Feng Shui Mirrors — Do’s and Don’ts

Mirrors have been called the “aspirin of Feng Shui” because they can be used to “cure” so many problems in a space.

It’s important to use them properly, though, or you may end up with exactly the opposite result from what you intend.

Here are a few Feng Shui mirror pointers to get you started:

A beautiful round mirror for good Feng Shui.

Feng Shui Mirror “Do’s”

  1. Do use “whole” mirrors in which you can see at least your whole head from the neck up.  This will give you a sense of completeness whenever you see yourself.  Tiny mirrors or fragments will cause you to feel “broken up” into pieces over time.
  2. Do hang mirrors to bring in beautiful views of nature from the outdoors, amplifying them and activating Mother Nature’s healthy Chi energy indoors.
  3. Do use mirrors where they’ll add light and movement to your space.  A large mirror in a long dark hallway, for instance, will draw Chi energy down the hall, helping it circulate throughout your home.
  4. Do hang a mirror near your entryway, both to activate the Water element there as well as to give you a positive glimpse of yourself on your way out the door.
  5. Do place a mirror against the wall that defines a missing Bagua area, to visually expand the space and symbolically fill in the missing area.

Feng Shui Mirror Don’ts

  1. Don’t hang mirrors in your bedroom!  This is such a big topic that I’ve written separate articles about it.  Start reading here about Mirrors in a Feng Shui Bedroom.
  2. Don’t hang a mirror so it reflects you within 5 feet of entering your home.  This will cause your Chi energy to bounce right back out the door.
  3. Don’t hang mirrors with distorted or antiqued surfaces.   Over time as you see yourself in them, you will come to feel distorted or prematurely aged yourself — and that’s never good!

Mirrors are one of Feng Shui’s Nine Essential Chi Adjustors.

Tell me: how do you use them to enhance your space?

(Photo courtesy of furnitureanddesignideas.com)

  • http://twitter.com/VeggieTart Danielle

    Some of us have homes where you can’t hang a mirror near your entryway without hanging it near the entry to a home.

  • js

    How can one hang a mirror near the entryway and simultaneously avoid hanging a mirror within 5 feet of entering one’s home?  

    • AnnFengShui

       Hi JS, For good Feng Shui, hang the mirror on a wall that’s adjacent to — not opposite — the entryway.

  • AnnFengShui

    JS, a mirror should not be hung on a wall that directly faces the door within 5 feet of the entrance because its reflection bounces your positive Chi back out the door behind you.  However a mirror close to the door but to one side, not directly reflecting you when you stand in the doorway, is good Feng Shui.

  • eyerish

    Hi, opposite my apartment is a restaurant. recently, we notice they hang a mirror directly facing my living room window. What does that mean? and will that bring any unlucky and harm us in anyway? thanks

    • AnnFengShui

      Hmmm, yes, that’s interesting. I would suggest asking them about it, and asking that they adjust it so that it’s not in a direct line with your window.

  • AnnFengShui

    The challenge with small or broken mirrors is that they break up your image, which can lead to problems with your own inner self-image. It would be better to find this same mirror framed with colored tiles rather than tiny mirrors if you can.

  • Eastlake Collector

    Greetings!
    For those of us with lofts, studios and above garage apartments (non-traditional single-space floor plans) how do mirrors play in to our scheme? I have an above-garage studio with a fireplace mantle containing a 50 by 40 inch mirror above the display gallery. The mirror was part of the original 1870′s design and cannot be removed. I have loaded the shelf with statues and candlesticks but I fear this adds to your “jumble” theory causing distortion. Thanks for any suggestions…

    • AnnFengShui

      Hello — if you can see yourself “whole” in the mirror, that is fine. The idea is to avoid seeing a broken, cut off or distorted image of yourself as you pass by the mirror each day. If you like you can send me a photo to review in a mini-consultation so you can be sure you’re getting positive Chi benefits from your mirror.

