At Portaire, we specialise in giving our audience professional interior design knowledge, inspiration and product recommendations. But every once and a while, we like to let the astral plane take over our senses and invite the stars to choose our destiny. In this article, we’ll discuss how your clients’ astrological sign, to be specific, their sun sign, could inspire your recommendations. Or perhaps, you can use your own to find the personal style you’ve always dreamed of!
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A crash course into astrology
This is for the interior designers who didn’t read through the astrology section in magazines growing up.
Astrology is the study of the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies, such as the Sun, Moon, and planets, with respect to one another and to the Earth. Even though you may have noticed an upsurge in the interest for astrology in the last few years, this practice has been around for thousands of years, and has been a mainstay of the historical record. Wars, marriages and other important events have been timed with astrology in mind, and for centuries it was considered a science that could illuminate our understanding of human behaviour and personality.
What does astrology actually believe in?
Astrology is based on the idea that there is a correlation between the positions of the planets and stars and events and experiences on Earth. Astrology uses the positions of the Sun, Moon, and planets at the time of a person's birth to determine their astrological sign and create a birth chart or horoscope.
The horoscope is a map of the sky at the time of a person's birth and is divided into 12 sections or houses, each of which represents a different area of life. Astrologers use the positions of the planets in the horoscope to interpret a person's character, personality traits, strengths, weaknesses, and life events.
The 12 zodiac signs
The zodiac is the circle of 12 constellations through which the Sun, Moon, and planets appear to pass throughout the year. The 12 zodiac signs are based on the position of the Sun at the time of a person's birth.
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Gemini (May 21 - June 20)
Cancer (June 21 - July 22)
Leo (July 23 - August 22)
Virgo (August 23 - September 22)
Libra (September 23 - October 22)
Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)
Sagittarius (November 22 - December 21)
Capricorn (December 22 - January 19)
Aquarius (January 20 - February 18)
Pisces (February 19 - March 20)
The Four Elements
The zodiac signs are also grouped into four elements: fire, earth, air, and water. Fire signs are thought to be passionate, creative and enthusiastic; earth signs practical, grounded and reliable; air signs intellectual, communicative and social; and finally water signs emotional, intuitive and nurturing.
So… what does this have to do with interior design?
Interior design and astrology may seem like two unrelated topics, but there is actually a significant connection between them. Astrology can provide insights into a person's personality, preferences, and style, which can be applied to create a personalised and harmonious interior design.
By understanding a person's astrological sign and personality, an interior designer can create a personalised and balanced space that reflects their style more accurately. Here are some ways astrology can be used in interior design:
Colour: Each zodiac sign is associated with certain colours that can be used in interior design to create a harmonious and balanced environment. For example, earth signs tend to prefer natural colours like beige, brown, and green, while fire signs opt for bold and bright colours more often than not.
Materials: Different zodiac signs may prefer different materials based on their personality and style. For example, earth signs have a deep connection with Mother Nature, so they prefer natural materials like wood, stone, and leather. Air signs on the other hand are forward-thinking and intellectual, so they prefer modern and industrial materials like metal, glass, and concrete.
Textures: Yes, even textures can be influenced by astrology. For example, water signs are said to prefer soft and cosy textures like velvet, faux fur, and plush rugs because of their cosy element, while fire signs often gravitate towards smooth and sleek textures like leather and polished metal, which reflects their hot and dynamic nature.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of astrology and that you’ve confirmed yours or your clients’ signs, let’s get into the inspiration for your next project!
Aries is associated with boldness, leadership, and adventure. They’re often combative, confident and ready to embrace change. They are party goers, ready to strike up conversation with any and everyone around them. Because of their out there nature, Aries' design style is characterised by strong lines, bright colours, and bold patterns. In interior design terms, we’d call this “eclectic design style”.
Those born under Taurus are grounded, caring people with a real sense of down-to-earthness about them. They are associated with stability, comfort, and luxury – however understated it might appear. Taurus’ style is characterised by earthy tones, natural materials, and plush textures.
Gemini may be the most misunderstood sign out there. Often characterised as “two-faced” because of their duality, this sign is actually associated with communication, versatility, and curiosity. They are fun, adventurous, unafraid to push the limits. That’s why so many artists are born under this sign! Geminis love bright colours, playful patterns, and mix-and-match decor. They are irreverent and fun, so don’t be afraid to mix it up for them!
The mother sign of the zodiac, Cancer, is associated with emotion, intuition, and nurturing. Their instincts are family-oriented, but don’t be fooled, they’re suckers for passion and romanticism in every way. Their connection to the moon and water makes their style soft in texture, sentimental and overall feminine, like a silver lake reflecting a moon.
Leos are adored by many for their charm, grandiloquence, confidence, creativity and drama. They are unafraid of boldness, luxurious materials and attention-grabbing furniture. It might be a stereotype, but Leos can’t avoid checking themselves out in a mirror, so make sure to give them the perfect space for selfies. They’ll use it for sure!
Virgos are the Excel sheet, organisation, pragmatism royalty of the zodiac chart. Because of that, their interior design is guided by a pragmatic and minimalist approach which emphasises comfort, cleanliness and straight lines.
Libras are one of the most balanced signs in the zodiac (or at least that’s what they’re striving for!). Libra is associated with balance, harmony, and beauty, and because of that Libra design style focuses on symmetry, soft colours, and elegant decor. Their interiors feel airy and spacious, as if designed with a heavenly purpose.
Oh, Scorpio… What a sign of beautiful, twisted darkness and mystery! Scorpios are intuitive and intense, generally incredibly in sync with the occult forces of the world. Their unique style is associated with intensity, mystery, and transformation; meaning rich colours, moody lighting, and statement pieces. Oh, and a touch of whimsical of course!
Sagittariuses are known for their lust for adventure, exploration, and freedom. They are natural born conquerors and travellers, eager to push the bounds of knowledge and passion. They are the wildcards to the zodiac, and we love them for it. Their interior designs can be pointed out by global decor, eclectic accents, and bright colours. Their style is expansive yet not too serious, so make sure to keep the interior playful.
Capricorns, we love your discipline, structure and quest for success. And oh wow, does your interior design style showcase that! Those born under the sign of resilience and understated trouble are lovers of all things streamlined and minimalist. However, they love a touch of something earthy, often characteristic of mid-century architecture. When designing for the sign of the sea goat, keep things strong and powerful – yet simple.
Artistes, dreamers, strange and curious, the Aquarians love innovation, independence, and eccentricity. Often in their own worlds completely abstracted from the rest of the zodiac, Aquarius’ design style is all about unique accents, futuristic, weird and vintage furniture, and unexpected colours. In one word, eccentricity.
Torn between reality and fiction, Pisces lived deeply connected to its own intuition, creativity, and spirituality. Pisces are almost divided in two (like the fishes they represent) but still remain whole; they are totally empathetic and glued into others and have a fierce sense of compassion. Their style reflects this dreamlike personality, with pastel colours, soft textures, and ethereal designs dominating their homes.
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