Welcome back to Decorating for your Personality. In this post we’ll take a look at ESFP, decorating for the Performer. This is one post in a sixteen part series delving into how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Most recently we looked at ISFJ (Nurturer) 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.
ESFP the Performer, also known as Provider or Supporter, represent around 12% of the population. These are our social butterflies, upholders of integral institutions, and true servants to humanity. Some famous fictional ESFP’s include Monica from Friends, Molly Weasley from Harry Potter, and Baloo from the Jungle Book. For a more indepth analysis of the ESFP, visit here.
This is a fun type for me to write because I think of my best friend who is inbetween the ESFP and ESFJ. I totally see some of these awesome traits in her, like her constant overflow of bubbly joy, and her carefree spirit. She may deny it, but put her with a group of people and she is definitely the life of the party 🙂
ESFP’s thrive on people and new exciting experiences. They are the sympathetic team players that help mitigate conflict and create a fun environment for everyone. These spontaneous and optimistic individuals don’t deal too much with theory, but live in the concrete world of hands-on application, and practical advise. The ESFP resist structure and routine. Overall this loving type is flexible, kind-hearted, and gifted with a special ability to enjoy life.
- Dramatize your Home. No, not Desperate Housewives kind of drama… ESFP’s thrive on new experiences, excitement and the drama of life. Their fun-loving, spontaneous nature should be proudly displayed in their home. Be bold, and unexpected in your decorating. Buying some neutral bases is a great idea, so you can change up accessories (such as pillowcases on a couch) to your heart’s desire! Bring some drama to your home decor, spice up life to match your fun-loving personality.
- Go with the Flow. As a Performer, you have a wonderful ability to improvise in all situations and function best without the constraints of structure and routine. Don’t worry about following decorating ‘rules,’ follow your instincts and your home will be a more beautiful as a true reflection of yourself.
- Learn by Doing. Want to try something in your home, but you’re not sure how it will turn out? ESFP’s are hands-on learners. ‘Just do it’ might as well be your new motto, because it is the best way for you to experience new ideas as a Performer. While some personalities prefer to theorize and plan lengthily on a project they are thinking of, ESFP’s live in the here and now. Learning to get your hands dirty on that project you’ve wanted to try is a key step in your home decor success.
- Offer Solutions. The ESFP tends to be extremely observant of others’ feelings, sensing when they are in distress. While not prone to offering theoretical advice, the Performer is excellent at providing a solution to a practical need. Set up your home so that it supports this delightful trait. Have your guest rooms stocked with a basket of emergency supplies. Create a coffee or tea bar for those days when a neighbor needs a warm drink. Let your home be a safe environment that is always ready to provide help for those in need.
- Trust Yourself. ESFP’s tend to have a strong appreciation for aesthetic beauty, and an excellent understanding of space and function. They tend to make decisions based on their personal values. In addition, the Performer often delights in the finer things in life. Considering all these traits, the ESFP ought to trust their instincts in home decorating and they are likely to end up with a beautiful home. No second guessing! 😉
- Celebrate Life. The Performer’s wonderful joy for life often displays itself in an acute appreciation of children, animals, and nature. Celebrate your overflow of joy and spread it to others through how you furnish your home. If you have kids, create a fun kids room with creative aspects. Consider adding bird houses and feeders across your yard. If you’re a green thumb, bring the outdoors in with houseplants and window flowers.
- Eliminated Stress. Stress and an ESFP do not mix well together. Anxiety can foster negative thinking which becomes overwhelming to the Performer. Furnish and decorate your home in a way that minimizes stress and situations that create it. If mess stresses you, try and organize your home so that clutter can be contained behind doors and items’ homes are within a convenient reach. Incorporate decoration items that soothe and bring peace into your home such as candles and light dimmers.
Good News for the Nurturer
1. For the Performer, your home is your stage. Display your unique and fun-loving personality in the colors and quirks of your house. Sharing yourself with others is extremely important to the ESFP, you can achieve this in the ways you furnish and decorate your home.
2. You’re a natural host/ess. While others way be unsure on the ins and outs of entertaining and helping others feel at ease within their own homes, Performers can effortlessly transform their home into a fun and comfortable environment for all who enter.
Thanks for reading these decorating tips and tricks for the Performer or ESFP. I’m always so inspired by your incredible ability to enjoy life and spread your joy to those around you. Any ESFP’s who have learned to throw away the rules and trust their instincts? I’d love to hear what you tried! Or how you are able to celebrate life within your home. Let me know what you think, and thanks for reading! See the full collection below….
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