Either an introvert or extrovert, the personal style of your home should reflect your characteristic abilities to relax and recoup.
I’ve always assumed that being an “introvert” or “extrovert” meant you were shy or outgoing. The apex predator vs. the intelligent silent assassin. Center stage vs. screenwriter. I was wrong. I was also under the impression individuals were deemed “introvert” or “extrovert.” I was wrong about that, too. In truth, introversion and extroversion has nothing to do with being the life of the party or the bookworm, but actually relates to where/how you source your energy. Also, no one is 100% either way — everyone has characteristics of both sides, but as personalities go, we either fall mostly in the middle or slightly to one arch.
When it comes to decorating our homes, however, it is seemingly pleasant to allow yourself to identify with one or the other — even if you feel that, personally, you bounce between the two (as most do). They key idea here is “how you source your energy.” As your living space denotes the central point of your lifestyle, the look and feel of your home is essential for reclaiming your narrative… In a sense, a base for “refueling.”
An extrovert’s space
If you have a house full of extroverts, you’re going to want to foster a feeling of openness. In an extroverted house, all spaces are social spaces.
And even if you can’t create one big eating, dining, and lounging space, you can still create a haven for your extrovert family! You just have to get creative. For instance, if you have a larger, but closed-off kitchen, you can still make it a warm, social space by adding a sofa. A couch in the kitchen adds a lovely atmosphere to cooking or after-dinner cleanup time.
An introvert’s space
Introverts thrive on socializing in smaller groups. They also tend to need some alone time free of distractions. TVs and other obviously noisy activities should be relegated to rooms with doors in an introvert’s house.
To create a more introverted furniture arrangement, set up more intimate seating arrangements with — for instance — a couple of chairs facing each other here and there throughout the house. This encourages conversations between just a couple of people and discourages the hustle and bustle of those large groups, which tends to exhaust introverts.
Adding separations within rooms will make the spaces feel like completely different rooms. Even if your house has large, open spaces, you can create your own smaller rooms with separators. They keep a bright, airy feel while defining distinct spaces inside a large room.
A mixed space
This is where it can get tricky. If you have a house with a few introverts and a few extroverts (or even an ambivert who enjoys both styles) you’re going to want to mix it up with introvert as well as extrovert spaces.
If you have a den or family room as well as a living room, you can make one the extrovert space and the other the introvert room. Even an extra bedroom can be turned into a introverted space. Call it the “library” or “study” to drive home that this is a quiet space. Many introverts are bookworms anyway, and will welcome a quiet space with a couple of comfy chairs and a lot of books to keep them company.Think about the psychology when you’re decorating as well.
Here, I am going to show you how a commercial floor plan I made for a Women’s Clinic in Texas can be versatile for both extraverts and introverts.
Whatever style of living energizes you, explore home design blogs to get ideas on ways that you can make your home layout really work for you and your family. There are so many wonderful examples already out there that will inspire your inner extrovert, introvert, or ambivert!
Until next time,
Interior Design Student