A while back I was asked by Hiscox Home Insurance if I would like to be psycho-analysed. Pretty scary stuff. But then they explained that they would like me to submit a a photograph of my home and Dr Linda Papadopoulos, a widely respected psychologist and research scientist would analyse what it says about me. So I thought why not?
I still don’t think my new home really expresses my style yet so I cheated a bit and sent over a photograph of my old bedroom.
It’s Doctor Papadopoulos’s opinion that our homes are an amalgam of our choices and behaviours that accumulate over time. And I’d agree with that. The way that we decorate our homes – from the art on the walls, to our colour choices to all of the small minutiae – boils down to the decisions that we have made at one point or another in our lives. Decisions about comfort, about utility and what we value and want to express about ourselves.
So what did she say about my old bedroom?
This beautiful room speaks of someone with a personality that isn’t afraid of contrast. The mixture of nostalgic and contemporary, and of the more utilitarian elements like the modern reading lamp next to the pretty vase of flowers suggest that this is someone who is confident, comfortable with, and enjoys playing with design- the room is well balanced and could easily be that of a couple as it doesn’t feel too stereotypically male or female.
If you would like to read more and see some other images psychoanalyzed head over to the Hiscox Home Insurance page.
Photograph by Andrew Boyd