Welcome to the first of a 16 part series, looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Everyone has different tastes when it comes to home decor, but have you ever considered if your own decorating is driven by something more than pure aesthetic? I believe that the preferences we have can often be traced back to our personality profile and how we perceive and react to the world. And, 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.
To kick off the series, I’d like to start off with my own type, INTP – the Thinker/Architect. Below is a quick overview of this type. For a more indepth analysis of the INTP, visit here.
If you are an INTP, you are likely most often oriented inwardly: more focused on the thoughts in your mind than the external world around you. You enjoy wrapping your head around ideas, and analyzing them logically. Rather than focusing on the here and now, you think of things in terms of the future–imagining what might be ahead. Independence is important to you and you are likely a very independent person: neither a leader nor a follower. In general, you’re a flexible person, preferring not to be constrained to tasks and deadlines. And, when you focus on something, you are able to give your complete attention to it: tuning out surrounding distractions.
- Think things through fully. As a Thinker who often puts a great amount of time and brainpower into dissecting facts, situations, and ideas, it will be important for you to fully understand all your options when it comes to decorating. Organize all the possibilities in your head, research what is out there. This should be the most fun part for you, so don’t skimp! Take you time and enjoy the thought process, before you begin decorating.
- Display your creativity. Thinkers often have abstract and creative thoughts: show this in your decorating! It’s likely you are very passionate about some things, don’t leave these out in your decor. Abd, be creative in incorporating them. Like music? Create a desk out of a piano. Fascinated by nature? Add raw wood elements throughout your home. Be fun and quirky! It’s part of who you are 🙂
- Make independent decisions. It can be fun going shopping with a group of friends, but in the end, you are the one who has to live with what you bought, not them. If you are like most INTP’s you think best inwardly, not when you’re outwardly focused. For making decorating decisions, go by yourself or with a person very close to you. If you aren’t able to think about the decision in the moment, chances are you will later and might regret the choice.
- Create a retreat. As an intovert, you enjoy spending time alone, engrossed in your thoughts. To better appreciate your home, create a space where you can get away and focus on something for a while. Into crafts? Convert that spare bedroom into a craft retreat. Like to be outdoors? Create a garden space with a little seating area.
- Draw out your Feeling side. One of your natural weaknesses is to focus all your energy on rationale and logic and neglect your sensative and empathic side. to create more balance in your life, surround yourself with decor that stirs your emotions. Try creating gallery walls of loved ones, or setting out a particularly moving book. Add some orange: a color that draws out emotions, or pastels: encouraging sensitivity.
- Don’t second guess. You will want to: the thinking preference in you searches for absolute truthes, while your perceiving preference leaves you open minded to multiple solutions. Here is the key: once you’ve picked…. stop analyzing the choice. Look for confidence in your decisions and know that, while there will always be other right choices, you chose the one for you. You like it. Period.
- Carry through. I know, the fun part is envisioning it all in your head, with endless possibilities and choices to be analyzed! But, once you’ve decided what cabinets you want, or with wall mirror: take action! It will be much more rewarding in the end, to have that imagination in your head become reality. Preferably, live with someone who is more externally focused: they will happily let you dream to your heart’s content. Once you’ve made a decision, they will be the ones to help you complete the project.
Good News for the Thinker
1. You have the ability to be creative and out-of-the-box with your home. Make sure to harness that creativity in your decor choices. You enjoy thinking long and hard about things, so don’t neglect you decor. Chances are if you put your head into it, you can come up with original and novel ideas!
2. You are open-minded and flexible. Trying new things doesn’t scare you, and imperfection won’t cause you stress. You are one of those lucky types who can have marble countertops! Aesthetic over function is fine by you, so make it beautiful! Even if it’s less than practical. (Case in point, my greek key clock, that is too cute! But, I can’t even read it in the morning…)
There you have it: INTP decorating for the Thinker/Architect. Are you a fellow INTP? I’d love to hear from you on how you combat second-guessing, and ways that you are creative in your decor. Stay tuned next week for: ESTJ Decorating for the Guardian.
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