DECORATE YOUR WALLS
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
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. adobe.com 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