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.
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.
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
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Until Next Time,
Interior Design Student