How to Paint a Compass Rose and Stripes on Your Floor
Give a room a lift with a stylized compass rose and lots of ocean blues
No one knows exactly when the compass was invented, or when its north, south, east, and west indicators were subdivided with a sun-embracing design of petal-like points, giving rise to the term compass rose. But in time this motif jumped from sailing ships to inlaid floors and even quilts, becoming as much a part of Americana as it is a navigational tool that dates back to at least the 14th century.
In the photo shown here, a compass-rose medallion rimmed in red is set among rug-like blue and white stripes. While the eight-point star punctuates the base of a spiral staircase here, it could also anchor a foyer or even a breakfast table. A faint N, for north, can be seen above the rim, but the updated design, with facets in white, navy, and ocean blue, is less literal than a classic compass rose, lending energy and graphic punch to an otherwise restrained color scheme. Let the design point the way to a place worthy of this patriotic flourish.
Download and print out the template here. Then take it to your local print shop to have it enlarged, or watch this video to learn how to enlarge templates with graph paper.