The first mention of Feng Shui dates back to around 300BC in a book known as “The Book of Burial” which speaks of energy flow and movement and states that “The energy that rides the wind stops at the edge of water and is retained.”
To-day Feng Shui is popular globally and many corporate have it as a part of their design element and décor. Traditional Feng Shui originated as a combination of construction methods and astrology Capital cities in China have been constructed to the rules of Feng Shui.
The Art of “Geo Mancy” was originally used outdoors to locate Emperors tombs, then later palaces, according to the “ley lines” or the energy grid of the earth later it was adapted for interior design and décor. The internal layout in a building is quite important in ensuring the right Feng Shui to a living space or office. Staircase positioning plays a vital role in ensuring unhindered flow of energy, harmony and aesthetic design. The shape, size, location plays a vital role in determining the type of energy movement in a home or office space.
Some of the general tips as per Feng Shui tenets for designing stairs are:-
• The staircase should be well lit and landings should have up lights and should be bright enough and could be made more interesting with some designs and paintings on wall.
• The top and bottom of staircases should never face the main door.
• Avoid carpeting your stairs with the color red, as this brings said to be bad Feng Shui.
• Avoid locating the staircase in the center of the home.
• Stairs should never start or end in front of a toilet.
• Avoid a spiral staircase, as this resembles a corkscrew. These are more harmful when located in the middle of the home.
The writer is an Accredited Master Fengshui Consultant, Bioenergetician and Vaastu Practitioner