How to Use Mirrors for Good Feng Shui

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Famously called the aspirin of feng shui, mirrors can create wonders when used properly. A smart feng shui use of mirrors will make the space bigger and brighter, attract the desired energy of abundance and calm, correct various design mistakes, as well as attract more vital energy into your home.​

Of course, it is very important to know what is it exactly that you are doing with mirrors, because a random placement of mirrors, no matter how beautiful or visually appealing, can often create bad feng shui energy.

Let’s look at the best and the worst placement of mirrors in your home – from the main entry to your bedroom – to help you understand the magic of mirrors in creating good feng shui 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 (if the mirror frame is glamorous or unique).

However, there is one really bad feng shui use of mirrors in the main entry that is important to be aware of, and that is the mirror facing the door. Be sure to avoid this placement in your home.

Mirror Facing A Staircase

Your hallway can benefit from mirrors just as the main entry can, and that applies to both big and small hallways. The one 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 only doubles the unsettling and ungrounding energy of the staircase.

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 reflect each other is considered challenging feng shui. This specific placement of mirrors creates a constant bouncing of energy similar to a very active and chaotic movement, which is definitely not good feng shui in any home.

Mirrors in the Living Room

Your living room can benefit from a number of various displays of mirrors, and even a big selection of them if you choose wisely. You can create a look similar to a gallery wall that can look quite stunning and be pretty good feng shui, too. Just be sure that this big display is in the right feng shui bagua area, as well as that the mirrors are placed high enough so that there is no use of them as an actual mirror, just an awesome reflection of light.

A Mirror Above the Fireplace

One of the best 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 the fire feng shui element and brings more tranquil energy. This placement is especially important if the fireplace is located in a feng shui bagua area that does not like the fire feng shui element, such as the West or the Northwest bagua areas, for example. 

Mirrors in the Dining Room

A mirror in the dining room is a traditional feng shui example of excellent feng shui 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.

Bathroom Mirrors

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 represented by mirrors. Otherwise, the bigger the mirrors the better as they will create a cleaning sort of action and a fresh reflection of the light around them.

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, mirrors also constantly circulate a lot of energy. This is the sort of movement that is definitely best to avoid behind your back (or above your head!) when your body needs cocooning and recharging at night.

A Mirror Reflecting the Bed

Another bad feng shui positioning of a mirror in the bedroom is when the mirror is reflecting the bed; this is definitely a placement to avoid at all cost.

Mirrors in the Kitchen

Mirrors in the kitchen – unless tiny and decorative – are not a good feng shui idea. Mirrors bring the energy of water and the kitchen is the domain of fire; these two elements clash and create conflicting energy in an area where you want happy, harmonious and nurturing energy.

How about a mirror behind the stove? You’ve probably heard about the feng shui myth of this supposedly good placement.

Home Office

The worst feng shui positioning of a mirror in your home office – or in a child study – is behind your back. 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.

Mirror Placement by Bagua Area

The bagua, or the feng shui energy map, is the main guiding force behind the good feng shui placement of mirrors. Here is the brief list of the best, the worst and the neutral bagua areas for the good feng shui placement of mirrors. 

Best Areas for A Mirror: North, East, and Southeast

Worst: South, West, and Northwest

Neutral: Southwest, Northeast, and Center.

For a better understanding of the good feng shui use of mirrors, and, more importantly, for a good use of mirrors in your own space, define the bagua of your home. We have all the info you need for it!

Symbolic Feng Shui Use of Mirrors

Mirrors are the expression of the water feng shui element and as such, are a great representation of wealth and abundance. Placed in the money area – especially with a gold leaf frame – a big mirror can attract the energy of wealth. Of course, you have to be mindful and practical in your approach! For example, if your money area is in the bathroom, or in the closet, it might not be practical to place a fully embellished big mirror there.

Use your best judgment and your sense of aesthetics, look at the feng shui guidelines and do not forget to ask your home as to what it needs in order to have a better energy flow. 

Summary of Good and Bad Use of Mirrors

To sum it all up, the worst feng shui ways to place a mirror are the following:

  • On the wall facing any door, especially the front door
  • Facing the bed or above the bed
  • Behind your back in the office
  • Placed in a way that reflects challenging energy (staircase, powerlines, etc).

You also do not want to place a mirror so that it shows a chopped reflection of any human, especially the little ones!  At least one full-length mirror in the house is essential.

And here are the best feng shui ways to place a mirror:

  • Reflecting light or an inspiring, beautiful view
  • Placed in the best feng shui bagua area
  • In the money or health feng shui area.

A mirror that allows one to see him or herself fully is always good feng shui, as it reflects back to you your own image. Be sure your house has at least a couple of mirrors; any space needs their cool, calm, and refreshing energy.

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