Is your design taste more extroverted or introverted?
December 25, 2017
A new movement is emerging that encourages personality-first home decor, according to Well + Good. It’s called intuitive design, and it favors decor schemes that are dictated by the gut instincts of the resident. In other words, instead of decorating around a particular theme or idea, let your decor decisions flow naturally from what makes you happy and comfortable in a space — and your home will be more welcoming for it!
Of course, whether you identify yourself as an introvert or an extrovert makes a huge difference. If you aren’t sure which category you fall into, the decor you naturally gravitate towards might provide some clues.
Introverts are homebodies by nature, so they put a lot of work into making sure that home is a sanctuary. That means comfortable, inviting furnishings and touchable decor. Introverts might install design features like plush armchairs, cozy reading nooks, and luxurious, spa-like bathroom finishes.
A cozy cashmere throw — or three.
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 dislike being surrounded by other people on all sides.
Try: Making sure your home has lots of unobstructed windows so you never feel trapped.
Trait: You relish plenty of quiet, alone time to read or think.
Try: Consciously creating a specific “refuge” spot where you can always go to rest and recharge.
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.
Trait: You notice small details that others miss.
Try: Filling your home with little extras or thoughtful vignettes that, even if only you notice, make you happy.
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.
Extroverts tend to go bigger, bolder, and brighter. We’re talking patterns on top of patterns, zany tchotchkes, and eclectic furnishings. Extroverts may tend to design their homes with an eye towards socializing. If you gravitate towards open flooring, lots of seating, and plenty of design talking points, it’s a safe bet that you’re an extrovert.
A spectacular dining table that can seat at least eight.Gorgeous floor pillows for when you run out of chairs.
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 often feel bored or lonely when you’re alone.
Try: Stocking your home with staples so you’re always prepared for an on-the-fly get-together should the mood strike.
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.
Trait: You tend to make quick decisions from your gut, rather than carefully weighing the pros and cons.
Try: Decorating your home without overthinking it. If you love it, buy it because it will work in your home.
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 work well (or even better) with background noise or frequent interruptions.
Try: Making your workspace part of another, high-traffic area in your home, where you’ll be in the thick of the action even while working.
A few strategic changes (yes, even for you spontaneous extroverts) can make your home so much more comfortable for you physically and emotionally, too.