This is the final post in this Decorating for your Personality series! Last, but not least, we are taking a look at the ISTJ (Duty Fulfiller). This the last post in a sixteen part series looking at how your Myers Briggs personality profile affects your decorating choices. Last time we examined ESTP (Promoter) 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.
It is believed that the ISTJ may be one of the most abundant of the 16 personality types, making up around 13% of persons. Sometimes known as the duty fullfiller, this type is glue that holds our society together exhibiting much integrity and loyalty to family, organizations, and traditions.
ISTJ’s are typically reserved people who’s primary goals are peaceful and secure living. Filled with an inner sense of duty, they follow through on tasks and are loyal, faithful, and dependable. ISTJ’s believe in following laws and traditions and put tremendous effort into completing goals and promises. These logical, capable, and reasonable individuals
- Secure a peaceful home. ISTJ’s strive for security and peaceful lives. As you build these into your life, build them into your home as well. Let your artwork and furnishings be soft and peaceful in appearance. Use large trim and well-crafted doors to represent the security and well-being of your home. To feel most at home, your living area should embody the security and peace you seek.
- Embrace the beauty of structure. As an ISTJ, you appreciate the beauty in orderly and structured environments. Celebrate this in how you decorate, and furnish your home. Arrange your furniture and art with symmetry. Create uniform galleries, color themes to carry throughout your entire house, and lines and shapes that match. In this way your home will represent the structure and order you so appreciate in your life.
- Give yourself the credit. Often ISTJ’s are perfectionists, expecting much from themselves and failing to acknowledge their own accomplishments. Take a step back and evaluate the home you built. It may not be a perfect system, or immaculately decorated, but it is a beautiful picture of you and your family that you should be proud of! Take time to commend yourself for building your house into a home.
- Focus on family. Little in life is more important to you than family and the traditions you share. Your admirable loyalty and faithfulness for those you love can and should be expressed throughout your home. Display pictures and notes from loved ones on a gallery board, or frame them around the house. Incorporate items into your decor that represent what is most important to you so that you and others can be reminded each and every day.
- Create Organization. INTJ’s excel at seeing tasks through to completion. This characteristic combined for your sense of duty to family makes you an excellent home-maker. Make your home work for you by creating command centers for tasks to be done, cleaning supply closets with all your tools, and a pantry that is stocked and labeled. You will function better and find peace in a well-organized home that assists you in serving others.
- Stick to the tried and true. What makes the Duty Fullfiller so integral to the world is their unique loyalty to the traditions, laws, and rules of society. They are not comfortable breaking these time-honored ways without a very good reason. Embrace this part of your personality by choosing design elements that play by the rules. You will feel comfortable and at peace with your decor choices.
Good News for the Duty Fullfiller
1. You can tackle tasks through to completion. Once you’ve committed to a goal, you have the ability too see it through by defining the action steps, organizing a plan of attack, and accomplishing the project. Once you view your home as a goal: to create a peaceful and secure environment for yourself and family, you will surely succeed in that task!
2. ISTJ’s have a true sense of space, function, and artistic appreciation. If you trust yourself and your taste you can rest assured that your home will be tastefully furnished and immaculately maintained.
Finally, I’ve completed every post in this series. What a fun ride! It took me a little over a year to research and write all of these, I hope you found them fun and insightful and you’ll share with your friends and family 🙂
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