If you're into pop psychology, you've likely heard of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), a questionnaire designed to help you understand your personality type better. Inspired by a conceptual theory proposed by Carl Jung, though not devised by the late Swiss psychiatrist, the MBTI system is based on the idea that human experience is governed by four principal psychological functions: sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking. Once you figure out your personality type (there are 16 possibilities) through taking the test, it's fun to learn more about how your type perceives the world, and how they might behave in certain situations. Below, our expert tells you how to decorate your home, based on the defining traits attached to your type.
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You tend to live life carefree and enthusiastically, so styling your home with bohemian decor is a perfect fit for you! Bohemian styles are mostly known for using rich patterns and vibrant colors, and even attempt to make the decor look a little “messy,” which you can appreciate as someone who enjoys living life boldly and slightly chaotically. There are endless potential combinations with boho style, so you can find something that truly fits your personality. It’s also easy to rearrange and mix things up when you need a change.
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INFP: Shabby Chic
You are a gentle, caring soul who comes off as a little reserved at first until people truly get to know you. You gravitate toward soft things and daydreamy aesthetics, so a shabby chic style home is ideal. Shabby chic tends to focus mostly on white or pastel shades that make the rooms feel open and bright, which resonates well with your desire to welcome people in and get to know them better. Vintage furnishings and distressed patterns help make up this style too, which line up well with your old soul vibe.
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You’re excitable, love a challenge, and are known to break some rules to be your most authentic self. This makes an eclectic style easy for you to pull off. Eclectic decor is well-known for incorporating contrasting elements throughout each room to make a statement, while still creating a cohesive style. But there is a fine line between achieving an eclectic style and haphazardly throwing different styles together in a room. However, with your tendency to live life a touch chaotically and your ability to thrive in an ever-changing environment, you can tackle the challenge of achieving this look.
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You’re a creative thinker, easy-going, and decisive, so a style such as Bauhaus could be a great option. Bauhaus has an emphasis on combining art and technology, keeping things simple, and prioritizing function before aesthetic. You may be a deep thinker, but you have a true appreciation for being creative and bringing those aspects to life. A space designed with Bauhaus features will give you a relaxing home to return to that allows you to exercise your creative side.Continue to 5 of 16 below.
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If you're an ESFJ, traditional style is right up your alley; it incorporates sophisticated aspects and intricate details that are incredibly visually pleasing and inviting. It caters to all that you love: being social and getting everyone together, and anything with a classic vibe to it. This style will allow you to show off your penchant for classic art and focal pieces as well as create a welcoming environment for the countless guests you’ll want to bring into your home.
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While most people might assume you’re more reserved, you have a strong desire to form deep and intimate connections with people you trust. At the same time, you also long for a place where you can retreat to when you need to be alone. This makes a transitional-style home a great fit for you. Transitional styles tend to be easily confused with contemporary ones; however, this style easily flows between current styles and ones from the past. The open layout typically found in transitional homes allows you to live unrestricted. A house decorated and styled this way enables conversation and connection. It will be easy to make it feel like a haven for you and a welcoming home for guests.
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A modern style home is a great place for an ESTJ. You’re a no-nonsense type of person and you like your environment to be structured and organized. This style is defined by its lack of chaos and clutter; it focuses on the more essential aspects of the home rather than trying to crowd it with accessories. Therefore, this is a perfect match. Modern homes provide a very sleek and simple atmosphere, which is exactly how you like it.
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You prefer to keep things simple and straight-forward, and there’s nothing wrong with that! You like having a space that reflects organization, and you value having a well-organized space over rooms attempting to do too much at once. A minimalist style will fit you to a T, as it creates a fuss-free set up that allows you to keep things in line and put together.Continue to 9 of 16 below.
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ENFJ: Cottage Style
You’re a warm and open person who enjoys making people feel comfortable, so it’s no surprise you would want your home to do the same. A cottage style house would be a great option for someone like you. The combination of light colors, vintage accessories, and a focus on using natural light help make the rooms feel very inviting and almost effortless. This is similar to the way many people know you to be.
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A postmodern decor would complement your personality nicely as you're creative, idealistic, and very intentional in your choices. This style is known to be slightly unconventional and strives to use a variety of textures and patterns to bring the room to life. You come off as reserved, but you love to flex your creative muscles, and this style can allow you to take the rich vibrancy of your inner world and allow it to become tangible. Postmodernism gives you the chance to take the best parts of other styles and make it your own.
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You’re spontaneous, lively, and enjoy being flexible with your life, so retro styles would be fun for you to try in your home. This style is most noted for its bold colors, large patterns, and unique vintage flair accessories. Many retro rooms feel exciting and unconventional, which is how people tend to feel when they’re around you. You aren’t afraid to take on a challenge, and you want a space that doesn’t reflect boredom or stagnancy, so this style will truly allow you to capture the vibe you’re going for.
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ISTP: Mid-Century Modern
You’re individualistic, uncomplicated, and have a striking creative streak to you, so something like a mid-century modern style could be just what you’re looking for. You enjoy being hands-on and engaging your more adventurous side. This specific style is known to emphasize bold choices while focusing on furniture/aspects that are known to be versatile yet functional. You don’t want to follow a traditional path, and this style will let you put a unique spin on the room without being too flashy.Continue to 13 of 16 below.
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ESFP: Hollywood Glam
You’re bold, stylish, and have a bit of a dramatic side, so pulling off a Hollywood glam style would be effortless for you! Hollywood glam emphasizes statement pieces and toying with the idea of elegant, over-the-top accents and focal points. This aligns with your personality and ability to command attention whenever you’re in a room. While this style could feel overwhelming for some people, you will have no issue letting yourself shine through your decor.
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ISFP: Art Deco
You’re unconventional, artistic, and love surprising others (and yourself) with your creativity. What would suit you best? An Art Deco home. This style is often characterized by its graphic prints (think: animal or geometric), sleek and sharp lines, and a quirky atmosphere. It doesn’t play by the rules, yet it still manages to look put together and elegant, which sums up the way people feel about you.
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An industrial style home is a great option for the practical, straight-forward ways of an ENTJ. Though you'd be hesitant at the thought of a style that can often look “unfinished,” you’ll see that there’s a focus on furniture and accessories that are functional and efficient. These aspects are far more important than being flashy and decorative. You radiate a no-nonsense vibe—something an industrial style also does incredibly well.
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Decking your home out in steampunk style may catch you off guard at first, but as someone who's strategic and appreciates old and new styles, it could be a wonderful fit. Steampunk is best known for its incorporation of exposed brick, industrial furniture, and unique accessories (think: gears, globes, and old maps), which give off an intelligent, worldly vibe. Considering it’s one of the lesser-known categories, it brings out your side compared to the styles of others around you.
Lacey Ramburger is a freelance writer based in Owensboro, KY. She is the author of a poetry book, Being Whole, and dozens of articles. Her areas of expertise include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), relationships, and astrology.