I’m back again today with another post in the Decorating for your Personality series. Today we’re delving into the characteristics of an ESTP or Promoter. This the one post in a sixteen part series looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Previously we examined the ISTP (Artisan) and principles they should be considering in their home decor. In this series, it’s 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. By better understanding our personality profile, we can make informed decorating decisions that can lead to more peaceful living and well-rounded lives.
In this guide, I will not attempt to tell you whether country cottage fits you better, or if you are more the modern eclectic type. 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. Which is why, in this series, I will be focusing on broader concepts and decision making in your home decor versus specific design styles.
Promoters, also known as ‘Doers’ and ‘Persuaders’, make up around 10% of the population. Famous ESTP’s include Donald Trump, Madonna, Evel Knievel, and Lucille Ball.
ESTP’s are the ultimate salespersons with their excellent enthusiasm and persuasion abilities. They are ‘doers’ who constantly live in a state of action. Unfettered by the rules and constraints of society, they are guided by their inner standards. Enjoying the finer things in life and are often the center of attention at social gatherings. ESTP’s are spontaneous risk-takers, with innovative, practical, and fun-loving qualities.
- Just Do It. As an ESTP, this is what you do best. Plunging right into the action! You can’t wait to get your hands dirty. You’ll be most at peace with your home decorating process if you just get right to it, go with the flow, and don’t bother with excessive planning. ESTP’s generally avoid theory and prefer practical application and action. Get to those projects! They will turn out great
- Don’t take style rules too seriously. In general, ESTP’s view rules moreso as ‘guidelines’ rather than mandates. You have your own beliefs on what is right and wrong, and you’re going to stick to those, even if they go against conventional wisdom. Apply these characteristics of yourself when furnishing your house. Don’t be caught up in designer do’s and dont’s! Stick to what you know to look good and pleasing to you.
- Take Risks. Living in the moment, diving into action, relishing drama, acting on the fly… these are all terms that describe the ESTP’s way of life. When decorating for your own home, let it be a reflection of these attributes of yourself. Take some style risks! Buy that crazy wall hanging that caught your eye! And take joy in the whole crazy, off-the-cuff process.
- Solicit other for help. Of all the Myers Briggs types, the Promoter makes the best salesman. They contain enthusiasm and ability to motivate others to action, also they are observant of others and can read their reactions extremely well. Use this skill of yours to get some DIY home help! Soliciting others is likely second nature to you and you will have more hand than you know what to do with.
- Bring projects full circle. While Promoters tends to be great at diving headfirst into projects, they sometimes struggle when it comes to finishing them up. Set yourself up for success in your projects by deciding to tie up loose ends before beginning new ones. Also, have others around you who tend to be great finishers and they can help you along in this weak spot.
- Embrace change. Allowing yourself to have home decor you can change out at a whim will help facilitate several aspect of your personality. ESTP’s are fast-moving individuals who have a keen appreciation for the finer things in life. While this makes them exciting people to be around, this can pose issues for decorating on any sort of budget. To help accommodate your desire for change and nice things, invest in quality, neutral, larger pieces so that you can splurge on the accessories and still be able to switch out on a whim.
Good News for the Promoter
1. You’re a fun-loving risk taker. This will surely be reflected in your home decor, and people will will love that about your home just as they do about you. Everybody loves a conversation piece, well your whole home will be just that and you are perfect host to entertain in your fun-loving atmosphere.
2. You make quick and effective decisions. ESTP’s are logical, and make decisions quickly based on facts. They execute, then move on. Do you realize what a gift that is? Some personality types could agonize for months over what paint color to choose. Take joy in your decisive and confident spirit. You’re a straight shooter and your home will reflect it.
Thanks for reading these decorating tips and tricks for the ESTP or Promoter. I just love hearing from you and any other insights you may have on the topic!! More personality types below:
Decorating for your Personality:
INTP Decorating for the Thinker
ESTJ Decorating for the Guardian
INFP Decorating for the Idealist
ENFJ Decorating for the Giver
INFJ Decorating for the Protector
ENTP Decorating for the Visionary
ESFJ Decorating for the Caregiver
ISFP Decorating for the Artist
ISFJ Decorating for the Nurturer
ESFP Decorating for the Performer
ENFP Decorating for the Inspirer
INTJ Decorating for the Mastermind
ENTJ Decorating for the Executive
ISTP Decorating for the Artisan
ESTP Decorating for the Promoter