PART 3 – STAIRCASES & CORRIDORS
Staircases, corridors and landings are high traffic areas so these are spaces that require good general lighting, no obstacles that could create a trip hazard and the most durable flooring to cope with the footfall. They are also noisy areas so require good acoustic absorption to soften noise and reduce echo. Carpets of good quality, appropriate underlay and high durability are a good option when choosing floor coverings for these areas. They reduce noise and echo, offer a soft landing should someone fall, create a sense of comfort and luxury, and offer insulation and warmth.
Staircases should not be located too close to the main entrance door and should not be the first thing you see on entering the property. Stairs positioned opposite (i.e. lined up with) the entrance is another serious taboo. Design them so they are angled away from the door or use a curtain to screen them from view. Stairs cut up the energy and play havoc with your career, business, finances and investments. They also create problems for the breadwinner to earn their living so their job is at risk, and in terms of health they create issues for people relating to the ear, nose and throat area.
Corridors channel energy in the home too quickly and usually affect the central vertebrae and the nervous system. A corridor is a difficult area to deal with in design terms. In feng shui terms the stress on the nervous system and central vertebrae creates stress on the most important part of the body and poses problems for the occupants’ immune system, brain and spinal column. I will be writing a separate blog over the coming weeks or months called ‘The Corridor Cure’ which will offer readers of my blog the chance to reduce these problems using good design principles.
Next week, read Part 4 – The Sitting Room in my latest blog on ‘Feng Shui Interior Design for Entrances & Reception Rooms’