According to the ancient principles of feng shui, mirrors don't simply reflect your surroundings – they can also absorb or amplify the objects within them. Modern interior designers often recognise the ability of mirrors to open up a room and bring light and energy to a space, and experts in feng shui believe that this can be expanded to cover all aspects of your home and wellbeing. Mirrors can therefore maximise goodness and prosperity if used correctly, just as they can increase disorder and disarray in an unruly home. Read on to learn how to harness the full potential of mirrors in your home, improving the flow of energy and the harmony of your interior design.
Start by ensuring that all your mirrors are regularly cleaned and polished to a sparkling shine; a clear reflection is essential in getting the best from these powerful objects. There are certain necessary parts of a home that should never be reflected in a mirror, including kitchen flames, drains and any sharp edges or corners. Their symbolically damaging implications for health and happiness make it important to minimise their overall impact on your home.
For similar reasons, feng shui recommends that mirrors should not be placed directly in front of doorways and windows. Having a mirror facing the door can rebound positive energy, or chi, straight out of the room again. You should also avoid putting mirrors on opposite walls or on ceilings; the disorientating vortex effect is not conducive to a sense of balance or calm.
As mirrors symbolise water in traditional Chinese culture, they can neutralise the power of fires or flames. To adhere to the principles of feng shui, it's therefore advisable to avoid directly reflecting gas hobs, wood burners and the southernmost corners of the room – as sun traps, southern points are believed to contain fire energy. However, this doesn't mean banning mirrors from these spaces entirely. Hanging a large mirror adjacent to, rather than opposite, a fireplace or window can enhance the light and optimise its positive, energising effects, balancing the two elements of fire and water.
To adapt feng shui principles to suit your home, think about hanging mirrors strategically to reflect the most healthy and abundant parts of your property. In social areas such as the dining hall and the living room, these objects can reflect – and thereby double – the sense of pleasure and contentment you experience when gathering with loved ones. Bouquets of flowers and views or paintings of forests, rivers and rolling hills are all representatives of health and happiness, so position mirrors to take advantage of the art or nature in your home.
Crucially, mirrors can also have a profound impact on self-perception. Modern positive psychologists recommend saying healing affirmations in front of the mirror on a daily basis and greeting yourself with a smile when you look at your reflection. For feng shui gurus, the height of the mirror is particularly important, so check that your mirrors can reflect the face of the tallest person in the household without them stooping.
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