Who are you (for real)? Your favourite style of rugs (and interiors) and what they say about you.
Style and decor are always a genuine expression of your personality. Even when it is “just” choosing a rug!
Have you ever thought about why you are drawn to certain home decor styles?
We all know that the things we like reflect our personality, but we don’t often analyse more deeply the reasons why.
Everyone has their own unique sense of style - and that extends to their home decor preferences. If you take a close look at someone's home, you can usually get a pretty good idea of what their personality is like. For example, someone with a minimalist aesthetic is likely to be organised and disciplined, while someone with a more whimsical approach is probably creative and spontaneous. Of course, there are endless variations on these themes, but in this Rugs Express blog article, we’d like to go through a few common interior design styles and what they say about your personality (which might help you to pick the right rug with more awareness and decisiveness).
I have always been drawn to interior design because it is such a personality-driven job. Even if you have decorated your home by replicating a picture taken from House & Garden, well, the choice of that picture is still originally yours. That’s because we are drawn to things that express who we are - even if just one trait of the multiples that our personality carries.
I love seeing how homes reflect the unique taste of their owners, and I love it, even more, when those homes are unafraid to take risks. Sometimes, we feel shy about expressing our preferences. Especially in public or in the work environment. However, at home, we all feel safe (or we should, at least) and therefore it is easier to make choices about what feels like “us”. Nobody wants to go home and feel like it doesn’t resemble who we are at all.
It is not a conscious process, of course - it is just natural to decorate our personal space in a way that mirrors how we feel (or how we want to feel).
Except, at times, we are not sure about who we are. And that is why, occasionally, we feel like making bold statements or going through big changes: such as a drastic haircut or a home renovation (on this note, what if you feel like rearranging your furniture?). Because we sense we are somehow evolving and therefore we should explore the change further by changing the outside too. It’s almost a cathartic journey of self-discovery, isn't it?
And that is precisely why it is important to listen to our instinct when we choose one item over another. Choosing an ethereal minimalist rug over a warm-coloured Persian, for instance, may signify your unique perspective in life - or even be a signal of an internal need you aren’t meeting. And even when we are “just” rug shopping, which might appear frivolous and unimportant to some husbands, it is a relevant act of self-expression that deserve dignity and attention (you can borrow this when you get accused to be a shopaholic! Only joking).
Ultimately, only you know why you are drawn to a certain aesthetic and what it deeply means to you. However, after long research, we at Rugs Express, are ready to share ideas with you to help you find some inspiration whenever you are in doubt!
After all, your interiors should be a reflection of you, not a mere display piece for visitors. And wouldn’t be nice to feel there is a form of coherence both within you and your home? So if you're thinking about adding some personality to your home, and a rug that really speaks about you and only you, don't be afraid to take some risks. After reading these suggestions, we hope you’ll feel like choosing a rug is not only a duty, it is fun and healthy introspection!
If you're drawn to sleek, modern furnishings, you're probably a practical person who values simplicity and efficiency. You're likely to be organised and level-headed, with a no-nonsense approach to life. On the other hand, if you prefer a more traditional style, you might be more conservative in your views and prefer a slower pace of life. People who favour an eclectic mix of furniture and decorations are often creative types who enjoy mixing things up and thinking outside the box. And if you go for boho-chic or bohemian style, chances are you're a free spirit who loves adventure and isn't afraid to defy convention.
If you find these associations interesting, go on, keep reading :)
What about home decor elements, such as rugs, that speak about your personality?
We’ve mentioned how your home is a reflection of your personality (or at least it should, as a personal space). And while there are “pre-selected” interior design styles to choose from, that are designed by others and not you personally, it’s often the case that you are drawn to certain styles because you see yourself reflected in the key elements of that particular style.
For example, someone who is attracted to the mid-century modern style might appreciate the clean lines and minimalism of that aesthetic, traits that also happen to be indicative of a decisive, practical and straightforward personality, who likes to say what is thinking without circumlocution. On the other hand, someone with a more dreamy, adventurous personality might be drawn to a free-flowing and eclectic style that allows them to express their openness. If you are an introvert, however, having a cozy home, with an earthy and nurturing neutral colour palette and comfortable natural fabrics, such as linen and wool, might be essential to you to create an environment where you can relax and recharge.
Of course, there are endless possibilities when it comes to interior design, but the principle is that there is always a meaningful relation between appearance and substance. And it is always worth discovering more about it.
