So what is a design personality anyway? Well, it is a home decor style that is defined by your personality. Our homes are a reflection of us and our family. Therefore it is important to know what your personality is saying about your style before you begin a decorating project. This is one of the first things that I do when helping my clients is to define their design personality. With so many different styles it can be difficult to define for yourself which one is really your style. Especially for us almost empty nesters, we have been attending to our kids so long that we really don't even know who we are and what we like anymore. This is a great way to get back in touch with ourselves and start to establish a sense of who we are again.
I have created a design personality course that will help you to define your style personality. In this course, I have the top 13 most popular design styles that are broken down into 6 personalities. This is an important step in creating a home that tells your families story. But what good is knowing your style if you don't know how to use it. Don't worry I got ya covered. In this course, I will show you how to begin to use your style to create a signature style that is more personalized to you.
I will show you the personality traits that you tend to be drawn to in each style.
Defining elements will tell you what to expect to see from each style.
Furniture will be discussed for each style giving details into the style character and pattern.
Color schemes that are commonly used for the style to set the mood.
Where to shop insights will show you where I like to shop for that style helping you cut down on time by showing you places to shop.
A plays well with section will show you exactly what other styles usually work well with the current style that you can use to create your signature style.
Analyst Design Personality
Perfectionist | Efficient | Determined | Simple | Methodical
The Analyst Design Personality type loves their home to be simple and understood. Some people may consider this personality type to be cold and miserable. But for the ones who love this style, it is a paradise. With its clean lines and neutral colors, it is an expression of the current age. This is a style that is expressed by many young professionals. The styles in this collection allow the owner to express their style without being too rigid or formal to exclude children.
Minimalist Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: When you think of minimalist think less is more. However, you don't want to necessarily create a room that is cold or uninviting. The room with this design should not only house a minimum amount of furniture but each piece should demonstrate minimal in itself. With this style, your furniture should have room to breathe and embrace the beauty of empty space.
- Furniture: Furniture should include streamlining shapes of simple design. Fabrics should be in subdued solids color with have shiny surfaces. Layer wools, fabrics, and fur onto a glass or wooden framework for an effortlessly cool interior.
- Color: Monochromatic color schemes are frequently used in shades of gray. White is used primarily on floors, walls and in furniture. If bright colors are to be introduced they are to be used only as accents and are to be kept to a minimum.
- Shop this style at: Zgallerie, all modern, CB2, West Elm, Joss & Main, Anthropologie
- This style plays well with: Contemporary, Scandinavian, Transitional
Contemporary Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: This style is often confused with Modern design style. This look is sleek, but it doesn't feel nearly as harsh or clinical, instead emphasizing curved lines Many singles and families alike appreciate contemporary interiors. The style is versatile enough to express yourself and showcase your individual tastes, yet it’s not too formal as to exclude the presence of young children.
- Furniture: Negative space can be just as important as objects, and though some areas may feel bare, they're also bold and inviting with pops of bright color. Anchor a room with a piece like this simple but lovely sofa, then surround it with unique, bespoke furnishings. Smooth, geometric shapes are essential.
- Color: Keep it to a minimum with a sparing use of color and pattern. Favor solid colors over patterns, concentrating largely on muted neutrals but introducing a few strong shades through furniture and accessories.
- Shop this look at: Dwell Studio, All Modern, West Elm, Hayneedle, CB2, Anthropologie
- This style plays well with: Scandinavian, Transitional, Minimalist
Transitional Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: This is the style know for being a classic with a twist. Transitional style takes on the task of bridging the traditional style with the contemporary style. This style brings in the comfort and coziness of the traditional style together with the clean profiles with the colors of the more contemporary interior. Creating a perfect balance of the minimalist style with the traditional.
- Furniture: Transitional style pulls the styles from history but with an overall updated clean line look. Nothing in the is style should be too harsh and should embrace rounded corners. Furniture should still remain simple and harmonious. Don't be afraid to mix up textures for this space to include, cotton, leather, and corduroy.
