Name plate Vastu: Name plate designs, colour and décor tips for home

[] Besides identifying a house, a name plate can also be used to enhance the décor of a house and create a good first impression. We look at the basic dos and don’ts and Vastu Shastra principles for putting up a name plate on your house. We also share some creative name plate ideas and unique designs for your home entrance.

A name plate or door plate, serves the functional purpose of identifying a house. However, a name plate can also serve as a décor element, which reflects the home owner’s style sensibilities. “Nowadays, name plates come in various styles, such as modern, abstract, concept-based, as well as name plates inspired by one’s religion and can be custom made in any Indian language. They can be hung or affixed on the doors, or at the entrance of the house or society,” says Abhishek Goyal, founder, Panchatatva.

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[] Vastu Shastra tips for the main door/entrance

Name plate Vastu tips

Name plate colour as per vastu

The name plate colours, according to Vastu, colours for the nameplate should be chosen, as per its direction. For example, east-facing homes should have name plates designed with brown or green colours.

When choosing name plate design, it is essential that you ensure that the colour of the name plate matches with the front door of the house. For a wooden front door, a white colour house name plate as per Vastu is a good option as it is believed to attract prosperity and new opportunities for the family. You can also pick a golden name plate on a wooden front entrance door that looks elegant. The entrance area can be enhanced by installing suitable lighting fixtures to attract positive energies.

Vastu tips for name plates

According to Jayshree Dhamani, a Vastu Shastra and astrology expert, home owners should always put up a name plate, as it is like a ‘tikka’ on the forehead.

“As per Vastu Shastra principles, the main door of a home is not only the entry point for the family, but also for energy. So, if your home doesn’t have a name plate, it will be difficult for opportunities to find their way to you. A name plate should be readable, clear and pleasing to the eye. Choose the correct material for the name plate, for positivity and harmony. A metal name plate is recommended, if the door is in the north or west direction. Use a wooden name plate, if the door is in the south or east direction. It is also good to decorate a home’s entrance with pictures or statues of Ganesh or auspicious signs such as Om, or the Swastika or even some shlokas,” advises Dhamani.

Name plates with hanging bells, floral designs or a ‘kalash’, are considered auspicious.

Here are some home name plate ideas and more tips on the name plate for house entrance:

  • Always have a name plate on the main door or the adjoining wall, if the space permits, as it is believed to attract prosperity, opportunities and well-being.
  • Ensure that the name plate is large enough to write one’s name or surname and the house number and is legible from at least a foot or two away.

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  • As per Vastu for name plate, the design chosen for the name plate, should blend well with the main door.
  • The main door, as well as the name plate should be well-lit. If the lobby area of the house does not have enough light, then, brighten up the name plate with an external LED light of any warm colour. Avoid red-coloured lights.
  • Always opt for good quality and water-proof materials for the name plate, especially if it is a villa or a bungalow, to ensure that it can withstand the monsoon season. Even the paint should withstand harsh natural environments. As the main door is opened and closed often, ensure that the name plate is be strong, or else, it may break soon.
  • Use a name plate as well as lettering material which is resistant to corrosion.
  • Ensure that the name plate is regularly cleaned and is dust free.

What to write on name plate for home?

Usually, the surname of the family is mentioned on the name plate. Nowadays, people also mention the names of all family members on the name plate. It is important to keep the nameplate stylish but simple as per Vastu guidelines. Do not clutter it with too many designs, calligraphy, engravings, and idols of deities. Refrain from using stylish fonts that are thin, wavy and hence, illegible.

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Name plate for home: Direction and position of name plate as per Vastu

  • The name plate should be placed on the left side of the main door, as it is considered more auspicious than the other sides.
  • The name plate should be placed at the height equivalent to the upper half of the door.
  • The name plate should be fixed properly and should not be left hanging.
  • Ensure that your name plate is not directly in front of the elevator.
  • The name plate should not be chipped or have any holes in it.

Name plate materials as per Vastu

The most commonly used and budget-friendly name plates for apartments, are made of acrylic or fibre. Simple signage for bigger and independent houses and buildings are generally made of glass and steel. Handmade signboards have a raw appeal, while designer name plates with creative use of fonts and a wooden finish, can lend a stellar appeal, says Goyal. “Designer and multi-compound name plates are made from a combination of different materials like wood, glass, steel, terracotta, brass, jute, fabric, grass or coconut. These name plates have a niche market. The trend, now, is to use a combination of various materials, to give a unique look,” adds Goyal.

