The Design Show You Should Binge Based On Your Enneagram Type

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Personality assessments never seem to get old, and one that has received a lot of attention as of late is the Enneagram. The concept can be traced as far back as ancient Greece, but modern Enneagram enthusiasts use it today to decipher everything from management styles to the Nancy Meyers house that best represents you.  

At its core, the idea is simple: there are nine interconnected points on a circle, each representing the nine Enneagram types. It’s fascinating and can be useful in learning about others and yourself—including the kinds of creative pursuits you might enjoy.

Whether you like your kitchen remodel with a side of empowerment, have a hankering for nostalgia, or are looking for something similar to The Great British Baking Show, there’s a design show for everyone and every type of Enneagram.

Ahead, see which design show is your perfect match.

Type One: Hot Mess House

Nicknamed “The Reformer,” Type Ones love to bring order to disorderly situations. Naturally, Get Organized with The Home Edit and Tidying Up with Marie Kondo scratch that itch, but given how popular they've become, it’s likely that Type Ones have already watched—and re-watched—these shows.

One you maybe haven’t seen? HGTV’s Hot Mess House, hosted by Cassandra Aarrssen, a self-described “recovering super slob turned organizing expert.” What sets this show apart—and what Type Ones are sure to appreciate—is that it’s true to real life. There’s no high-dollar budget or even a camera crew. Aarrssen uses video calls and virtual consultations to help people organize their homes themselves, sharing practical tips and encouragement along the way.

There are only four episodes currently, but according to Aarrssen’s Instagram, they’re in the midst of filming more. In the meantime, you can also tune into her popular YouTube channel, ClutterBug, for hacks, home tours, and a 30-day decluttering challenge.

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Type Two: Celebrity IOU

True to their descriptor “The Helper,” Type Twos are generous and kind-hearted—it makes sense then that they’d be attracted to feel-good, tear-jerkers like HGTV’s Celebrity IOU.

For the past decade, twins Jonathan and Drew Scott have been helping couples find fixer-uppers and transform them into dream homes on Property Brothers. Celebrity IOU is an offshoot where they pair up with Hollywood A-Listers to renovate a space for someone who has had a big impact on their lives.

We’re only two seasons in—the show premiered in 2020—but they pack a punch. Guests include Brad Pitt, who created a dream studio for his beloved makeup artist, Melissa McCarthy, who surprised her aunt and uncle, long-time public servants, and Michael Bublé who fulfilled his grandfather’s dying wish to create a home for his caretaker.

You even get a little rom-com action with the dynamics of Jonathan and his girlfriend, Zooey Deschanel, when she joins forces with the brothers to makeover a space for her best friend’s growing family. We’re not crying, you’re crying.

Type Three: Stay Here

“The Achiever” is driven, entrepreneurial, and success-oriented. We wouldn’t be surprised to learn that Type Three is a house flipper or investor in short-term rentals, as they’re all about the hustle. Type Threes can appreciate a well-designed space, but also enjoy thinking about behind-the-scenes logistics, like resale value. 

Netflix’s Stay Here checks all of those boxes. Co-hosts Genevieve Gorder of TLC’s Trading Spaces and Peter Lorimer, a real estate expert, help overhaul promising rental properties in order to get top dollar. From a houseboat in Seattle to a former firehouse in Washington, D.C., they cover a variety of markets, as well as delve into the important business components like branding and guest experience.

Type Four: Hidden Potential

“The Individualist” enneagram types pride themselves on being unique, so living in a suburb with cookie-cutter houses may sound like Type Four’s torture. Enter Jasmine Roth, host of HGTV’sHidden Potential.

Roth busts through builder-grade materials to dramatically transform run-of-the-mill homes in the California suburbs into showstoppers sure that become the envy of the neighborhood. There’s an emphasis on curb appeal, and she also has a knack for DIY, dreaming up custom elements like a speakeasy-type bar hidden behind a bookshelf and a practical, yet stylish nook for pets under the stairs.

With two seasons and 27 episodes, there’s lots of inspiration for Type Fours looking to leave their mark. 

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Type Five: Home

Often referred to as “The Investigator,” Type Fives are cerebral, curious, and self-taught experts on a variety of topics. Apple TV+’s new docuseries Home challenges conventional ideas with “a look inside the world's most innovative homes and the boundary-pushing imaginations of the visionaries who dared to build them.” In other words, this show was made for Type Fives.

In nine episodes, the producers showcase awe-inspiring structures, but also tackle big topics like community building, homelessness, and sustainability. The show is perhaps best summed up by a line from the trailer: “Some individuals, instead of asking ‘why,’ ask ‘why not?’”

Type Six: Home Again with The Fords

Being bonded to your hometown is a theme that likely resonates with “The Loyalist,” as Type Sixes crave security and belonging. Since debuting Restored by the Fords in 2017, sibling duo Steve and Leanne Ford have renovated many a fixer-upper in rural Pennsylvania.

Now, in their new HGTV series, Home Again with The Fords, they’re returning to their roots and sussing out the charm in old homes all around Pittsburgh—including one that holds sentimental value from their youth. There’s sibling banter, grainy home video footage, and a heavy dose of nostalgia alongside beautifully restored spaces—what more could you want?

Type Seven: I Break For Yard Sales

“The Enthusiast” is fun-loving, spontaneous, and versatile, but also distractible. Type Sevens may love watching big home renovations, but when it comes to getting their hands dirty, smaller DIY projects that make a big impact are where they really shine. 

The long-running DIY Network darling "Flea Market Flip" fills Type Seven’s need for witty banter, bargaining, and creative competition, but if you’ve exhausted all 14 seasons, there’s more Lara Spencer to be found in "I Brake for Yard Sales."

In the four-part mini-series, Spencer pulls back the curtain, sharing her time-honored strategies for getting deals and making the most of your finds. Her newest series, "Everything But the House" is also great if you’re looking to declutter—and make some extra cash in the process.

Type Eight: Nate & Jeremiah By Design

As “The Challenger,” Type Eights can appreciate confident, decisive characters. Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are exactly that. The designers established their careers with a distinct point of view before coupling up and forming their design empire. 

In Nate & Jeremiah By Design, which has also appeared on HGTV as Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House, there’s a good bit of conflict. For starters, the projects they work on are the result of renovations gone wrong. Optimistic homeowners set out to remodel their space only to find they were in over their heads, leading to frustration and tears. That’s where Nate and Jeremiah come in.

While they sometimes adorably butt heads over their different aesthetics and styling process, it makes for a better, more cohesive space in the end. Their loveable dynamic is also on display in the latest season of Rock the Block. As they prove—and any Type Eight knows—conflict isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

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Type Nine: Making It

Competition shows and congeniality don’t often go together, but NBC’s Making It manages to be light-hearted while also pushing boundaries, making it an ideal watch for Type Nines, aka “The Peacemaker." 

In the same vein as The Great British Baking Show, contestants are supportive of one another, and the setting is bucolic, filmed in a “craft barn” set on a hilly estate in Malibu. But, instead of chantilly cream and biscuits, competitors employ sewing, woodworking, and other skills to design everything from chic backyard sheds to one-of-a-kind mailboxes. 

Hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman guarantee the laughs, while judges Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador-at-Large for Barneys New York, and Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy’s in-house trend expert, judge the creations. If you miss the British accents, you can also check out Interior Design Masters.

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