This is perhaps a little obvious, but it should come as no surprise that your home decorating style is often a reflection of your personality. Our personal tastes are more than just preferences, they can also uncover a great deal about the kind of people we are. With that in mind, here’s what your home decor says about you.
You’ve probably heard it all before… bright colours are preferred by the extroverted, neutrals by the practical, jewel tones by the refined, blues and greens by the nature-loving, and so on. There may be some truth to this, but it really isn’t as simple as that.
For example, you may prefer neutrally coloured walls, but like to show your brighter side via audacious and colourful accessories. The blue-and-green fanatics may well be seeking harmony but, as nature is also full of colour, they may want to add dashes of pinks and reds in order to inspire creativity in themselves. Bright colours can seem a little garish, yet when they’re found in softer hues (i.e. yellows and burnt oranges), they can be welcoming and intimate.
There’s always more than one way of looking at a particular shade. Indeed, many choose to mix and match the colour of their decor, or change colours drastically from room to room in order to show how multifaceted they and their personalities actually are.
These are brave souls who like to make bold statements about themselves; where they’ve been and where they’re going next. Eclectics prefer to mix the contemporary and traditional, enjoy travelling to unusual and far-flung places, and often have a penchant for collecting things – they draw their energy from contrast.
Eclectics have to be careful of overloading their rooms with accessories they don’t intend to use, though, as they are prone to clutter! On the other hand, an eclectics’ love of trudging through strange places can land them with some rather original and valuable finds.
Do you adore history? Have a favourite period in time? Can’t get over your love of all things Tudor, Victorian or Georgian? You may not be someone who pushes the boat with a load of flashy contemporary decor, but you understand that some of the best and most creative designs do, in fact, come from the past.
There is a tendency to assume that traditionalists have more conservative personalities, and, whilst this may be true for some, it is by no means the whole story. After all, a person who prefers 18th Century Romanticism is likely to be every bit as adventurous as a person who leans towards contemporary bohemian and Eastern styles – they just happen to appreciate the fact that humans have experimented with such styles before.
Order and harmony are the key focuses of the minimalist, but there are a myriad of reasons for this. You may have a chaotic work and social life and want your home to be a fortress of solitude. You may once have been a dedicated collector, but have now regrouped your thoughts and enjoy living in what is more of a blank canvas. Or perhaps you wanted your home to display only the things you truly love in life – allowing you to disregard unnecessary trinkets, which you feel are a distraction.
Minimalists prefer quality over quantity, and often like to think things through rather than act on the spur of the moment. They also like their designs to work with nature as opposed to against it.
Like the minimalist, the modernist prefers quality over quantity. However, fans of modern interiors love quality and lots of it, especially if the designs are clean, elegant and functional as well.
Another key difference between the two is the idea of convenience. Minimalists are not bothered about objects making things easier, just whether they are necessary. The modernist, being a child of the mod-con era, is more open to having things in their living room that they perceive to be making their life more comfortable.
Enthusiasts of modern styles tend to be forward-thinking, enjoy city living and prefer contemporary-classic designs over those that are considered contemporary-trendy.