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Design Style: Enneagram Series! Type 7: The Enthusiast

Enneagram Seven: The Enthusiast

Busy, Fun-Loving, Spontaneous, Versatile, Distracted, Scattered.

Enneagram Sevens are your always on-the-go, curious, adventurous, extroverted friend. They are bold, optimistic and full of life. They view the world full of anticipation, driven by the feeling of what's next. They are quick thinkers and tend to pick up skills quickly. Because of this ability, they have a wide range of hobbies, which can make it hard for them to decide what to do with themselves ... hence the reason they can often seem scattered. This presents an interesting crossroad in designing for a Seven. They need to be mentally stimulated and feel excited about their space, but it can't be so busy that they find themselves in a tailspin of thoughts and ideas. There needs to be a delicate balance of spontaneity and focus. The best way to achieve this balance is with bright, bold colors and simple, clean lines.

A minimalist-maximalist style will often speak to a Seven. Traditionally held as opposites, the Minimalist-Maximalist combination has become more and more popular in recent years. The key to creating a Minimalist-Maximalist style is knowing how and where to use each style. Below, I've listed several principles that will be important when designing for a seven ...

Minimalist Design Principles:

  • Space Planning - keep it simple, with pieces that are multi-functional.

  • Clean, simple lines.

  • Everything has a place and a purpose.

  • Airy, with open layouts and integrated storage.

Maximalist Design Principles:

  • Bold pattern play. Utilize different textures and patterns.

  • Be courageous with color. High contrast, exciting color palettes.

  • Go big or go home when it comes to accessories. Accessorize sparingly, but make it WOW.

Creating a dramatic, high contrast backdrop and layering in accessories that are limited in number but large in scale is a great way to create a space that is simultaneously joyful and streamlined. Look for furniture with either very clean lines, or a really cool, stand-out shape that you just can't live without. Plants are always a great addition, but do some research and find unique options (sorry Fiddle Leaf Fig). Some of my favorites are the Swallow Tail Plant, Nerve Plants, Begonias with beautiful leaf colors and Rubber Trees.

Sevens also love to collect things from their adventures, so having a place where they can show off their collections and not have them be cluttered is important. I always recommend art work, because you can easily purchase street-art on a trip and roll it up in your suitcase. Gallery walls full of art from your travels is such a fun way to remember your trips, and not fill up your shelves with chotchkies. If you are Seven and want to revamp your space, head to the website and book a free, 30 minute discovery call where we can discuss your project and get you on your way! Let me do the work for you, so you can enjoy the process and then enjoy a beautiful, finished space.

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