It’s been a little while since the last Decorating for you Personality post, but I’m excited to be back and bringing you the ISFP post of the series. This is part of a sixteen part series looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Several weeks ago we analyzed the ESFJ (Caregiver) type, and today we’re taking a look at ISFP (Artist). 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.
I’m very excited to delve in the ISFP as their type is basically made for decorating! They thrive on change, the aesthetic, and are original and independent creators. While the title ‘Artist’ is very fitting of this type, I worry that it puts them in a box. The ISFP, while extremely creative and in tune with the five senses, is also strongly characterized by their unique ability to serve others, their keen perceptive abilities, and their independent spirit. For a more indepth analysis of the ISFP, visit here.
ISFP’s live in the here and now – innately intune with their senses and perceptive of those around them. They have a strong affinity for beauty and aesthetic, appreciating nature and animals. Action-oriented individuals, ISFP’s are most comfortable in hands-on situations where they can exercise their creativity and independence. Although Artists are often quiet and reserved, they are deeply caring and service-oriented individuals. ISFP’s are gifted individuals who excel at artistic expression and serving others.
- Bring nature in. Because ISFP’s are so in tune with their senses and surroundings and deeply appreciate beauty, they often truly love nature and animals. If these aspects inspire you, incorporate them all throughout your home. Being surrounded by what inspires you will keep you thinking creatively and peacefully. You can do this in so many ways, frame dried plant or flower art, set up a green room, or use a nature-inspired color pallet. Try to use naturally derived materials, this will help you feel closer to the outdoors. You can also incorporate animal prints and textures.
- Create a personal retreat. As an introvert, you need time to recharge. Creating an area where you can find personal space will help you stay balanced. This area can be whatever inspires you, allows you to reinvigorate, or just a space for relaxation. Decorate your bathroom like a spa with deep soothing colors and fragrant candles. Convert a spare bedroom into an arts and crafts studio where you can exercise your artistic abilities. Or, just find a little corner of your home where you can add lots of pillows and stash several good books.
- Take the risks. The artist is often considered the most spontaneous and unpredictable of all the types. Their independent nature and ability to live in the now allows them to embrace risks and take them head on. Don’t be afraid to use this in your home. Do you see the potential in those funky eighties chairs at the resale shop? Take the risk and repurpose them! Never painted a wall before? Try stripes or polka dots! No matter how bizarre an idea, you have the ability to take a chance on it.
- Embrace the change. Some would say, the only thing constant for the ISFP is change. Variety is the spice of life, right? New and exciting things are in your nature, why shouldn’t they be in your home as well? Facilitate your propensity to change it up by buying more expensive items in neutral colors and shapes. Then you can easily switch things up simply with pillow changes, paint, and a new picture
- Create your Space. Often considered the most artistic of all the Myers Briggs types, the ISFP has a unique ability for creating and appreciating the aesthetic. Don’t be afraid to use this incredible gift in your home. What kind of art do you love most? Display it as your boldest decor! Paint a mural on your wall, sew a bright quilt bedspread, arrange your bookshelves masterfully. Let loose with your creative ability and let your space be a reflection of your personality!
- Enable Service. The ISFP is extremely giving and service-oriented. They genuinely care for others and often show it through their actions. Allow yourself to give to others best, by creating enabling spaces in your home. What is your favorite way to serve others? If you bake, create an organized and well stocked pantry space so you can whip something up at a moment’s notice. Whatever way you serve others best, make sure your home is enabling it. By making room for this part of your life, your home reflects who you are a little more.
- Appreciate it. As an incredibly talented individual, you may hold yourself to extremely high standards. While this perfectionism drives you to do your very best, it also can keep you from appreciating your achievements. Take a step back and recognize all that you’ve accomplished in your home. Admire your creativity and how your home reflects who you are!
Good News for the Artist
1. You follow your gut. If you feel something is right, you will stop at nothing to accomplish it. Not only is this an excellent personal trait, it will help you as you decorate your home. Many people struggle with which style to choose, whether or not they trust their taste, or if others will like their choices. You can be confidant in your decorating choices knowing that you were true to yourself and what you love. Ultimately your home will be a beautiful representation of the person who inhabits it!
2. You’re a doer. You’re an action-oriented individual who has the get-up-and-go it takes to get stuff done. Because of your hands on nature, you are willing to jump right in and tackle a project. Others struggle with where to begin, fear of starting wrong, ect. Take on those home decor projects with gusto, because you aren’t afraid of them and you know exactly what you’re going for!
Thanks for reading these decorating techniques and tricks for the Artist (ISFP). So, ISFP’s, how do you get your creativity on? I so admire your nature eye for aesthetics and ability to get really hands-on. Any tips for us fellow DIYers?? 🙂 Join me next time to look at INTJ the Scientist!
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