Is a Mirror Facing the Front Door Bad Feng Shui?

Foyer with mirror reflecting the door

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One question that gets asked a lot is if a door-facing mirror is bad feng shui. Most people have read or heard somewhere that this setup is always bad feng shui.

This is a misconception because first of all, nothing is always bad. It’s helpful to look at the circumstances. For instance, with this idea it depends on the feng shui school or consultant. For example, one practitioner may say that a mirror facing the front door is a no-no, while we'd disagree and even recommend it for particular situations. There are conflicting viewpoints on various aspects of feng shui because there are dozens of different schools of feng shui and even more varied approaches depending on the practitioner.

About Mirrors and Front Doors

Here’s a little background information on mirrors and front doors. All of the feng shui schools agree that the front door of your home is an important area. It’s called the “mouth of qi” because the entry is how energy and qi (life force) enters a space. 

The classical schools tend to recommend against a mirror facing the front door do so because for them, the reflection of a mirror reflects energy back. Therefore, a mirror reflecting the front door pushes away energy, rather than welcomes qi into the home. 

In other schools like BTB, and in my practice, mirrors are used to expand the space energetically. A mirror can expand a small cramped entry and make it look and feel larger. Or a well placed mirror (even in the entry) can invite elemental energies with a reflection of nature, for example. From this perspective, a mirror facing the front door summons rather than pushes away. So, where does that leave you? Is a mirror facing the front door bad feng shui?

If you’re really worried about it, let’s go ahead and correct it! It’s not good feng shui to live in fear of something. Don't let this keep you up night. It doesn’t matter if this school says this or that school says that. Pay attention to and honor your needs. We want you to feel safe in your home! That is a big aspect of feng shui, to create a feeling of support. And if you care for your home with mindfulness and love, then it will nurture and love you.

If you chose to adjust it, here are some examples of how to correct a mirror facing the front door:

Tips to Adjust a Mirror Facing the Front Door

Remove the Mirror

The simplest solution is to move the mirror so it’s no longer facing the front door. There are countless ways to use for mirrors to create good feng shui. And not everything needs to be a feng shui correction. If you like it, you can relocate it elsewhere. If it’s no longer needed, feel free to offer it to a loved one or donate it.

Adjust the Mirror

This is also an easy solution. If you are able to you, a slight adjustment can change the angle so that the mirror is no longer in line with the door. It’s ok to have a mirror near or in the entry. The iffy part is when it’s directly reflecting the view of the door. 

Cover the Mirror

Sometimes you can’t move the mirror. Maybe it’s fastened to the wall permanently or you’re in a rental. Whatever the reason, get creative and cover it! There are dozens of ways to do this: with fabric, paper, decals, frosted film, paint, and the list is only limited by your imagination. Have fun with it and enjoy it. Make it nice and not an eyesore.

Block the Reflection

You can obscure the reflection by placing an object in front of the mirror. Again, there are many options for this like placing a plant, a piece of furniture or other object in front of the mirror. 

If you choose this route, be sure you have a spacious foyer. Ideally you want to maintain at least six feet of open clear space in front of the door. Do not create a tight entry at the front door, because that’s definitely creating challenging feng shui!