Staircases Facing the Front Door
A common question from clients is about the Feng Shui implications of a staircase facing their front door. From a Feng Shui perspective it's generally unfavourable to have a staircase facing your front door, as this symbolically represents energy (qi) and wealth rushing down the staircase and out of the home.
The factors which determine the impact of a staircase facing the front door are:
The distance between the staircase and your front door
The steepness of the staircase leading to the door
In general, the further the distance between the staircase and your front door, the less impact it will have on your Feng Shui. Also, if there are only a few steps facing your front door it is not likely to be a problem.
If you have a very steep staircase that is close to the door and in direct alignment, this is generally not ideal for your Feng Shui. The energy should ideally meander harmoniously throughout your home, rather than rush up and down staircases.
All homes and staircases are different, and Feng Shui remedies can take the form of specific colours, elements and accessories. Here are some general Feng Shui tips on what to do if your stairs face your front door:
Have something noticeable from the front entrance that draws the eye when looking into the home. This could be a beautiful artwork, light fitting or flowers. This will help to symbolically draw energy and opportunities into the home.
Consider placing a decorative screen between the stairs and the entrance to divert the energy so that it settles harmoniously, rather than escaping quickly down the staircase. This will only be appropriate if you have ample floor space or a foyer.
Placement of paintings, photographs or wall art along the wall of the staircase will enable the energy to meander up the stairs. This will also slow the energy on the way down.
If you can see the landing of the stairs from your front door, place something attractive there to draw your eye upwards. Only consider doing this is if you have enough floor space, otherwise hang artwork on the wall.
Some Feng Shui consultants recommend hanging wind chimes at the base of the stairs. Wind chimes are technically useless unless they are outside and moving in the wind. Metal wind chimes can also activate certain intangible energies in your home.
Finally don't forget that there are many elements to consider when assessing Feng Shui in the home. If your staircase is a Feng Shui problem, focus on changing the things you can and if you need more help, get in touch with a Feng Shui consultant.