Introvert VS Extrovert Seating

 

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.

Model

This floor plan works for introverts AND extroverts because it offers a range of seating. There is individual seating options for someone who does not feel comfortable sitting beside a stranger. There is also bench seating options for the person who doesn’t mind. 

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,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student 

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Does Personality Affect Your Design?

Does your personality affect design?

It is important to remember that everyone has different tastes when it comes to home decor, but each of us have preferences that can often be traced back to our personality profile and how we perceive and react to the world.

People can be characterized by their preference of general attitude:

  • Extroverted (E) vs. Introverted (I),

    You may be an introvert if:

    Trait: You prefer to connect one-on-one rather than in a large group.
    Try: Creating plenty of nooks and smaller seating areas to encourage intimate conversation.

    Trait: You can’t concentrate if you’re in a busy or noisy environment.
    Try: Making sure to give yourself a separate office space, rather than putting your desk in the corner of a multi-purpose room.

    Trait: You gather all possible information to make a strategic decision, even if it takes longer.
    Try: Creating a plan for each room before you get down to buying and decorating. Think through how you want to use each room and which pieces will best help you achieve those goals.

You may be an extrovert if:

  • Trait: Being in a buzzing, crowded room makes you feel energized.
    Try: An open-concept space so everyone in your home is always part of the same environment.
  • Trait: You like being in constant contact with the world, even from home.
    Try: Searching for a home in a urban or bustling neighborhood where you can always be around people, just by leaving the house.
  • Trait: You love mingling and having lighthearted interactions with many different people.
    Try: A circular or grouped seating arrangement to encourage everyone to join the conversation.

Their preference of one of the two functions of perception:

  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N), 

    Sensors pay attention to both immediate data from their five senses and from their own direct experiences. They are create meaning from conscious thought, rather than trusting their subconscious, limiting their attention to facts and solid data.

    Institutors process data more deeply than sensors and are happy to trust their subconscious and ‘sixth sense’, gut feel, intuition or whatever you want to call it.

and their preference of one of the two functions of judging:

  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)

People with the Thinking (T) trait seek logic and rational arguments, relying on their head rather than their heart.

In contrast, people with the Feeling (F) trait follow their hearts and emotions and care little about hiding them.

By better understanding our personality profile, we can make informed decorating decisions that can lead to more peaceful living and well-rounded lives.

Color Choice Affects Your Design

It’s no surprise that color is a main component of how we experience the world around us. But, what may be surprising to some is the fact that that the colors in our environment have a definitive effect on or moods and emotions. As you begin to conceptualize your home’s interior design, make sure that you are using colors in ways that fit with the tone you want to create in the space.

Modern color psychology dates its origins to the early 19th-century when there was some debate regarding the implications of certain shades, researchers, interior designers and marketing professionals seem to agree on these basic tenants:

  • Red: Symbolizes power and passion.
  • Orange: Offers a jolt of energy and innovation
  • Yellow: Associated with happiness, creation, and creativity
  • Green: Known for its soothing qualities.
  • Blue: Perpetuates feelings of calm and freshness
  • Purple: Connotes royalty and luxury.
  • Gray: Gives a sense of relaxation and serenity.
  • Brown: Like green, brown’s natural roots give it a relaxing touch.
  • Black: An assertion of power.
  • White: Relates a sense of cleanliness and purity.

Color is a powerful tool. When it comes to visual communication, few features are more effective at attracting attention and influencing our feelings and perceptions—which is what makes color such an important part of establishing a mood in your design.

Furniture Preference Says A LOT

The furniture in your home also sends a lot of messages about who you are and what is important to you. A large comfortable couch, for example, might subconsciously invite family members (especially in regards to children) to snuggle while they watch a movie, while a stiff love seat might make family members feel that the space is more conducive to adult visitors for conversation. 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. If your family is extroverted, take inspiration from loft spaces and gather all the seating in larger clusters.

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.

Space Planning

Besides color, another primary reason that you may feel the way you do in certain spaces is the clutter or starkness in your home. In a home that contains a raft of clutter from ceiling to floor, you may not realize that you harbor anxiety or a low mood, even to the degree of leading to a feeling of helplessness. Good organization within your home can help to relieve this problem and allow for a more clutter free environment in which you can take your ease. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you may also feel that a space devoid of personal belongings isn’t inviting or welcoming. Generally, a home that is fairly tidy and neat gives most people a sense of calm, and allows them to move about the space without any feeling of angst. Placing a few key and meaningful possessions around the home will help you to feel that the space is truly yours; a reflection of your personality or the personality of family members. Framing and displaying funny family photos may lead you to enjoy a space even more, sparking good memories and sending a message to visitors that you don’t take yourself too seriously.

We all are drawn to different styles, and similar personalities will not necessarily have similar decorating tastes.  But, they will have similar ways of making decisions, evaluating choices, and experiencing the decor in their homes.

What does your personality say about you? Find out here: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

My results are: ESFJ

Comment yours below!

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

FIRST BLOG: GET TO KNOW ME

HELLO!

Welcome to Maelee Arnold Interiors FIRST EVER blog post!

I am a stylish young women currently studying Interior Design at Randolph College.  The purpose of this blog is to write about my knowledge and experience learned in design school and also my professional designs. I have grown up in the furniture industry ever since I was four years old so it was no surprise to my family when I started pursing my career in the industry for myself. I am located twenty minutes North West from Americas “Furniture Capital of the World” also known as High Point, North Carolina. As I graduate college in May 2018, I plan on continuing my education at Appalachian State University to further my degree. I like all aspects of design but what I love about interior design is commercial spaces and the furniture that fills them.

I’m looking forward to continuing my blog, follow my journey. web_DSC4342

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

 

4/26/2017