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Vastu and Colors

Updated on February 13, 2020
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Shaloo Walia is an astrologer and tarot reader. She is an Art of Living teacher and also an ardent Krishna devotee and a follower of ISKCON.

Colors have a remarkable influence on our environment, mood and health. Colors have the capacity to either uplift or depress and thus play an important role in health and happiness.

Colors are also linked with the three gunas- Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. Sky blue, green, white and other light colors are considered Satvic. Bright red, orange and bright pink is Rajasic while dark-brown, navy blue and black is considered Tamsic. Dark colors should be avoided in a house as they sap our energy and cause depression. It is advisable to use softer, lighter and satvic colors in the house.

According to Vastu, colour therapy plays an important role in balancing our body, mind and spirit. Certain colours stimulate energy into different spaces and positively influence the home and its residents. Vastu Shastra states that different colours are ideal for certain directions of the home.

Having the right Vastu colours for our home is vital. Colours in accordance with Vastu Shastra attract healing energy into the house. Vastu based guidelines for choosing the right colors for each room of your house are as follows :

Vastu Shastra enunciates that the flawless placement of your home is a matter of direction and colors.

Colors based on directions

  • Light blue is the color for North-east direction wall
  • White or light blue is the color for East direction wall
  • South-east direction is direction of fire. Orange, pink and silver are the colors representing the power and energy of fire. You can use any of the 3 colors or a combination of the three to enhance energy.
  • The North rooms of the house, represented by Mercury can be in light shades of green as green represents Mercury.
  • White, light grey and cream are the colors representing air. Since North-west direction represents the direction for air, use any one or a combination of these colors for this direction.
  • West direction is ruled by Lord Varun, the God of water. So go with either blue or white for the walls.
  • Peach, muddy color, or light shade brown color will be suitable for South-west direction
  • For South direction, you can use either Red or yellow.

Colors based on the room roles

Many experts in Vastu Shatra do agree on the part that selection of colors must be made on direction as well as purpose of the room. Here are the suggested colors by Vastu experts for rooms with different job roles:

  • Different shades of green and yellow should be used in study rooms as these colors represent positivity and wisdom.
  • Kitchen and dining room can use light shades of orange as it is a social color with considerable drive and energy.
  • Experiment with different shades of yellow, orange and purple in areas that are used for conversation such as drawing room. Stimulating colors help in setting up an atmosphere for scintillating conversations.
  • Cool colors such as indigo, violet and blue have a calming and introspective influence. Different shades of these colors can be used for meditation and puja rooms.
  • Red being a passionate and fiery color should be avoided in bedroom as it can lead to disturbed sleep and insomnia.
  • Soft colors like peach, light pink, sky blue, lavendar etc. are ideal for bedroom as they keep the bedroom tranquil and induce good sleep. Pink symbolizes deep love and thus, is an ideal color for newlyweds, and should especially be used by couples wishing to conceive.
  • Blue is a good color to be used for the rooms of children who are hyper-active and aggressive.
  • Peach, light orange and yellow color support assimilation, fusion and digestion in one’s system.These colors will complement your dining space.

Bonus Tips

  • Colors with light shades maintain a good balance of energy flow in the house and generally go well with every house.
  • Dark shades of colors like brown, red, grey and black are owned by some fiery and cruel planets of astrology i.e. Sun, Saturn, Mars and Rahu. Although these planets play a substantial role in an individual's life but their owned colors are not advisable from Vastu point of view.
  • Do not use bright colors on walls facing South and West windows and doors,as they reflect light and cause glare.
  • Black should not be used on gates, doors and walls that face East and South.
  • Red should not be used on gates, doors and walls that face West and North.

Importance of Color in Vastu by Vastu Sashtra Expert in India

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Shaloo Walia


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    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      6 days ago from India

      My pleasure, Dora.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 days ago from The Caribbean

      These details are interesting, insightful and informative. Thank you for sharing.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      9 days ago from India

      You are right, Treathyl. Colors indeed affect us on numerous levels. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Treathyl FOX 

      9 days ago from Austin, Texas

      Colors are indeed important. They really affect your mood. I remember driving through a neighborhood. It felt so dreary. I started getting depressed. I thought to myself: 'I know these houses need. A splash of color!' It was like nobody's house had anything colorful to brighten up the mood and make things cheery. It was weird. I wanted a red door on one of the homes we lived in. But I could never convince my husband. :)

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      11 days ago from India

      @DreamerMeg Green, red, orange, yellow, blue etc. are the healing colors. Will do a detailed hub on it soon.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      11 days ago from India

      @Bill Of course, you are smart

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      11 days ago from India

      @Eric Will do a hub on lighting and windows soon

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      11 days ago from Northern Ireland

      Interesting. My husband chooses the paint colors for our house and most of the inside of our house is in white or what is called magnolia, a sort of pale orange cream. When we were first married, I wanted an equal say in choosing colors for different rooms but his choices were much nicer, so now I just let him choose all the time. Do you have suggestions for healing colors?

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      Bill Holland 

      11 days ago from Olympia, WA

      That was fascinating! I do believe colors are important for confirmed that and that makes me feel smart. lol

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      Eric Dierker 

      11 days ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I am with you here. Colors are so important. You do such a wonderful job of explaining these. I was noticing how it cuts across religious lines. Just good old truths. (I want to know more about lighting and windows)

      I have a large room with redish dark brown beautiful wood flooring. But the lighting, both natural and LED seems to work it into lighter. I love wood so hmmm.

    • swalia profile imageAUTHOR

      Shaloo Walia 

      11 days ago from India

      Thank you Lorna. Light colors are the best because of their soothing influence. Yellow is again a vibrant colors and so can go for the kitchen.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      11 days ago

      I was fascinated by this interesting article Shaloo which is an education in itself. Most of my walls are in light colours, however the kitchen is a soft yellow. This is the hub of the house - always busy so this colour seems to fit. I will experiment a little more and use these ideas in other parts of the house. Thank you for sharing this enjoyable read.


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