Color plays a huge role in shaping the energy of a room, which is why it’s one of the first things we often consider when decorating a home. And while there’s plenty of material out there about what tricks to use when identifying compatible color schemes (primary versus secondary, dark versus light), sometimes we think, There has to be a simpler way. A humble, if borderline flippant, suggestion is to choose a color palette that draws upon your personality. By letting your charisma guide your home décor choices (i.e., what your gut tells you), you’re guaranteed to feel comfortable.
We’ve sourced five rooms with great use of color that each communicate different personalities, from the relaxed introvert to the playful, upbeat entertainer. If you’re anything like us, chances are you’re a mixed bag of the five personalities below, so let your most prominent tendencies lead you to the right choice.
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Does the phrase “calm down” sound foreign to you? That’s probably because you exude a relaxed vibe, given your understated and refined demeanor. To reflect those qualities in your home, pick a cool tone to anchor the room, like a deep turquoise or a pistachio green, and then stick with worn wooden pieces to avoid a dressed-up aesthetic. Now for the fun part… Call upon your undercover spunk by incorporating subtle metallic accents in the form of decorative pieces.
If you think minimalism is a snooze and love to entertain guests at your home (and therefore need to keep things organized and ready to go), grab a jersey and join team maximalism. Sometimes, when done thoughtfully, every color can go together. To make sure your wild abandon is tempered with careful curation, try pairing warm tones of caramel and cinnamon vis-à-vis leather touches with more colorful, metallic accents.
Have you developed a reputation as a spirited leader who lights up a room? If you command attention, make sure your room does the same. Opt for a bright and bold combination of fire-engine red paired with chocolate brown and accented with navy. The intensity of red is stabilized by the warmth of the brown and the tranquility of the blue. Set against the backdrop of black and crisp whites, it’ll all come together perfectly.
You’re a caretaker at heart (which is made of gold, of course), so why not fully commit to your softer side by decorating with rose-gold details and blush pink? Since you probably already have photos of your loved ones splayed across the home, consider picture frames a chance to get playful with textures, brass, and various pastels. To make sure that the room doesn’t get washed out, include a contrasting tone. A dark purple will add more depth and a moody vibe, while a sunny yellow and mint green will freshen things up.
Your wardrobe is all about dramatic black staples, Posh Spice is your spirit animal, and you don’t need the excuse of a special occasion to indulge in gastronomic delicacies—in other words, you’re fancy… but in an “I just threw this on” kind of way. If this sounds familiar, you’ve met your color-scheme match. You should stick within a realm of neutral hues and then pack a punch with sharp shades of black contrasted with high-shine metals. Incorporate rich fabrics that don’t overwhelm the eye with wild colors.
Do you have any more ideas about how to use color based upon your personality? Let us know!