positive effect on your relationship. An under ground water tank is good in this direction even though over head water tank is also water element, but if it is in northeast direction that can be stressful for you. Pooja room in northeast quadrant is also good. Bedroom in northeast may be the reason of lot of tension. Toilet, kitchen, store room and a missing northeast corner can cause stagnation in relationship.

    The southeast of your house is associated with fire element. Kitchen, electrical equipments are placed in southeast of house are good for lively relationship. Avoid water elements in southeast as fire and water cannot live with each other. If there is cut southeast corner, your relationship can also be suffered. Master bedroom in southeast can cause quarrel in family.

    The northwest of your house is associated with air element. If there is a cut corner in northwest or less open space in northwest, it may cause lack of communication between family members. Communication is the base of any relationship so it can affect your relationship with spouse. There can be mental instability due to blocked northwest. Toilet and guest room are recommended in this direction this may lead to proper communication which helps in stability of relationship.

    The southwest area of your house is associated with earth element. Southwest master bedroom is helpful in stability of relationship. An extended southwest or cut corner in southwest can cause conflicts in relationship. A store room in southwest is a good option. Toilet, kitchen and under ground water tank are not recommended in southwest, it may affect a relationship.

    Center of House (Brahmasthan) is associated with space element. A cluttered center of house or no open space in that part of house can cause poor communication in relationship. Toilet, kitchen and under ground water tank in the center of house may cause disagreement.

    Vastu tips for happy Married Life


    -Keep bedroom in the south-west of the house.
    -Avoid bedroom in south-east as this is a fire place. It may lead to the clashes between the couple.
    -Place bed in the southwest portion of the bedroom. Avoid placing bed in northern and eastern zone of the bedroom. It may cause mental stress and financial instability.
    -Keep head-side of the bed in south direction.
    -Use wooden bed instead of metal bed.
    -Always build square or rectangle bedrooms which bring peace and love in life.
    -Paint walls in light colors like green, light blue, rose pink. Avoid red color in bedroom.
    - Place kitchen appliances/objects like gas and sink that represents fire and water respectively properly. You should place gas in South-east and water in North-east or North.
    -Keep money in northern or eastern area of the house as it is an important part of the life.

    DON’T DO

    -Do not use Northeast bedroom in case you are newly wed couple.
    -Never place the bed under a beam. It may cause bad effects on health.
    -Avoid mirror in married couple’s bedroom. It may lead to quarrels between the couple.
    -Avoid Computer and T.V in bedroom as they will reflect like a mirror. If you place T.V and Computer in bedroom, cover them with a cloth while sleeping in the night.
    -Ensure that the under ground water tank is not in the south-west direction.
    -Avoid paintings that symbolize death, violence and negative aspects of life.
  • Happiness on the table

    The Feng Shui of the family dining room is very important if you want to activate for abundance luck for the family. The ideal location for the dining room is in the center or deep inside the home. When the heart of the home is regularly occupied by the whole family, it creates harmony and prosperity. The dining room is a middle ground where Yin personalities must interact with Yang persona. The two types must balance in order to raise the comfort level of the room and promote quality conversation. A dining room in perfect harmony is functional, free of distraction, and welcoming to all personalities of the household, including close family friends and relatives. Since the majority of your guests will never spend more than a glance inside this space, feel free to implement decorations that appeal to you and your family's taste.

    When it comes to selecting auspicious dinning tables, it is useful to know that according to Feng Shui all the regular shapes are auspicious — square, rectangular, round, and even the octagonal Pa Kua shape. Each of the basic shapes also signify one of the Chinese elements, and it is the square (Earth), rectangular (Wood) and the round (Metal) shapes that are best for dining tables. The fire element shape is triangular, while the water shape is wavy.

    Harmonious circle

    The Chinese have always had a preference for round dining tables, because this is the shape that makes for harmonious meals. Family members quarrel and disagree less when the table is curved. A round table also has no sharp edges to disturb the harmony of the home. Indeed, it is rare to find anything but a round table in the dining rooms in Chinese homes and the larger the table, the more auspicious it is deemed to be. In addition, these tables are almost always made of the finest woods and are either carved with a collection of auspicious symbols or engraved with four-season fruits, plants, or flowers signifying auspicious abundance throughout the year.

    The circle is also a special symbol signifying heaven chi. There is, thus, less possibility of energy becoming aggravating and the authority of the father figure is respected. Family members who sit together at a round table are deemed to be having a good relationship. To ensure good Feng Shui, individually and collectively, everyone should be allocated a seat around the table according to his/her best direction. Use the Kua directions to maximise their luck each time they sit down to dine together.

    What is the Element of your Table. Activate the elements in dining room n the following manner:

    Southeast: Enhance this wood sector with water elements such as blue curtains, cushions and rugs, or a water feature or aquarium to bring wealth luck.

    South: Use red curtains, cushions and lights here to activate the fire element of this sector. This brings recognition and fame luck.

    Southwest: Use red and ochre coloured décor here to strengthen the element of the sector to bring good relationship luck. Also enhance with lights or a crystal chandelier.

    East: Use wood elements such as potted plants, flowers and cane furniture to enhance this corner to bring good health luck.

    West: Display a portrait of family members with gold frame here to bring harmonious family luck and to activate the metal element.

