Change Your Staircase, Change Your Life: Feng Shui And Stairs

Posted on: 10 April 2015

If you're a homeowner who wants to improve your home by remodeling it, take a good look at your staircase. This necessary piece of household design is crucial to your well-being, not only because it lets you actually get around your house, but also because it affects the energy of the home, which in turn affects you and all the other occupants. Feng shui, the art of arranging things to enhance your life and luck, is greatly influenced by staircases -- and if your current staircase appears to be a problem, it's time for you to change it.

Steady as She Goes

Look for four specific things when evaluating your staircase. One is the steadiness of the structure -- whether you believe in feng shui or not, the staircase must be sturdy for safety reasons. Next, look at the risers between the steps. If you have open risers, meaning the steps have just the horizontal portion that you step on and you can see down through the staircase to the floor below, your home is leaking energy in an awful way.

Think of the energy in your home as flowing water or air currents; the energy will follow the path of least resistance. If you had energy trying to go up the stairs to the second floor, it would follow the stairs up—unless the risers were open. In that case, the energy would just flow through the hole where the riser should have been. The second floor would receive little energy, and people up there would see their lives be duller and less lucky. So during your remodel, you'd want to install stairs with complete risers.

Gentle Energy

The third thing to look at is the shape. Curved staircase, gently winding themselves up to the next floor, are wonderful. Straight staircases are fine. But spiral cases act like a tool drilling into the house, creating an energetic hole that allows the energy to drain out. That is not a lucky staircase. During your remodel, you'd want to replace that staircase entirely.

Pace Yourself

The fourth thing to watch out for is the location of the mouth of the stairs relative to the closest door, especially the front door. Energy enters rooms through the door, and if a staircase is right there, that energy will rush up quickly, creating too much force. It's like the opposite end of the spectrum from the open risers—in one case, the upstairs is getting no energy, and in the other, it's getting way too much.

And no, placing a staircase with open risers right in front of the door is not going to mitigate things. You'll only have a totally unbalanced home in that case.

Move the staircase so that the start of the case is away from the door. Farther away and out of line with the door is best; if the start of the staircase has to be in line with the door, move it back, far back. Let the energy enter the home first and have some breathing space, if you will. If the start of the staircase has to be close to the door, move it to the side—do not have it in direct line with the door.

The point of all of this is to allow for a more harmonious, calmer, more even flow of energy around your home. Energy that is sluggish or that rushes around will leave you more susceptible to illness and odd happenings in life. If you see that your current staircase is not optimal, have a home remodeler or contractor who specializes in custom staircases (such as one from Whiteford Hardwood Floors Unlimited LLC) take a look. You can redo the staircase to make your home happier and healthier.