By David Wulff, AIA

23_living roomIt is said that you can tell a lot about a person by the clothes he wears. Are they casual or more formal? Does the man wear a tie or is he a tee-shirt kind of person? Does the women wear jeans, or dresses? By the same token, you can tell a lot about a person by the car they drive. Is it a sporty car? A utility pick-up?   A middle non-descript car? I am sure if you are a people watcher you have made assumptions about a person’s dress or their car.

In much the same way like fashion, people’s home design and decor choices say a lot about them. We don’t want to jump to conclusions or judge a book by its cover, but often it’s not too hard to understand some basics of a person’s lifestyle by looking at a room.

Most of us want our houses to say something about us. We want them to be comfortable and functional, yes. But when it comes to aesthetics, those of us who care at all generally do so because decorating is a form of self-expression. It projects our moods and values and interests. It even expresses our most basic temperaments.23_fireplace

Any stranger walking into our living room can immediately tell a few things about us: We definitely don’t have young kids living at home, we enjoy art, we read a lot, we travel, we’re busy and we’re concerned with neatness.   It wouldn’t be hard to also guess our political affiliations, our income level, our religious leanings and how we like to spend our leisure time. That’s just what the décor says.

When you see photos of house interiors in magazines, try to imagine who lives there and what type of people they are. It’s a fun game.
What are your guesses? And what does your living room actually say about you?


DAVID H. WULFF, ARCHITECT welcomes the design challenges presented by new projects and is dedicated to developing innovative design solutions to meet every project requirement.

David H. Wulff, AIA, 167 Trails End, Lake Lure, NC 828-625-5537,