How does flooring affect your house?
The flooring in a building not only breathes life in terms of décor and aesthetics but also defines how the Energy flows there. Careful selection of materials means that you can fine-tune the atmosphere of your house or apartment. Big surface areas such as flooring will have the greatest influence, and it is worth taking great care over the materials you use.
Flooring thus plays a significant role in beautifying the look of the house. Flooring can be natural wood, stone, wool or earth. Among the natural segment flooring we have marble, granite and slate. Marble has never been out of fashion and is available in a variety of colours. Bricks are available in different shades of red and orange can also be used as ethnic flooring. In some parts of the world, bamboo flooring is used to give a feel of staying connected to nature.
Natural materials tend to carry the chi energy more easily than synthetic materials. An example of this is wood, where the Energy continues to flow along the grain.
Some of the synthetic materials (e.g. nylon) impede the passage of chi and create stagnating energy fields within the home building up static electricity, and this interferes with the feng shui of the home and your personal energy field or “aura”. If it is a rough textured surface (such as a wool carpet) it will slow down chi, making it more yins. On the other hand, hard or shiny surfaces (such as ceramic tiles) speed up the flow of chi, creating a more yang atmosphere. One can comprehend from this that the type and colour of flooring contributes towards better energy flow and in turn good Vaastu or feng shui of the place of natural materials so floorings out of natural earth out of materials like mosaic, ceramic tiles and marbles are acceptable. By adapting Vaastu we can harmonize the sectors of the home based on the five elements by choosing the appropriate material and colour of flooring. Each type of material encourages a certain flow of chi, hence applying the transparency of the eight directions; you can establish which materials naturally suit each part of your home. Using specific materials will lead to a more harmonious exchange of chi and develop distinct atmospheres in each part of your home. For example you could think of:-
White marble which enhances positive energy and reflects and polarizes sunlight well in the Northeast sector. The Northeast sector in Vaastu termed as “Eeshanya” (also referred to as God’s corner) is the sector which is earmarked for underwater storage tanks in Vaastu.
Shades of yellow, like the popular Indian “Jaisalmer Yellow” towards the Southwest is good. Southwest is the sector which is earmarked for rocks, high walls and heaviness, as it is referred to as “Niruthya” (negative corner) hence it is said in Vaastu that the Southwest should be heavier, so colours which are brighter and look “heavy” are chosen.
Shades of blue or grains with a tinge of blue on a white base or marble like the popular “Kota or Blue Tandoor” from the State of Rajasthan at the Northwest sector is preferred. Northwest in Vaastu is referred to as “Vayu” (wind energy) hence such lighter shades of colour sure chosen.
Red stone or shades of pink are considered very appropriate for the Southeast sector of the building.
By knowing the compass directions and relevant sectors in your plot, you can adapt a blend of design and aesthetics by choosing appropriate flooring. On the other hand, you can also introduce the colours required for the sectors in the form of floor décor in case you prefer to have a uniform floor colour throughout the house.