First impressions are the corner stone of life; they’re important because in a lot of cases, they are very difficult, or impossible, to change. The most popular form of first impressions is meeting someone for the first time (and forming an opinion about them). This takes place within the first 7-30 seconds of any encounter. You can find these impressions everywhere in life, from relationships (friends and partners), to services/sales personnel (such as a person trying to sell you on their product), to products. I learned in a sales class that you want people to walk about from these encounters with a “warm and fuzzy” feeling. Now think about that in terms of your home, you should strive to give your company that same warm and fuzzy feeling upon entering your home, and this is where home décor comes in to play. The way a house is decorated says a lot about the person who did the decorating: the colors, furniture, flooring and wall decor you choose give visitors a little glimpse in to who you are on the inside.
According to psychology, colors correlate with personality BIG TIME. On one hand, a person’s favorite color sheds light on their disposition: people whose favorite color is white usually are logical, organized, and “clean”; people whose favorite color is yellow are generally happy people; lovers of the color red are passionate and determined. On the other hand, colors are also said to evoke certain emotions from the people looking at them: red evokes passion and aggression, orange evokes energy, yellow evokes happiness, and blue evokes feelings or trust and serenity. With all that being said, the color palette you choose to surround yourself will dictate how you want to feel day to day and how you want your house guests to feel as well.
The furniture you choose to live on also says a lot about who you are. The best way to understand this idea of furniture and character is to look at fast food restaurants. They are not shy about how they want their patrons (in our case, house guests) to feel. They offer uncomfortable chairs (usually bolted down to the floor and/or attached to tables), bright lights, loud colors and a noisy environment FOR A REASON. All of those things are uninviting to loiterers. They want people to eat and leave, and by not having a more welcoming design, they achieve that. This theory applies to homes as well. Comfortable, soft couches give off a laid back vibe while harsh, hard couches give off a rigid, un-friendly vibe; large dining tables show you enjoy entertaining and catering to guests while smaller tables are uninviting for “outsiders”.
When walking in to a home, one of the first things noticed is the floor. Now, I’m not talking about kitchens and garages and bathrooms, I’m talking about the living space in a home. I bet if you view yourself as practical and a “neat freak” you would opt for hard wood or tile floors over carpet as they are easier to clean and maintain and do not have to be replaced as often. However, if you hold comfort over function (not to say that carpet can’t be both!) you would tend to choose a fluffy, plush carpet, such as a Montage or Carmela, for their living space.
Lastly, wall décor also says a lot about who lives there. If you are creative, you will have a lot more going on on your walls versus someone who is mundane; if you are “easygoing” you will have different kinds of decoration than someone who is “uptight”; and if you have kids you will have more family oriented decoration than those without children.
Now that you realize just how much your home can say about you before you even speak, does your home portray you how you want? If not, go fix it!