The environment we work or live in, people that we come in contact with can have a significant impact on the quality of our life and emotional state. Since we cannot control much the outside world, we need to be in charge of the things we can change and our home is one of them. It is the place where we can be ourselves without limits, so why not make it as comfortable as possible? In the end, interior design is nothing but an expression of one’s personality and passion.
Understand Your Personality
A home does not feel like home if its elements are not in harmony with who we are. Thus, it is necessary to understand our strengths and weaknesses, what motivates us and what hinders our personal growth. This way, it becomes easier to identify the objects or colours that unconsciously affect or benefit us.
If you are already familiar with Myers-Briggs Personality Types, then you do not need further introduction. For those who do not know about it, Myers-Briggs Personality Test is a widely used system to understand and interpret the human personality, based on Carl Jung’s theory of personality types. It is not a measure of intelligence, competence, emotional state, mental stability, or maturity, but rather an assessment of one’s ability to adapt to the external world, attitudes, behaviours and preferences.
Undoubtedly, the test offers a deeper insight into one’s personality touching various aspects, so it is highly recommended for those who wish to learn more about themselves.
In case you do not know your personality type, here is the link for Myers-Briggs 16 Personalities Test
Interior Designs & The 16 Personalities
- The Givers & The Caring Ones: INFJ, ENFJ, INFP, ENFP
This group is defined by their calmness, patience and simplistic approach towards life. They do not show the intensity of their feelings to anyone, generally being very reserved with their inner emotions or concerns. They keep the deepest care and love for a few people who can win their trust. They like the “win-win” situations when a conflict occurs and know how to encourage and support others in need.
On the other hand, they tend to be very shy and certainly do not like their personal space to be invaded. Due to their caring nature, they tend to absorb other people’s energy, leaving them emotionally and mentally exhausted. This is why they will often find their emotional equilibrium in solitude.
Recommended design: Minimalist
Also called the ABC art, the minimalist design is an artistic trend that appeared in the 20th century and attempts to minimize the number of colours, shapes, lines, and textures in an artistic creation as much as possible. The minimalist design is characterized by simple shapes and straight lines.
Minimalist furniture proposes a simple, clean, airy space that excludes any agglomeration of objects that often creates a sensation of pressure.
Why is it beneficial for this group?
Simplicity, Peace & Freedom. This group needs an environment that helps them be in touch with their inner self in order to redefine their goals and regain the energy they need to face the world.
2. The Protectors & The Practical Ones: ISTJ, ESTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ
This is a group of very enthusiastic people who are motivated to fulfil their daily obligations, especially those towards the family. They have a good set of values and priorities: they place God first, then family and, third, friends. They make a lot of effort to meet their expectations in order of their priorities. They are devoted to the relationships that they consider to be important.
They like to protect the family and are pretty good at it. Their partners will greatly appreciate this, but they may feel that their freedom is limited.
Recommended design: Transitional
This decor is a wonderful mixture of the traditional and contemporary art. The style focuses more on the materials and texture of the elements rather than on colours, to create a point of interest and vision. Granite, wood or stone in combination with metal are the perfect combinations to create a transitional effect from the past to the future.
The most appealing quality of this style is the emphasis it puts on open spaces, which can be visually accentuated (if you do not have a large room) with large windows where light is allowed to penetrate freely.
Accessories are very important in this decoration. For a contemporary touch, it is recommended to use abstract paintings or sculptures. Keep the lines simple and use silver, beige or ivory tones. On the other hand, antique furniture, softwoods or organic elements will create a classic and elegant atmosphere.
Why is it beneficial for this group?
Traditionalism is one of the core values of this group. They are strongly connected to their roots and everything that means classic, refinement and common sense. This is why they find it difficult to adapt to new situations especially if something new challenges their values.
Thus, in a world that continuously changes, The Protectors need an environment that helps them be in touch with themselves and their origins.
3. The Fun-Loving & Doers: ISTP, ESTP, ISFP, ESFP
These individuals are generally very capable of doing great things and are good at almost any thing that catches their interest. They are interesting & smart.
The fact that they always live for today leads them to the constant search for new sensations, new adventures. They do not like routine and they hate being controlled by others. They are very independent and need personal space in a relationship. If they are involved in a relationship that gives them new experiences and always keeps them in action, they will do everything to keep that relationship. If they get bored, they will try to change something in that relationship or they will move on.
Recommended Design: Eclectic
Eclectic interior design, also known as the casual style, is based on the idea of borrowing and harmonizing features of different styles, placed in different periods. It is a creative style that depends on everyone’s aesthetic talent & preference. Opposite to the previous interior decors, this style gives you the freedom to combine multiple shapes, lines, colours and textures without following a rule.
Why is it beneficial to this group?
Freedom & Diversity. These individuals love the many facades of life and standards do not sound appealing to them. Everything is an adventure for them from which one can learn, but also find joy. If their career or external environment does not offer them the excitement they look for, the Fun-Loving group will certainly know how to create fun in their homes.
4. The Intellectuals & The Scientists: INTJ, ENTJ, INTP, ENTP
Tolerant, forgiving and intelligent, these people are a good companion for others. They get a lot of satisfaction and pleasure from interacting with people, and especially from discussions and debates on the theories and concepts that interest them. Although they like to be surrounded by people, they will choose those who are intelligent, capable and oriented towards evolutionary ideas. They do not like anything more than a debate with someone who knows how to lead an argument. This stimulates and energizes these Intellectuals who are very competitive.
Recommended Design: Modern Industrial
The defining features of the style are the functionality, the reconditioned or re-used elements in new arrangements, the wide open spaces, ultra-modern art pieces, bold colours, the visible metal structures and the industrial floors.
There is something in the industrial style that represents the pure spirit of raw labour, highlighting simple, unpretentious materials while combining modernism with vintage.
For a visual warmth add polished vintage pendants, plush couches and large green plants.
Why is it beneficial for this group?
Work, work, work, and again work! These people always scan their surroundings, think of solutions, problems, develop plans & ideas. Their pragmatic nature leaves no space for emotions, and that can be reflected in their attitude. This is why a modern industrial decor will perfectly fit their personality: there are no sentimental elements that could interfere with their critical and analytical thinking. On the contrary! Such interior design would stimulate their character and offer the comfort they so much need to reflect.
I hope that the descriptions fit your personality. If not, please comment what preferences you have when it comes to home design.