Time A few days, de­pend­ing on a de­sign’s com­plex­ity You’ll need A pro­jec­tor, your Mac, a de­sign, a pen­cil, some paint and a se­lec­tion of paint­brushes

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Once you’ve planned the per­fect re­arrange­ment for your house (left), you want to think about dec­o­ra­tion. And sur­prise, sur­prise; your Mac can help here, too.

You could do some­thing com­par­a­tively sim­ple like us­ing Adobe’s colour picker tool at kuler. to come up with a har­mo­nious colour scheme. It might seem a bit mad to paint one wall red and one green (if you pick a com­ple­men­tary colour scheme, for ex­am­ple) but don’t feel you have to be quite so bold with colour; what might work bet­ter is to paint one wall red and in­tro­duce the com­ple­men­tary green colour with some plants.

We’ve got a far more ex­cit­ing op­tion, though: you can add com­pletely be­spoke de­signs to your walls with your Mac’s help. The tech­nique would be great for adding car­toons to a kid’s bed­room or nurs­ery, but it would work just as well for adding su­per­heroes or Licht­en­stein-style pop art to grown-ups’ walls.

The ba­sic idea is to get a de­sign ready on your Mac and then project it onto your walls, trace round it with a pen­cil and then paint it in with nor­mal emul­sion paint, us­ing small brushes for de­tails, and larger brushes or rollers for big ar­eas.

You’ll need a pro­jec­tor to do this. If you don’t al­ready have one, you could ei­ther buy one (they start at well un­der £200 new), hire one (about £50/day) or bor­row one; try sweet-talk­ing a friend or some­one in an IT de­part­ment!

You might need adap­tors as well in order to con­nect your Mac. Al­ter­na­tively, some pro­jec­tors have a USB port into which you can plug a mem­ory stick loaded with files, which is a great op­tion if it’s not con­ve­nient to lug your Mac into what­ever room you want to add dec­o­ra­tion to. Usu­ally, they’ll want the stick to be par­ti­tioned us­ing Mas­ter Boot Record, and for­mat­ted as FAT (Disk Util­ity can do this), and you should prob­a­bly make sure your de­sign is saved in a com­mon for­mat such as JPEG. CP

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