Understanding the Feng Shui of Staircases

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A staircase—no matter in a home or in an office—has a bit of a challenging feng shui reputation. Why would staircases be considered bad feng shui? Well, in simple terms, a staircase has the energy of constant up and down movement, so it usually creates an unsettling quality of energy.

However, this is a very general statement, because there are surely better and worse feng shui staircases, all depending on their design, materials, as well as specific location within the feng shui energy map (called bagua) of your home or office. If you are worried about the possible bad feng shui of your particular staircase, It is important to know that you can always apply good feng shui tips and balance the energy of a staircase.

Here are the worst feng shui locations for a staircase, as well as some practical feng shui tips to help create better energy.

Staircase Location and Design

Staircases have a challenging "status" in feng shui—almost as bad as the bathroom, but not quite as bad. To understand the feng shui essence of this challenging reputation, try to feel the energy of a staircase by spending a bit of time close to it. Be completely still and try to sense its energy. You will feel an unsettling quality of energy, a constant up-and-down movement that varies a bit depending on the staircase design and location.

In the Center of a Home or Office

A staircase in the center of a home or office is not ideal feng shui. The negative effects of a center staircase are stronger in a home than in a business space. However, as always with feng shui applications, there are many details to take into consideration, and a center staircase is no exception.

If you have a staircase in the center of your home or office—no matter the design, materials, or colors—you might want to look into applying specific feng shui cures in order to balance its energy. As a general rule, a staircase in the center is not good feng shui and needs a bit of care and attention. When working on creating​ good feng shui in your home, always choose cures that work with your home decor, cures that make sense both visually and logically.

Staircase Facing the Front Door

The main door is called "The Mouth of Chi" in feng shui, as this is how the house absorbs its much needed Chi, or energy nourishment. When a staircase is facing the main door directly, the feng shui energy rushes up quickly to either the lower or the higher floor, thus leaving the main floor without feng shui energy nourishment. 

Improving the Feng Shui Energy of a Staircase

 A staircase in itself is not bad feng shui. You have to have a staircase in a house with several levels, don't you? The feng shui concern with staircases is that a staircase typically creates a quality of energy that is unsettling. Depending on the energy flow of a specific home—as determined by its floor plan—this unsettling energy easily spreads out throughout the house. 

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