How to Place Mirrors According to Feng Shui
Feng Shui originated in ancient China and has been around since the 9th century BC. The practice embraces the use of energy to harmonize or create flow with surroundings, and to connect people effectively to those surroundings.
Feng Shui is all about a smooth flow of energy and there's no denying the benefits of a great room layout to bring it to life. Specifically, there are positive and negative ways to use and place mirrors in Feng Shui. Since mirrors can reflect (and effectively multiply) anything in your home, they must be used correctly to positively enhance an area. Otherwise, they can affect your household negatively. Mirrors are the water element and placement is key!
So, how do you know if you're using mirrors correctly in your home, according to Feng Shui principles? Here are some expert tips.
1) Place mirrors opposite from beautiful views
It's important to be aware of what mirrors reflect both inside and outside the home. Simply speaking, mirrors double everything, positive and negative. Making sure to reflect all positives is the Feng Shui way. Consider a mirror on a wall that faces the natural scenery outside or a beautiful patio view. Perhaps there’s a favorite tree that is outside, adding a mirror that brings the view of it inside will enhance the energy.
2) Place a mirror perpendicular to the front door
Generally speaking, it is not recommended to place a mirror directly across from the front door, but rather on a wall perpendicular to it. This placement creates a smoother flow throughout the area by allowing a welcoming feeling rather than a blocked and unwelcome feeling. When talking Feng Shui, smooth-flowing positive energy is vital.
3) Place a mirror in an open space rather than a closed-off space
A common mistake made with mirror placement is to install mirrors in a closed-off space rather than an open one. This creates a tunnel effect and is not a good Feng Shui decision. Instead make sure mirrors are in an open space or at least facing an open area, to effectively create an open flow of energy. Always remember mirrors are not only decorative but they also reflect the positives and the negatives.
4) When considering hallway placement here's a key rule
If you want to hang mirrors on either side of the hallway, be cautious to make sure to avoid placing them directly across from one another. This will ensure that you avoid chaotic energy as the views essentially will be conflicting with each other. You never want the flow disrupted by the appearance of contradicting energy. Instead, make sure to offset them.
Mirror shape, color, and design matter
When it comes to color there are some Feng Shui principles to think about. Neutral or earth-toned frames in brown, subtle orange and yellow tones bring in the earth element, soothing and peaceful. Any natural wood frames in neutral tones are included in this.
For more intense fire energy, choose a red or bright orange frame. A bold rather than subtle style brings that fire element in. Fire is also represented by triangle shapes so although it’s a less common shape for mirrors than an oval or rectangle, it’s a shape to consider.
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