How to Apply Vaastu Shastra Design Principles When Building a New Home

  • Article by: Sally Wood

Vaastu Shastra, similar to Feng Shui, is an ancient Indian system of architecture that describes principles of design, layout, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry. It incorporates traditional Hindu and, sometimes, Buddhist beliefs. The aim of Vaastu Shastra is to eliminate negative energy and enhance positive energy. 

Today, modern architects incorporate Vaastu Shastra to guide home design and, in particular, often adapt the traditional square-grid mandala to help prescribe the core elements of central space, peripheral zones, orientation of the room and the function of the space.

Here’s how you can apply Vaastu Shastra design principles to your new home:

If you can, choose a square or rectangular block of land over an irregularly shaped one.
Try to have open spaces on all sides of the building.
The entrance to your home should face east as this is the direction from which the sun rises.


The orientation of your home should dictate the placement of individual rooms. 

The elements of each room should counterbalance those on the opposite side of your home. For example, if the entrance to your home consists of dark wood and other colours and materials associated with earth, you should have a body of water at he back of your house to strike harmony.

Your home should be free from mess or clutter as this is a sign of an enlightened mind, which promotes happiness and health.

Homeshelf can help with recommending builders in Melbourne who specialise in ensuring their designs adhere to Vaastu and Feng-Shui rules- contact homeshelf today.

Published: 11/08/2020
Author: Sally Wood