So next time you ask yourself the question: “Do I like this rug?” remember it is not silly. It is like a trampoline for a soul-searching dive.
What are your thoughts on minimalism and why do you like it or not like it?
Minimalism is such a popular trend these days. It is appealing to those who long for simplicity and order. And there's no denying that a well-organized room can be a thing of beauty. But minimalism is more than tidiness: is about experiencing essentiality and fleeing the superfluous. Monochromatic colour palettes, clean lines, geometrical shapes and natural material are not only pretty but help to avoid distraction - and sometimes even emotions.
A minimalist space feels calm and uncluttered, which is exactly what many of us need at the end of a long day of work (perhaps after an hour of feeling like a sardine in the traffic). However, people who embrace minimalist home decor are often independent, self-sufficient, and thrive in the organisation (in fact, they are so well organised that they find time to organise others too!). They're often good at making decisions and stick to them once they're made. They're also usually comfortable with change and can adapt to new situations easily. In other words, minimalists are the type of people who don’t need much material grounding as they are self-grounded enough. However, on the dark side (and there is a dark side for everyone, don’t you worry) they tend to bit hyped on control. And not comfortable following others’ lead.
“So if I want to buy a minimalistic rug, am I a control freak now?”
Of course not. Most likely you are a practical person, who wants a piece of furniture easy to match and that doesn’t demand too much attention. However, it could also be a sign that you need a bit of tranquillity in your life. Tranquillity as in “presence”. Maybe you feel like you are thrown around a lot, between a busy schedule, family needs and personal ambitions (especially if you have lots of ideas and possibilities to choose from). So when you see a nice, clean, composed rug such as this ARCTIC GREY WOOL AND JUTE RUG, you feel like a bit of peace and calm have just entered your soul. And therefore you choose it for your bedroom! Nothing wrong with that!
On the other side of the coin, minimalism is a home decor style that appeals to those that are high in openness and therefore very eclectic in life - constantly transforming and always chasing new opportunities and challenges. Such personalities, tend to arrive home exhausted and needing a break from the stimulus.
If you absolutely hate minimalism, and you would rather roll over a colourful carpet rich with patterns and a “loud voice”, perhaps less is not more for you. If you find minimalism sterile and boring, don’t feel afraid of counteracting by adding colours and contrast to your home (and your life). Most likely, you have a strong need for self-expression and to let emotions in and out. A bold, expressive interior style and rug, like this one, might be what your soul is looking for.
Do you feel you need a space where to retreat and recharge at the end of the day? If so, you might be an introvert in need of a cozy home space (and rug!)
You may argue that we all need an indulgent home that makes us feel good at the end of a long day. However, introverted personalities need more than that. They need a comfortable space where they can decompress. If you consider yourself an introvert, your home is probably your retreat from the hustle and bustle of the outside world. After a long day of work, seeing and talking to people, you just want to come home and fully relax in your own space. The best way to achieve this is by creating an interior design that reflects this very important need. For example, introverts tend to be more comfortable in small, intimate spaces. As such, you might want to consider creating a cozy reading nook or setting up a snug conversation area in your living room. You can also use rugs to define different areas in your home and give yourself some extra privacy when you need it (that is especially true if you have a family leaving with you or flatmates). By tailoring your interior design to your personality, you can create a space that is truly your own - a refuge from the chaotic world outside.
If you're an introvert, you know that your home is your sanctuary. A place to recharge after a long day of work or socialising. You need a space that is calm and relaxing, without too much stimulation. That's why Scandinavian design is so appealing to introverts. Its focus on clean lines and warm textures creates a feeling of comfort and simplicity. A rug with a simple pattern or a few neutral accent pieces can add just the right amount of personality without being overwhelming. And if you want to go the extra mile, you can even add a few plants to create a bright and airy space that is perfect for unwinding.
Alternatively, a more casual- traditional home decor is also great for a cozy, relaxing atmosphere. Traditional doesn’t mean necessarily expensive or classy. Traditional is whatever style reminds you of your childhood or your home country or perhaps simply the style you appreciate from a specific culture or tv show. Tradition is often connected with stability and therefore perceived as a safe harbour to come back to. Traditional home decor is characterised by wood textures, warm colours and a vintage hint. In this direction, a traditional rug, such as a Persian or Afghan rug, might give you that comforting, intimate vibe that helps to enjoy time with yourself - perhaps reading a nice book in front of the fire.
