The Winter Personality – What’s Their Style?

4 Written by Lisa on 4th Feb 2011 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Winter personalities have a powerful stillness and strength and can command authority without saying a word. They are cool and objective and have confidence in their own abilities.  They know what they want, are highly motivated and very ambitious.  They are natural leaders and have a flair for business but, because they genuinely enjoy their own company, they can be perceived as being cold and arrogant.

A person reflecting the patterns of winter would wish for a minimalistic contemporary geometric design that has structure and sharp lines.  Any materials used will be luxurious and glamorous, polished stone, glass or light reflective steel.  Any pieces of sculpture will be opulent and statement-making but at the same time, simple and uncompromising.  Glass will most certainly feature, providing an air of gloss and glamour.

Winter personality gardens are full of theatrical drama with their strong lines and focal points demanding the attention of any visitor.  The planting would be structural, architectural and simplistic, mostly dark evergreens which would give the garden the same feel throughout the year, nothing too flowery.

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4 Responses to “The Winter Personality – What’s Their Style?”

  1. Nicky Parker says:

    OK – hands up, you have got me licked!

    Although I do love flowers and can’t wait to put in summer bedding plants, usually New Guineas and all in strong colours – deep pink, purple or white.

    I love all the different greens, but admit to having a penchant for black or very deep coloured plants such as the Pittisporum Tom Thumb – a deep purple.

    Worth waiting for, Lisa. Thanks for a great post.

  2. Lisa Cox says:

    Thanks so much Nicky – I too love Pittosporum ‘Tom Thumb’ – a brilliant shrub for defining pathways and adding tecture. They are especially great when the new leaves come through, the lime green contrasts brilliantly with the older dark foliage.

    Do let me know if you would like some ideas for other deep purple foliage plants, although do take care not to overdo it as they can get lost without the foliage of other plants to show them off! 🙂

  3. Great post Lisa! It’s great to see how all these relate back to the seasonal personalities

  4. Lisa Cox says:

    Thanks Fiona! Ideally I ask clients to put together their own mood boards prior to the briefing meeting, but sometimes I use the mood boards shown here. It really enables me to get a rounded view of their style and establish in which direction I should be taking the design forward.

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