Welcome back to a 16 part series, looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Last time, we looked at INFJ (Protector) type, and this week we’re diving into ENTP(Visionary). 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.
Although I previously claimed to be an INTP, recently (during the research for this post sereis) I’ve come to realize that I may have been mis-typed. While at first I felt consfused about the whole process…. I realized that this is why we must revisit our perception of ourselves and ask for outside opinions to truly understand our personality. (Actually this switch from Introverted to Extroverted is not that shocking because an ENTP often can exhibit many introverted traits when fully immersed in an idea).
In the end, I feel like I resonate much deeper with the ENTP type and after analyzing it’s traits, I can clearly see myself. Often referred to as The Visionary, the ENTP is an idea person all the way. They love to fix problems, use creative thinking to find unique solutions, and generally share their enthusiasm for projects with others. For a more indepth analysis of the ENTP, visit here.
ENTP’s use their extoverted intuition to understand people and situations. At the core, they are idea people. Their perception allows them to see possibilities in everything. Excitable and enthusiastic about these ideas, ENTP’s spread their enthusiam to others. In general, the details of following through on an idea or finishing up a project do not concern the ENTP, who is most interested in absorbing information and generating ideas. They are excellent conversationalists who enjoy verbal sparring (sometimes referred to as the Lawyer type). Overall, the ENTP is a creative, clever, curious and theoretical person.
- Use your inventiveness. The ability to be resourceful, think out-of-the-box, and come up with original solutions, is one of the neatest traits the Visionary has. Certainly don’t neglect your home when being creative in decorating. Try unusual materials to achieve the look you want. Think of ways to repurpose things. When you tap into your creativity the possibilities are endless!
- Follow through. I believe the single biggest obstacle between an ENTP and their dream home is the abilty to follow through. Fellow visionaries, is it just me, or is this the hardest thing ever?? Creating a schedule for your home projects will help you stay on task. Also get someone on board and involved (preferably a P type who excels at completion) to motivate you to follow through. Finishing a project and seeing the product of your creative idea is extremely rewarding!
- Be a non-conformist. As an ENTP, you are the least likely to follow a ‘tried and true’ method just because it’s safe. Challenge the status-quo! Rules like: only use one type of wood in a room, don’t mix metals, furniture styles should match, don’t paint antiques, don’t mix patterns. Throw those out the window, because they do not apply to you 😉
- Inspire yourself. The ENTP constantly seeks out new ideas and fresh inspiration. In order to create a home that you fits your personality, you should add inspiring art, furniture and colors. Let your home be a place of motivating possibilites. Whatever excites you and gets you thinking, fill your home with it! Personally, I love textures and nature-inspired prints.
- Plan before you jump-in. As an ENTP, I will be the first to admit that as soon as I have a rough idea, I jump right into action: trusting my intuition to solve any issues that may come up. While (I like to think) most of the time it works out fine, at times there are oversights and I failed to plan out significant details of a project or I even cut corners (I lob those things right off). If this is you, I would suggest that you get someone on board with you (hopefully your spouse is more detail-oriented!) to think out the possibilities ahead of time. Yes, this process is extremely painful for an ENTP, but oftentimes necessary for full realization.
- Draw out your feeling side. A well-rounded person has a healthy balance between all the characteristics. Meaning, that while the ENTP naturally is a logical thinker, s/he must take care to develop their feeling side in order to be able to care for others and relate emotionally. Let your decor help draw the Feeling side out. Are you sentimental about a song? Do you have a keepsake from your honeymoon? Did your grandparents give you an old family photo? Use those throughout your home to remind yourself of the ones you love.
- Find the best solution. The ENTP constantly seeks out orginal ways to solve problems. If they employ this in their decorating, the ENTP will be able to improve the function and design of their home. Try thinking about the optimal arrangement of your furniture for instance…. How can you maximize walking space? Create optimal seating arrangements? Organize the flow of the room? Using a little imagination, you can rethink many processes in your home for the better!
Good News for the Visionary
1. You see the big picture. With an instinctive ability to size up a situation, you will be able to easily see how your house plans are coming along and what needs to be done to get you to your dream home. While sometimes minor setbacks can cause an ENTP to stress and fret and lose sight of the big picture, in the end they are often insignificant to the realization of your goals. Remember this and you will have a good idea of where your house stands and where you want it to be.
2. You have a “can do” attitude. ENTP’s become excited and enthusiastic about their ideas, and this enthuses other as well! Generally optimistic, they believe they believe they have the capabilities to accomplish their goals. This means that in decorating, you will have a positive drive to achieve your dream house and will be able to share your enthusiasm with others. Enjoy the experience and don’t lose your great attitude!
Thanks for reading these decorating techniques and tricks for the Visionary (ENTP). Fellow ENTP’s, tell me how your get resourceful in your home? And if you have found the secret to finishing what you started, please tell me, I need it. After the holidays, we’ll be looking at ESFJ Decorating for the Caregiver.
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