Mirrors can truly make all the difference in a room. (OK, OK, we may be biased — but it doesn’t make it any less true!) Even though mirrors are a fast way to amplify light and make a room feel bigger, there are places they shouldn’t be hung.
There are a few feng shui guidelines, superstitions, and best practices that you’ll want to keep in mind as you make your house feel more like a home. Whether you want to boost good energy in your space or just find the most practical solutions, heed these four tips:
DON’T hang across from clutter.
You want your mirrors to reflect light and happy energy — not piles of mail, toys, or other clutter. For example, skip the mirror on the wall directly across from your laundry room, where clothes tend to pile up and spill over. Or, if your home has a “drop zone” where coats, laptop bags, and shoes tend to get dumped when people walk in the door, avoid mirrors in that area. After all, the last thing you want to do is double the clutter in your home!
DON’T hang directly above or opposite bed.
According to feng shui experts, mirrors directly above your bed (or sofa) can disrupt calm, peaceful feelings because of the weight hanging over your head. Additionally, you want to avoid hanging a mirror on the wall opposite your bed because — according to some traditions — your soul leaves your body when you sleep, and it can get startled when it sees itself in the mirror. Whether or not that’s the case, this placement doesn’t make sense on a practical level. Mirrors can create all kinds of illusions in the half-light and darkness that mess with your head. It’s hard to sleep when the light bouncing on the mirror looks just like the boogeyman!
DON’T hang in the kitchen.
In general, feng shui guidelines suggest avoiding mirrors in the kitchen altogether. Although it’s not a popular spot for mirrors, facing the stove is a big no-no for mirrors (so long, mirrored tile backsplash!). Then again, it’s not super practical to have mirrors in a spot that is notoriously steamy and smokey. No one wants to constantly clean soup splatter off of a mirror, anyway!
DON’T hang directly across from the front door.
When it comes to receiving good energy in your home, you want to keep the front door ready to welcome it inside. Feng shui dictates that if you have a mirror right across from your door in the entryway, good energy may bounce back outside. Many people want mirrors in their foyer, and that’s fine, just make sure it’s on a perpendicular wall that catches light instead.
Of course, it’s your home — place mirrors where you will use them, and where they make you happy. With these tips in mind, hopefully your space reaches its best, brightest potential — and we can help with that! Discover custom frames, framed mirrors, and Add a Frame options now to find what suits your style best. Shop our entire range now!