Pooja room makes it in the ‘must have’ list of spaces in every Hindu house. If people are able to spare a room, very well, otherwise, they do plan a niche in some room for daily offerings to God. It is a belief according to Vaastu that having a pooja in the ‘ishan kone’ or the North East direction of the house is auspicious. With the array of materials available in the market today, it is not difficult to attain the desired look even when you are on a budget. Pooja room in a small space can also be imparted with a million bucks look. The following article discusses simple tricks to have an elegant and classy looking Pooja room –
Refrain from cluttering
The simplest of tricks is to keep the Pooja room uncluttered. One should refrain from keeping a huge number of photographs or idols of deities on the platform. To achieve the look, one should aim for quality free space on the main platform. A smart storage can be planned to declutter all the Pooja utilities. The clean look emphasizes a Pooja room by leaps and bounds. Keep only what is required in the Pooja room, so that it does not convert into a mini storage room in the future.
The Metallic Touch
The metallic touch in a Pooja room adds an edge to the entire room making it look pristine and elegant both at the same time. One should be careful not to adorn everything in the metallic stash and to use it as adornments in the entire space. There are a lot of metallic finishes to choose from in the market today – sheets, paint, wallpaper, accessories, so on and so forth. Metals can even be used to give a backdrop or a focal element to the room.
Ace Touch – White Stone
White symbolizes purity in its natural form. To go in for a room that translates to a lot of investment, one should go in for a white marble touch for the room. Apart from using marble, one can even go in for white Corian. Corian imparts the desired aesthetics of stone and at the same time is light in the pocket compared to marble. The all-white look makes the room look immaculate and rich.
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The Charm of Carved Elements
Carved wood has that old world charm and casts its spell on all the people who appreciate the enchantment of wood. The presence of wood automatically translates the costs attached to it. Nevertheless, one should be smart if this is the preferred style. Instead of going in for fresh woodwork, there are various options wherein the old woodwork can be refurbished as a new piece. Go into an antique flea market and try to identify the style you relate to, for your Pooja space. There is no material like wood.
With the backlit panels emerging as a trend in the current markets, it is easier to transmit the sacred symbols in the Pooja room. The backlit Corian panels are an elite solution to create expensive-looking Pooja rooms. One can project symbols and silhouettes in the Pooja room with the help of these backlit panels. These can be customized by etching the pattern on Corian panels. These can be varied in color and texture according to the likes of the users. It is a pocket-friendly yet an innovative solution to get that ‘million bucks’ – sophisticated look for your Pooja room.
In Awe of Traceries
Traceries or Jaalis as we know them add another dimension to the Pooja room. These can be used as frames, partitions, backdrops, etc. in the space. These add a drama to space and acts as an x-factor too. The benefit with the jaalis is that one can introduce traditional motifs in the Pooja room at the same time making the element functional. With the techniques like Laser cutting and CNC cutting, it has become easier for people to incorporate traceries across an array of materials in their interior spaces. To add an edge, these traceries can be lit up to enhance the effect.
The Magical Charm of Lights
Lights impart the desired ambiance and experience to any space. In a Pooja room, one should go in for ambient lighting over focus lighting. The backlit panels and concealed lighting aid in achieving the desired look. The adequate type of lighting casts a charm to space, thus making the Pooja room to the likes of the user. One should use the light to emphasize on the focal and feature points of the room.
Adding temple accessories to your sanctum emphasizes the beautiful look. Go ahead with brass or copper bells, urlis and diyas to complete the look. The presence of these accessories also helps in accentuating the temple feel in your Pooja room. Just remember – Less is More, so be balanced in your choice and the number of accessories you install in the room.
Gods and Goddesses
One of the foolproof ways to achieve that perfect Pooja room is to keep the scale of the idol in mind. Refrain from cluttering the space with many small frames and idols, go in for the main idol which is in perfect scale with the Pooja space.
Stone Inlay – The Beautiful Touch
The stone inlay has been around for years and is a technique that is employed by people who can spend. The stone inlay was done by using semiprecious stones inlaid in the main stone to form a pattern. This technique was more prevalent in the noble houses and palaces. Instead of semiprecious stones, one can opt for different colored stones to create the patterns on floors to impart that expensive look to your room. The stone inlay narrates the intent more than the words.
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Pooja room a small but important space in any house demands the attention of the residents and designers to quite an extent. With simple techniques and use of materials, one can smartly transform a Pooja room into a one that reflects a beautiful look. One need not spend a fortune just to attain that look. The choice of materials and finishes determines the look to quite a degree. The mantra is to keep it simple and classy.
Lastly, Here is an example of one such video uploaded on our Youtube channel for beautiful Pooja Design Ideas.