Mirrors have the wonderful property of reflecting light, this element of reflection not only doubles the available light in your space it can also create the illusion of a larger space. It’s known as a quick fix solution in Feng Shui as it can open up and brighten an area of the home that’s traditionally a little bit dark and narrow - like the hallway. But mirrors can also expand your view and focus energies. It is vital to use mirrors in your space with a clear intention as they can bring in positive but also invite negative energies into a room.
A strategically placed mirror can reflect the view of an element that is seen through a window outside the room. For example, place a mirror so that you can see the reflection of a „good view outside“ a river (water element) and trees (wood element). This invites more water for wealth and wood for expansion for example into your career and work life. These are great intentional Feng Shui adjustments which have an immediate effect.
When you hang a mirror, a great way to connect an intention to it, is by using it to expand the opportunities on your life. Think about the things you would like reflected - for example a mirror facing your desk will work against you, effectively doubling your workload. Another example to avoid would be the stove as it’s believed to host negative energy. However, adding a mirror to a dining room is a traditional Feng shui trick as it doubles the amount of food, thus inviting more wealth and abundance. And it will make gatherings more festive, doubling the number of people in the room.
The Entrance Area: Generally, Feng Shui experts do not recommend placing a mirror directly across the front door as the front door is a very important aspect of Feng shui, but rather on a wall perpendicular to it. Mirrors in the hallway are great as they can help widen the space, with the exception of placing them at the end of a hallway where they can slow down the flow of energy in your house.
We all need at least one mirror in the bathroom but avoid hanging a mirror directly across from the door or the toilet - as it’s a bad idea to hang a mirror opposite any door and one could argue that it would be uncomfortable to be looking at yourself on the loo.
Equally mirrors need to be used carefully in the bedroom, as mirrors activate the energy in a room this can effect your sleep. It’s not recommended to place a mirror in front of your bed as your early morning reflection might not be the first thing you want to see. Equally, if you place a mirror inside your closet door, make sure the closet is uncluttered and organized because mirrors double what they project.
Does and Don’ts
Don’t place a mirror:
- opposite a door
- opposite a toilet
- opposite a desk or workplace like a stove
- behind, in front of or above a bed
- At an awkward height - cutting off a head, this is terrible Feng Shui
Do place a mirror:
- in front of a window, preferably with a good view - allowing that view to be reflected in your home
- in a hallway or any narrow and dark space
- add a mirror in a dining room