Personality can be expressed in different ways. A sharp suit can display power, tattoos can exude your creativity, and wearing Lululemons while sipping on a Starbucks Pumpkin Spiced Latte almost always shows off your basic-ness. Your home and the way you decorate it is no exception. While you don’t think the colors you paint your walls or the type of sofa you buy reflect on who you are as a person, they totally do.
The living room is often the most central part of someone’s home. It’s a communal space for entertaining, hanging out, watching TV (unless you’re one of those people who don’t believe in TV’s… I don’t get you people) and relaxing. Because it’s the most visible part of your home, it’s important to know that the way it’s decorated often leads people to making certain assumptions about you as a person. The following are 7 ways your living room reflects your personality.
As is the case with almost anything, color choice says a whole lot about you. You can bet that the woman wearing the red and black lace wedding dress probably isn’t the same type of person as the girl wearing the classic white one. Similarly, the color palette you choose for your living room (including your walls, flooring and furniture) can say many things.
Primarily dark colors show off a more edgy or self-assured side. If your living room palette lies anywhere in the darker area of the color wheel, you’re probably a bolder and more forward person than someone who primarily uses soft creams or pastels.
Light-colored carpets, walls and furniture should be reserved for the more sophisticated (and less clumsy) among us. Spilling red wine on your just-delivered white suede sofa is a life lesson you’ll likely never forget (at least I won’t).
There's Nothing Worse Than a Stained Sofa
Choosing the following colors for your living room can indicate certain personality traits:
Using patterns also give off a pretty accurate picture of who you are. The 35 year-old guy with the solar system printed wallpaper probably isn’t someone you want to get involved with (not romantically, anyways), and if he has a zebra printed couch, it’s a pretty sure bet he’s not straight.
Classic pinstripes, on the other hand, almost always give off an air of class and pretty much tells people you have your life together. In my opinion, poor décor choices means poor life choices, and I don’t want to be friends with someone who makes poor life choices. Do you? Choose wisely.
I know- this seems excessive. But let’s work it out together here. You walk into someone’s living room and they have one of those La-Z-Boy couches with the built-in fridge in the armrest. At first you think, “Cool, this person likes cold beverages”.
But upon further reflection, it dawns on you that this person paid extra for a bulky piece of furniture that doubles as a kitchen appliance. What’s next? A coffee table that can also heat soup? It’s all about convenience right? No. Un-friend this person immediately.
Sometimes Furniture Can be Too Practical
While that’s an extreme example, there are more subtle furniture choices that may inadvertently be showing off your personality. You can tell where someone’s priorities lay with the seating their room offers. Ample, comfortable seating says that you’re used to having people over and likes to entertain and hang out.
Contrastingly, you have the sparse, posh furniture that looks too nice for your butt to be touching. Those types of living rooms are more for tea parties and for people who wear their heels in the house. The key is to find a nice balance between beauty and practicality. There’s a pretty strong linear correlation between a balanced living room and a balanced human being. Science.
Art is one of the more expressive forms of décor. Whether it’s paintings, photos or sculptures, the art you choose for your living room can tell people you’re anything from a straight-edged, law-abiding citizen to a crazy sadistic sociopath (or something in between, I guess).
There are the cookie cutter floral or landscape paintings that you can get at Ikea for 19.99$ and then there’s the avant-garde conversation pieces that may or may not be suitable for children. The art you choose can tell people you’re fun, eccentric, morose, well traveled, funky, silly, serious, etc…
A Picture Really Is Worth a Thousand Words
While someone who is more extroverted and thrives on being different may prefer a more shocking or controversial piece of art, an introvert who prefers going with the flow may decorate with art that is generally appealing to everyone.
A room full of family photos versus a room stripped of all things personal expresses your level of sentimentality, for example. If a guy has more pictures up of his cat Timothy than of his family, you might want to assume Timothy will always come before you on the priority list. At least you caught it early.
Someone who’s room’s focal point is a tasteful coffee table (complete with tasteful coffee table book) has different priorities than someone who’s room’s focal point is a wooden train set. My friend once dated someone who’s living room was overtaken by a miniature town he crafted on his own (including miniature post office and airport). That was the first and last date. True story.
If the room is primarily being used for entertaining, make sure to have ample seating and table space (for drinks and food). If the space is more for relaxing and maybe reading a book, the focal point might be a fireplace or beautiful chair. No matter what the room’s use is, be sure to decorate to properly reflect this. If you didn’t want glass rings on your tiny town set maybe you should have a table, Mark (actual name).
Just like properly chosen jewelry can make an outfit, décor accessories can make a room. What you choose to fill your room with often reflect your interests and what’s important to you. Contrastingly, however, just like those clear plastic bra straps worn with a tube top, accessories can also ruin a space.
If family and friends are especially important to you, you may want to reflect this with beautiful picture frames or printed canvas art of them on your walls. If you’re passionate about something like travel, you may want to have souvenirs from your trips to remind you of your adventures (think more African drum and less Vegas shot glasses, though). A well-placed Indian tapestry, while busy looking in a cluttered room, can add just the right amount of color and texture to a more basic and plain room.
Besides the big pieces like furniture, electronics and flooring, accessories should serve as a finishing touch to your space rather than a canvas you kind of just throw paint on. While less is not always more, sometimes, it really is. Too many little knick-knacks can create clutter and can make the room more stuffy than it really is.
Again, this seems excessive. But having a shaggy, worn, old rug may be an indicator of other things that are shaggy, worn and old (insert sexual joke here). While you may not think that the flooring and what you put on the floor is as important as what you put on your walls, that couldn’t be less true.
Walking into a room where the carpet or rugs are riddled with stains tells you several things. Firstly, the owner of this room doesn’t really care how dirty you think they are. Being loud and proud is a good rule of thumb, but not when it comes to filthiness. Secondly, having a clean home (and replacing said rug) is pretty low on their priority list. And thirdly, they’re inability to keep their carpets clean may be a warning that they can’t keep other things clean (again, insert sexual joke here).
If your rugs or carpets are old or you find it impossible to keep them free of spills and stains, stick to wood or ceramic floors. But whatever you do, DO NOT buy a rug to cover another rug. Don’t.
Regardless of what your personality or style is, comfort goes a long way. A room designed to be properly lived in means you value your (and others’) comfort. Cleanliness, lighting, space to move around and overall appeal show that you’re put together. And even if you’re really a hot mess, being able to keep a living space proper shows respect for yourself and for others.
No matter who you are, if you wear smelly, awful, gross shoes, people are going to think you’re smelly, awful and gross. Fair or not, the same goes with your home and living room. You absolutely will be judged.
Décor Doesn't Have to be Stuffy to be Chic
Yes, you should always decorate for yourself and for your own tastes. But it’s important to be aware that your living room décor reflects who you are and tells people a story before even needing to speak to you. So before you buy that fridge-sofa, ask yourself “Do I really need beers in my armrest?” If the answer is yes, go wild. Buy TWO fridge sofas!
But if not, pick something a little less frat student and a little more balanced adult. Sure, you’re not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let’s be honest, how often is the cover reflective of the books content? Pretty often. So unless you want to completely throw people off for fun with something like a room full of Queen Elizabeth paraphernalia, decorate your room as a reflection of yourself. What does your living room says about you?