By: Yassmine ElSayed
Cairo, Jan. 4 (SEE) – Using mirrors for decoration purposes not only can be very common, but also very beautiful. We tend mainly to focus on the design of the mirror, frames’ color and its size, but seldom do we think about where to place exactly inside the room. We hardly choose which wall to hand them on, but most of us never thought that the place on which the mirror is hanging can either provide or steal the energy from the family.
To learn more about how the mirrors do this with the energy, we read about the relevant rules put by feng shui experts, who are specialized with studying how to preserve the positive energy inside homes.
In a piece published at fengshuinexus.com, experts listed all possible rooms where mirrors can be hanged and advised certain instruction to take care of while doing so.
Dining Room.. Most Suitable for Mirrors
Although the dining room is most suitable for mirrors, where to place them needs a little attention. This is because the mirror can bring anything from the outside into the house.
According to Feng Shui Expert Gayle Smith, placing a mirror can bring in the outside, which is a good thing. However, this is NOT recommended if there are any sort of bad “Forms” outside the window because the mirror can bring those negative energies inside.. These “Forms” can include an electric pole, pipes, electric wires, and others.
Also, some experts claim that the mirror will attract scandals into your life if it is reflecting any sort of water features from the outside, such as a fountain or lake.
Kitchen is NOT Suitable for Mirrors
The kitchen has negative Feng Shui energies, and that’s the main reason why Feng Shui doesn’t like mirrors in the kitchen. If mirrors can double the energy of an area, then a mirror in the kitchen will amplify the negative energies brought by the kitchen.
That is also true based on the lucky and unlucky areas of a person’s Kua number. If the kitchen is in a lucky area, the auspicious energies will be suppressed even more when the mirror amplifies the kitchen’s negative energies. If the kitchen is in an “unlucky” area, the mirror can amplify both the negative energies brought by cooking activities and by your unlucky area.
Mirror Facing Stove Creates Yin Yang Imbalance
Kitchen stoves bring extremely strong energies of Yang fire. This applies to all kinds of stoves, such as those powered by natural gas or by electricity. All of them bring energies in the form of light and heat.
With a mirror facing the stove, the fire element and the Yang energies would increase greatly. As a result, the Yin and Yang balance in the house can shift, and you may find that the house is not as comfortable as it once was. This rule applies to mirrors not just in the kitchen, but also to living areas where mirrors can reflect the kitchen stove.
Remove Mirrors that Face the Bathroom Door
These are mirrors located anywhere within the house that face towards your restroom or bathroom door. Restrooms and bathrooms are said to produce negative Qi because that’s where we rid ourselves of our wastes. With a mirror facing those rooms, those negative Qi have a chance to grow and disperse to other places within the house.
Mirror Facing Toilet Spreads Negative Qi
Toilet is said to produce negative Qi because of its purpose. If a mirror is facing the toilet, it is said that this negative energy can be strengthened and dispersed. Amplifying negative energy is not a good idea, even if it can be used to suppress other negative energies.
Besides, having a mirror facing the toilet can feel a little weird for some people.
Mirror Facing Bed Brings Sleep Problems
Mirrors are quite common in modern bedrooms. Generally, having mirrors in bedroom are not a bad thing. There is just one thing: the mirror shouldn’t face the bed.
Some experts say that mirror facing bed causes bad dreams and restless nights. Others say that it can bring a third party to your relationship and even tendencies of soul-stealing.
Living Room Generally Not Suitable for Mirrors
As for the living room, some say that mirror placement in living room makes parties and gatherings more festive because it feels as if the amount of people have doubled. However, others are concerned about the mirror amplifying the energy brought by the guests, especially those with negative energies. For others, put a mirror in the living room because it’s distracting. Even if you place it to reflect a scenery outside your window, that view can only be seen from a certain angle in the living room.
Don’t Hang Mirror Behind Sofa
Just like the bed, the back of the sofa should be placed against a wall for sense of security. Some say that if a mirror is placed on the wall behind the sofa, that sense of security is lost. The same was said for mirror placed on the wall behind the bed.
Mirror Facing the Front Door Causes Instability.
Some people like placing a mirror close to the front door or foyer for convenience. They have a final chance to take care of how they look before they leave the house. There’s nothing wrong with having a mirror at the foyer or close to the front door. However, almost all experts agree that having a mirror facing the front door is just bad Feng Shui, and their reasons vary. Some say that the Qi entering the house will be reflected and repelled right out the door. Others have said that the Qi would enter the house but would somehow be stuck there (and not circulate into the house for the benefit of the occupant). But of course, you can have the mirror placed on the side. Just make sure it’s not directly facing the front door.
Mirror can Expand the Look and Feel of Your Foyer
From earlier, you know that having a mirror in the foyer area is fine, just that it shouldn’t be facing the front door.
If your front door area or foyer is small, such as having a long narrow entrance, you can try hanging a mirror on the side that suit the swing of the door to make the space feel bigger.
Mirrors can be good for Hallways but not at its end. Mirrors in hallways can get a little confusing. Some say placing the mirror at the end of the hallway symbolizes “stay away” and can lead you to make mistakes and bring frustration. Others say that mirrors placed at hallways can help slow down the Qi energy as it moves through your home.
The key here is to make sure how the mirror is placed. Do place it along the two side-walls of the hallway but not at its end. Also, make sure that those mirrors on the side-walls don’t face each other.
Narrow Staircases Can Use Mirrors
Narrow staircases are said to diminish fortune and abundance. In those situations, you can insert a mirror at the landing area because it can help widen the staircase. Also, if the staircase can benefit from the water element, adding a mirror would help too. However, some others think that placing mirrors in staircases has the effect of “cutting” Qi and is not recommended.
Mirrors Should NOT Face the Desk
Mirror facing the desk will work against you. That is because the mirror tends to “double your workload”, or at least distract you from work.
With a mirror facing your desk, you’ll see the reflection of the work that needs to be done instead of looking at something else – whatever the mirror is covering. You’ll be constantly reminded of work, which can definitely bring a great deal of stress to you.
That said, there are sayings that you should place a mirror so you can see the door when you sit on your desk. This only applies when you can’t place your desk in the command position (similar to the bed’s command position). Whether this is necessary is entirely up to you.