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What Your Enneagram Type Says About Your Interior Design Style

You’ve probably heard about the Enneagram personality test from social media or co-workers and friends. It’s a trend that’s gained quite a following and there’s plenty of good reasons! Since the Enneagram is broken into nine distinct personality types you can think of it as a modern version of astrology. Even if you’re not a believer, it’s still fun to find out your type and share it with friends.

Not only is the Enneagram test used for determining how you perceive your environment, it also has tons of real-world applications. For starters, all kinds of companies use it to help to manage their business. It’s also a lot of fun! Plus if you really get into it, there’s a whole world of interesting podcasts (Do It For The Gram: An Enneagram Podcast) and Instagram accounts (@enneagramandcoffee) that can give you even more content.

Of course, our favorite application of the Enneagram is determining your unique style and putting it to good use in your home decor! Read on see our take on how each Enneagram type should refresh their home for spring.

1. The Reformer

The Rational, Idealistic Type: Principled, Purposeful, Self-Controlled, and Perfectionistic

Your Style: Classic, organized, symmetrical

Type 1 Style Tips:

The Reformer is a  perfectionist who needs their space to feel polished and put together. They’ll be happiest in clean-lined spaces with a Classic vibe and restrained styling. Craving order, this personality type begs for formal symmetry in their layout to keep visual balance. Their space should have ample storage to ensure an organized, tidy day to day, keeping clutter at bay.  The Reformer will benefit from using neutral color palettes to create a serene space that they will love.

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2. The Helper

The Caring, Interpersonal Type: Demonstrative, Generous, People-Pleasing, and Possessive

Your Style: Welcoming, warm, comfortable

Type 2 Style Tips:

The generous and people-pleasing Helper thrives in spaces that are designed to welcome and entertain guests in a comfortable manner. They gravitate towards warm and cozy styles that offer stability: for example, they love a mix of traditional and modern pieces that meet everyone’s taste. An Enneagram Type 2 delights in Modern Farmhouse spaces that are approachable yet fresh and contemporary. Their best color palettes are black and white, as these warm tones will provide maximum comfort for guests.

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3. The Archiver

The Success-Oriented, Pragmatic Type: Adaptive, Excelling, Driven, and Image-Conscious

Your Style: On trend, splurge pieces, pulled-together

Type 3 Style Tips:

The Achiever loves to excel in all things, interior design is no exception. They love on-trend spaces that reflect their high-level tastes. Stylistically, an Achiever gravitates towards a timely style like Organic Modernism, which is oh-so-cool. The look is pulled together and effortlessly chic, and usually includes a few splurge pieces, that The Achiever loves. While the Achiever is drawn towards trending styles, they’re also likely to try trends that have some sort of cultural collateral such as , to reinforce their style prowess.

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4. The Individualist

The Sensitive, Withdrawn Type: Expressive, Dramatic, Self-Absorbed, and Temperamental

Your Style: Eclectic, personalized, colorful

Type 4 Style Tips:

It’s all in the name with this one: The Individualist needs a space that stands out as much as they do. They need a home to showcase their self-expression. That means their style is less driven by current trends than by what they love. For type 4’s displaying eclectic wall art and collected feeling decorative objects is a must. Having a love of the dramatic, the Individualist is drawn towards bright colors, bold patterns, and layered styles.

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5. The Investigator

The Intense, Cerebral Type: Perceptive, Innovative, Secretive, and Isolated

Your style: Mid-century Minimalist, iconic design pieces, cool

Type 5 Style Direction:

The Investigator is an intense thinker who enjoys their space. They enjoy an environment that stimulates their active mind, filled with iconic design pieces, making a cozy escape from the world. Type 5 is happiest surrounded by bold architectural pieces so loves Mid-century minimal styles. The Eames lounge chair in this design is the perfect piece for them to relax and contemplate. The Investigator’s chosen color palette is reserved and stems from the natural treatment of materials such as leather, wood, and metals.

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6. The Loyalist

The Committed, Security-Oriented Type: Engaging, Responsible, Anxious, and Suspicious

Your Style: Traditional, leather, wood-tones, safe choices

Type 6 Style Tips:

The Loyalist craves security in their environment.  They can tap into that need by making a space that feels comfortable and protected. As such they prefer more traditional styles and steer away from trends. Type 6 enjoys Classic American design known for honest craftsmanship and quality materials. Solid wood and natural materials provide comfort to Loyalists and enhance their space with quality craftsmanship. Traditional palettes such as navy blue, crimson, and the warm tones of natural wood and leather suit the Loyalist best.

