Mirrors are called the aspirin of feng shui for a good reason. With the proper placement of mirrors, you can considerably shift the feng shui energy flow and create better energy in any space, be it a home or an office. But mirrors can create bad energy if they are placed in the wrong areas of your home. Usually, these are specific bagua areas of the feng shui energy map that do not like the water feng shui element that mirrors bring into the space. One of the most common improper placements is a mirror directly in line with your front door.
Why a Mirror Should Not Face the Front Door
A mirror facing the front door pushes away all the good feng shui energy that is about to enter the house. After all, this is one of the main functions of a mirror—to reflect the energy back. This is why we are able to see our own reflection in the mirror.
In feng shui practice, it is believed that the house absorbs energy (chi) through the front door, similar to the way a human face absorbs nutrition through the mouth. This is why the front door is often called the mouth of chi in feng shui. A mirror facing the door works in opposition to the energy flow you want.
Move the Mirror, If Possible
If you have a mirror facing your front door, the best and easiest solution is to move it to a more beneficial area of the home. Merely increasing the distance between the mirror and the door will not correct the negative effects of the mirror. If the mirror cannot be moved but can be adjusted, change its angle so it does not directly reflect the door.
Cover the Mirror, If Necessary
If you cannot remove the mirror—for example, if the mirror is built-in and you are renting the place, or if you have mirrored closet doors facing the main door—then you have to look for creative solutions (feng shui always works best when it is applied in a creative and subtle way):
Position a tall, lush plant in front of the mirror.
Hang a piece of art over the mirror, chosen carefully for attractiveness and feng shui suitability.
Paint over the mirror with a washable paint in a good feng shui color.
Center a tall piece of furniture on the mirrored wall. Again, you have to be sure the piece looks good and complements the space rather than making it feel out of place.
Place applique (decorative stickers) on the mirror. (Stores like IKEA have some great removable wall and mirror stickers in various designs.)
Other Feng Shui Tips for Using Mirrors
There are many options for placing mirrors in your home—from a big mirror above a fireplace to a floor-to-ceiling mirror in a walk-in closet. Mirrors can be very powerful, so be sure to follow good feng shui practices when placing mirrors:
A dining room is regarded as the best place for hanging mirrors. Dining rooms are considered "wealth vaults," and it is thought that mirrors increase prosperity when placed in dining rooms.
With mirrors placed near windows, be careful about what is being reflected indoors from outside. Whenever possible, make sure mirrors reflect a pleasing nature scene rather than scenes of industry or machinery.
Avoid placing mirrors in the kitchen. A kitchen is thought to have negative energy, and mirrors will double that energy.
In bathrooms, do not place mirrors so they face the door or the toilet. A mirror in either of these locations is thought to confine or multiply negative energy.
Mirrors facing the bed can lead to sleep problems. Mirrors multiply energy and may be too stimulating in a bedroom.
Mirrors are good for hallways but should not be placed at the end of a hallway, as this stops or repels energy flow. In the middle of a side wall, a mirror simply slows the flow of energy.
A mirror should not face a desk. Not only is this distracting, but it is thought to multiply the workload.