In a world of uncertainty, one thing is certain: we all have our own unique personality traits. This month, we are highlighting design tips for creating the perfect space in your home based on your Myers-Briggs® personality type. Whether you’re an extrovert, introvert (or fall somewhere in between), you will find a perfect balance of creativity and design to make your home all your own.
Once you have an idea of what your personality type is (for example, ENTP or ISFJ), we will break it down letter-by-letter to see what each trait reveals about designing a space that’s best suited for you. Let’s get started!
How You’re Energized
Extroversion (E): If you’re considered an extrovert, or have tendencies to fall into this category, then you thrive on creating spaces for entertaining. Your desire leans toward creating a home with a welcoming and comforting atmosphere that will be well-suited for get-togethers and random drop-ins. Open layout designs that have plenty of seating make you the happiest. You also make it a point to have either a well-appointed guest room or a comfortable couch for those overnight guests who just can’t get enough of your company.
Introversion (I): If you’re more of an introvert, then you most likely enjoy spending some alone time in a private retreat to recharge your batteries. When thinking about the perfect space for you, consider creating a special area of your home for reading or relaxing that is away from the action. Loft living is not the best choice, so if there is more than one introvert in your family, you may want to consider spaces with walls or mini-retreat areas.
How You Gather Information
Sensing (S): This personality type tends to be very practical and is a present-minded thinker that typically doesn’t have too much stuff, so paring down is not usually a problem. If you find yourself weighed down with too many things, however, you might want to consider using a capsule wardrobe, or white, sleek, simple counters and cabinets (or other ideas designed for minimalist living). Form over function is the best concept for you when choosing the design for your space.
Intuition (N): You probably know this already, but you always trust your instincts. Making decisions for yourself and not adhering to the norms or other people’s advice is the way you roll when it comes to doing what is best for you. Finding yourself questioning why you chose a certain paint color or where to hang a picture is not out of the ordinary for someone like you – who follows their intuition. You may tend to have unexplained satisfaction in knowing you indulged your wants – because it was the perfect choice for you.
How You Make Decisions
Thinking (T): If you’re more of a thinker, you’re known for your analytical skills and being an ace at strategizing – always coming up with the perfect solutions. This makes designing an open forum, as you won’t conform to conventional ideas about room layouts or traffic flow. You, alone, are the best qualified to determine what designs will work best for you and your family.
Feeling (F): You are guided by your feelings and most likely considerate of others. Gift giving, doing for others and performing acts of kindness are ways that direct your life path. So, when it comes to designing your space, you’ll keep all things in mind in order to make life better for everyone. If entertaining and baking are your passions, be sure to create spaces to support both.
How You Approach Life
Judging (J): If you fall into this category, you already know that you live by routine and are extremely organized. You live by planning things in advance and following a step-by-step pattern. Having calendars and to-do lists on display and investing in home organizers is the way to go to keep everything that’s on your mind in plain sight and right at your fingertips. You also prefer spaces that are built for specific purposes and have ultimate functionality. So, be sure to create spaces that meet your specific needs, like this walk-in pantry.
Perceiving (P): You are known to most as a free spirit and one who likes to mix things up. Keeping your options open makes you feel uninhibited, since you like to make things up as you go along. This personality type likes to redecorate often. Try finding new ways to use old furniture and switch things up to keep your home looking fresh and different.
We hope you found this ‘design by personality’ exercise fun and informative. Granite Transformations is by your side to help create the perfect space that’s right for you. Schedule your complimentary in-home design consultation today and see how we can help you achieve a design that’s best suited to your personality. Our teams of dedicated, experienced professionals are ready to help you get started with a kitchen or bath renovation.