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7. The Enthusiast

The Busy, Fun-Loving Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Distractible, and Scattered

Your Style: Minimalist Maximalist, bold, visually stimulating, a touch of glam

Type 7 Style Tips:

The Enthusiast is a fun lover. They love a space that reflects their spontaneous, out-of-the-box vibe and provides plenty of visual stimulation. Type 7  does well in a high-drama space and enjoys styles that surprise and create visual excitement. They thrive in a Minimalist Maximalist design where bold pieces are offset by iconic minimalist shapes. Their color palette should be high contrast either black and white or a few bold pops of color incorporated in art, decor, or a statement piece.

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8. The Challenger

The Powerful, Dominating Type: Self-Confident, Decisive, Willful, and Confrontational

Your Style: Glam and high drama, exudes self-confidence, saturated colors

Type 8 Style Tips:

The Challenger is a person who really knows who they are can embrace life’s little contradictions. This type enjoys a space that reflects their confidence and their ability to embrace conflict. Type 8 thrives in Glam spaces; this style beautifully combines classic touches and luxurious textures and material. Type 9 also welcomes bold colors to match their personality. The end result is a space that is beautifully decisive, dramatic, and delightfully on-trend. It exudes this type’s self-confidence.

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9. The Peace Maker

The Easygoing, Self-Effacing Type: Receptive, Reassuring, Agreeable

Your Style: Mid-century Transitional, comfortable furnishings, serene colors

Type 9 Style Tips:

The Peacemaker wants a space that reflects their welcoming temperament. As a personality that seeks to make all feel at ease, their space would do the same. This type shies away from trends or polarizing styles preferring spaces that are transitional in nature with a slight mid-century edge. The gravitation towards mid-century transitional design allows for a more comfortable space that anyone can enjoy. Type 9’s design aesthetic also incorporates soft and serene color palettes to further create a safe space for their family and friends.

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Global Style – 1 Room, 5 Cities, 5 Design Styles

design styles – MoroccoWhere in the world are you dreaming about traveling? France, Iceland, Morocco, Portugal or Sweden? While a life-changing, intercontinental move may be out of reach, we’re always up for clever ways to bring the vacation vibes to us.

While daydreaming about some travel hot-spots, we decided to try and recreate the look and feel of each city in our own apartments, without setting foot on a plane.

From the minimal but cozy feel of Iceland, to Portugal’s oceanic color palette and tile work, we created 5 different design styles, based on 5 beautiful cities and tips for anyone who wants to achieve the look.

The City: Cascais, Portugal

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The Style: Rustic Traveler

Cascais is a beautiful coastal resort town west of Lisbon, which is known for its historic landmarks and gorgeous beaches. We designed this room around a color palette that reflects the ocean and Cascais’ sunny weather. True to the Modsy Rustic Traveler style, the room is full of pieces that feel special and collected, maybe even passed down for generations.design styles – Portugal

How to get the style

Start by layering lots of patterns in sunny yellows and bright blues. Next, look to natural materials, which bring this style to life. Note how the rattan chairs and daybed add texture, especially when paired with soothing pops of color.

Don’t be afraid to mix up textures – this look is about a casual mix of eclectic pieces. Warm leather tones blend beautifully with rich velvets. You can even take decor inspiration from the sea by using collected seashells and ocean themed art.

Must-have pieces

The Avalon Daybed from Serena & Lily is very special piece – a perfect place for napping in the warm sun. You can dream about a trip to Portugal, even if you live far from it. We also love the Ikat Ottoman from Wisteria. It adds vibrancy and comfort to the space, while the colors evoke the palette of gorgeous Portuguese tile work.

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The City: Paris, France

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The Style: Chic Collector

A city centered around fashion and the arts, Paris exudes a sense of luxury and glamour. We incorporated these chic elements into the space by pairing rich velvets with marble and brass finishes. A beautiful glass chandelier and statement art create a sense of opulence.

Who lives here? Probably a stylish curator, immersed in Parisian culture with a taste for the finer things. Someone who enjoys collecting interesting pieces over time, inspired by their love for design.

design styles – ParisHow to get the style

The key to recreating this look is layering colors, patterns and textures. Royal blue and teal are offset by lighter pastels and colorfully patterned rugs. Look for white marble pieces that are  balanced with brass finishes to bring warmth to the space.

