HERE is a popular belief among Feng Shui practitioners that it is bad to have a staircase directly facing the front door in a home.
This is because the Chi that enters through the main door may rush quickly to the upper or lower floor of a home, leaving the main floor without good energy nourishment.
However, different variations of a staircase facing the front door can create different Feng Shui scenarios.
According to an article by Feng Shui expert Rodika Tchi in www.thespruce.com, a big foyer with many grounding architectural features and the staircase far from the front door has very different Feng Shui from a small foyer with stairs closely facing the main door.
“In the case of a big foyer with a staircase further from the door, the energy can settle in and nourish the space, gradually and harmoniously finding its way to other areas of the house.
“When the foyer is small, though, and the staircase is facing the main door directly, the energy takes a rushed and fragmented quality, being forced to quickly rush up or down the stairs,” she says.
As a remedy for the scenarios, Tchi suggests decorating the main door with certain Feng Shui elements to slow down the energy movement and distribute it equally to the whole main floor.
To do so, homeowners may want to use or place specific pieces of furniture, some forms of art, specific colours, a large vase of flowers, big plants or mirrors at strategic spots near the front door area.
(Mirrors, however, should not face the door directly as they may repel the chi).
Professional Feng Shui consultants will always have the upper hand in determining the right remedies for homeowners. For some cases where a floor plan has a staircase too close to the main door it is rather efficient to seek their advice.
Tchi concludes that the Feng Shui case concerning a staircase facing the main door presents a similar Feng Shui challenge to the case of a back door aligned with the main door (direct door alignment).
In both cases, the Chi is forced to leave the space quickly and is not given the opportunity to settle in and harmoniously nourish a home.