    Northeast: Place table lamps or crystals in this area to strengthen the earth energy here, to tap good education luck for the children.

    North: Use an oil painting of a waterfall placed on the north wall to signify water coming from the North to enhance for good career luck.

    Northwest: Paint the walls here white and match with grey curtains to activate the luck of the patriarch. Avoid too much red in this corner.

    Tips to ensure an auspicious dining room

    -Place the three star gods Fuk Luk Sau in your dining room to bring health, wealth and prosperity to the family.
    -Fix a large mirror on one of the walls of your dining room to double the food on the table, symbolizing abundance.
    -The best shapes for your dining table are round, rectangular or Pa Kua shaped (8-sided).
    -Hang a chandelier in the center above the dining table.
    -Display fresh flowers on your table to create vibrant chi energy.
    -Arrange your family\ members to sit and eat facing their auspicious directions based on their respective Kua numbers.
    -For wealth accumulation luck, display a bowl of garlic as a centerpiece to your dining table. The garlic need not be real.
    -Place a Tang Bell at the side of your dining table. Knock the bell three times before starting a meal to welcome positive energies.

  • What is the importance of the number of doors?

    The number of doors should be even in count, but not 10 or in the multiples of eight.

    However, there are several rules before counting all 10 doors. The main gate or the doors in the outhouse are not counted with doors in the house. Two flanged doors are counted as one door.

    Entrance may be without doors but if these are covered overhead to form an enclosed passage, then these are counted as doors. Doors to partitions within the house which do not touch the ceiling are not counted as doors.

  • Study Room Vastu

    The right place is very important for study as it affects the concentration of students. Many times students complain that they are not able to concentrate on studies. The remedy to these problems has been formulated by our ancestors through ‘Vastu Shastra’.

    Here are few vastu tips which can help students to achieve success in their studies.

    The study room should be located in the directions which are considered auspicious for studies such as East, North or north-east of the house. As per Vastu, these directions improve the power of concentration while studying. Make sure that there is no mirror reflection in their room. This may have effect of doubling their work load. Make sure that the student does not study under a beam otherwise he or she feels unnecessary pressure.

    Locate Study Table according to Vastu

    The placement of study table is important for concentration. You should place study table facing East or North. Do make sure that the child should face East or North while studying. The table should not stick to the wall. There should be open space in front of child as it augments fresh ideas. The child should have a solid wall behind him as it signifies support.
    The study table should be square or rectangular as per vastu, it should not be too big or too small. A table of small size can be uncomfortable while working and a table of big size can affect working capacity of the child.

    Placement of Bookshelves as per Vastu

    Bookshelves and cabinets should be placed in the East, North, and North-east directions. The cabinets should not be placed in the center of room. It is best to leave central portion of study room empty. Avoid placing bookshelf above study table. It may create unnecessary stress for child. Study table should not be cluttered with lots of books.

    Color scheme as per Vastu

    The walls of study room should be painted in light colors rather than dark colors. Light colors are very auspicious according to vastu and enhance learning power of students. Avoid black color in study room.

    Proper Lighting

    The study room should have proper light. Dim lights are not favorable for child’s education and growth. Sunlight gives us energy for doing work so the windows of study room should be in East and North of the room. A table lamp is another source of proper light which helps in concentrating on the task. If the child is using table lamp, it should be placed in south-east of the table.

    Vastu Tips to Create an Effective Enviornment in Study Room

    The room to be chosen for study should be in the East , North or the North-East direction of the house. These directions improve the absorption power.

    -Ensure that your child sleeps with his head towards East or South. The head towards east helps in learning whereas the head towards south helps in maintaining magnetic balance of the body or earth. Avoid bed in study room as it may make child lazy.
    -Avoid television in study room because it interrupts concentration of students.
    -Place computer in south-east of the room.
    -Make the room noiseless. The study room should not have any noisy toilet on the floor above or below the room.
    -Do not let the child study under a beam.
    -Make study room clean, clutter free and noise free.
  • Vastu Tips for Doors and Windows

    Vastu Tips for Doors and Windows

    The doors and windows are essential furnishing articles of the house. These are used for insulation purposes. They provide comfort in working at the house. The following are important points that one should consider before designing the doors and windows.

    -Maximum number of doors and windows should open in the North and East as compared to the South and West.
    -The doors and windows should be in even numbers like 2, 4, 6, 8 etc. but not 10 and multiple of 8.
    -The main door of house should be taller than other doors. It should be of two shutters.
    -There should not be any obstruction in front of main door like big trees; pole etc. There should not be any temple opposite to the house too.
    -The doors should not be placed in center of the wall. It should be far from the centre. It should not be in extreme corner.
    -For doors and windows one type of wood should be used. Teak wood is the best option for doors and windows.
    -The doors and windows should be rectangular. The doors having irregular or square shapes are not auspicious.
    -The doors should not close automatically; it may affect the health of children.
    -The doors should not be over size or under sized. Its size should be of ratio 2:1 in regard to height and width.
    -If the door is making noise while moving, it should be repaired otherwise it can cause quarrel.
    -There should not be cracked door in a house. It should be replaced as soon as possible.
    -The entrance door should be well decorated with pictures and decorative pieces.
    - The main entrance door of two houses opposite to each other should not be opened towards to each other.
    -If there is more than one floor in a building, one door over another door should be avoided.