Velvet and tasseled decorative accent pillows introduce an eclectic, curated feel to the space, rendering it more personal and vibrant.

Must have pieces

The Robey Curved Sofa from CB2 is the perfect statement piece for a living room. The Waterfall Arched Chandelier and Gold Movement Wall Art from Anthropologie are also great pieces that add a sense of glam to any home. Tres chic!

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The City: Stockholm, Sweden

design styles – StockholmThe Style: Mod Enthusiast

Calling all Mid Century Modern aficionados! We know your love of Scandinavian design will pull you right into our Stockholm apartment.

This design is for a person who lives a minimalist lifestyle and is drawn toward spaces that feel open and completely functional.

We’ve left most of the flooring bare to highlight the beautiful detail of this particular studio apartment. Color has been added in very specific pops – giving a nod to the fact that this person is most likely a curator of their own home and is precise with every detail.

design styles – StockholmHow to get the style

Start with a neutral base color palette with pieces such as a neutral sofa and rug. Then, bring in a statement Mid-Century form chair and sculptural coffee table to create a bit of intrigue.

Must have pieces

The Noguchi Coffee Table is a real winner in this space. It helps to anchor the room, providing a true Mid Century statement to set the tone. A close second is the pierre-jeanneret chair which is paired with its matching desk for a great work station just off of the living area.

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The City: Marrakesh, Morocco

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The Style: Mod Collector

This Moroccan inspired studio is all about texture. The rug exudes warmth with its comfortable, soft texture. We’ve paired it with an informal seating area of poufs and floor pillows.

Morocco brings elements of casual comfort into the interior space so you’ll see less formal seating and dining areas and instead more comfort-forward pieces such as plush pillows and throws. We’ve also brought in a daybed to function both as a sofa and main sleeping area.

design styles – MoroccoHow to get the style

Creating this look in your own home is easy and fun! Pick a corner and transform it into a comfortable reading nook with floor pillows, drop pendant lights, and plenty of candles and cozy pillows and blankets. Use a tray instead of a formal table for your cup of tea.

Oh, and have tons of fun with color! This style is about mixing different colors, patterns, and textures together with ease.

Must have pieces

The Diamondback Rug is one of our favorites. It’s handmade and so beautiful. It pairs with this style well because of its pattern and texture, however can really work across different style preferences if you decide Morocco is no longer your city style.

The Carved Wood Media Console is a statement that has a carved detailing on its doors. The wood stain adds a touch of warmth to the space without feeling too heavy.

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The City: Reykjavik, Iceland

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The Style: Modern Rustic

Reykjavik is a design lover’s delight, packed with edgy, modern aesthetics and functional, cozy elements to withstand the harsh climate. The city’s interiors often feel like retreats from the intense weather.

You won’t see massive homes with wasted space here, instead you find smaller, functional layouts that are shared by young couples or even a small family. This design is perfect for lovers of Modsy’s Modern Rustic style where minimalism is key, and lighter pieces get dressed up in rustic finishes and textures.

design styles – IcelandHow to get the style

This style is all about a balanced, moody color palette and cozy textures like leather, sheepskin, and wicker. We pulled inspiration from the North Atlantic ocean, glacier lagoons, volcanic rock formations and black-sand beaches for this city space. A surprise element like copper or brass adds a modern touch.

Choose foundational pieces that are more on the minimalist side, which you’ll see in the shape of the sofa, but opt for a slipcover, which creates a clean yet homey aesthetic.

A good amount of decor like candles, baskets, pillows, and unique lighting adds warmth. Bring the beautiful elements of the outdoors inside and dress them up with the coziest blanket you have.

Must have pieces

We love the Cedeno Wood Entry Way Bench from Birch Lane. It offers additional seating when entertaining but it doesn’t feel heavy or take up a lot of space. It has the charm and warmth of a rustic piece with all of the conveniences of minimalism!

The Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland Print from Crate & Barrel is an ode to the natural wonders of the country. The soft blues and greens add some color amongst the black and white palette. The Blaire Antique Brass Desk Lamp, also from Crate & Barrel is a fun piece that almost mimics a candelabra, a perfect example of traditional and modern meeting in the middle.

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