Seasoned wood, such as teakwood and railway sleepers, can also be used for making name plates. For budget-friendly options, commercial MDF (medium density fibre), plywood, veneer and pine wood, are ideal. Individual, preformed ceramic letters can also be used to create name plates, while stone, marble, mirror and wrought iron are other common options. One can custom make name plates in various shapes, like rectangle, square, oval, round, house-shaped and other irregular shapes. The name plates can be etched with motifs, or engraved with images of deities, or have photographs with floral designs, eye catching calligraphy, etc.

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Name plate for home: Personalised designs

Modern-day home owners prefer personalised name plates. Consequently, name plate designs often incorporate themes or the interest of family members, or the profession of a person, etc., says Goyal. “Traditionally, the trend has been to write one’s surname on the name plate. Then, people started writing their complete name. Now, people write their family name, along with the names of all members, including children. Recently, a client asked us to leave a blank space on the name plate, to add the name of a ‘soon to be born’ baby. People also add their pets’ names and photos on the name plates, as they are considered part of the families. With a growing trend of naming bungalows, row houses, villas and apartments, even these names get inscribed on the name plate. Regional language name plates have become very popular,” Goyal elaborates.

Neha Mehta, a home-maker from Mumbai, maintains that an attractive name plate is important, to create a good impression. “The name plate on my house is made of glass and raw wood, with lettering in gold and illumination behind it. My son, who is a Bollywood fan, has a film clapboard painted as a name plate outside his room and the name plate on my daughter’s room is pink and white, with flowers on it,” she explains.

The name plate will be the first thing a guest will notice when entering your home. Name plate for a house is a unique decor element which is why you should carefully select the design that suits your overall home décor. There are a variety of designs to choose from, but make sure you follow all the Vastu principles when picking a design.

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Check out these beautiful home name plate design ideas: 

Modern name plate designs made with wooden boards have always been in trend. Personalised name plates lend a personal touch to your abode. Besides picking the preferred materials based on your home décor, one can get their nameplates customised in their regional language.

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Traditional name plate designs

Religion-inspired name plates are quite popular. Among the various house name plate ideas, religious symbols or images of god, like one shown below on their personalised name plate are most sought-after by homeowners.

Name plate Vastu: Name plate designs, colour and décor tips for home

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Wooden name plates

From dark brown to subtle hues, there are a plethora of options you can find in wooden name plate designs for home. Homeowners also prefer wood name plate designs where the details are engraved.

Besides wooden name plates, the other materials preferred by people today are glass, marble, acrylic, ceramic, steel, or stone.

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Name plate Vastu: Name plate designs, colour and décor tips for home

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DIY name plates

Creative name plate designs or DIY drawings or artwork are also emerging as an option for those who like to be creative or do not want to spend a lot of money on expensive name plates for their home. You can use materials like cardboard for designing the name plate. You can also pick a flat rock to engrave the name and house details using a sharp object like knife. Installing background lights is yet another example of creative name plate ideas for home.

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You can also use a wooden plywood material to design a creative name plate with drawings and handpainted designs using acrylic colour.

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Glass name plate design

Glass adds sophistication to the home décor and works as a perfect choice for designing name plates for the house. However, since it is a fragile material. So, a glass name plate has to be handled with care.

Name plate Vastu: Name plate designs, colour and décor tips for home


Marble name plate designs

To lend a luxurious appeal to your home exteriors, you can pick a marble name plate designs for your main gate or front entrance door.

Granite name plates

Granite is an excellent material that can be used for home décor, as per Vastu. Modern granite name plate designs for the home entrance looks remarkable. The material, besides its shine, can withstand extreme weather and last for years. Moreover, granite name plate for home is suitable due to its easy cleaning and maintenance, while also being affordable.

Stone name plate

Stone brings a rustic appeal to the house when used for the exterior house design. Stone for the name plate also gives a unique look to the house entrance.

Steel Name Plate

If you are looking to bring a metallic touch to your home entrance décor, use stainless steel that is an ideal material for outdoors. There are plenty of name plate designs for main gate available in steel. For choosing name plate designs for main gate in steel, go for personalised designer options to bring a luxurious appeal.


Where do you put name plates?

Name plates can be hung or affixed on the doors, or at the entrance of the society or house.

What is written on the name plate?

The general trend it to write one’s surname on the name plate. People have also started writing their complete name. Nowadays, many households write their family name and the names of all members, including children.

What is a name plate?

Besides identifying a house, a name plate is used to enhance the décor of a house and create a good first impression.

(With inputs from Surbhi Gupta and Harini Balasubramanian)

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Debora Berti

Università degli Studi di Firenze, IT

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