Hello, and welcome to the Decorating for your Personality series. This post is all about INTJ’s, decorating for the Mastermind. This is one post in a sixteen part series looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Most recently we looked at ENFP (Inspirer) 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.
The INTJ Mastermind is also known as the Scientist, but personally I like mastermind better. I feel like ‘scientist’ just puts the INTJ in a box which is unfair. INTJ’s are dynamic personalities who live in a world of ideas and strategic planning. They look at life as similar to a chess game, always calculating their next move and what the outcome will be. Few and far between, this type makes up only 2% of the population with women at 0.8%. Katniss Everdeen, the beloved heroine of the Hunger Games, is a great example of the Mastermind personality, along with Dr. House and Gandalf.
INTJ’s are supreme strategists who value knowledge, intelligence, and competency. They are extremely insightful and observant of the world around them, and they use this insight to generate ideas. Unlike the INTP, though, who delves deeper and deeper into the ideas, INTJ’s prefer to apply ideas in useful ways. They can sometimes find it difficult to express their ideas and conclusions to others. Overall, INTJ’s are self-confident, ambitious, long-term thinkers, who bring process improvements and structure to our world.
- Curate a Library. INTJ’s have a beautiful thirst for knowledge. They value intelligence and competence. Books spread and share the wealth of knowledge to everyone. Is there a more beautiful or practical way to display what is important to you than curating your own library?
- Preserve a Thinking Space. The mastermind spends a significant amount of time in his or her own thoughts weighing out decisions, planning ahead, and coming up with practical applications. It is important that your home has a space where you feel comfortable getting lost in your thoughts and are able to think clearly and be inspired.
- Strategize Your Space. You are a supreme strategist. No one can come up with the optimal traffic flow, seating arrangement, or kitchen layout for your own home than you can. INTJ’s observe their environment and generate new ideas and systems. They are objective and adaptable, allowing for unique and inventive solutions. Put those super skills to work in making your house a functional and well-oiled machine that works for you!
- Use Patterns. The mastermind has been known to view life as a giant chessboard. Calculating each move carefully and deliberately, and attempting to anticipate the outcomes. They analyze systems, and pick up on patterns around them. Celebrate this skill and decorate your home in patterns and rhythms that make sense to you.
- Shop Alone. Often times INTJ’s have fabulous and well-thought out ideas, but they have a difficult time articulating them to others. This can result in frustration on your part when others fail to understand the logic behind your idea. When you shop for your house, leave the Feeling types at home and go by yourself. Once you have everything put together they will be able to see the idea behind the purchase and no one gets frustrated in the process 🙂
- Throw Tradition to the Wind. While INTJ’s are all for systems and processes, they are never bound by the ways of the past. Continually seeking improvement and new, creative solutions, they ask the question, “could it work better?” And quite often the answer is yes! So forget never mixing metals… does every window need a dressing? …is open concept truly the answer? Throw rules out the window and figure out for yourself what really functions.
- Organize to Improve Efficiency. We talked early about the flow and functions of your home, now let’s talk about the organization and efficiency. Messiness and inefficiency drive Masterminds batty. Employ organizing systems and decorating tactics to combat these elements and make your home more peaceful. Think about the best cupboard organization. Do you have accessible toy bins with lids for easy toy cleanup? Are you cleaning supplies hidden but very accessible? Creating organization and efficiency will help you focus your thoughts and creative energy while in your home.
Good News for the Mastermind
1. You are deliberate and ambitious. Your self-confidence propels you into projects head first and they are often well-thought out in advance making them very likely to succeed. As an INTJ, you are a long-term thinker, so your projects won’t fail from shortsightedness. Make sure to balance your feeling and sensing side, so you are considerate of others through the process and don’t miss important details.
2. You’re rationally unorthodox. You are unfettered by the way things have always been done. Your objectivity allows you to see the way things could be better. Weigh out all the strategies, and decide in the end what is most functional for you and your home.
INTJ’s represent such an interesting paradigm: they are the most starry-eyed idealists and yet the bitterest of cynics. While they see an endless amount of possibilities and generally believe nothing is impossible, they doubt the motivation and selflessness of people to accomplish these dreams. Nevertheless, this doesn’t stop them from doing what they can to improve the world and their own household. How have you improved or rethought something in your own life? I truly admire the strategic mind of the INTJ!!
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