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Locate your living and dining rooms correctly

While designing a living room, the new trend is to make it a well-ventilated, well-lit, separate room, away from places where the other main activities of the house take place.

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MANOJ S. NAIR

THE ACTIVITY of entertaining guests in the house takes place mainly in the living room. The positions ideal (but not mandatory) for this are the Chingam, Kanni and Thulam Rasis (south, southwest, west). According to Mayamatha, positions of Bhallata, Soma and Vayu (north and northwest corners) also can be used for this purpose.

In the olden days, a `Chavadi' - a separate building was set up for the get-together of male members, which was used as a space for receiving guests.

While designing a living room, the new trend is to make it a well-ventilated, well-lit, separate room, away from places where the other main activities of the house take place. Today's trend is to keep this room well-furnished, well-arranged and use it only on the occasion of the arrival of important guests.

Close friends and relatives are usually invited directly into the dining hall. This can be incorporated into the design by providing two entrances from the portico separately to the living and dining rooms. This arrangement can easily be incorporated in a traditional `Thrisala.' Nowadays, the fashion of placing your TV sets, music systems, etc in a living room looks very odd. The living room must be very spacious and reflect the open heartedness of the host.

The colour for painting the room must be carefully selected. Light shades are ideal for painting the inside of the house. Light colours will help the increase the light inside the room and make it appear more spacious.

The curtains for the drawing room must also be selected carefully. It has to match the colour of the paint used inside the room. The furniture selected for the room will also reflect the taste of the owner.

Simple, nature-friendly furniture is ideal rather than expensive new generation furniture.

The correct place for dining is in the squares of Mahendra, Arka, Sathya and Bhrsa - the eastern, and southern areas of the house. It can also be in the Agni Pada, Parjanya Pada or Vayu

Pada (southeast, northeast and northwest corners) attached to the kitchen. Makaram Rasi and Varuna Pada can also be the other options.

Nowadays it is the focal point of all activities in the house. It is an ideal space for family get-togethers. TV sets can be arranged in this room, which is a common area for all. A staircase to first floor can be designed ideally from the dining space.

The new trend is designing separate rooms for the living and dining areas instead of having a common hall for both.

In the case of `Nalukettus,' an open dining space towards the `Nadumuttam' is eye-catching. A separate washing space with access to a common toilet must be arranged from the dining room.

The proximity of the dining room to the kitchen is necessary for a good design.

The kitchen can be linked with the dining space through a pantry area. A very careful study needs to be done about the requirement of furniture in the dining area. Vasthu prefers a rectangular table.

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