Decorating Based on Your Myers-Briggs: Extrovert vs. Introvert

Whether you’re a homebody or social butterfly, these insights can help show you how to create your model living space.

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They say home is always where the heart is. But does that heart belongs to a reticent introvert or a boisterous extrovert? People have all sorts of techniques when it comes to decorating their homes.

If you happen to be at a loss for ideas, give the Myers-Briggs personality test a try. The test was designed to help people better understand what makes them tick, how they relate to other people and how they can change their daily habits. So, you may be asking: How is it going to help me decorate?

The test is divided into four metrics: how you become energized (introvert vs. extrovert), how you gather information (sensing vs. intuition), how you make decisions (thinking vs. feeling) and how you approach life (judging vs. perceiving). In terms of decorating, let’s talk about the first category. Are you excited?!

The Basics

Most already know the difference between introversion and extroversion. You can sometimes even tell which one a person is within a few minutes of meeting them. The long and short of it is that introverts are fueled by alone time and extroverts are fueled by socializing. If a homeowner happens to be a homebody, that person is most likely an introvert. If the homeowner is a person about town, then they are usually an extrovert.

It is important to note that most people harbor traits of both qualities and neither of the two is considered “better” or healthier than the other. While we do live in a very front-facing, personality-drive world, many have claimed that the power of the introvert is often underestimated. No matter which you identify with, taking it into account when styling your home can be super helpful.

Whether it be a cozy private nook or an open dance floor, the layout of your house plays a huge part in your comfort. Here is how to best tailor your home to each personality type!

Introvert

OK, so you’ve taken the test and it appears you are an introvert. What does that mean for your house? Well, start with the basics.

Space

Introverts prefer to be alone, concentrating on solitary work for long periods of time. So, think about design qualities that nurture focus and reflection, ideally avoiding any layout that may lead to overstimulation.

For example, try to create a quiet space for reading or writing in the house—maybe a nice, dimly-lit bedroom with plenty of privacy. If you are living with others, it could be important to avoid loft-style layouts that cater to more open floor plans.

Decor

In terms of decor, an introvert’s best bet is to create a little sanctuary for themselves. Comfortable, soothing and soft furnishings such as carpeting, rugs and upholstery can provide a necessary layer of inviting warmth to the room. Some fabrics to keep in mind are velvet or cashmere; avoid harsh and garish furniture such as black leather couches. For the bedspread, feature heavy linens and dark comforters for optimal luxury.

Introverts tend to focus in on small details that others miss, so you may enjoy filling your home with lots of little trinkets and vinettes.

Lighting

Lighting is also a huge factor when it comes to setting the tone. The last thing most introverts want is bright, harsh lighting casting down on them in their own home. In fact, their home is often a retreat from such realities. Instead, think about soft, spa-like lighting for the bathrooms and indirect, incandescent light bulbs for the bedrooms. A shaded table lamp is often much less intrusive than an overhead light unless you pick up some nice dimmers.

Obviously, an introvert doesn’t want to shut out the entire world all of the time. Instead, they are more dependent on a period of solitude for a little recharge. Dark drapes can certainly come in handy when it’s time to shut everything else out.

Color

If introverts were a color, they’d probably be a cool green or calm blue. These colors, along with shades of beige, taupe, purple or maroon, are common but not exclusive favorites of the introvert. In fact, bright or loud colors could just as easily be enjoyed as it totally depends on the color scheme of the room. Overall, you just don’t want anything that clashes or provides an overstimulating or distracting environment. Really, nobody does, but it may bother an introvert a bit more than others.

Tradition

More traditional homes are often enjoyed by introverts because they offer a level of comfort. Nice wood finishes and antique furniture create a cozier environment than a sleek, metallic, modern home.

Extrovert

While extroverts may be generally considered on-the-go, that doesn’t mean the home should be ignored. If a person with extrovert qualities finds themselves living in a secluded or quiet apartment, it could start to drive them a little crazy. Instead, extroverts need a space that prioritizes spontaneity, sharing and expression.

Space

An ideal layout may feature space to entertain, such as an outdoor patio with plenty of seating or an indoor bar attached to the kitchen. Extroverts tend to do well in lofts where open floor plans provide plenty of room for conversation. If you are primarily fueled by other people, make sure your desk is situated in a place that won’t feel too far “away from the action.”

Similarly, extroverts’ seating tends to be abundant. The more space there is for guests to sit, the less likely an extrovert will find themselves alone—so bring on the stretch sofas, long dining room tables, scattered ottomans, you name it.

Color

There’s no time for plain colors! Extroverts often prefer a pop of at least one bright color in a room, whether it be a throw pillow or a piece of abstract art on the wall. If a person flourishes in a stimulating space, they may want to include a bright red or lime green to keep things lively.

Decor

A more modern decor may work best for the extrovert, including sharp lines, mature tones, matte textiles and even shiny furnishings. A mix of materials allows for a more stimulating space, such as a combination of soft curtains and hard metallic shelving or leather furniture. Whatever an introvert would find distracting, an extrovert could easily find inspiring.

It’s also important to remember the entertainment system. Extroverts can be more drawn to flat-screen TVs and densely decorated walls, while introverts may prefer a minimalistic vibe.

Conclusion

At the end of the day, everyone will find traits they are drawn to on both sides. While the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a great tool for self exploration, it’s important to remember we are all individual people. From INTPs to ESFJs, we all just want to be comfortable when we get home at the end of the day. Hopefully, the more mindful we are of our needs, the more successful we can be in achieving interior design bliss!