- Color: Colors should still be held to a minimum while still embracing neutral tones. Silver and contemporary metals should be blended with rich woods.
- Shop this look at: Ethan Allen, Restoration Hardware, Horchow, Hayneedle, Target, At Home
- This style plays well with: Contemporary, Scandinavian, Traditional
Scandinavian Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: Known as Scandinavian this style is sometimes referred to as Nordic style. This style focuses on minimalism and functionality. By filling the space with pieces that are functional then there is less need for filling the space. This is considered to the Minimalist style gone up north.
- Furniture: Lines of the furniture is to remain clean and straight. Comfort is to remain with natural woods bringing the outdoors in. As this is a style for the cold climate countries warmth can be added by layering in textures of furs, skins, large soft cotton, and linens.
- Color: Vaporous blues, pastel pinks, soft grays, and whites allow the light to reflect. These colors are unique to Scandinavian minimalism. However, not all Scandinavian designs are muted and calm. This is created by use of strong contrasts of color between black and white.
- Shop this style at: Anthropologie, West Elm, Article, Ikea, Society 6, CB2, All Modern
- Plays well with: Minimalist, Glam, Contemporary, Transitional
Optimist Design personality style
Social |Charismatic | Hopeful |Confident | Easy going
The Optimist personality inhabits a home that is a happy, friendly, and social. This person rarely buys new furniture but likes his home to show off his collective memories. This home is laid back and but comfort as number one priority. This home is livable but put together. With a touch of French countryside charm.
Shabby Chic Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: Shabby chic is often thought of as vintage but is more casual by nature. This style can be incredibly versatile with its charming, fashionable, feel. Whether you’re after a look that is charming and pretty or retro and edgy, adding some key vintage pieces can help you bring the room together. The best vintage interiors avoid looking overly tweaked by keeping clutter to a minimum. Feel free to bring in pieces that family has passed on to you for this look.
- Furniture: The use of antique furniture is to create a vintage style that is reminiscent of the French countryside. Furnishings should evoke a soft feminity with distressing. Try shopping antique malls, antique shows, or even flea markets to find hidden treasures in this style.
- Color: Soft pastel colorings attribute to this sense of femininity and casual living for this look. Keep the colors muted will help create an old-world feeling.
- Shop this look at : Bellacor, Crate and Barrel, Wayfair, Overstock, Target, Ethan Allen, Layla Grace
- This style plays well with: Farmhouse, Transitional, Rustic, Coastal
Farmhouse Interior Design Style
- Design Element: Farmhouse decorating is warm, cozy, relaxing, and full of charm and character. That said, farmhouse style is surprisingly savvy. There needs to be a balance of old and new. It should be clean, stylish and warmhearted. And most importantly it needs to be in tune with nature.
- Furniture: Vintage furniture can be used with this style but should definitely not take over the entire house. Pair your new sofa with some vintage chairs. Try adding storage in a vintage style chest that is paired with a new bed. Cotton is a preferred fabric but doesn't be too picky as this style does well mixed up a bit. Simple patterns in stripes and plaids will add to the country feel of the style.
- Color: Instead of bright bold colors, the Farmhouse style colors should be soothing and be inviting. The color palette consists of sun-bleached, pastels, whites and light-toned neutrals. Deep, earth-based, colors in browns, reds, greens, and blues accent the palette.
- Shop this look at: Hayneedle, Magnolia Market, Layla Grace, Birch Lane, Pottery Barn, Pier 1
- This style plays well with: Shabby Chic, Rustic, Transitional, Industrial
Coastal Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: Sometimes referred to as nautical style. The coastal design style is aimed at capturing the beauty of the ocean and the essence of the homes there. The home in this style should be light and airy stay clear of any clutter that can inhibit this look. This is a great style for those of who are easy going.
