Does your space match your personality?
Do you have spaces in your home that look beautiful but just don’t feel quite right to you? Is it uncomfortable to socialize in your living room or sleep in your bedroom? It may be that the space doesn’t suit your personality.
A space can follow all of the fundamental principles of design and look great but still not feel quite right to everyone, including the primary users. This is because our personalities determine our comfort level within the spaces that we use. If a restaurant or shop stresses you out, you can choose not to return there but the answer isn’t as simple for your home or office.
There are many personality traits that determine how comfortable we will be in a space. The best way to ensure a space will work for you is to consider all of the personality traits that affect your lifestyle. For example, if you are having difficulty sleeping in your bedroom, it could be that you have a high sensitivity to light, sounds, and smells in the environment. Heavy draperies to block light, sound absorbing materials to dampen sounds, or an air purifier to remove smells would then help. However, if the problem is that you enjoy having many objects around your room to remind you of tasks, this clutter may be distracting and you need better organization.
One personality trait that has a significant impact on the way we socialize in our spaces is how outgoing we are. Extroverts, or people that are very outgoing, like spaces with vibrant colors, intense smells, and loud music in which to socialize. They also like open spaces and intimate seating. An extrovert would happily share a love seat or sit opposite someone in chairs placed very close and requiring constant eye contact. An introvert, on the other hand, may become overwhelmed by the sensory stimulation of this environment and feel uncomfortable socializing. They also prefer to have a clear division of personal space and the ability to break eye contact. An introverted person would prefer more segmentation of spaces, and seating areas with individual chairs and buffers between people such as a coffee table. A window or piece of art is also helpful to provide a casual way to break eye contact.
Are you ready to make a change? Would you like to learn more about your design personality? Contact us to talk about how we can help you improve your life through great space!