  • disqus_uKxBehmcqs

    Hi thank you for your help, i just put my own picture framed in on north wall on top landing wall, opposite of a mirror on south wall. is it ok???

    • AnnFengShui

      It might well be ok but I would have to know more about the specifics of your situation. If you’d like to know more please let me know.

  • disqus_QGYBOyyA2Q

    hi – I have a wall in my dining area which faces the balcony around 20 feet away – can I hang a mirror on this wall facing the balcony?

    • AnnFengShui

      It sounds fine, but everything depends on what the mirror reflects. Does it lift your spirits by bringing nature into your space or reflecting the abundance of your dining table? If yes, fine; if not, make a different choice ;) Good luck with your Feng Shui!

  • Shannon Miles

    Based on the “no mirrors in the bedroom” rule what would your substitution be for the mirrors behind the night stands in this post? http://www.lilikoijoy.com/2013/06/operation-sultrify-master-bedroom-is.html

    • AnnFengShui

      Hi Shannon,
      Thank you for your note and interesting query. I would recommend two pieces of streamlined art. For example, simple vertical Japanese scrolls that pick up the shape of the mirrors would be lovely, and could also bring it the Wood element so that the plants by the window could be eliminated or minimized (plants in the bedroom being another Feng Shui no-no). All the best and thanks again! Ann

  • AnnFengShui

    This sounds as though it could create dissonance in your bedroom, disturbing your sleep and affecting your health. If you cannot remove the mirror, hang a curtain over it at night that you can remove during the day when you need to use it.

    • vismin vaccine

      Thank you :)

  • Iam

    Can a mirror be hung in front of a window? in the living area?

    • AnnFengShui

      The answer to this interesting question depends on your reason for wanting to hang the mirror in such a position. If you’d like to send details I will take a look.

      • Iam

        The living room is setup with, window on east, tv/fireplace on south, and had read that mirror could not go across from fire place so only option was mirror on west wall of room.

        • AnnFengShui

          Blocking a window with a mirror is not going to be good Feng Shui in this case. It should hang on a solid wall and reflect something beautiful; perhaps it needs to go in another room altogether. If you’d like to go into more depth about this we can set up a consultation :)

          • Iam

            No no, its across from the window on a opposite wall, reflecting a window. Thanks

          • AnnFengShui

            OH! I misunderstood the what you meant by”in front of” the window in your first comment :) Yes, this is fine, probably excellent Feng Shui. As long as the mirror reflects something beautiful and follows the other “Do’s and Don’ts” I outline in this article. Thanks!

          • Iam

            Thank you

  • HarleyKaren

    I live near a glass high rise on the west side of my house. The bright morning sun reflects off the building and back into my house so my house is light filled from all sides in am. Is the building reflection a positive or do I need to hand mirrors on the front of my 2 story home to reflect it back?

    • AnnFengShui

      Karen, do the reflected light or the building itself feel oppressive? If so you may wish to place mirrors outside your home to deflect that aggressive energy. Otherwise if the light feels and looks pleasant, you don’t need to do anything.

      • HarleyKaren

        Thanks Ann. It doesn’t create any negativity but it’s very noticeable.. When the sun is rising and early morning it’s like I have two suns shining at my house. It creates a very light filled home as I have a lot of windows. The top floor of that building is a large personal injury law firm and was thinking if there is negative energy in that office it might reflect off the building.

        • AnnFengShui

          Karen, I would suggest hanging a mirror on the outside of your home to reflect the energy back at the glass building, as you have mentioned, since that energy is making its way so powerfully into your home. You may also wish to invest in “solar shades” to dim the light on that side of your home in the morning to create a more natural arc of the sun as the day passes. Our bodies and instincts need that sense of order in the universe in order to stay in balance.

          • HarleyKaren

            Octagonal mirror or does it matter? I have a second story balcony on the left half of the house so does location of mirror matter as would be easiest to hang off balcony which is off center?

          • AnnFengShui

            Octagonal is best. And reflecting the building directly is also best. LMK if you’d like to schedule a short phone consultation :)