3 Things You Should Never Do With Mirrors at Home
By Jennifer Geddes
In the world of home decor, mirrors can be a magical design tool. They can brighten a dark room. They can make a tiny space look much bigger. And they can add an affordable touch of glamour to even the most ordinary of spaces.
But you shouldn’t hang mirrors just anywhere. Decorating with mirrors comes with a few rules, some of which pertain to feng shui, or the art of using space and alignment in the home to promote good energy. And some of them simply pertain to simple standards of common sense or good taste.
1. Don’t hang mirrors where you sleep
Yes, mirrors can make a space look bigger and add some shine to an otherwise bland room. But your goal in the boudoir is restorative sleep—and a mirror can get in the way of this.
“Because mirrors are a wide glass pane that reflect what happens in a space, they’re considered ‘activators’ and aren’t optimal for a room that should be used for rest and romance only,” explains Katie Weber, feng shui expert and owner of the e-zine Red Lotus Letter.
Homeowners should nix mirrored closet doors, large wall mirrors, and even a vanity above the dresser.
2. Don’t place a mirror opposite the front door
Here’s a feng shui lesson: The ancient Chinese design philosophy claims that if you hang a mirror across from your front door, the mirror will push opportunity and money out the door. That means your home could be starved for income and you’ll have to work harder to keep up, Weber says.
“And if you’re trying to sell, mirrors that reflect the front door can symbolically push potential buyers out of the house rather than draw them in.”
3. Don’t hang a mirror above a fireplace (or anywhere too high)
When Amy Bell, a designer at Red Chair Home Interiors in Cary, NC, sees a mirror hung above a fireplace, she cringes.
“These mirrors are usually placed too high, and they end up reflecting the ceiling fan,” she laments. Hang a colorful piece of art instead, and place your mirror on another wall.
And here are things you should do with mirrors:
– Try your mirror as a window
– Display a mirror in the dining room
– Use multiple mirrors in the bathroom
– Use mirrors to showcase a beautiful view