Use feng shui to calm the energy of a home with a staircase facing the front door
The main door is called the Mouth of Chi in feng shui, this is how the house absorbs its much needed energy nourishment. When a staircase is facing the front door directly, the feng shui energy rushes up quickly to either the lower, or the higher floor, thus leaving the main floor with little energy.
However, this is a general statement because there are different variations of a staircase facing the front door, which create different feng shui scenarios for different houses. The energy of a home that has a big, spacious, light-filled foyer with many beautiful grounding architectural features and the staircase far from the front door will be very different from a house with a narrow, small foyer and the staircase close to the front door. In case of a big foyer with a staircase further from the door, the energy can settle in and nourish the space, gradually and harmoniously finding its way to other areas of the house. When the main entry is small, and the staircase is directly facing the main door, the energy becomes fragmented, being forced to quickly rush up or down the stairs.
The feng shui cures in these cases are focused on creating a specific decorating style in your main entry that will slow down the energy, focus and guide its flow to all rooms and areas of the main floor. This can be achieved with strategically placed art, specific colors, a big plant or a vase of flowers, a grouping of crystals or specific pieces of furniture or mirrors (note that mirrors should never face the entrance directly, as this pushes the energy away instead of drawing it in.) The feng shui cures will be specific for the style of each home and the taste of its homeowners. If your floor plan has a staircase too close to the front door, it is wise to seek the advice of a professional feng shui consultant who will chart the flow of energy and give you specific recommendations.
To summarize, the staircase facing the front door presents a similar feng shui challenge to the direct alignment of the front door to the back door. In both cases, the Chi is forced to leave the space quickly without being given the opportunity to settle in and harmoniously nourish your home.