Feng Shui Your Room with Mirror Accents

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Mirrors are widely used as a key element in Feng Shui interiors. They have been called “the aspirin of Feng Shui” because this object directs and alters the flow of energy of the surrounding environment, called Chi. Mirrors have the power to absorb negative and to reflect positive energy. To neutralize negative energy, you should put the mirror right in front of an object and have it reflected away. Mirrors represent the water element.

More practically, mirrors visually expand the space and add dynamism to a room. Yet, if you want to use the mirror as a “space multiplier” you should beware of its “crushing” effect. For example, if you want to counteract a low ceiling, you might want to use a mirror to reflect it. However, it should be placed higher on the wall, so as not to be pushing you.

Positioning the Mirror

If properly positioned, mirrors create a calm atmosphere. However, it's very important to place the mirror at a suitable point. For example, it's not a good idea to have a mirror reflecting the busy nightlife in the street, since it will create chaos and anxiety in the interior. Instead, you should have the reflections of picturesque nature and sun sceneries. Mirrors come in handy if you want to place some object or a bright accent at a certain place, but are unable to for some reason. By placing a mirror there, you can obtain the desired effect.

It's best to have full-size mirrors because they reflect the whole figure and create a logical, harmonic image in the brain. It is an absolute taboo to locate two mirrors opposite to each other, since the multiple reflections introduce an uneasy feeling, sense of dislocation and insecurity.

Types of Mirrors

The three types of mirror, according to Feng Shui, are typical, concave, and convex.

The effect of the typical mirrors depends on their form (round, oval, square), the material used for the frame (metal or wood), as well as on the combination of the two factors. An oval, combined with baroque frame and floral decorations, means wealth when positioned southeast in the space. Concave mirrors are preferred for the exterior since they create upturned reflected images. The latter, convex mirrors, are suitable for both inside and outside spaces. They resemble an observant eye and look especially attractive if framed well.

Never put a Bagua mirror inside. The form is round, but the frame is octagonal and made of specifically colored wood. Usually, the colors are red, green and gold, or yellow, black and red. If the frame is metal, the mirror serves as an element in the respective area on the outside. Another peculiarity of this mirror is that Feng Shui employs it exclusively when there is negative energy (Sha Chi), directed towards the house. The best place is above the entrance or at a large window.

The general areas to have a mirror are East, Southeast, and North. However, a mirror should never be positioned facing the entrance or the bed. The south wall should be avoided whenever possible.