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Too much of anything is not good, and too many mirrors are no exception to that rule. Mirrors have multiple uses, such as functionality, decor, and the perception of room size. Using them throughout your home elevates the home’s look and feel, but is using too many possible?
Having more than a couple of mirrors in each room is too many. Many interior designers recommend placing mirrors over bedside tables and near chandeliers to reflect the light. Bathrooms benefit from one mirror per vanity, while feng shui experts suggest omitting mirrors from rooms like the kitchen.
In this article, we will be exploring mirrors as they relate to interior design and feng shui tips for every room in your home involving mirrors. This article will help you find the right balance and keep your home feeling open and positive.
Room 1: The Bedroom
If you have just moved and are in the process of setting up your new home, the bedroom is most likely the first room you have started putting together. Why? Because after all that moving, you need a good night’s rest, and nobody wants to sleep on the floor when they are sore! Bedrooms are also where we start and end our day, so we want that space to be peaceful and functional.
A mirror in the bedroom sounds like a good idea, right? No one wants to do their hair or get dressed without appraising their appearance first! But a mirror in the bedroom does not work for the room’s feng shui.
According to YouTuber Julie Khuu, having a mirror in the bedroom is an absolute no in feng shui. Mirrors store up energy, and having a mirror in any part of the room will make it hard for you to sleep at night. A mirror opposite of your bed will keep you awake because the energy will keep bouncing at you. A mirror over the bed is also a no for practical purposes, and also, you do not have all that active energy looming over your head while you are asleep.
However, from an interior design point-of-view, she says it is okay to have mirrors in your bedroom as long as they are over your bedside tables. But if you have been having trouble sleeping and have not found the reason for it, try removing your bedroom mirror and see if that helps. This rule is left up to which approach you prefer to take.
Room 2: The Bathroom
Mirrors in a bathroom are a given. It is where we brush our teeth, put on our makeup, and get ready for the day. But can a bathroom have too many mirrors?
Most bathrooms have one to two mirrors in them, which is fine. Interior designers follow the mirror to vanity ratio, meaning if you have two vanities, you have two mirrors. But some double vanities have just one large mirror, so this rule has some flexibility.
Size and shape play a factor in this as well. Julia from BathroomVanitiesHelp on YouTube helps you figure out the best size and shape of the mirror for your bathroom vanity. One mirror or two mirrors in the bathroom seems to be the magic number.
Room 3: The Living Room
The living room is one of the most active rooms in the home. Whether it is movie night or entertaining guests or your kids and pets at play in it, the living room is full of lively energy daily. But how is all that energy reflected into the number of mirrors you should have there?
If your living room resembles a carnival funhouse, you have too many mirrors. Too many mirrors can make people feel uncomfortable and make your home feel less homey.
Homelane.com recommends putting your living room mirrors near a chandelier to reflect its light or on the opposite wall of a beautiful view or your favorite painting. Mirrors can also be incorporated into a gallery wall using different sizes, frames, and shapes to make them look more like artwork and less like a funhouse.
You can also consider adding a mirror near the entryway, above a console table or shelf. Not only is this a convenient way to check your outfit as you leave, but the mirror will help reflect the light from your entryway, brightening up your home as you come and go.
The living room seems to be the space with the most mirror allowance. Picking the right size and style can help open the space and make it feel lighter and brighter. With the right mirror, your living room can become the coziest room in your home. So if you were wondering where to put your grandmother’s antique mirror, this could be the perfect place for it.
Room 4: The Kitchen
Everyone has to eat at some point, and kitchens help make that possible. It is a necessary space in the home, and it is essential to have good vibes while cooking. Would you feel comfortable cooking in an area where you can see your image while you chop and stir?
According to mydomaine.com, the feng shui rule for mirrors in the kitchen is not to have any at all because it is a spot that houses negative energy. From a practical standpoint, stoves mean fire, and you do not want to amplify a possible kitchen fire with chaotic energy. If you were thinking of mirrored cabinets or a mirrored backsplash in the kitchen, I would suggest returning to the drawing board.
There is such a thing as too many mirrors. The magic number for each room depends on your approach, feng shui, or interior design. Whether you are decorating with positive chi or the latest style in mind, the most important thing is to be happy with your living space.
When it comes down to it, the rules for your space are the ones you make. You are the one living in it, so choose the approach that works best for you and start hanging up those mirrors!
- YouTube: Julie Khuu: FENG SHUI Tips for MIRRORS in your Home
- YouTube: BathroomVanitiesHelp: How To Choose The Perfect Sized Vanity Mirror To Go With Your Bath Vanity
- House Caravan: How Many Mirrors Should You Have in a Room?
- HomeLane: Fresh Ways To Incorporate Mirrors In The Living Room
- MyDomaine: 10 Feng Shui Rules for Mirrors, According to Experts
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