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FENG SHUI YOUR Mirrors at Home for Ultimate Tranquility

Feng Shui Your Mirrors at Home for Ultimate Tranquility

Ever walked into a room and felt like the energy in the space was just perfect? You might have been experiencing the effects of feng shui, the traditional Chinese practice of balancing a room’s energy and “Chi” or “Qi” to attract and encourage positive elements in one’s life. Feng shui translates to “wind and water,” and is a Chinese ideology dating back to 5000 BC that links people with their environment and emphasizes alignment. The philosophy of feng shui aims to ensure harmony within one’s surroundings, a principle that has existed for thousands of years, and the practice has connections to many beliefs including Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto, and Vashtu Shastri.

The teachings of feng shui focus on balanced and conscious placement of objects and elements inside your home to influence and reflect your outside experiences. Here at Ame, we can definitely say that we love an exterior expression of our internal state of being. Read on to learn more key feng shui tips — especially as they relate to mirror placement.

Why are mirrors important in feng shui?

Mirrors, as we know them, were invented in Germany in 1835 (hello there, innovation!), but research shows us that humans have been using a version of the mirror for about 8000 years. “Looking glasses,” as they used to be known, have always been much more than just a way for us to check if our new top and jeans combo looks amazing — they have also been used in home decor as decoration, to brighten a space, and to add dimension to a room.

Mirrors are also an incredibly important part of feng shui because they represent water, one of the founding principles of the movement. It is believed that since water yields to whatever shape it is poured into and can double an element (by reflection), mirrors are hugely important to the energy and alignment in your interior space. Mirrors also enhance light and space which — you guessed it — are qualities of good feng shui.


According to the teachings of feng shui, mirror placement is not just about where your reflective piece fits best on the wall — rather, if you’re interested in inviting tranquil energy into your space, you will want to be mindful of where your mirrors are (or are not) placed. The practice of improving the Qi of your home is actually all about the method of “minor additions.” Using intention with placement is a key part of the practice — and something to always remember while looking at the flow around you.

So let’s dive into the best of feng shui and mirrors, and how specific positioning can help usher good fortune and vibes into your home!


Expand your opportunities with mirrors perpendicular to the front door.

Walking in and out of your front door is something you do every day, and you might not have previously given it much thought — but feng shui specialists recognize the power of this transitional space, and as such, recommend placing a mirror on a wall perpendicular to your front door rather than directly across from it. This expands the opportunities in your life and home, rather than reflect them back out the door.

You thought your welcome mat was inviting things in? No, honey, it was the perpendicular mirror!


Attract wealth and prosperity with mirrors in the dining room.

Feng shui practitioners agree that one of the best rooms to hang mirrors in is the dining room. The dining room table (which, incidentally, should be round and have six or eight chairs for maximum auspiciousness … if you’ve got the room for it) is the center of the family, the place where everyone gathers. It’s written that the dining room represents one’s capacity to hold wealth, and that by placing a mirror opposite your table, you’re inviting the perception of doubling the amount of food — and therefore, your prosperity.

On the flip side of the coin, be careful not to have clutter-like bills in this room to avoid doubling your debts. Which is why you should also …

Cut down on your workload with no mirrors near your desk.

Similar to the importance of your dining room table, your desk is often the center of your work zone, and a very important area to be conscious of when taking Qi and feng shui into consideration. Mirrors that reflect on your desk or face your desk will work against you. How? By reflecting back your workload — and thereby doubling it.

We know we’re throwing a lot at you, but also to consider: Having your desk in a commanding position is extremely important. This means positioning it in the room where you can see the door. If you can’t accomplish this due to the limitations of your space, placing a mirror perpendicular or near your desk can help correct this. Being in a commanding position at your desk increases opportunities, because you’re able to see things coming your way.

Rest easy by utilizing mirrors in the bedroom.

One of our favorite feng shui tips? How to feng shui bedroom mirror placement. Amanda Gibby Peters of Simple Shui suggests that mirrors in the bedroom can affect your sleep because of how they activate energy in a room — and of course, your bedroom is a place where it’s best to have a slow or low energy. She suggests that if you’re struggling to fall into a restful sleep, covering the mirrors or making sure that they are not facing your bed could greatly improve those REM cycles.

You should also be conscious of having a mirror directly above your bed (or a window, for that matter) because the belief is that your Qi energy can escape through it while you sleep. We want our body filled with Qi when we wake up in the morning so that we’re ready to tackle the day and live life to the fullest!

Mirrors to avoid for feng shui and clean energy flow.

Mirrors that are broken, distorted, disconnected (like a mosaic), or cloudy should be avoided for feng shui purposes. Because the energy you’re trying to shift needs a clear pathway, mirrors with any of these issues can cause energetic obstacles. That’s not to say you should immediately throw out any mirrors that fit that description — it’s just something to be aware of when repositioning items in your space.

Remember that a major proponent of the practice is placing things with intention. Not every mirror in your space has to be a feng shui mirror. If your intention is to decorate your space, then those cute little mosaic mirrors are perfectly fine — and purposeful for your space!

Feng shui is an energy and design belief and philosophy that is supposed to enhance your experiences at home. It is not a checklist of dos and don’ts. Have fun with it, try things out, and see what works for you!