The nameplate or door plate has the functional purpose of identifying the house. However, a nameplate can also act as a decorative item, reflecting the owner’s style sensibilities. Today nameplates come in different styles such as modern, abstract, and concept-based as well as nameplates inspired by one’s religion and can be custom made in any Indian language. They can be hung or fixed on doors, Or at the entrance of the home or community. Read more about nameplates of the house according to Vastu shastra.
Vastu tips for nameplates
Materials for making nameplates
The most commonly used and least expensive apartment nameplates are made of acrylic or fibers. Simple signs for larger, freestanding houses and buildings are usually made of glass and steel. The handmade billboards have raw appeal, while nameplates from designers with creative use of fonts and woodwork can add subtle appeal. Designed multi-component nameplates are made from a mix of different materials such as wood, glass, steel, terracotta, copper, jute, fabric, grass, or coconut. These nameplates have a niche in the market. The trend now is to use one combination of different materials to give a unique look.
Cured wood, such as teak and railroad beams, can also be used to make nameplates. For economical options, commercial MDF (medium density fiberboard), plywood, veneer, and pine are ideal. Individual preformed ceramic letters can also be used to create nameplates, while stone, marble, mirror, and wrought iron are other popular choices. Dog tags can be made in different shapes upon requests, such as rectangle, square, oval, round, house shape, and other irregular shapes. Dog tags can be engraved with ornaments, engraved images of deities, or have photographs with floral designs, eye-catching calligraphy, etc.
The homeowners should always put a plate of names, according to Vastu Shastra, because it is like the ‘Tikka’ on the front.” The main house gate is not only an access point for the family but also energy, according to the principles of Vastu Shastra. Therefore, if your home does not have a nameplate, it will be difficult for opportunities to find your way. The nameplate should be readable, clear, and eye-pleasing. For optimism and harmony select the proper material for the nameplate. It is recommended to use a metal nameplate if the door is facing north or west. Use a wooden plaque, if the door is facing south or east. You can also decorate the entryway of the house with pictures or statues of Ganesh or favorable banners such as Om, swastika, or another shloka.
Nameplates with hanging bells, floral motifs, or “Kalash” are considered favorable. The board colors should be chosen based on their orientation. For example, houses facing east should have nameplates designed in shades of brown or green.
Personalized nameplates according to Vastu Shastra
Today’s homeowners prefer personalized nameplates. Thus, names often reflect the topics or interests of family members, the profession of the person, etc. The trend has traditionally been used to write the last name of a person on the nameplate. Then people started writing their full names. Now, people write their last names, along with the names of all members, including children. Recently, people are switching to blank space on the name board, to add the name of a baby “soon to be born.” People also add the names and pictures of their pets on the name boards, to whom they considered as a part of the family, even the regional language name boards have become very common nowadays.
Vastu Shastra tips for nameplate placement
- On the left side of the front door, the nameplate is thought to be more propitious than on the other sides.
- The nameplate should be located at a height equal to the top half of the door.
- The nameplate must be fixed correctly and not left hanging.
- Ensure that the nameplate is not in front of the elevator directly.
- The nameplate must not be chipped or have holes.
Tips for putting up a nameplate at the entrance
- Always put a nameplate on the front door or adjacent wall, space permitting, as it is believed to attract prosperity, opportunity, and luxury.
- Make sure the nameplate is large enough to write the person’s first or last name and the house number and can be read from at least a foot or two away.
- The design chosen for the nameplate should harmonize well with the front door.
- The front door and nameplate must be well lit. If the hallway area of the house does not have enough light, illuminate the nameplate with an external LED light of any warm color. Avoid red lights.
- Choose always quality waterproof materials for a plate to ensure that the monsoon is resistant, especially when it is a villa or cottage. Even paint has to withstand harsh natural environments. Because the front door opens and closes a lot, make sure the nameplate is strong, otherwise, it might break soon.
- Keep the nameplate elegant but simple. Don’t spoil it with lots of designs, calligraphy, inscriptions, and idols of gods. Refrain from using fancy fonts that are thin and wavy and therefore unreadable.
- Make sure the nameplate is cleaned regularly and free of dust.