March 25, 2021


So much of the unconscious mind is present through art. No wonder psychotherapists have found success in analyzing people’s personalities by looking at their artwork. Thus, the conclusion that different personality types tend to prefer certain art ideas. 

These paintings are like therapy to a person because one is driven to them and they are expressing some emotions that one needs to get out. 

Thus, art is part of everyday life, and one way we can incorporate art into our spaces is by actually hanging wall art to refresh our walls, or using sculptures and other artistic pieces. 

And you don’t have to be an artist to ensure the right kind of art to your space. You only need to be drawn to it. If you ever wonder why an artwork has a hidden or an obvious meaning behind it, then you might be tapping into the artists’ personality. So, get that piece already!

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Your personality aims at making an impression and specifically what things make that person or thing unique. It values popularity because that’s where personality stands out. Thus, when you connect to a piece and it stands out to you, it could be a reflection of your personality.

The best part is that you can always tie your art to blend into your décor. You can:

  • Build your décor around one significant color pulled out from your piece of art,
  • Go for an abstract piece of art that’s colorful and bold for a muted, minimalist space, or,
  • Choose a muted and minimalist piece of art for your bold and colorful home. 

The way you see an art work may be very much different from how the next person views it. How each person views any of these art forms – says so much about their personality. 

As a home decorator, what does your art preference say about you? What does your color preference also say about you? 

Looking into the 16 personality types and their profound personality traits, grouped into 4 major categories and , let’s find a piece of art you will relate to:

1) Analysts

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Analysts tend to have a liking for abstract art – the shapes, patterns and color draw their attention. Especially when the pieces are creatively done to the point they can get lost in the painting, they’d go for it! 

A large, bold-colored abstract piece with pops of color would be cheering to a seemingly-boring analyst’s space.  Painterly art style, modern art and contemporary art would also intrigue them

Analysts include: 

  • An Architect (INTJ) - Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging 

Very imaginative, creative and independent, they look into every detail to perfection and remain free from the expectations of others. This allows them to pursue their own interesting and fresh ideas.

  • Logician (INTP) - Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Prospecting  

They are creative, willing to experiment and their minds buzz with ideas even if you catch them day dreaming. They often seek out unlikely paths, thus, their love for patterns.

  • Commander (ENTJ) - Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging  

They are natural born leaders going after accomplishment. However, commanders believe that emotional displays are displays of weakness thus they could be drawn to very abstract art that is very plain yet quizzical. Some find their choices very pointless and boring. 

  • Debater (ENTP) - Extraverted, Intuitive, Thinking, and Prospecting  

Debaters tend to be bold and creative. They have great mental agility and speak their minds. Thus, their appreciation for bold and loud pieces of art.


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2) Diplomats

Diplomats are very concerned about people’s feelings-they want to relate with people better. Thus, they reflect this strength in their spaces too by incorporating minimalistic and personalized pieces of artwork.

Think Zen art that looks so calming or calligraphy that is just relatable. Anyone wants to see a piece of calligraphed art that says, ‘You’re A Winner!’

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Actually, their spaces would befit anyone and most of them tend to be moderate minimalists who go for neutral color schemes in their décor that anyone would feel safe in.

They include: 

  • An Advocate (INFJ) - Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging  

They tend to approach life with deep thoughtfulness and imagination while acting with creativity and sensitivity to create balance. They are soft-spoken but with a strong will to fight for what they believe in. Usually, advocates take care of others’ feelings. Thus, their choices of art will be relatable to many. 

  • Mediator (INFP) - Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Prospecting  

They are quiet, open-minded, imaginative, creative and very caring with pure intentions about everything they do.

While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, mediators can communicate deeply with others, easily speaking in beautiful words, and using symbols to share their ideas. 

Mediators are drawn to fantasy and fictional art and the strength of their visionary communication draws them to written art like calligraphy. Zen art also related to them well.

  • Protagonist (ENFJ) - Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging  

These warm, outspoken types love helping others, and they tend to have strong ideas, values and expectations. 

