The main door is called “The Mouth of Chi”. In feng shui, this is how the house absorbs its much needed Chi, or energy nourishment. When a staircase is facing the front door directly, the feng shui energy rushes up quickly. The energy rushes up to either the lower or, the higher floor. Thus, leaving the main entry and the whole main floor without good feng shui energy nourishment.
With the design of most staircases, there will also be a pushing movement of energy. So, most of the good energy that will otherwise come into the home will be pushed back. However, this is a very general feng shui statement. It is because there are different variations of a staircase facing the front door. Thus creating different feng shui scenarios.
In the case of a Big Foyer
The feng shui case of a big foyer with many grounding architectural features and the staircase far from the front door will be very different from a feng shui case of 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. It will gradually and harmoniously find its way to other areas of the house. When the foyer is small, though, and the staircase directly faces the main door, the energy takes a rushed and fragmented quality. This will be forced to rush up or down the stairs quickly.
Feng Shui Cures
In these cases, the feng shui cures are focused on creating a feng shui decorating style at the main door. That will slow down the energy, focus it, and then guide it to all main floor areas. This can be achieved with strategically placed art, specific colours, a big plant or a vase of flowers, specific pieces of furniture or mirrors. Please note that mirrors should never face the entrance directly. This is because it will push the energy away instead of drawing it in.
The feng shui cures will be specific for each space and if your floor plan has a staircase too close to the main door. It is always wise to seek a professional feng shui consultant who will chart the flow of energy. Also, it will give you helpful recommendations to improve the flow of Chi.
To summarize, the staircase facing the main door presents a similar feng shui challenge to a backdoor aligned with the main door. In both cases, the Chi is forced to leave the space quickly and is not allowed to settle in and harmoniously nourish your home.