There are many different schools of feng shui, each with different guidelines and perspectives. Sometimes they even contradict each other. For example, you might read somewhere that it’s bad feng shui to have your desk facing a certain way, and then the next day, you might read the opposite.
One area where there are a few different guidelines, depending on the school of feng shui you follow, is the topic of mirrors facing the bed. Some schools of feng shui don’t recommend this.
The Commanding Position
In some other schools of feng shui, like BTB Feng Shui, we actually suggest placing a mirror facing the bed in certain situations. One instance in which this is helpful is when you need to correct a bed that is not in the commanding position.
When your bed is in the commanding position, you are able to see the door to the room while lying in bed, without being directly in line with the door. This allows you to have the widest view of the room, and the fullest awareness of anything or anyone that might be approaching. This puts you in command and in control of your life. Your bed represents you, so it’s one of the most important pieces of furniture to have in the commanding position. You also spend a lot of passive hours relaxing and sleeping in bed, so the feng shui of your bed really affects you. Having your bed in command can also reduce your anxiety and stress levels, and help you sleep more soundly.
Sometimes, it’s not possible to put your bed in the commanding position. Maybe your bedroom is small or an odd shape, or the furniture only fits in the room a certain way. If you have to arrange your room so that your bed is out of command, and you can’t see the door when you’re in bed, this is when a mirror comes in handy. In BTB feng shui, we recommend that you place a mirror in a location that allows you to see the door to your room from your bed, which means that you’ll have a mirror facing your bed. On a practical level, if you have insomnia, seeing your own reflection in the middle of the night might be distracting and make it harder to sleep. But as long as this mirror placement doesn’t bother you or keep you up at night, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this.
How to Remedy the Mirror Facing Your Bed
Regardless of the feng shui school, if a mirror in your bedroom makes you feel uncomfortable or worried, you should pay attention to that. Feng shui, like most things, is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and it’s important to trust your own instincts. A mirror facing the bed may feel great for your best friend, but it might not be the best choice for you.
If you do have a mirror facing your bed that’s bothering you, the best way to remedy this is to move either the bed or the mirror. If you can’t do this because the mirror is a permanent fixture, like a mirrored wall or closet door, do what you can to work with it. You can drape a piece of fabric or a scarf over the mirror while you’re sleeping, or use frosted solar film to cover up the mirrored surface.
When it comes to mirrors in the bedroom, keep these best practices in mind:
- If possible, avoid any secondhand or vintage mirrors as they may have energy from previous owners.
- Make sure the mirror is appropriately sized for the space.
- Treat yourself to the best and highest quality mirror you can afford.
The Bottom Line
Though some schools say no mirrors at all in the bedroom, even if they're not facing the bed, we recommend you go with what your intuition tells you is the best for your situation.
It’s important to remember that just because different feng shui schools may have different recommendations for the same situation, it doesn’t mean that any school is incorrect or invalid. If you’re feeling confused by conflicting advice, the best thing to do is to find a feng shui practitioner that you trust and get their professional opinion for your specific space and circumstances.