- Furniture: Casual furnishing makes up this style from oversize armchairs and cushy sofas to distressed wooden coffee tables and woven wicker storage evokes a feeling of comfort. For upholstered pieces, choose linen, cotton, or denim. Slipcovers are seen frequently with this style.
- Color: Painted and weathered woods. Light-tone woods, with a coat of paint, are the trademark of coastal interiors. Try woods with a grayish tone or. whitewashing and pickling can give woods an aged, petrified appearance.
- Shop the look at: Pier 1, Pottery Barn, Ethan Allen, Hayneedle, Target, Furniture Crate
- This style plays well with: Shabby Chic, Farmhouse, Transitional, Contemporary
Historian Design Personality
Highly Complex |Determined |Motivated |Well Read
The Historian design style is for all of those who have an appreciation for the old aged material. This style celebrates vintage with a masculine feel. Details are defined through heavy metals, worn leathers, and strong woods.
Industrial Interior Design Style
- Design Elements: Industrial Style is all about exposed materials usually found in a warehouse. This style is featured in manufacturing buildings that were from the turn of the century. These old buildings are now being transformed into office space and apartments. Industrial style features the exposed use of steel, stone, and brick to bring a subtle but industrial feel to the room. This style brings a twist of a contemporary to a more rustic vintage style. Expect wide-open space with really high ceilings and open floor plans. This style works best when you use the natural characteristics of the area. Leave the walls open and don't fully cover them with photos to leave the exposed walls showing through of brick and steel.
- Furniture: Furniture should be kept to a minimum so the building structure can be seen. The furnishings should mimic the look of the structure with warm distressed woods and strong steel or metals complimenting the surroundings. Lines should be straight without nonsense. Fabrics should be sturdy and strong with a natural look. Try shopping for vintage items to complete this look at thrift stores, garage sales, and yard sales.
- Color: Begin with neutral colors in grey, white, and beige. Then add warm wood tones and black accents in metal or steel.
- Shop this look at: Zin Home, Kathy Kuo Home, Industrial Home, Wayfair, Joss and Main, Ballard Designs, World Market, Garage Sales, Flea Market, Antique Stores
- This style plays well with: Rustic, Transitional, Farmhouse, Traditional
Rustic Interior Design Style
- Design Elements: Rustic style is based on rugged natural beauty. Nature inspired textures, that are simple in nature that express organic warmth. While the style might appear to be traditional with its heavy appearance and dark tones, contemporary styles are now available that are light.
- Furniture: Think of furniture that mimics the outdoors woods in sand colors, walls in mud-colored browns with green accents that mimic the feel of the outdoors. These should express texture that is rough, shows distressing, or adds texture to space.
- Color: White walls provide an excellent “blank canvas” for you to work your rustic décor magic. White walls are bright, cheerful, and incredibly versatile in helping to create a fresh rustic feeling. Darker pieces will stand out as an accent against the lighter background adding interest to space.
- Shop this look at: Traditional, Rustic, Farmhouse, Shabby Chic
- This style plays well with: Traditional, Rustic, Farmhouse, Shabby Chic
Entertaining Design Personality
Elegant | Sensing | Mysterious | Complex
You want more more more out of life and your home. You enjoy the performing arts and are a fan of cinema. There are plenty of fancy details in this home that helps you to live the glamor and glitz. You want to bring on the drama with bold, geometric, patterns that make a statement and demand attention.
Mid-Century Modern Interior Design Style
- Design Elements: The Mid-Century modern movement in the U.S. was an American reflection of the International and Bauhaus movements. The style is characterized by clean simplicity and integration with nature. Function was as important as form in Mid-Century designs, with an emphasis placed specifically on targeting the needs of the average American family
- Furniture: As expected this style has an emphasis on simple. With clean lines, geometric shapes and asymmetry this style are absent of frills. Woods are usually demonstrated in teak and are great combined with natural elements such as marble tops. To make this style more current try adding in some whimsical pieces. Try mixing this style up contemporary and retro pieces.
