Know the best and the worst feng shui placement of mirrors when decorating your home
Famously called the aspirin of feng shui, mirrors can bring really good energy when used wisely. A smart feng shui use of mirrors will make the space bigger and brighter, it will attract the desired energy of abundance and calm, it will correct various design mistakes, as well as attract more fresh, vital Chi into your home. In feng shui decorating, every little detail matters, so when it comes to bigger decorating decisions such as decorating with mirrors, it is important to know what is it exactly that you are trying to achieve by bringing a mirror to a specific room or location in the house. A random feng shui placement of mirrors, no matter how beautiful or visually appealing they look, can actually create an unexpectedly bad, or challenging feng shui energy.
Let’s look at the best and the worst placement of mirrors in your home, from the main entrance to your bedroom, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and other spaces. I want to connect you to the powerful feng shui magic of mirrors and help you use it wisely in order to create really good energy.
The Main Entry Mirror
A mirror in the main entry is usually good feng shui for several reasons — it brings more light into the often small entry, it works on a practical level to check your look before leaving home, and it can also add a touch of luxury, especially if the mirror frame is glamorous, golden and unique.However, there is one really bad feng shui placement of mirrors in the main entry that is important to be aware of and avoid at all cost in your home. A mirror facing the front door is really bad feng shui as it pushes away all the incoming good energy (Chi) that you want to enter and nourish the house.
A Mirror Facing A Staircase
Your hallway can benefit from mirrors just as much the main entry can, this applies to both big and small hallways. However, a crucial question to ask yourself here is the following — what will the mirror reflect if I place it there? Another placement to avoid at all costs is placing a mirror facing the staircase. Why? Staircases are considered challenging in feng shui, no matter which bagua area of the house they are located in. Placing a mirror reflecting the staircase doubles the unsettling energy of the staircase. The same applies to a mirror facing a bathroom, a laundry room, or the garage door. Double the good energy, not the bad one.
Big Mirrors Facing Each Other
While a big mirror in any space looks appealing because it adds beauty, light, and a sense of spaciousness (especially if the mirror is beautifully framed), placing mirrors so that they directly reflect each other is considered challenging feng shui. This specific placement of mirrors creates a constant bouncing of energies similar to a very active, chaotic movement, which is definitely not good feng shui in any home. This placement can be good in an area where you want the energy to move very fast, but you have to be careful and wise if you want to use this specific feng shui application.
Mirrors in the Living Room
Your living room can benefit from a number of various displays of mirrors, even a big selection of them, if you choose wisely. You can create a gallery wall style that can look stunning and be quite good feng shui, too. If you decide to go for this feature, be sure that this big mirror display is in the right bagua area that loves or needs the Water feng shui element that the mirrors represent. Be sure that mirrors are placed high enough so that there is no use of them as an actual mirror, just an awesome reflection of light. You do not want anyone in your family — and especially the little ones — to see their reflections chopped and incomplete.
A Mirror Above the Fireplace
One of the best feng shui uses of mirrors — and a very traditional one — is the use of a big mirror above the fireplace. In feng shui terms, a mirror above the fireplace calms its Fire element and brings tranquil and soothing energy. This placement is especially important if the fireplace is located in a feng shui bagua area that does not like the Fire element, such as the West or the Northwest bagua areas. It is also a very good feng shui addition if you have a fireplace in your Health (East) or your Wealth (Southeast) bagua areas.
Mirrors in the Dining Room
A mirror in the dining room is a traditional feng shui example of excellent use of mirrors, as it doubles (energetically) the amount of food, thus inviting more wealth and abundance. It also creates more light in the space, so this is always excellent feng shui. Having a few beautiful crystals in this area will magnify the good work of your mirror. Be sure to place the mirror in a way that reflects the dining table, and/or brings in fresh energy from the window view, rather than reflecting a door to the nearby bathroom or a closet.
Bathroom mirrors are obviously a necessity. The only time you might want to go for smaller mirrors is when your bathroom is located in a feng shui bagua area that does not like the Water element brought by mirrors. Otherwise, the bigger the mirrors the better, as they will create a purifying and cleaning sort of action and a fresh reflection of the light around them. That is, if you keep your mirrors clean, of course.
A Mirror Above the Bed
A mirror above the bed is not good feng shui. Apart from the practical sense of the possible danger of having a heavy item above your head while you sleep, mirrors constantly circulate energy. This is the sort of movement that is definitely best to avoid behind your back (or close to your head) when your body needs cocooning and resting at night. Mirrors also bring the energy of the Water feng shui element that is best to avoid in the bedroom.
A Mirror Reflecting the Bed
Another bad feng shui positioning of a mirror in the the bedroom is when the mirror is reflecting the bed; this is definitely a placement to avoid at all costs. A mirror facing your bed weakens your personal energy, the energy of your love relationship, and can possibly bring undesired conflict.
Mirrors in the Kitchen
Unless tiny and decorative, a mirror in the kitchen is usually not a very good feng shui idea. Mirrors bring the energy of the Water feng shui element and the kitchen is the domain of the Fire element. These two feng shui elements can clash and create subtle conflicting energy in the space where warm, happy and nurturing energy is needed the most. However, use your best judgment if you have an open concept kitchen that seamlessly flows into the breakfast nook or the dining area, or if you have a really big, or a really small kitchen.
Mirrors in the Home Office
The worst feng shui positioning of a mirror in your home office — or in a child study — is behind your back while sitting at the desk. Other than that, you can use the same judgment in placing mirrors in your home office as you do in the living room: be mindful as to what the mirror reflects, and which bagua area the mirror is placed in. You also do not want the mirror to face the office door directly as this will push away all the good energy and leave the space without energetic nourishment.
To sum it all up:
The worst feng shui ways to place a mirror:
- On the wall facing any door, especially the front door
- Facing the bed or above the bed
- Behind your back in the office
- Reflects challenging energy (staircase, closet doors, bathroom doors, etc).
- Shows a chopped reflection of any family member, especially children.
The best feng shui ways to place a mirror:
- Reflecting light or an inspiring, beautiful view
- In the best bagua area (that love or need the Water feng shui element)
- Allowing one to see themselves fully, this is always good feng shui. The closet or the space near the closet is ideal for a full-length mirror
- In Money or Health feng shui bagua areas.
Be sure your home has at least a couple of mirrors because any space needs the cool, calm, and refreshing energy brought by these powerful feng shui magicians! Once you know how to use mirrors to multiply the good energy, and truly feel the difference it creates, you will be excited to learn more about the ancient art of feng shui and apply it in your home.