Know Your Interior Design Personality Type

Personalizing your Homes

Decorating a home can seem like a daunting task - and it is! It's the place we spend most of our time and where memories are created with loved ones. It becomes an extension of ourselves and every carefully selected piece tells a little something about our personality and way of life.

Let’s have a look at the more popular interior design styles and see what key traits are associated with them.


Scandinavian design is characterized by a minimal, clean approach that seeks to combine functionality with beauty. It promotes living well through luxurious simplicity- a simple home devoid of clutter and instead filled with quality, functional items. It makes use of bright, airy spaces, and focuses on creating a cozy atmosphere.

Colours: Neutral and monochromatic are commonly used in Scandinavian design – bright, warm whites with black and tan. Pops of color added as accents tie the room together, usually plush pinks, gray-blues, and colours rooted in nature like sage keeps the warm, relaxing aesthetic.

Living Room Design by ROCABU Designs

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Personality Traits: Outgoing, Cultural, Sophisticated

People who identify with this style of interior design are social beings and very friendly. They like to entertain and especially value their get-togethers with loved ones, which are their favourite form of spending free time. They are sophisticated individuals who are interested in culture and know the value of investing in high quality pieces.

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Modern Farmhouse

Farmhouse style is an interior design style that prioritizes practicality, simplicity, and rustic charm while embracing modern comforts, creating a look that feels both cozy and stylish. It’s about country chic, featuring a less planned and coordinated look, contrasting old with the new. The design style is similar to country style but less kitschy and retains a certain level of sophistication.

Colours: Simple and natural, including either warm or cool neutrals, layered with wood tones and metal accents.

Personality Traits: Creative, Grounded, Inspiring

This style is especially suited for down to earth people who like making everyone feel comfortable. They love a cozy, inviting space and enjoy adding a modern twist to traditional designs by mixing and matching pieces in a unique and interesting way.

Kitchen Design by ROCABU Designs

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Use a variety of textures to contrast with the neutral colour scheme and keep the design from looking flat.

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Resort / Tropical

Tropical interior design is all about comfort, relaxation and utility, and is eclectic by definition. This scheme can be developed through the purposeful mix of elements, making use of natural materials and colours inspired by nature. Think light and breezy curtains, plenty of natural light, bold and cheerful decor that give you that endless vacation feeling.

Colours: Blue tones from sea and sky, and various golden tones as inspired by sunset and sand. Greens from foliage and rainbow of colours inspired by flora complete the tropical colour scheme.

Personality Traits: Outdoorsy, Nature Lover, Artistic

This style suits someone who enjoys the ocean and the outdoors. They take comfort in a relaxed, casual atmosphere and seek solace in peaceful surroundings for thought and reflection. Artistic expressions like art or music feed their artistic tendencies.

Image by Decoist

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Dried plants, wood accessories and colourful pillows are great additions to a tropical decor.

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Industrial style marries sleek modernity and old world charm with an organic, lived in feel to create the perfect play of contrasts. It refers to frill and fuss-free no-nonsense decor that takes inspiration from the lofty look of warehouses, factories, and other industrial structures. The overall look is laid back, and it encourages the use of recycled or salvaged materials, making it an environmentally friendly approach to interior design.

Colours: Warm neutral colours are a favourite in this design style, especially whites and greys.

Personality Traits: Efficient, Practical, Sensible

This style is for people who value function and efficiency and are drawn to anything with unrefined, natural beauty. They’re not into anything flashy and decorative, but they have a flair for collecting unique things and an eye for artistic details.

Bedroom Design by ROCABU Designs

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Minimalist design is often interchanged with contemporary and modern styles. The main difference is minimalism is about prioritizing the essential. In this context, pretty much anything can be “minimalist” if the design focuses on efficiency. You will not find any patterns, knickknacks, or excessive ornamentation but instead items that highlight the simplicity of shape and form. Each and every piece of furniture and décor has a purpose.

Colour: Simple colour palettes like black, white and/or some shades of grey.

Personality Traits: Efficient, Analytical, Organized

Individuals who are not interested in having things just for the sake of having them favour minimalist design. They follow the mantra ‘less is more’ and prefer a streamlined yet beautiful setup. They have their life’s plan carefully mapped out and prefer a fuss free set up where they can keep everything organized.

Minimal Design by House Beautiful

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Clean lines and functional accessories in neutral colours are in keeping with the minimalist aesthetic.

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On the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the maximalist interior design. Maximalism is used to define an eclectic home that combines a chaotic array of colours, prints, and textures in a single space. Moving away from the usual combinations of neutrals, the best part about this type of décor is that there are no rules, colour palette nor theme to follow. It doesn’t necessarily mean a lot of stuff - think overly saturated and a kaleidoscope of design with strategically placed attention grabbing objects that blend well together.

Maximalist Design by MyDomaine


Colour: Striking, rich colours and colour blocking prominently feature in this design.

Personality Traits: Unconventional, Sentimental, Social

Maximalists embrace abundance and enjoy surrounding themselves with people, new experiences and keepsakes. They are often collectors and enjoy pieces of art that not are not simply beautiful and well made, but also hold meaning. They experience order within chaos and find it exciting and motivating.

Accessories with bold textures and bright colours go very well with a maximalist interior style.


We all have a vision of how we want our homes to look, sometimes we based it with our personalities, and it is very exciting to be able to create a space suited to your preferences. Hiring an interior designer to realize this vision is of course the best case scenario and definitely well worth the investment in achieving your dream home. They can give you advice on possible pitfalls of design and recommendations based on their professional expertise.

If budget limitations don’t allow working with a professional, you can still achieve your preferred design by careful selection of key pieces for your home. Take the time to consider what purpose each space is supposed to have, and ultimately, you’ll find that it is no coincidence that whatever colour scheme and furnishings you pick not only look good, they also make you feel good - that’s your personality defining your home decor!

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