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What Is The Influence Of Cardinal Points In Decorating?

By Paul James Harrison

A redecorating project implies many aspects which need to be taken care of. Buying the necessary tools, choosing the best color for the paint, deciding whether you need water resistant paint or non-toxic paint for your childrens room are just a part of them.

There are some considerations which can help you organize your job. One of them is deciding the position of the room with regard to the cardinal points. Determining this is important because it can help you understand how much natural light enters the room. When a room is facing north it will require a warm color both in the paint and in the other decorations. So even if you are not a fan of colors, you should brighten up this room with colors like light orange, yellow or orange. Rooms oriented towards west represent a challenge for decorators; the only moment when sunlight enters the room is at sunset. The bright red color associated with this moment influences the color of the room.

Rooms oriented towards south or east are easier to decorate. No matter the colors used, the permanent presence of sunlight during daytime, makes them bright and optimistic. In such rooms decorators may even decide to have walls painted in two different colors. For rooms facing south a cold color will create a clean and fresh atmosphere, while in a room with windows towards north the same color will appear grayish. The same thing happens when a sunny room is painted in a strong color; sunlight will make it bright, while if it were in a room facing north it would have been dark and depressing.

Once the light issue is solved, you can think of other ways of organizing the decorations in a room. The oriental Feng Shui became a way of life for many people and a “must know” for all professional decorators. One of its principles is that cardinal points are associated with different aspects of our lives. An example is north being responsible for career, will and power. Influencing these aspects depends on placing objects related to water, like a vase with flowers or a fish bowl, in the northern part of the room.

Smell is very important among Feng Shui principles. There are paint options which can help you have a pleasant smell in a room. Producers have created types of paint with no paint smell so your house will only smell like the potpourri you have placed in the room.

The Crowns paint smell makes redecorating enjoyable; change your home using Crown’s wide range of colors and ideas.

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Harrison, Paul J. "What Is The Influence Of Cardinal Points In Decorating?." What Is The Influence Of Cardinal Points In Decorating?. 27 Jun. 2010. 7 Mar 2015 <>.

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