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It's no secret that our home decor choices are a direct reflection of our personalities. If you're vivacious and outgoing, chances are good that you may lean toward bold colors and designs in your home.

But what if you're more reserved? How do you decorate for that?

"Introverts’ homes have a less aggressive approach to design," says 

Sasha Bikoff, an interior designer in New York City.

"People who are more introspective thrive on spending alone time, finding solace and comfort with themselves," adds 

Hanna Callaway, an interior designer with ExFloorit. "Generally, most introverts like spaces that reflect how they reveal themselves to others. An ideal space [would be] simplistic, balanced, calming, and natural."


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Think: tea and a book in a corner chair. An understated furniture arrangement. Quiet shades that are both elegant and relaxing.

But that doesn't mean your home design has to be boring or frumpy. You can create an environment that allows your inner homebody to disconnect and recharge—while still being on trend. Here are six ways how.

1. Pick muted hues

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Soft tones are introvert favorites: "This person is likely to lean toward creams and tans, as well as gray, navy, and muted greens," Callaway says.

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A cozy retreat can also be created with soft browns or pale pastels.

"These shades have hints of color which provide the homeowner with a place to retreat from the overstimulation of everyday life," explains

Misty Yeomans, senior color marketing manager at PPG Industries, a paint company.

And when it comes to patterns, subtlety is key.

"Thin stripes and small circular designs work with quiet colors favored by introverts," says

Alice Chiu of Miss Alice Designs in San Francisco.

Get this look: If you're a reserved type, you can't go wrong with warm whites, such as Glidden's Candlelit Beige or Off White.

Not into something so ... vanilla? Pick a muted color that calms you, such as Porter Paints Winter Chill.

"It's a gentle blue hue that promotes happiness and is representative of the hygge trend," Yeomans says.

2. Seek clean lines

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Introverts tend to be drawn to simplicity. That means traditional pieces, farmhouse styles, and Scandinavian design, according to the pros.

"Contemporary Scandinavian, in particular, embodies simple layouts, clean lines, sleek surfaces, and neutral tones," notes Callaway.

And, if you're an introvert, you are likely to thrive on quiet time and a place to collect your thoughts. So when you design your living space, stick to a minimalist arrangement centered around you, rather than geared toward a bunch of guests, says

Drew Henry of Design Dudes.

Get this look: A pair of Mid-Century Modern coffee tables is a good start ($261, Amazon). Match them with a Danish-inspired modern couch ($610, AllModern).

3. Invest in quality shades

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Window treatments or curtains for rooms that have sightlines to the street or a neighbor's backyard are a must for inwardly focused folks, notes

Paul Miller of MakeNest Interiors.

"This type of person needs control over the way he socializes, so if he's not in the mood to hang out or be seen, screening the view from the outside gives the necessary privacy," Miller explains.

And be sure to install dimmers in the home: "Lighting plays a huge role in how we relax and renew our energy," he adds.

Get this look: Simple cordless shades are smart in every room. Plus, they come in various light levels—including blackout for the bedroom—and they're safe for kids (from $33, SelectBlinds).

4. Make room for books and hobbies

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Not every introvert is a bookworm, but you should still allow enough storage for various collections, Henry says. Or consider accommodating other quiet activities—such as scrapbooking, cooking, needlework, or DIY projects—by building in a dedicated craft nook or workshop.

"Introverts are homebodies by nature, so taking the time to perfect their spaces and make them a place of relaxation is integral," Bikoff points out.

Get this look: Design your own worktable for writing or sketching (from $174, Pottery Barn). And house books, baskets and other accessories with the endlessly customizable Billy bookshelf line (from $29, IKEA).

5. Choose smaller seating

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There's no need for a huge couch in this kind of home. An introvert is more likely to snuggle up with someone special in a loveseat or settee—or she may pick her own plush chair or swing made just for one.

"Window seating or smaller accent chairs are good picks for an introvert, especially if the layout is a cozy one," notes

Alexa Battista, a Wayfair spokesperson.

Get this look: We love this pretty loveseat ($570, Wayfair) for the living room or at the foot of the bed. And a swing chair on a covered porch is an ideal, solitary perch ($348, Wayfair).

6. Incorporate texture

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Soft throws, plush pillows, and thick carpets offer the right feel in a quiet home.

"Focus on using multiple textures of the same color, so the space is warm and layered but still visually calming," Henry advises.

Callaway suggests linens and natural fibers, such as leather, fur, and hemp.

Get this look: Gorgeous faux furs are sold all over, so get one for the bed as well as the couch or reading chair ($179, Restoration Hardware). Lay a rug of natural fibers in a palette of earth tones ($192, Overstock.com) to warm up the space—and your toes.

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