The addition of a mirror to a room can make it look spacious–that is, if it’s placed properly. Otherwise, the presence of a reflective surface can be a detriment to a space, especially in the bedroom. After all, the bedroom is a place for relaxation and rest, and seeing your reflection and movement while you’re trying to be yourself can make you feel more conscious than you really should be.
Let’s see what Uncle Dixer has to say about this issue.
Dear Uncle Dixer: Are mirrors not a good thing in a bedroom?
Answer: Having mirrors in a bedroom is not necessarily a bad thing provided that there are not too many of them and that they are reasonable in size.
A full-length and full-height mirror facing the bed should be avoided because the Chinese believe that when we are asleep, we are between the two worlds of Yin and Yang. When we are half awake and see our reflection in the mirror, it could frighten away one part of our Yin Yang soul and cause it to leave our body.
Also, the Chinese are a modest lot. They prefer not to see the reflection of their naked body even in a very private situation like when making love. If you need a full-length mirror for dressing, then it is best to locate it in a place that cannot be seen while lying in bed. Smaller mirrors for make-up and for other purposes are fine in a bedroom. It’ll be even better if they can be hidden away from the bed. Otherwise, there is no problem with having mirrors in a bedroom.
Whether or not adding a mirror to the bedroom is a bad thing depends on a lot of factors, such as the mirror’s function, placement, and size. This can also depend on the sense of modesty of the person who is using the room, as more self-conscious people might not like the idea of seeing their image all the time.
Ideally, though, a large mirror should not face the bed. Seeing movement through the mirror, even if it’s just actually the viewer’s reflections, can rouse one from a state of drowsiness and prevent them from sleeping well. At the same time, this can also scare people who are just trying to sleep or have just woken up, as they might think that there is another person with them in the room.
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Uncle Dixer is a Chinese-Australian Feng Shui Expert. He is here to answer your Feng Shui questions so we can better understand the workings of Feng Shui. Read more about him or submit your question to an expert.