Make Your Space Your Own

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

If you have an apartment in an apartment building, it can sometimes feel like you are living in a hotel room. The space you are living in has no feel of individuality when it is surrounded by identical rooms where the only difference is the furniture inside. Sure, you can try to be unique by getting interesting art for the walls, but there is a better solution.

Make the walls into the art. If you are able to get the approval of the landlord and manager, you should think about painting the walls in a unique and exciting way. You do not have to create a masterpiece fresco, but even a unique texture or pattern can really give your home a little life. If you are of the artistic type, then throw on your nursing scrubs, pull out your brush sets and start an art project with your home as the canvas. I’m not assuming that you are a nurse, but anyone who has spent their life inhaling charcoal dust and sneezing spray paint knows that a set of easily disposable medical scrubs is a great outfit for wild creativity. Who cares if they get messy?

One big tip: make sure that you set up proper ventilation. A single fan in the window is probably not going to cut it. You want to get those paint fumes out of your house as soon as possible. Using water based paints will reduce the smell of paint and the fumes you have to deal with. Because it is inside, your work of art does not need to stand up to the rigors of the outside world and water based paint should treat you just fine. If you are a graffiti artists who uses aerosol paints or you just want to try your hands at some spray paint art, you need to get a respirator. Creating art should be fun and free, but your brain and lungs will thank you if you take the proper safety precautions.

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