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Feng Shui Basics - How a mirror can be good for your home!

A mirror is used for many practical purposes. From a home design perspective, mirrors help in making your home look and feel brighter and spacious. Close your eyes and imagine yourself in a small, dimly lit room and then a large bright room. Can you feel the difference?

Home experts say that mirrors help to adjust the flow of qi or energy in a space. It is supremely important to know your intentions while making these additions. If you choose to add a mirror to your home as part of the feng shui adjustment, take a moment to connect back to the reasons why you’re placing a mirror in that particular area.

Some of the basic intentions of mirrors are as follows

Double vision 

  1. - Mirrors are reflective by nature and strategically placing them will help invite energies into that space. You can use these mirrors to reflect and double anything you want to amplify. For example, if you place them in your office in a way that reflects the trees/nature outside you are inviting wood energy into your workspace.

This represents growth and expansion in your career. Another example would be to reflect your stove burners with a mirror, this represents wealth, so visually and energetically doubling your burners can also lead to doubling your wealth. Make sure you don’t keep it too close that it will crack in front of the heat.

  1. The commanding position

     - This is by far one of the most important principles of Feng shui when you can’t bring your stove, bed, or desk into the commando position, mirrors can help.

A movable standing mirror is easy to adjust, set this up so that you can see the doorway or the entry to the room. This helps in creating awareness when things or people come your way.

  1. Invite the five elements into your homes with shape

      - It is said that mirrors are connected to the element of water. However, while choosing shapes you can bring in additional elements.
  • The round element is said to represent metal, which brings clarity, precision, and joy.
  • Stability and self-care comes in with square or rectangular mirrors
  • The tall rectangular shape brings in the wood elements which aids with flexibility and kindness.
  • The triangular shape has its little unusual quirk, it adds a lot of style as well as fire energy. Bringing in the element of fire is a good choice because it represents passion, inspiration, or visibility.
  1. Invite the five elements with frame colour

     - Feng shui plays an important role through the colour of the frame as well.
  • Metal - Whites, and grays are associated with the metal element, so when you use these colours it helps activate the energy in your homes.
  • Earth tones frames in hues of brown, orange, or yellow will add the earth element. This includes natural wood frames in brown or neutral tones.
  • The wood energy is depicted with colours like blue, green, or teal.
  • The water element which is a favourite among a lot of people comes in hues of navy blue.
  • And if you are looking to add the fire energy then go for some bright red or orange frames.

Mirrors to be avoided for Feng Sui 

There are some things to keep in mind from the feng shui perspective

  • Avoid mirrors that are broken, chipped, and most importantly the ones that reflect a distorted image.

This does not mean that you need to get rid of some of your loved vintage pieces, not everything has to be feng shui related.

A home should evoke your most positive emotions, give you a space where you feel safe and good. In your home, it is but natural that you place things you love, you connect with, or might even have a memory attached.

For such special association items, you can always choose to keep them, regardless of whether or not they’re traditionally considered “good” feng shui.

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