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August 14, 2018
Talking about whether you’re an introvert or extrovert is kind of a thing right now. Articles on designing offices that work for both introverts and extroverts abound, but very little has been written about home layout. And yet having the right environment for your personality is even more important at home.

An extrovert’s house

If you have a house full of extroverts, you’re going to want to foster a feeling of openness. In an extroverted house, all spaces are social spaces. If your family is extroverted, take inspiration from loft spaces and gather all the seating in larger clusters.

For an extroverted living room, ditch the traditional square layout which feels more formal and restrained, and instead go for an L-shaped living room that (if possible) faces the dining area and kitchen. Sectional sofas create a more relaxed, casual atmosphere that encourages lounging and loitering. Opening it up to the cooking and eating areas will make it even easier for everyone to be a part of the action.

And even if you can’t create one big eating, dining, and lounging space, you can still create a haven for your extrovert family! You just have to get creative. For instance, if you have a larger, but closed-off kitchen, you can still make it a warm, social space by adding a sofa. A couch in the kitchen adds a lovely atmosphere to cooking or after-dinner cleanup time.

An introvert’s house

Introverts thrive on socializing in smaller groups. They also tend to need some alone time free of distractions. TVs and other obviously noisy activities should be relegated to rooms with doors in an introvert’s house.

To create a more introverted furniture arrangement, set up more intimate seating arrangements with — for instance — a couple of chairs facing each other here and there throughout the house. This encourages conversations between just a couple of people and discourages the hustle and bustle of those large groups, which tends to exhaust introverts.

Adding separations within rooms will make the spaces feel like completely different rooms. Even if your house has large, open spaces, you can create your own smaller rooms with separators, like these gorgeous windowed walls and glass doors. They keep a bright, airy feel while defining distinct spaces inside a large room.

A mixed house

This is where it can get tricky. If you have a house with a few introverts and a few extroverts (or even an ambivert who enjoys both styles) you’re going to want to mix it up with introvert as well as extrovert spaces.

 If you have a den or family room as well as a living room, you can make one the extrovert space and the other the introvert room. Even an extra bedroom can be turned into a introverted space. Call it the “library” or “study” to drive home that this is a quiet space. Many introverts are bookworms anyway, and will welcome a quiet space with a couple of comfy chairs and a lot of books to keep them company.

Think about the psychology when you’re decorating as well. We all know to be quiet when we walk into a library, and building on that automatic response, small studies have found that even pictures of libraries inspire people speak at a lower volume. Fill your introvert spaces with tranquil, peaceful art that gives off an air of quiet and calm.

Whatever style of living energizes you, explore home design blogs to get ideas on ways that you can make your home layout really work for you and your family. There are so many wonderful examples already out there that will inspire your inner extrovert, introvert, or ambivert!

What’s your style? Have you found a layout that’s ideal for your family members? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook. And if you’re looking for a new home, give us a ring! We’d love to help.