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Vaastu Shastra is an ancient Indian architectural system that provides guidelines for interior design and layout, basis the five elements of nature. It works to balance these elements with man and material to provide the optimum environment for a healthy family life. When it comes to our children, we will go to any lengths to ensure that they have a happy and healthy life. Vaastu Shastra is one such medium.
While the effect of Vaastu Shastra can be debated upon, there’s no harm in applying these guidelines in an effort to maintain your child’s health and happiness. They also help you in organising your child’s room in a better, more balanced manner.
1. Placement of Bed
When placing the bed of your child, the southwest corner of the room is your best bet. Make sure that your child’s head faces south or east when sleeping. The bed should ideally have side tables as well. Beds shouldn’t be placed under a joint in the wall and a few inches away from the wall. They should ideally have a headboard as well.
2. Study Table
The placement of the study table is an important factor as this is where your child will study and it therefore should have positive energy flowing around it. Don’t place the study table under a bathroom. Place it in a way that your child faces east, north and north-east while studying. This is in the direction of the sunrise and will help boost memory and concentration.
Make sure to keep the table clear when not used as cluttered books and papers can obstruct flow of energy. Avoid sticking the study table to the wall and keep some gap between the study table and the wall for the same reason. A square or rectangle shape is ideal for the study table.
Never place mirrors or any reflective surfaces like TV screens opposite the bed as it is considered a bad omen. Your child should never wake up and see his reflection as the first thing in the morning. Ideally, place the mirror on the right or the left side of the bed, but make sure that you’re not placing the mirror on the south wall of the room. Ensure that there is no mirror near the study table as this will increase pressure on your child.
4. Windows & Doors
Doors and windows should be in the east or the north of the room as it allows the flow of morning light which brings positivity along with it. Doors should ideally have two shutters and shouldn’t be opposite the bed, ideally. It is best if they are diagonal to the bed. Also ensure that doors should always open inside the room and not outside.
Colours affect mood and general well-being of our kids. Light colours like lemon yellow, white or green will augment swift mental progress. Avoid dark coloured curtains or intricate geometric designs. Green is the ideal choice with its refreshing and calming effect. Yellow is also a good choice as it gives a healthy glow to the room and will consequently have the same effect on your child.
Skip sharp lights and use soft spot lights to avoid mental strain on your child. Soft spot lights will also generate positivity and ensure your child is well rested and refreshed. Up lighters placed in the south east corner will generate positive energy. Make sure the room is well-lit as dimly lit rooms might slow down your child’s concentration and focus.
General Guidelines of Vaastu Shastra
- Place almirahs or cupboards in the west or south direction of the room
- Make sure to keep the center of the room empty for free flow of energy
- Similarly, keep the room clutter-free and avoid sticking the furniture completely to the walls, maintaining a gap, to avoid blocking the flow of energy
- Avoid any columns or exposed beams in the room
- Avoid TVs and computers in the children’s bedroom
- Hang the clock, if any, on the east wall
- Work on balancing everything – feminine (wool) and masculine (leather) products, calming and positive colours, etc.
Do you know of or follow any more vaastu tips for your children’s rooms? Do share them with us in the comments below.