Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert When It Comes to Decorating Your Home?
Your home is a representation of you. From the color on your walls to the way you arrange furniture, your personality and style are reflected in every inch of your house. This means your home should also be considered your sanctuary, a place where you can relax, recharge, and just be yourself.
Depending on your personality type, the way you relax and recharge can be very different. Extroverts gain their energy by being around people, attending social parties, and entertaining. Introverts relax and recharge by spending time alone or in small social settings. Even if you’re a mix of both personality types, you still need to recharge and relax in a way that works for you.
Luckily, you can design and style your home in ways that will help you relax and recharge according to your extroverted or introverted (or both!) self! Below we’re sharing a few ways you can instantly bring light and energy into your home according to your personality type.
Extrovert: Open Concept
One of the main ways that extroverts renew their energy is by being around people. With an open concept living, dining, and kitchen space, extroverts can be in the middle of all the action whether they’re hosting a party or just hanging out with close friends and family.
The key to a great open concept is to use large pieces of furniture to define your living, dining, and kitchen spaces. In your kitchen, this might be a large island, in your dining room this could be a farmhouse table, and in the living room, this could be a sectional couch. The great thing about these large pieces is that they provide places for people to gather.
Even if your space is small, you can still leverage the open concept layout. In fact, this may even make your space look bigger and spacious.
Introvert: Quiet Room
Introverts on the other hand renew their energy by spending time with smaller groups or by themselves. This doesn’t mean they don’t like people, it just means that they recharge their energy faster when in a smaller group of friends versus a large group.
One way introverted personalities can recharge is by having a quiet room. You might be thinking that sounds like a time-out room, but it’s not quite the same. A quiet room is a dedicated space in your house that would be used as your retreat, your solace, and your zen-arena. Whether you read, meditate, or just think with light music playing is up to you, but this would be your special place to recharge and rest.
Extrovert: Lots of seating
Because extroverted people like to be around people, it makes sense that they should have extra seating handy for when they’re entertaining. Extra seating can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, too, making it quite fun to decorate in your home. Below are some ways you can incorporate extra seating into your rooms without it looking cluttered:
- Storage ottomans: Storage ottomans have become popular lately for their multi-purpose design and endless fabric and pattern options. You can not only store blankets, DVDs, pillows within the ottoman, but use it as an extra seat in your living areas.
- Poufs: Poufs are similar to storage ottomans, just without the storage component. You can find cute textured poufs at Target, West Elm, and other stores that can fit any design style and theme.
- Stools: If you have a large kitchen island, stools are a great way to add seating in your kitchen. Even if you don’t have room to push them under the island, they can be moved to line the wall or stay close to the island for easy access.
Introvert: Intimate seating
On the flip side, introverts may appreciate a more intimate seating arrangement. Instead of having copious amounts of seating available, arrange your furniture so that 4-5 people can comfortably sit and carry on a conversation. This might look like a couch and two accent chairs, a loveseat and some accent chairs, or something similar.
This setup can be made even cozier by the other decor used in the room. Items like bookshelves, lamps, framed artwork, plants, and knick-knacks can really make a space feel more intimate and comfortable.
Extrovert: Bold colors
Color is a great way to showcase your personality, especially if you’re extroverted. From bold, jewel-toned colors to bright, neon colors, you can paint the colors of the rainbow to drive energy and playfulness into your world every day. You can also leverage fun patterns and prints to do the same throughout the rooms of your home.
However color doesn’t have to just be on the walls. Bold colors can also lend well to pillows, lamps, rugs, and other various decor throughout your home. This can give you more flexibility as you continually update your home.
Introvert: Muted colors
When we say muted colors, you might think boring, drab colors. But that’s not actually the case. Muted colors are just softer variations of their loud counterparts. For instance instead of emerald green, you might choose a sage green. Or instead of a marigold yellow, you would go with a pastel yellow. These softer hues still bring color to your space without overpowering it.
The idea of bringing color without overpowering your senses is key when designing a space for your introverted personality. You want your space to be calm and cool, helping you relax not making it difficult for you to relax. The great thing about leveraging muted, soft colors as your primary palette is that you can always add and take away bolder pops of color as you see fit. This gives you more flexibility in your space and the opportunity to change things up when you find you need it.
Overall, there really isn’t any preferred personality as we are all unique in our own ways. Your home should be a reflection of who you are and these days should be enjoyed!