Everything from how you dress to what you order at Starbucks helps to define who you are, and that extends to decor, too. How we style our homes correlates to who we are and how we want others to perceive us, Lindsay Graham, a PhD in personality and social psychology, explained to .
Sometimes we're making these choices consciously, like picking a wild pattern that says, "hey, look at me!" Other times, we're not as aware.
Decorating with lots of blankets and throw pillows, for instance, may mean you desire to make everyone feel welcome in your space. But if your home is lacking sitting room for company, it could indicate that you prefer solitude to companionship, Graham notes. Or simply that you're still on an entry-level salary – we've all been there.
If you love design from the Victorian Period, one might argue that you want people to perceive you as sophisticated and elegant. While one who gravitates towards the Art Deco look would more likely be viewed as artsy or a deep thinker. And simple, clean design – like completely bare kitchen counters – could signify a type-A personality, and one who opts for appearance over functionality.
As interior designer Jane Lockhart told Buzz Buzz Home, there's always those who opt for the middle ground of two distinct styles. "I think that when people do designs that are very neutral, where it's not modern and it's not traditional," she said, "they're good peacemakers because they like a little bit of everything."
, an online shopping destination for eco-friendly design, has some . With its help, and in just four simple questions, you'll know if you're more of a contemporary modern or a late colonial kind of decorator.
Follow the brand's infographic below to find out which style you should be decorating in.