Ultimately, as introverted, you probably have a vast internal world to explore when in solitude (often introverts are also artists and writers!) so we aim at comfort to let ideas flow and creativity recharge - especially in the bedroom! If your personality traits lean more toward the introverted side, chances are you prioritize comfort over everything else when it comes to your personal space. You know what they say, home is where the heart is—and for you, home is also where you can finally relax and be yourself without feeling like you have to put on a show. So how do you make sure your home reflects your personality and provides the level of comfort you crave?
Start with your furniture. When choosing pieces for your living space, don’t just consider how they look—also think about how comfortable they are. This goes for your bed too—stick with crisp, white bedding and soft, neutral throws for a look that’s both stylish and cozy. And don’t forget about the little details—plush pillows and a thick carpet or furry rug will make the room feel warm and layered, as well as visually calming.
If you are also considering layering rugs, you might want to read this first.
Rug style and home decor for the social butterfly
If you're a confident extrovert, who loves to host guests and be at the centre of attention, try a dramatic style like Mid-Century, Art Deco or Hollywood Regency. These styles are all about making a statement. If you're the life of the party, you'll want your home to reflect that. Go bold with your decor choices and don't be afraid to experiment.
Another style that might appeal to those who need to express themselves outwards, is industrial. People who identify with the industrial interior design style tend to be charismatic, highly social and extroverted. This design aesthetic is all about embracing imperfections and celebrating the beauty of simple, functional objects. It is about exposing themselves without fear - valuing qualities and flaws at the same time. Symbolically, it is about rough-hewn materials like exposed brick and concrete.
Straightforward and communicative, extroverted personalities might be drawn to quirky rugs that pop out. Or they simply might enjoy a non-obvious, unusual match that creates a sight contrast or even clashes.
If these words resonate with you, do not let yourself be limited by others' comments: “oh, this rug doesn’t pair well with your wall colours, does it?”. On the contrary, try to prioritise the immediate expression of your taste, over interior design rules or other people's taste.
When you are at home, indeed, you want to see a space that is reflective of your charisma and energy more than anything else. Extroverted people don’t need much coziness but rather a space that is as expressive and communicative as they are! They want people to take notice.
Feel free then to explore modern rugs with an open mind and don’t feat to choose one that is a bit extravagant! You won’t regret it.
If you also feel like mixing up the style in each room, reading this might give you some extra ideas: How To Choose The Perfect Rug For Each Room of Your Home.
Do you find yourself drawn to fine materials like marble? If so, there's a good chance that you're a down-to-earth individual with a strong appreciation for the good things in life.
People who prefer natural materials tend to be honest and loyal, with a reflective, profound personality. They're also usually quite practical, preferring function over form. When it comes to interior design, people who favour natural, fine materials often opt for a more rustic aesthetic, and yet classy. A marble coffee table or a stone fireplace might be right up your alley. Or perhaps you prefer to incorporate natural elements into your décor in more subtle ways, like with a Jute rug or a bamboo blind. Either way, there's no doubt that you’re looking for a timeless appeal and durable quality. As nothing about you is superficial.
If you're the type of person who appreciates classical design, indeed, you're likely someone who has a great appreciation for history and the finer things in life - along with positive self-esteem.
The classic style in interior design, indeed, is timeless and elegant. It features clean lines and symmetrical designs. There is a focus on quality materials, like marble or hardwood floors. Fine rugs are often used to add a touch of luxury. If classic style speaks to you, you're likely someone who knows what they want and isn't afraid to go after it. You value pleasure and appreciate the finer things in life.
If you often find yourself bored by average design and annoyed by low-quality material, or worse, thoughtless consumerism and superficiality, don’t think that shopping isn’t for you. Because home decor is a metaphorical way to explore our inner selves, it is hardly frivolous or pointless to look for items that reflect your personality. Think of it as a form of self-therapy and go even deeper within!
Therefore, if you (or your partner) go rug hunting, you might not be too concerned about the “style” itself but rather the quality of the material and the details of the craft. So don’t keep yourself from finding pleasure in material possession: most likely your assertive, sophisticated personality simply needs those substantive elements to be even more in touch with your nature.
Have a look at Rugs Express Luxury Rugs: you’ll find a great selection of that timeless quality you value so deeply.
Do you like Hamptons Style Interior Design and the coastal vibe? That might be because the wonderful diplomat in you is looking for harmony.
