• Joseph Pubillones takes a leave of absence. This column was originally published in 2017.

Have you ever had a decorating idea for your home and then been able to bring it to fruition? If so, you have certainly experienced that feeling of satisfaction, the pure pleasure derived from the process of change.

For the most part, the interior walls of a home are the largest spaces one will need to work with to express a personal sense of style and creativity.

There are so many ways to change a room through the design of its walls. Sometimes it’s just a fresh coat of paint in a new color that gives a room a new look. A change in color, pattern and texture can help change the dynamics of the room, and sometimes even how it works.

For example, a small, dark bedroom can become a bright and cheerful playroom by changing the color of the walls to light shades and light tones, regardless of the styles of furniture.

Strategizing for a room, the style and ambiance can be exciting and fun, but also intimidating and confusing. Searching for ideas, colors, and patterns can be a fun scavenger hunt. Your inspiration can take you through museums, designer show houses, furniture store thumbnails, shelter magazines, and design book pages.

The best idea for any project is to start a dossier, collecting ads for the desired furniture. Paint swatches of favorite colors for your local paint store or wallpaper swatches should all be part of your inspiration board.

Your own selection and combinations of items will help you come up with a personal and specific design for your home. These will be the design guidelines in the execution of your home.

The next phase will take into consideration whether you will carry out the project yourself or whether you will have the help of contractors and professionals. Sometimes that decision is based on the budget, and for others it may be a question of talent in a particular area of ​​home improvement. Whatever your choice, the important thing is that the result is seen in its best light.

There are a few rules regarding color:

Lighter colors make a room appear larger, while darker colors bring walls closer together and make a room appear smaller. While this is generally true, the reverse is also true. Dark midnight blue walls set back the walls, as do black, brown, or dark gray.

Rooms painted in red and yellow tones are warmer and are best used in poorly lit rooms. Cool colors such as blues and greens are ideally used in very bright rooms. Greens are easier on the eyes. Pink, rose, and peach are believed to be best for skin tone.

Of course, as our first example shows, the rules are meant to be broken.

• Joseph Pubillones is the owner of Joseph Pubillones Interiors, an award-winning interior design company based in Palm Beach, Florida.

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