  • Campaigner (ENFP) - Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, and Prospecting  

They are free-spirited and often, the life of the party. Once they find their place in a space, their imagination, empathy and courage come out. Campaigners would also appreciate Psychedelic art that looks mysterious, puzzling, intriguing and is influenced by culture.

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3) Sentinels 

Sentinels are people-focused. They will prefer family photographs and those of actual features in nature. Decorating their homes with these pieces makes their spaces very personalized. 

Some people will not enjoy their spaces, especially if they hung too many family photos already! Other will appreciate their love for those that matter in their lives. 

Realism is a particular kind of art they love- these pieces appear like real-life subjects but stop short of appearing like a photograph.


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They are also culture-oriented, appreciating culture-inspired pieces like colorful Bohemian or African art.

Sentinels include: 

  • Consul (ESFJ) - Extraverted, Observant, Feeling, and Judging  

They are attentive and enjoy taking part in their social scene. They make great cheerleaders who set the tone and also enjoy taking the public eye.

  • Logistician (ISTJ) - Introverted, Observant, Thinking, and Judging  

Logisticians tend to be reserved but with a rational outlook on life. They prefer being certain, thus, they don’t make many assumptions. Instead, they analyze and check their facts to arrive at practical courses of action. 

Logisticians will go for art that seems relatable, so they won’t have to deeply think about its meaning-now that it can be complex. They prefer photos of their vacations or families hung on the walls. They’d rather use pressed leaf frames as their art than puzzling abstract art. 

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  • Defender (ISFJ) - Introverted, Observant, Feeling, and Judging  

These people tend to be warm and utilize their excellent memories to remember people, and details about their lives. 

When it comes to gift-giving, defenders will take things to the next level. They will use their imagination and natural sensitivity to express their love and kindness in beautiful ways that touch the hearts of their recipients. 

Defenders are pros when it comes to personalizing art. Apart from relatable family photos, they also triumph when it comes to calligraphy.

  • An Executive (ESTJ) - Extraverted, Observant, Thinking, and Judging  

Executives are strong leaders who scream tradition and order. Some of the options they will go for include: African art or Chinese sculptures that relates to a particular culture of people. They will also hang photos of iconic people they admire-think presidents, CEOs and other great men.

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4) Explorers

Explorers are hippy, creative, curious, optimistic and very bold. Pop art is their particular favorite as the focus on bold colors and realistic imagery are recognizable to them. 

Explorers include: 

  • An Entertainer (ESFP) - Extraverted, Observant, Feeling, and Prospecting  

While entertainers love vibrant experiences and being on the spotlight, they are also very observant and sensitive to other people’s emotions. They are cheerful, playful and engage in life eagerly.

Entertainers also have an eye for fashion, grooming and beautiful spaces. Thus, their art choices are very clean, chic and appealing to the eye. Expect a hotel-like atmosphere in their homes. 

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  • Virtuoso (ISTP) - Introverted, Observant, Thinking, and Prospecting  

Virtuosos have a deeply-rooted curiosity that makes them very handy, and willing to explore with their hands and their eyes, touching and examining all around them. They would enjoy painting wall murals to reflect their emotions, and well-drawn calligraphy.

  • An Adventurer (ISFP) - Introverted, Observant, Feeling, and Prospecting  

Adventurers are open-minded, warm, free-spirited, unpredictable and live in a colorful, sensual world, inspired by connections with people and ideas. Many adventurers hang photos from their vacations or fantasy art pieces to inspire their free spirit and gratitude levels.

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  • An Entrepreneur (ESTP) - Extraverted, Observant, Thinking, and Prospecting  

Entrepreneurs are skilled in noticing small changes. They pick up anything specific at all and this makes them easily bored with one kind of art-they cannot be interested in one thing for long. They are open to change, thus, would use different pieces of artwork to display their current mood or feeling. 

Often, when decorating, some decorators look for some art that matches the décor in the room already. However, some will argue that art is important, so it should come first. If this is you too, understand your personality type and bring in a piece of artwork that strikes the right note- paying attention to its relatable color too!

So, which personality type are you? And what’s your choice of art?

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