When it comes to personality traits, some people are just naturally more agreeable than others. Someone with a naturally agreeable, diplomatic personality is also tendentially family-oriented and very talented in promoting harmony.
If self-centred and less agreeable personalities tend to prefer a more minimalist approach to their home's design, agreeable people are very empathic and generous and therefore prioritise their guest's comfort. Their leitmotiv, indeed, is to be kind and make others happy. And thankfully there are many of these types of people out there: they make the world more welcoming and they set a great example by helping others to feel comfortable.
In terms of home decor, and because agreeable people tend to put others’ needs before their own, they are drawn to an interior design style that is harmonic, hospitable and comfortable for their family and guest. That is why those types of characters, tend to be drawn to a Hamptons style and coastal design scheme for their home. These decor styles are known for being family-friendly and inviting, two qualities that are sure to put a smile on any visitor's face.
On the other side, if you are agreeable, there is also a part of you who wants to be liked. So you might tend to surrender to trends and what the majority perceived as good. Or even worse, some agreeable people might think they have a sense of taste at all!
And that is why I believe that agreeable people and emphatic personalities need more than anyone else to treat home decor as a self-discovery journey! If you belong to this category, at least in part, you probably feel it is pointless to think about those things and that you only want to selflessly create a pleasant space for your family and friends. Which is fair enough. However, you should remember that it is still possible to make a space personable and unique while considering others.
Both Hamptons style and coastal, as well as Country or Shabby chic, offer terrific flexibility to make a home family (and kids) friendly but also distinctive. For instance, by adding a personal touch such as a self-knitted throw for the couch. Or by adding some decoupage or crafty decor items. Even better, decorate the walls with elegantly-framed personal photos that mean something special to you and your dear ones.
When you choose a rug, you probably always think of its practicality of it: such as if it is kid-friendly, pet-friendly and easy to clean. And there is nothing style-less about it! This article is all about supporting the home decor that makes us feel genuine, authentic and appreciative of our personality (and needs). You should never feel like your sense of taste is neutral or irrelevant: your ability to bring harmony to home and to make each detail purposeful and helpful for those surrounding you is an amazing trait. And if you look around your home you probably will an honest reflection of this trait in every piece of furniture: even the rug.
And speaking about rug choices, which is the reason why you are reading this article, why don’t you have a look at Rugs Express's selection of Shaggy rugs? A fluffy rug is great for your comfort as well as your family’s (furry baby included!) and they can be placed anywhere, really: in front of the lounge, on a runner next to your bed or down the hall, or as a mat in your high-traffic spots. All of our rugs are non-shedding and easy to vacuum, so they won’t add to your list of cleaning chores! Most of all, Rug Express’s Fluffy rugs will add the ‘homey’ vibe that you are so proud of. And that will make you, your family and your guests feel comfortable and relaxed.
There is nothing wrong with having more than one favourite interior design style or simply changing taste over time.
This article is not exhaustive of all the intricacies of human psychology. However, we hope you’ll take from this, is the simple, and yet the powerful, idea that our home looks like our “real” us. Inevitably. And as such, it can say a lot about the way we feel and what we want in life. And most important, it can say a lot about what we may need.
A great way to know yourself better through exercising a bit of therapeutic introspection is to notice your home decor and wonder why you choose that item over another, what you feel when you look at it and what it says about you.
On the other hand, you shouldn’t feel bad if you have changed your mind. If that ethnic rug you bought three years ago is not “you” anymore, that is fine. We are not encouraging consumerism, of course, but we are suggesting it is okay to evolve and let go of things that no longer reflect our view.
Your home is an essential space for self-expression. And decorating it in a way that is authentic to you, is not pointless or shallow. Material possession doesn’t make happiness, it is true, but surrounding yourselves with a style that reminds of you as your unique “you” is good for the soul and your self-awareness.
Even those days when you feel to rearrange everything: just do it! Sometimes you got to explore the outside, before the inside.
If you are now looking for a new rug, we would recommend you don’t focus too much on rules and trends, but rather on what you are naturally drawn towards! At Rugs Express, we offer an immense variety of quality rugs that can please any personality and sense of taste: plus, we offer free shipping on rugs Australia-wide and a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee that can give you the confidence of following your heart and not worry about anything else.
Ultimately, we are extremely proud of what people say about us - because we invest every day all in this passion for interior design. Don’t take our word for granted: feel free to check our reviews!
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