- Color: Embrace the era of mustard, avocado, and tangerine with a '60s-inspired color scheme. Midcentury-style is all about showcasing quality pieces, so try keeping your walls white. Most importantly keep colors bright.
- Shop this look at: Candelabra, All Modern, Polyvore, Zin Home, Jonathan Adler, Target
- This style plays well with: Minimalist, Contemporary, Vintage, Glam
Hollywood Regency (Glam)Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: As the name implies, this style is all about glitz and glamour. Drawing from the golden age of film this style Hollywood Regency is characterized by personality, elegance and dramatic in design. These rooms typically have bold geometric patterns, wide stripes, and even Asian inspired prints. This style fits those who enjoy making a statement.
- Furniture: This style demonstrates low-lying furniture with lush fabrics and linens. Don't be afraid to let your fancy style show with this style. Try filling your home with mirror furniture, tufting, velvet, and antiques.
- Color: Should be of an elegant nature. With tones of gold and silver accentuated by pops of bold colors such as pinks, reds, and turquoise.
- Shop the look at: Glam Home Store, All Modern, Zgallerie, Neiman Marcus
- This style plays well with: Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian, Contemporary
Classical Design Personality
Noble | Ageless | Rigid | Charming | Upright
Classical Personality types respect timeless beauty. Someone with this style is a person with a rigid personality, that values his comfort but demands elegance. This is a style for those of us that are proud of our timeless roots. This person is usually of noble stature, usually interested in politics, history, and culture. The person of this style usually has a personality that is dictated by his stature and prefers order and elegance.
Traditional Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: The traditional style draws influence from English, French, and Mediterranean styles. The traditional style is all about attention to details, order, and consistency. The feel of the room should bring about calm and comfort.
- Furniture: Most traditional furnishings are reproductions or look-alikes of their more expensive pieces. There is a variety pattern used in this style including, stripes, floral, plaids, and solids. This style looks best when layered in a pattern. It is typical for furniture and accents to have coordinating pairs as this style loves symmetry.
- Color: For the color palette, a classic dark one will give the room some drama. Think about trying dark burgundy colors paired with rich olive tones or rich blues. For more of a French Country stick to the more muted tones
- Shop the look at: Birch Lane, Basset Furniture, Thomasville Furniture, Layla Grace
- This style plays well with: Transitional, Farmhouse, Rustic,
Adventurer Design Personality
Artistic | Colorful | Harmonious | Ethical | Cultural
This is the style that is made in heaven for those who are carefree and adventurous. With this style, variety is your vibe. Your displays are made up of layering of the collected items that tell a story. Just remember that conversations and guests are at the for the front of the gathering areas. This is a style where there are few rules and there is freedom of expression.
Bohemian Interior Design Style
- Defining Elements: The Bohemian design style is a messy artful look. This style builds on the modern mood but embraces the relaxed, unusual, and carefree environment. There are no set rules for decorating in the bohemian style. However, there are common things you will find in this style decor. Layering is very important with this style by the mixing of lots. of patterns
- Furniture: Bohemian furniture cannot usually be bought at just any store. The style dictates that the furniture must be second hand, vintage, or collected over time. Size and shape of the pieces are a bit more random than in other styles. Most pieces that you find will tell a story. There should be no two rooms alike in a bohemian style.
- Color: Think warm bold, and earthy, when styling boho. Colors should be jewel tones such as purple, red-orange, and bright blues. These bright colors work best when they are grounded by the warmer tones of terra cotta, browns, and golds. For metals try to bring in some metallics to a warm metal. Avoid the use of white with this style as it has no place here.
- Shop the look at: Antique Store, Flea Markets, Yard Sales, Pottery Barn, 2 Modern, K2 Modern, West Elm,
- This style plays well with: Traditional, Mid Century Modern, Scandinavian
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