Our homes are where we spend a lot of our time, and they’re the places that we go to in order to relax and recharge. So most people want their home to be a comforting and homey space, and we achieve this through the power of decoration.
Good decor can totally shift the energy of our homes.
The design element that we’re discussing today is mirrors and more specifically, their ideal placement. Or at least their ideal placement according to the rules of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui has many rules, but when it comes to mirrors those rules are even more complex. So here’s a detailed guide that will tell you everything you need to know about this home decor trend!
What Is Feng Shui?
To understand what Feng Shui is, you need to understand the two core concepts behind this ancient Chinese practice. These two things are Qi and Sha Qi.
Qi refers to “good energy” that flows through a space, in your home Qi is responsible for providing a sense of happiness and other good feelings.
Sha Qi is the opposite, and refers to “bad energy”. If too much Sha Qi is present in your home then you won’t be able to enjoy your time in it.
So Feng Shui, known as the “art of placement”, is meant to provide a set of rules for how you can arrange the furniture and decorations in your home in order to control the flow of energy and avoid too much Sha Qi.
The Importance of Mirrors In Feng Shui…
The role that mirrors play in conducting energy around the home is very important, so there are a lot of rules regarding mirrors in Feng Shui. All of which we’ll be discussing today.
The basis behind these rules is the belief that mirrors reflect not only images, but also energy. Meaning that not only can mirrors reflect Qi but they can also reflect and amplify Sha Qi.
So the following rules are meant to avoid reflecting Sha Qi and instead amplify the amounts of Qi in the home.
Feng Shui Mirror Placement Tips
Without further do, let’s get to what you came here for. The top rules for proper mirror placement according to Feng Shui.
We’re going to start with the best place that you should place your mirrors, and then talk about some places that they should absolutely never be!
Best Placement For Mirrors in Feng Shui
The dining room is the best room in the house to hang mirrors, and the bigger and more expensive the mirrors are, the better. And if there’s one room in the house to hang multiple mirrors then this would be it.
The reason behind this is that your dining room is the “vault” of all your wealth. So since mirrors reflect energy, by having one or more mirrors in your dining room you are increasing your wealth and reflecting the good energy that is stored in your “vault”.
And another thing to keep in mind is simply the basic rule behind Feng Shui. If there is a certain type of energy that you would specifically like to reflect then place a mirror there to capture that energy.
If you like plants and the energy they provide, then place a mirror somewhere where it reflects an image of your favorite houseplant.
As long as you aren’t placing your mirror somewhere that will result in additional Sha Qi, then you should be fine. Now let’s learn about where those unlucky spots are, so you can avoid them.
Because at the end of the day, you can’t find the ideal mirror placements without first knowing where mirrors shouldn’t be.
Worst Places For Mirrors according to Feng Shui
There are many more places where you shouldn’t place mirrors than places where you absolutely should, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have plenty of mirrors in your home.
Anywhere that isn’t listed in this next section is a perfectly good place to put a mirror, and will only reflect Qi.
The Living Room
Mirrors in the living room can be harmful to your entire home’s energy because of one simple reason.
And that is because the living room is typically one of the main rooms that you use to entertain and when entertaining, you are no longer in control of the energy in your home.
Remember that people contain energy as well, and you have no guarantee that your guests won’t be bringing bad energy with them.
So it’s safer if you don’t have mirrors in your living room as this will allow you to avoid magnifying the potential bad energy coming from the new people present.
Just as the dining room is the best place to have a mirror, the kitchen is the worst place to have one.
There is no place in the kitchen that you can have a mirror without going against the rules of Feng Shui.
This is because the kitchen is considered an “unlucky” room.So if you place a mirror here then you will be doubling the unlucky energy present there, which isn’t something that you want.
Facing The Front Door
Although it’s fine to have a mirror in your entryway, make sure it isn’t facing the front door.
If your mirror is facing the front door then it could actually end up reflecting all the Qi you’ve built up in your home straight out the door!
You heard me right, all of your good energy could spill out of your home with just that small mistake in mirror placement.
So be careful with mirrors in entryways.
Facing The Stove
Even if there is no mirror in your kitchen, it could be easy to place a mirror in another room that would reflect your stove. This is a mistake.
The stove contains strong Yang energy, so reflecting that energy can upset the Yin-Yang balance in your home.
Facing The Bed
Mirrors in your bedroom are acceptable, but one thing that you should never do is place a mirror that faces your bed.
According to Feng Shui, if your mirror is facing your bed then you could be facing restless nights and bad dreams.
Better safe than sorry!
Facing The Bathroom Door
This is an important one, because if your bathroom mirror is facing the bathroom door then it could cause a lot of bad energy to be released into the rest of your home.
There is a lot of Sha Qi present in bathrooms because the purpose of this room is to get rid of waste, so you want to keep that energy contained within the room.
Having a mirror in the room won’t affect anything since the room is filled with negative energy anyway, but you don’t want any Sha Qi escaping into the rest of the home.
The thing about this one is that you can technically have mirrors facing windows, but only if certain conditions are met.
If there is anything outside the window in question that contains “bad energy” then you should avoid having a mirror facing it because doing so could result in that negative energy coming into your home.
Things commonly outside windows that contain Sha Qi would be things like electrical wires, piping, or poles.
But if there are no negative energy sources outside your window then feel free to place a mirror facing it.
Whether or not you actually believe in Feng Shui or you just think that the placements involved in it are nice, it can be a good thing to keep in mind when decorating.
And if you do believe in good and bad energy, then you have nothing to lose by following these rules. Just remember that good and bad energy mean something different to everyone.
So if there is something that you’d like to reflect, then you can do so, even if it isn’t traditionally seen as a good thing in Feng Shui.
It’s all about personal preference and feeling the best that you can feel about the time you spend in your home.