Mariners once guided their ships by the stars, and astrologers claim a person's temperament and talents can be determined just by the constellation under which he or she was born. So it's not far-fetched to think that these heavenly bodies can guide us in decorating our homes. Here are some bright ideas for how to furnish and design your rooms with input from the stars.
Aquarians are one of the air signs, meaning they are intellectually sharp. They're also driven and stubborn. They tend to dress boldly because they are well-adapted to their own style, and they don't care much what other people think. Because Aquarians spend a lot of time in their heads, they need alone time to restore. A den or reading nook would be indispensable to someone born under this sign, and it would reflect his or her personal tastes, no matter how outlandish or particular.
Pisceans are associated with water, and the same words might describe both: fluid, flowing, and wavering. Creative, artistic, and sensitive, Pisceans can conjure other worlds in their imagination and are highly intuitive, but they can also take on the weight of the world when they sense other people's sadness. They often need more grounded friends to bring them back to Earth. Colors in the purple family, such as mauve, lilac, and violet, connect to Pisceans. Try these hues in a bedroom, where they're both soothing and uplifting.
Aries is one of the fire signs, so Arians possess passion, courage, and determination. It's not surprising that the color associated with this sign is dazzling, dynamic, catch-your-attention red. Highly organized and active, those born under the sign of Aries should plan their homes to capitalize on these strengths. A kitchen or home office where every plate or paper has its place (and incorporates touches of red) will put an Arian at ease and let her focus on conquering her next big goal.
Like the bull that symbolizes this sign, Taureans are stubborn on their worst days but reliable and steadfast on their best. Staunch traditionalists who love tactile pleasures, those born under the Taurus constellation crave comfort and coziness -- they're an Earth sign, after all. Strive for an inviting living room with an oversize sofa, deep cushions, and snuggly upholstery, as well as thick-pile rugs and neutral, go-with-everything color schemes.
Geminis might be the trickiest interior design clients. Known as the twin sign, they have two distinct sides of their personalities. They can be sociable as well as serious, the life of the party one minute and a retiring recluse the next. So, too, their homes should reflect this dual nature. Make your bedroom snug and cozy with soft linens and piles of pillows but awash in sunny greens and yellows. Or combine two seemingly disparate styles -- bohemian and sleek, or ultra-glam and rustic -- in your living room for delicious tension.
Those born under the Cancer sign adore art and home-based hobbies, such as puzzles, game nights, and watching movies with family and friends. Cancers love to host guests. They want a tranquil and harmonious home where others feel welcome and where they are free to serve. Deeply intuitive, these folks can anticipate a friend's needs. A kitchen open to the family room and dinner table, where folks can gather while a Cancer is cooking, puts Cancers in their comfort zone.
People are attracted to Leos for their warm spirit and zest for life. Ruled by the sun and symbolized by the mighty lion, Leos are in command, in control, and natural-born leaders. They're also extravagant in their tastes and luxurious in their surroundings, so their homes are magnificent and eye-catching. Incorporate unusual paintings or sculptures to grab and keep the attention of your guests.
One of the Earth signs, Virgos are practical, shy, and careful, which makes them steadfast friends. They tend to be conservative in almost everything, from clothes and decorations to actions and words. Virgos are most comfortable working within a routine, so their homes should reflect their analytical, precise way of viewing the world. Look to a Virgo's laundry room or mudroom: More than likely, it's highly organized and laid out for maximum efficiency and organization. Incorporate plenty of shelves for a storage haven in your home.
Cooperative, diplomatic, and peaceful, Libras hate being alone. One of the air signs, Libras have keen minds and expressive intellect, and appreciate quality more than quantity. They're also fascinated by balance and symmetry -- it's part of their peace-making nature -- so traditional furniture arrangements, matching chairs, and cohesive colors throughout a room will put a Libra at ease.
Ruled by Pluto, the dwarf planet of transformation and regeneration, those born under the Scorpio constellation are fiercely independent, resourceful, and brave. Natural-born leaders, Scorpios tend to make money easily but are reluctant to spend it, so their homes might reflect restraint. Their rooms are tasteful but not extravagant. Anyone who is willing to look at a room's fine points -- because Scorpios certainly do! -- will appreciate the careful attention Scorpios have paid to every last detail.
Outgoing and extroverted, Sagittarians crave independence and adventure, welcoming change with open arms. Their homes, like their social calendars and interests, are ever-changing and evolving, and they can shy away from commitment. They detest boredom, so they are avid travelers, often switching up their surroundings. Neutral interiors -- easy to swap out a new trinket or souvenir from a far-flung locale -- suit them best.
Those born under the Capricorn constellation are responsible and disciplined, holding traditional values in high esteem. Nothing is more important than family to the Capricorn, and that's reflected in their homes. A welcoming great-room that combines a kitchen, breakfast nook, and family room allows the whole gang to hang out together, even if some are snacking, some are doing homework, and some are parked in front of a movie. The seriously driven and wise Capricorn has thought through every detail, from where to hang the television to sneaking the most storage into the space.