Welcome back to a 16 part series, looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Last week we looked at ESTJ (Guardian) type, and we’re back again this week to delve into the INFP (Idealist). As I’ve stated in previous posts, 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.
The Idealist is such a fun and dynamic personality. Their deep and honest concern for others and their well-being makes them one of the most sympathetic types! Below is a quick overview of this type. For a more indepth analysis of the INFP, visit here.
INFP-the idealist, dreamer, healer. While you have in inward focus-evaluating things with your personal feelings, you are constantly concerned with improving the world around you. You are very intuitive about people: making you thoughtful, considerate, and a good listener. Your standards are very high, tending towards perfectionism. You search for meaning and truth within yourself in order to help other and make the world a better place.
- Buy fair trade. As the Idealist, you constantly seek to better the world, and why not do so while decorating your house? By purchasing decor from Fair Trade organizations you are helping someone in an impoverished nation provide for themselves through a sustainable trade. Plus, you have a unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-made item that adds an extra special touch to your home.
- Create a writing/reflecting retreat. INFP’s are some of the best writers, let this side of you flourish by dedicating a peaceful retreat where you can put your thoughts on paper. Even if you’re not a writer, chances are you enjoy your alone time to reflect and think. By setting aside an area where you can do so, you will be able to better separate your ‘alone and thinking’ time with your ‘together with others’ time (which is sometimes difficult for the Idealist).
- Design a restful guestroom. Also known as the Helper, the INFP loves to be there for others in their time of need. Create a peaceful guestroom where you can gift others a little bit of serenity and a place to stay for whenever they need. Make sure to equip it with all the extras so they can feel at home. (Extra hangers, towels, mints, and toothpaste, etc.)
- Display your memories. As an Idealist, you have a deep well of feeling and love for others. Because of this, it’s likely you are a sentimental person. If there are memories, songs, poems that really mean a lot to you, make them into artwork and display them throughout your home! Frame the lyrics to your first dance, or sew your child’s baby clothes into a quilt. Keepsake boxes work great for displaying shells from vacation, dried flowers from a bouquet or corsage, or even your wedding dress!
- Choose minimal upkeep design. INFP’s tend to be more laid-back and less concerned about the mundane details of life. Becuase of this they should make design choices accordingly, knowing they will not want to be spot cleaning every inch ot their home weekly. For instance, choose darker flooring that won’t show dirt, and consider using a shower curtain rather than a glass enclose that you will have to work hard to keep clean.
- Shopping alone. Because you care deeply for those around you, and have a low tolerance for conflict, shopping with many others may not be a great idea. As an Idealist you have extremely high standards and tend towards perfectionism. If you are shopping with others you may buy what they like in order to minimize conflict, but in the end you regret it because it doesn’t live up to your standards. Have fun when your with loved ones! But save the serious shopping for another time.
- Exhibit your passions. When an INFP takes an interest in something they feel passionately about, it often becomes their ’cause.’ They work hard and fight for that project in order to help make the world a better place. What are your causes? Are they reflected in your home? Help spread the word and show other what you are about by incorporating your work in your home decor. Display a relevant book on your coffee table or hang ribbons for your cause.
Good News for the Idealist
1. You see the good where other cannot. Because you are always looking for the positive about something, you will be able to take things that others might not appreciate and use them well in your home. By taking thrifted finds and turning them into your own treasures you can save money and have unique and creative home decor.
2. You prefer beauty over utility. This means you’re one of those lucky types that can have gorgeous marble countertops and not be bothered by the fact they they are just not quite as practical. Because you value aesthetics over function, you are unbound by practicality and can freely decorate your home to your heart’s fancy! Just make sure to check in with your spouse before you purchase your carrera marble countertops…. their personality type may not be as forgiving of them!
Well there you have it, all of my decorating tips and tricks for INFP the Idealist. What do you think, INFP’s? What causes are close to your heart? Do you use your home to help others? I’ll be back next week for: ENFJ Decorating for the Giver. If you enjoy this series and want to find out more tips and tricks on decorating be sure to sign up for emails (on the right sidebar) or follow me on bloglovin’! Thanks 🙂
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