The question of whether you should have a mirror facing your bed is one that is asked often. This is because the belief in certain parts of the world is that having such an arrangement can bring negative energy and bad luck into your home. These beliefs generate many questions and potential risks that people consider when making either a new or existing home design decision.
Reasons not to Face Your Bed with a Mirror – Expand on the traditional beliefs as to why having a mirror face your bed can be a negative energy.
In many cultures, it is said that when your bed faces a mirror, it will bring bad luck to those who live in the space – and not just bad luck, but also potentially unhappiness and illness for any occupant of the room. Having mirrors in bedrooms can cause confusion or distress during sleep as reflection of oneself or their loved ones lying in bed could subconsciously create worry or fear. It could also harm focused meditation practices, since reflection from mirros has been documented to have effects on REM processes leading to stress being held in the body’s systems throughout periods of slumber. Additionally, if you are trying to manifest peace, restful sleep habits, financial success and general well-being into your life then traditional beliefs attributed to Feng Shui dictate that placing mirrors around sleeping spaces should be avoided as this will supposedly increase chances of awakening with nightmares or an energetic feeling of unrest
Practical Tips – Expand on practical tips for how to change/workaround this situation depending on what you want out of it.
If you already have a bedroom setup with mirrored walls facing the bed, there are ways to make it more harmonious: try optimizing natural light; drape sheer curtains over mirrors; create abstract art shapes using shadow play behind curtains; paint nearby walls with reflective color accents; install wall sconces near the mirror for extra light; remove anything from bedroom furniture which reflects light (e.g., shiny lamps); move furniture around so that objects which naturally reflect light aren’t across from each other; work hardwood furniture pieces into main elements within design layout scheme (they absorb light). If all else fails, invest in thick curtains or special window coverings designed specificallt for reducing unwanted reflections coming off metals and glass surfaces within any room of your home.
Many believe that if your bedroom mirror is facing your bed, it can cause negative energy to flow in the room. In fact, according to the ancient principles of feng shui, having a mirror reflecting your bed is said to disrupt your sleep and affect your overall well-being. People who have experienced this phenomenon report being impacted with restlessness, insomnia, disturbed dreams and general bad luck. Additionally, some people feel an increased sense of energy in the room that may make it difficult for them to relax and clear their mind while sleeping. Having a mirror face one’s bed is also thought to bring bad luck in relationships, as it is believed to create confusion between the two people sleeping there – making it harder for them to find harmony. As such, many individuals opt not to have any mirrors reflect onto their beds due to fear of these associated energies.
If your mirror faces your bed it can dramatically affect your energy flow and disrupt the sleep and health of those who inhabit the room. To address this, some people suggest that you either cover or remove the mirrored surface so it is no longer visible. Others suggest using crystals, wind chimes, plants, or mirrors to redirect the energy. Additionally, utilizing holistic approaches such as feng shui and aromatherapy can help to create a balanced atmosphere in the space and to protect occupants from negative energetics.
Feng shui seeks to harmonize components in an environment to take advantage of existing energy fields while avoiding anything that might cause disharmony. Ideally, with feng shui one should never be able to see their own reflection while in bed, but if this is not possible then mirrors should be covered at night. In addition to feng shui principles, aromatherapy works to stimulate emotions by diffusing essential oils into the air which can help to make a space more inviting and calming.
In addition to these holistic approaches, science has shown that sleeping in a dark environment helps promote sleep quality and healthy circadian rhythms; thus, having any light reflecting off of a mirror could have a negative effect on someone’s sleeping pattern and level of alertness during the day (1). Therefore it is important for those who have their mirrored surfaces facing their beds find ways for harmony between themselves and the space they occupy by making adjustments so that it does not disturb internal energies or potentially inhibit good sleep patterns through disrupting a natural circadian rhythm.
1:Broussard JL et al., Effects of Light Exposure on Human Circadian Physiology Sleep Medicine Rev Volume 15 May 2011 Pages 257–267
Traditional cultures viewed mirrors as a portal to another world or place and believed that having one in front of your bed was very unlucky. Interpreting this aesthetically, it is said to create an imbalance of energy flow in the room. However, some Eastern traditions and cultures disagree. In Chinese Feng Shui practices, they actually embrace the idea of a mirror facing the bed because they believe it radiates wealth, health and fortune. This reflects back onto those sleeping in the bed and envelops them with positive energy and auspiciousness at night.
In terms of interior design when incorporating a mirror facing the bed, there are common approaches that people use to maximize the results while avoiding any reminants of bad luck associated with it. This includes keeping a low-profile for the mirror by mounting it on against a wall rather than placing it on dressers or tables; only using longer rectangular shape mirrors which can be broken up into sections with material during sleep times; ensuring all reflections from fixed furniture items aren’t visible & avoid using glossy frames; and making sure you keep things light with minimalistic colour schemes such as crisp whites, off-whites and softer pastels like baby blues & hues of pinkish blush tones used throughout the bedroom space.
Ultimately, it is up to the homeowner to decide if they would like their bedroom mirror to face directly towards the bed. However, Feng Shui experts believe that having a mirror in direct alignment with the bed can open up a person to bad luck and negative energy. To ensure that your bedroom style and energies are in balance, it is best to consult an interior designer or a Feng Shui expert who can recommend the best way to arrange mirrors in relation to other furniture. If you need help understanding how best to implement mirror placement in your environment, reach out for professional advice today.
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