Believe it or not, but mirrors are more than just design elements in a home. They have a unique power in that they can also transform or dictate the energy of any room.
According to the principles of Feng Shui, there are certain dos and don'ts about mirror placement that can have a serious effect on the overall vibe of your home. Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, it may be wise to learn a little about this ancient practice and how it can impact your life, experiences, and the energy of your home.
This blog outlines the fundamentals of Feng Shui mirror placement, read on to learn more.
What Exactly Is Feng Shui?
As mentioned, it's an ancient Chinese practice. When it comes to interior design, Feng Shui is known as the art of placement. In short, Feng Shui focuses on the placement of objects, furniture, and even people within a certain space, and how this affects energy and experiences.
The overall premise of this ancient practice is actually quite simple -- it's based on common sense and aims to improve the flow of your home. Where and how you place furniture and decor has an impact on the vibe of the room -- also known as ''Qi'' (pronounced chi). It's this energy that can lead to a sense of happiness and abundance in a home.
In Feng Shui, you want to avoid bad energy, which is called ''Sha Qi'' or ''Si Qi'' as this can ruin your experience of living in your home.
Top Tips for Feng Shui Mirror Placement
Interested in changing up the flow and energy of the space you live in? Then you might want to consider putting these practices to the test when hanging your mirrors:
1. Hang Your Best Mirrors in the Dining Room
If you've invested in an expensive or statement mirror for your home, the best place to hang it according to the principles of Feng Shui is in your dining room. This is because this area of your home is known as the ''vault'' of one's wealth.
By hanging a large, statement mirror in this room, you can increase the wealth of your vault, and the good energy in your home. In short, the dining room is the one area of your home you should go all out with a mirror/s.
2. Be Wary When Hanging Mirrors That Face a Window
While it's a common practice to hang a large mirror opposite a window, it's not always recommended in Feng Shui. Why? Because the practice believes that it can attract negative energy from the outside of your home, in.
It's best to avoid hanging a mirror opposite a window if there are negative energy ''forms'' on the street or in your yard, such as electric wires, poles, and piping.
3. Avoid Hanging Mirrors in the Kitchen
In Feng Shui, most homes have what is known as a ''Kua'', or lucky and unlucky areas. When it comes to the kitchen, this is often considered an unlucky area of the home.
By hanging a mirror in your kitchen, it can only double the negative or unlucky energy of this part of your home. And this is definitely something you want to avoid based on the principles of Feng Shui.
4. A Mirror Facing Your Stove Is a No-No
Okay, so let's say you have not hung a mirror in your kitchen, but your dining area is close by and you want to hang a mirror facing the kitchen. If the mirror reflects your stove, this is a major no-no in Feng Shui principles.
This is because the stove brings a strong Yang fire energy to the home -- whether it's a gas or electric stove. Facing a mirror towards your stove will only amplify this strong Yang energy, which can cause a large Yin-Yang imbalance. Ultimately, this can upset the flow of energy throughout your home.
5. Mirrors Should Never Face the Bathroom Door
It's also a good idea to keep your mirrors away from your bathroom, and definitely not facing a bathroom door. Bathrooms are said to produce a negative Qi due to the fact that they hold and eliminate our waste. If a mirror reflects this negative Qi, it can only double and spread throughout the home.
While you can certainly hang a mirror inside your bathroom, just make sure it does not face the bathroom door.
6. A Bedroom Mirror Should Not Face Your Bed
Yes, it's common to hang a mirror over a dressing table or vanity, and it invariably ends up facing your bed. But according to Feng Shui, this is something you want to avoid.
Hanging a mirror in your bedroom is in no way a bad thing. But the practice believes that it can incite poor sleep, restless nights, and bad dreams. So if you want to avoid this energy, make sure your wall mirror does not face your bed.
7. Your Living Room Is Not the Best Place for a Mirror
This sounds like an odd one, but it all boils down to the type of energy you host in your living room. Naturally, when you have guests over at your home, you tend to entertain in the living room, dining room, or outdoors.
The more people you have in your living room that bring bad energy to your home, the more it's amplified by living room mirrors. If you want to protect your home's energy when you're entertaining, it's best to avoid mirrors in the living room.
To add to this, a mirror in the living room can also be distracting due to outdoor and television reflections! There so many other options to decorate a large, blank wall/
8. Don't Hang a Mirror Facing Your Front Door
When it comes to Feng Shui, the overall goal is to protect and preserve what good energy you have in your home. If you hang a mirror opposite your front door, this can actually deflect the energy in your home and bounce it right out the door.
Aim to keep as much good energy in your home as possible -- mirror hangings in the hallway are completely fine, but not directly facing the door.
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Now that you know a little more about Feng Shui mirror placement, it couldn't hurt to apply some of these simple principles to your mirror hanging. If you're looking to add good energy to your home, these principles are a good place to start.
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