The painting and decorating of an apartment is more or less temporary, and owners are obliged to do this work every few years, and the character of it can only be considered from its attractiveness from the tenant's standpoint, and its durability, from the owner's standpoint.

The use of a good varnish on doors and the woodwork, which is finally rubbed to a hard finish, indicates the use of the best method and gives the best results and greatest durability. The same is true of enameling. Painted walls should be stippled, which makes them wear and look better.

Hardwood floors should be rubbed to a dull finish, whether shellac or varnish is used. The use of crude oil on kitchen floors makes the most desirable and durable finish, as varnish used on a floor which is being constantly wet will soon wear off, and is costly therefore to maintain.