Welcome to the fourth post in a 16 part series, looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Last time, we looked at INFP (Idealist) type, and this week we’re diving into ENFJ (Giver). 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.
I’m excited to take a look at the Giver today, they are such a special individual who naturally sacrifices their own needs for others. Only 3% of the population are Givers, but what an important 3%! Think what the world would be like without these individuals who are willing to lend a helping hand. Below is a quick overview of this type. For a more indepth analysis of the ENFJ, visit here.
If you are an ENFJ, you are outwardly oriented: focused on people possibilities, understanding and caring for others on a deeply intuitive level. You understand people better than any other type and are concerned with meeting their needs. While you may have strongly held beliefs, you’re likely to keep them to yourself if it would cause tension or damage a relationship. Straightforward and honest, you are likely to succeed at many things because of your people skills, energetic nature, and self-confidence. You are a warm, creative, and charming individual, gifted with a special ability to see into others.
- Create an entertaining space. The signature characteristic of the Giver’s personality type is their amazing aptitude for people and personal relationships. So, it goes without saying that an ENFJ must have a space to entertain. This may be in a different form for each individual. If you enjoy preparing meals for others, create an inviting dining area or eat-in seating in your kitchen. If hosting parties is your thing, create an outdoor retreat with a grill and patio seating for your guests to enjoy. Whatver is your prefered method of connecting with others, make it possible in your home design.
- Designate a retreat area. Because the ENFJ is so intensely focused on others, they can neglect to take time alone. This is especially important for the Giver. They must take time to recognize their needs and sort out their own priorities as it is so easy to let them fall by the wayside. Whether this means filling your bedroom with serene and peaceful decor, or designating a room in the house or outdoor space as your own private area, find a way to facilitate time for reflection.
- Gather help in projects. Thinking about reno-ing your basement? Enlist the help of others! Because of your unique ability to understand and relate to others, they are often more than happy to help out. Let your friends and family return the favor and give to you this time. Not only will the project be more fun with those you love helping out, it will get done a lot quicker and cheaper!
- Organize. The Judging aspect of the Giver’s personality lends them to an organized nature. Preferring things in a certain way and remaining orderly. This is a great characteristic that can be helpful in your home. Utilize this skill by establishing schedules for cleaning in your home, or creating storage systems for your food. By adding more organization in your home, you wil be more at peace and ready to give to others!
- Create hospitality. The primary focus of the ENFJ is helping others. Position yourself well for this task by making your home as hospitable as possible. There are many ways to do this: an inviting guest room, plenty of seating in your living, room, a coffee bar, coat closet, and more. When someone is having a rough day youll be glad your hot chocolate station was fully supplied to give them a little pick-me-up.
- Consider shopping alone. While the ENFJ loves people and is a true extrovert, they may not always feel like they can express their true feelings around them. Because they truly wish to draw out the best in people, Givers can hide their own opinions and defer to others. In the end, you want your home to be a true reflection of you. Sometimes you need to take some time to yourself in order to really pick out what you like.
- Embrace Change. The Giver is a future-oriented individual, energetic and full of idea-possibilities. It is likely you may desire regular change in your life. Embrace this in your decor by buying neutrals that you can easily dress up or down with accessories. For your bed, get a duvet and cheaply switch it out as often as you want! Pillow covers are another easy switch. By starting with a neutral palate, you can quickly and easily switch up the entire room.
Good News for the Giver
1. You are a big picture person. Your expansive focus and ability to tackle many projects at once will help you achieve a put-together and cohesive home. It’s not that you ignore the details though. Instead of getting bogged down by them, you can see the big picture without sweating the small stuff.
2. You are energetic and idea-driven. As the Giver, you are a creative problem solver, and an adept idea generator. You have the excitement and drive necessary to envision what could be, and to create a plan for completion. Because of this, you can seek original ‘out-of-the-box’ approaches to design problems, and achieve beautiful things in your home.
I hope you all enjoyed this analysis of decorating techniques for the Giver (ENFJ). If you are a Giver, I’d love to hear how you use your home to give to others, or how you use your creative energy in design. 🙂 And coming up next….. INFJ Decorating for the Protector.
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