Often described as "Indian feng shui," Vastu Shastra is a term that refers to a Hindu school of architecture. Vastu Shastra compliant homes follow ancient design and layout principles based on Hindu religious beliefs - creating a sense of calm, prosperity, and happiness in the home.
The first post in our series, here we will tell you how you can create a Vastu Shastra-friendly entryway.
Your Front Door Is a Transition Zone
According to Vastu Shastra principles, your home's front entryway serves an important function as the transition zone between the energy of the public street and the private energy inside your home.
To create a proper Vastu Shastra entryway, the front door must be designed so as to encourage the inflow of positive energy in order to promote the health, harmony, and wealth of the inhabitants.
Furthermore, the front door of your home is also what visitors will see first, so it's important to create a pleasant impression.
In order to properly follow the fundamentals, the front door needs to be the biggest door in the house as this is where energy flow and transition occur. If you have multiple doors that are the same size, you can increase the apparent size of the front door by clever use of the frame and area around the entrance.
Use bright colours around the frame of the front door. Clear the entryway of all obstacles such as shoes or other items that could obstruct the flow of energy. And if you've got a front walk leading up to the door, make sure it is elegantly landscaped to create an inviting atmosphere.
The preferred orientation for your front door, according to Vastu Shastra principles, is to have it facing north, east, west, or northeast. If your door faces south, southeast, southwest, or northwest, you can correct these by adding additional materials.
For example, if you have a front door facing south or southwest, you can use a lead Vastu helix and/or lead Vastu pyramid to redirect the energy. For a door facing northwest, you can use a brass helix and brass pyramid to redirect the energy. For a door facing southeast, you can use a copper helix to redirect the energy.
It's also essential your front door open into the home (i.e. push, not pull). Your door should also be able to be opened a full 90 degrees (again, without any obstructions).
Materials and Colours
Speaking of the front door, it's also said that they should be made entirely of wood. As you might guess, high-quality wooden doors are preferred.
If your front door faces south, you'll need to add some metal work. For front doors facing north, the metal work needs to be silver in colour whereas if it faces east, it's best to use metal accessories sparingly.
In terms of colour, architects recommend having a lot of yellow and gold around the front door. This could come in the form of a gold number plate, a gold letter slot, and lamps with yellow-hued bulbs or shades.
Items that can interfere with proper Vastu Shastra techniques include:
- Having an interior door in a straight line from your front door
- A mirror that reflects back to the main door - this will "bounce back" all the energy
Whenever possible, follow these Vastu Shastra guidelines:
- Put a metal name or number plate on your front door, especially if it faces to the west or north. If your door faces south or east, use a wooden plate - it's also important it looks beautiful and elegant.
- Ensure the metalwork and knobs on your door are clean, unbroken, and highly polished.
- Make sure there is a visible transition from outside to inside. This is a symbolic barrier between the interior and exterior of your home.
- Make sure your front door has no broken parts, scratches, or chips. If there are any extra nails or screws, these need to be removed.
- Oil the door's hinges so the door opens smoothly and quietly.
- Place green plants near your front door, if possible.
- Make sure the front entryway is well lit from the outside and creates a warm, inviting atmosphere.
- Decorate your front door. A boring, drab door will slow down the flow of positive energy.
A Few Extra Tips:
It's better to have one door for entering the home and one door to exit the home; these two doors should never be open at the same time.
- Don't let anything cast a shadow on your front door.
- Immediately replace a door with cracks or damage.
- If there are steps leading up to your front door, there should be an odd number.
- Make sure your front door is at ground level or higher.
- Never use a black-coloured door for your main entrance.
With a little bit of work, it's easy to create a warm and inviting front entryway that's also compliant with Vastu Shastra traditions. Not only will it look good, it will also improve the flow of positive energy into your home.