Vastu Living

Incorporating Vastu, India's ancient science of design and architecture, into your home.

Excerpted from "Vastu Living: Creating a Home for the Soul" by Kathleen Cox. Appears courtesy of the publisher, Marlowe & Company.

The Vastu Home

A vastu living home should bring us pleasure when our eyes gaze over each space, including the kitchen and the bathroom. And this pleasure should be deep and internal, creating a sense of well-being whenever we are inside the home or walking around the property if we live in a home that has land.

How do we achieve this level of pleasure? When we start the process of turning a house or apartment or loft into a vastu living home, we make the entire space cohesive, and express the concept of interconnectedness. Whether we live in a studio apartment in the city or in a house in the country with lots of property, each area within a space and the collection of spaces should feel interlinked and part of the whole. This connection should also extend to the land that immediately surrounds the home. We establish this connection by 1) honoring the five elements, and 2) honoring our personality and the personalities of the occupants, and establishing their identities in our space.

Harmony in Themes and Patterns
From a small apartment room to a home with multiple floors, it is important to establish themes or subtle patterns that move through the space. Choose two or three of your favorite colors and let them flow through the décor of the home. Use them in different ways--sometimes as a dominant color painted on the walls of a room or incorporated into the wallpaper; sometimes as a secondary color in cushions, in a rug, in the table linen, or in the window treatment. You may, of course, use more than three colors in your home. The idea is to have your favorite two or three colors reappear in different ways throughout the interior. This recurrence creates an appealing rhythm and unites the many spaces or rooms into one cohesive whole that is identified with you.


Our dwellings should reflect the rhythm of the universe and our connection to all of nature.

You might take family heirlooms or a favorite collection and display treasured items in your various rooms. This relatedness again creates cohesion and harmony. The conscientious and deliberate continuation binds you personally to the home and makes you feel that the home is part of you.

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