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

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Womens Healthcare:

For my summer 2017 semester in Design school, I was instructed to develop a floor plan and design for a women’s clinic. The final project included a nurses station and waiting room.

The Women’s Center is a women’s clinic based in Texas. It’s a large company with a nurse station staff of about 11 led by head Doctor Megan Phillips and Doctor Lauren Tucker. Ms. Phillips and Ms. Tucker treat women in the Pearland, Texas area.

The main purpose of the center is to provide a high rate of return of patients and most importantly, make sure that their patients are taken care of. The Women’s Center takes great pride in the architectural projects that they finance for their patient and staff. The Women’s Center wants the projects to be of superior quality, setting new standards for nurse’s stations in the transitional hospital where The Women’s Center is located. They are inspired by the high-end design that Dr.Tucker sees in visits to luxury day spas in the East Coast.

This particular project is called the Women’s Center. It is a concrete hospital from the 1960s, located in the city south of Texas Street. This is a transitional inner-city neighborhood; it has experienced resurgence in recent years, as some former industrial buildings are being converted to retail, and commercial uses.

The completed project will contain a nurse’s station, six exam rooms, and a patient waiting area.Model

Floor plan created in AutoCad and PhotoShop

FINAL podium rendering waiting room

Waiting Room Perspective created in SketchUp and rendered with Podium and PhotoShop.

Nurses Station Perspective created in SketchUp and rendered with Podium and Photoshop.

hospital logo

Custom logo I created that was inspired by the lotus flower for The Women’s Center.

Enlightenment through the Women’s Center is refined by an environment that is unified, holistic, organic, and ordered. The Louts Flower, a metaphorical symbol of both enlightenment and the geometrical principles of nature will be replicated in the design through sequencing, corresponding hospital colors, and curvilinear architectural.  The welcoming nurses station is conveyed as a curvilinear state with flower texture paneling, dimly-lit overhead lighting, and custom flower murals that enhances the room. Designed with females in mind, the space will resonate with those who seek women’s healthcare, but also to those who share a work space.  Like principles in design, the environment will be artistic, harmonious, and bring a unified spirit to the occupants through collaborative spaces.

Until Next Time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student

7 Ways to Use 2017 Pantone Color of the Year – Greenery

Just a few months ago, the people who decide all things color trends came out with a trend color forecast for 2018.

The 2017 Color of the Year was announced back in December.  I know.  I am behind on this blog post.  I am getting to it now. So I need to beg the color trend people to hold the roll out of 2018. For me, I am just warming up to 2017 and I need time.  Time to savor in it all including the color du jour.

“The color”  as most of you know, is a shade of green, Pantone is calling Greenery (15-0343).  Today I bring you 7 ways I would use the color of the year in home decor.  Take a look and let me know if you have any other ideas…

 

Here are my 7 ways to use green in home decor as illustrated through these photos.

7 WAYS TO USE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR – GREENERY
  • Dining chairs – upholster the seat of a cute dinging chair in green.
  • Feature wall wallpaper – find a wonderful wallpaper with bold leafy print for a powder room or hallway
  • Plants – decorate with plants!
  • Green sofa – timeless if in hunter green or a shade of emerald
  • Kitchen island – Paint lower cabinets or a kitchen island a fabulous jade green
  • Bench or stool – Take a small stool or bench into be covered with green fabric from your local fabric shop
  • Pillows – Add a few green pillows to your living room sofa or the chair in the den.

Here is how the Pantone folks describe this almost chartreuse shade of green:

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront – it is an omnipresent hue around the world.

A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.

What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

Looking forward to finding out what is in store for 2018.  As you an see by these swatches above…we are looking at a lot of color!!!

Until next time,

Maelee Arnold

Interior Design Student