Reflections on Feng Shui – 10 Mirror Do’s and Don’ts


By Kathryn Weber

In feng shui, mirrors can direct the flow of chi. Mirrors can also both push and pull energy.

Few feng shui activators and cures hold as much interest as the common mirror. Mirrors are a terrific decorating resource and have the potential to inspire more prosperity — even double beautiful views and invite the accompanying chi that goes with them.

Yet, using mirrors in feng shui is often misunderstood. How does one use mirrors effectively? Are there rules for using mirrors in feng shui? If you have had questions about using mirrors correctly, the following should help you understand when, where and where not to use them.


DO reflect beautiful views. If your living room or dining room has a beautiful view of trees, blue skies, a garden or anything especially beautiful, a mirror is the perfect accessory. By positioning opposite the view, you can double the beauty.

DO reflect dining and living areas. Dining rooms are the perfect location for mirrors. Because the dining represents a family’s wealth, this in effect, magnifies this energy. Living rooms where families hold parties and gatherings are also good locations to hang a mirror and can double the number of people in the room for a more festive chi!

Do use mirrors to hide problems. Although not often thought of as a disguise, mirrors can make problems areas, like square pillars, “disappear.” Many homes have pillars, such as in basements, or in offices that stand in the middle of the room. By mirroring all four sides, the pillar essentially disappears.

DO use mirrors to double your cash.  Placing a mirror to reflect a cash register, your jewelry, or close to the front door of a shop will pull more money chi, customers and prosperity to you.

DO place mirrors where they can open up space. If you have a really small room or a long hallway, this is the perfect spot to hang a mirror. Lean a mirror against a wall to visually open up the room. Place a mirror along the wall of a hallway to slow down chi and add some interest.


Avoid bedroom mirrors, which are usually bad feng shui.


DON’T place a mirror opposite a front door. This pushes the energy right back out the door. Time and time again I see businesses that go out of business and they have a mirror opposite the front door. If you want a mirror to open up your foyer, adding a mirror is a great idea. Just don’t put it opposite the front door.

DON’T reflect negative views. Make sure mirrors aren’t placed where they’ll reflect a toilet door, a fireplace (above a fireplace is fine), a stovetop, or messy areas. When you can see an ugly view in a mirror, this magnifies the energy. This is especially true of fire. A little fire keeps you warm; a lot of fire can quickly become excessive energy.

DON’T place a mirror where it will harm or send cutting energy. This is true of placing a mirror at the end of the hallway, which symbolically says “stay away” and draws negative energy. A mirror placed at the bottom of the stairs will cut off the feet or head; avoid placing here.

DON’T place a mirror in the bedroom where it can be over-stimulating.  A mirror in the bedroom can create insomnia, especially if it reflects the bed. If there is a problem in the marriage, a mirror can also bring in unwanted interference in the relationship. Better to be safe (and well-rested) than sorry.

DON’T use broken or pakua mirrors. Pakua mirrors are often hung with little regard, yet they send out the full force of chi toward that which they reflect. It amounts to sending a really nasty look toward your neighbor. Is it any wonder these cause problems with relationships with others? These mirrors contain trigrams that are negative and are harmful to whoever they point toward and to the house where they hang. Avoid them. Cracked mirrors are also very negative energy as are small mirror tiles or anything that distorts or breaks up an image. Remove them.

© 2013 Kathryn Weber


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  • georgina

    I have a large floor mirror at the entrance as you open the front door which reflects the living room on the right which reflects the fireplace on the opposite wall, SE. Can a crystal on the coffee table in between act as a cure for the fireplace reflection? The only wall that i can move the mirror to is the wall opposite the kitchen which i use as a dining room, that would also reflect the stove and sink. Could i place flowers on the kitchen bench inbetween?

  • Yasmeen

    I have a large dresser with mirror. If I move my bed for my head to face in the best direction for me then the only place I can keep the dresser is opposite the window with the view outside the window being reflected. The view is basically some trees just outside my window with open sky behind it. I have read in some places that reflections double the beauty and mirror placed INSIDE the house are ok even if facing the window and that only windows OUTSIDE the house reflect chi away. Please let me know if its ok to place my dresser with the mirror on the wall opposite the bedroom window.

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  • Kalyani

    one of our apartment owner hung a mirror exactly opposite our home. We had a quarrel and immediately, she hung a mirror to her door, which reflects our home. Now, we are not in terms with them. I request you to suggest us a way to get out of the bad effects.

  • Erika

    I want to put a mirror at the end of my hallway hung up on top of a long table before entering my bedroom, do u think that’s ok?Or should I place it in my bedroom on top of a dresser?

  • redlotusletter

    A mirror in the dining room is always good feng shui! I’d put it there in a heartbeat. :)

  • annettepedersen

    What if the mirror is OUTSIDE, on the patio, and facing the entry door?
    Thank you!

  • redlotusletter

    It’s not very helpful….I’d move it if it were me. :)

  • redlotusletter

    It’s not a good idea to put a mirror at the end of a hall way….Better to put a picture of a pretty scene. Also, mirrors in bedrooms aren’t good, either. It’s important they don’t reflect the bed. Good luck!

  • annettepedersen

    Thank you!

  • Lisa

    Is it important it not reflect the bed at all or you can’t see the reflection when you are laying in the bed? I can’t imagine how you would position a dresser in a bedroom so it wouldn’t reflect the bed.

  • redlotusletter

    Yes — both. Take the mirror off the dresser. That’s what I do. Put it somewhere else. Mirrors activate and double the number of people in the room, so not a good idea to have them there.

  • Juanita Lozano Jaramillo

    Hi! I am a bit confused on what to do with a mirror on my kitchen. I had it on my previous apartment on the dinning room, but since I moved in with my boyfriend we now have a smaller place and the dinning table is now on the kitchen. The table is across from the entry so I can not hang my mirror on the wall facing the entry right “on top” of the table to reflect the food. If I were to place the mirror on one of the other two walls, one would be facing the windows (which I dont want to because of the energy flood) and the other one would be facing the fridge. What can I do?? Thank you!!

  • redlotusletter

    Energy floor? A mirror that reflects an exterior view is auspicious. That’s where I’d hang the mirror if it were in my house! Hope that helps. Thanks for visiting and for writing.

  • Jennytay92

    I have a small living room. I placed a large mirror on the other side of the room facing my only window. I have a large pond and garden in front of my apartment that is in my mirror reflection. Is that ok for feng shui? It is also at the beginning of my hallway but not at the end.

  • redlotusletter

    That’s not just good feng shui, it’s GREAT feng shui! Reflecting a beautiful scene such as a pond brings beautiful chi into your home. Great job Jenny!

  • Melissa Zoske

    Hi Katie,
    I have a family room with a wall facing opposite large glass windows and sliders to our yard. Right next to the windows is a piece of exercise equipment. So it would reflect in the mirror as well. How would that work. I’ve had the mirror sitting on the floor for months unsure of what to do with it. I’ve just started taking more of an interest in Feng Shui and love your site :-)

  • redlotusletter

    Hi Melissa — so sorry to take so long to respond! Use the mirror to reflect a beautiful view, place where a missing corner might be in your house, or any area where you need more light. Mirrors are also excellent when placed in the dining room.

  • TomTom

    In our laundry, there is a very small round mirror in an octagonal frame facing towards the back door. It was placed there by the previous owners. It seems odd to me, should I remove it?

  • redlotusletter

    I would ….a mirror should never reflect a door.

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