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7 Ways to Boost Your Mood with Dopamine Decor - Creating a Happy Home Vibe


dopamine decor ideas - pink living room with a bold pink floral wallpaper, pink couch with throw pillows, stained glass coffee table

Dopamine decor has taken the interior design world by storm in recent years.


This mood-boosting trend is all about filling your home with vibrant colour palettes, playful textures and decor that brings joy.


Dopamine decor advocates tend to steer clear of the concept of conservative or minimalist home design, instead going for a more maximalist aesthetic, layering their homes with a diverse collection of embellishments that spark happiness, thus creating a space that authentically reflects their personalities.


What are the Benefits of Dopamine Decor?


Understanding Dopamine and Its Role

Dopamine is a neural transmitter responsible for allowing us to experience feelings of pleasure, satisfaction and motivation - it's often called the "happy hormone".


There is research that suggests our environment, which encompasses our home and its interior design, has a direct impact on our mood.


Dopamine decor champions design their homes with this in mind, crafting them into a source of vibrancy and happiness.


How to Decorate for Dopamine

dopamine decor ideas - kitchen with pink wall, shelves with pale blue and pink crockery, plants, sink

This trend suggests that embracing an energetic and dynamic style and indulging in eccentric decorations satisfies the need for things that make you happy, stimulating a dopamine release.


The goal is to bring a personalised, mood-boosting quality to every area of your home.


Some designers find inspiration by reminiscing about their childhood bedrooms, where happiness was the guiding principle of interior design.


Think back to your teenage years - how did you want your room to look? Full of colour? Walls covered with posters of your favourite bands or celebrities?


By tapping into a playful sense of style, we can increase the positivity our homes provide, elevating mood and subsequently benefitting in areas such as productivity and sleep.


So let's dive in and look at seven ways you can decorate for dopamine!



1: Enhancing Mood with Dopamine-Drenched Colour Schemes

dopamine decor ideas - quirky colourful bed

The dopamine decor trend places a lot of emphasis on the colour.


Studies have found that different colours can trigger dopamine release in the brain.


Vibrant shades such as red, orange and yellow are particularly stimulating, increasing the dopamine release, perhaps because of their associations with positivity, grounding and warmth.

When you search for dopamine decor inspiration online, you're likely to find an abundance of pink, yellow, sky blue and mint green, but how you decorate your space should always be determined by your preference and which colours make you happy.

With that said, here are a few of my favourite dopamine decor colour palettes to give you some ideas!


dopamine decor lavender colour palette
Lavender Fairytale: Dreamy and Feminine

pink and orange dopamine decor colour palette
Melon Salad: Fresh and Sweet

dopamine decor colour palette
Smudge It: Calming and Creamy

pastel dopamine decor colour palette
Cutesie Pie: Pastel Central

2: Enhancing Tactile Satisfaction with Comforting Textures


Dopamine decor may be particularly attractive to individuals diagnosed with ADHD as they can have issues regulating their levels of this "feel-good" hormone.


Some ADHDers find they are more sensitive to sensory input than others. Different types of materials can create either a negative or positive response, so it's advisable to include pleasant-feeling materials and items in your dopamine decor.


Whether it's the plush feel of velvet or the warmth of sherpa, comfort is key. Even textured walls can contribute to a sensory-centred home.


Tactilely pleasing home decor can potentially stimulate dopamine, thus providing relief from anxiety, depression and stress (emotions that people with ADHD may have extra difficulty regulating).


While dopamine decor may be alluring to those with ADHD, neurotypicals can also benefit! If you want to create a space that is dopamine-friendly, you might consider incorporating some of the following items in your home:


Textured Surfaces:

textured soft white chair with wicker textured background

Have you ever wanted to reach out and touch a velvet armchair or embossed wallpaper just because you know it will feel amazing?


Providing tactile interest in the form of textured surfaces is a great way to add to your dopamine decor.


Outside of the obvious choices for intriguing textures like embossed wallpaper and soft furnishings, things like textured artwork, velvet curtains or even woven, knitted or crocheted fabrics can have a remarkable effect.


Squishy Rugs or Carpets:

room with a soft rug, velvet chairs and plants

There's nothing better than feeling your bare feet sink into a heavenly soft rug! I have a squashy, high-pile rug next to my bed. It's the first thing my feet touch when I get up in the morning, providing instant comfort in the early hours.


Blankets and Pillows:

blankets and throw pillows on an ottoman at the end of a bed

Add to the comfort factor of your space by filling it with plush items like soft, cosy throw pillows or fleece blankets.


Research suggests that weighted blankets, in particular, can decrease anxiety and increase serotonin and dopamine as they may cause the same response in your body as when you receive a hug.


3: Get Playful with Unique Furniture and Decorations

dopamine decor living room with abstract colourful coffee table and wallpaper

Aiming to inject energy and fun into our designs, dopamine decor promotes using bright colours, funky patterns and unique furniture and artwork. Stepping outside the norm is at the heart of this style, so here are some ideas to inspire your extraordinary decor!

Quirky Decor:

quirky desk decor with colourful keyboard - dopamine decor

Abstract decor encompasses everything quirky or out of the ordinary, especially unconventional shapes, patterns and themes that provide visual interest.


These seamlessly integrate with the bright colours that are so prominent in the dopamine decorating game.


The "Cores": Niche trends commonly intertwine within dopamine decor, especially those with a more playful or whimsical aesthetic:


Barbiecore:

barbiecore reading nook with cushy pink chair, white pillow, pink flowers, pink walls, pink carpet - dopamine decor

An aesthetic full to the brim with vibrant pinks and cheerful complementary shades, ultimately exuding positivity and confidence.


Fairycore:

fairycore bedroom with green walls, lavender accent, lots of plants, canopy with lights - dopamine decor

A dreamy style utilising fantastical design elements and natural materials centred around fairies, elves and similar mythological creatures.


Cottagecore:

cottagecore dining area - dopamine decor ideas - rustic aesthetic

Adopting everything rural, cottagecore celebrates being in harmony with nature, embracing countryside aesthetics, and promoting a simple, idyllic way of life. Think gingham tablecloths, vintage rugs and Victorian crockery.


Tropical Aesthetic:

dopamine decor tropical style aesthetic seating area with plants

Though it's own style, a tropical aesthetic is easily integrateable into your dopamine decor. Think colour palettes inspired by bright sunsets, blue oceans and rainforest foliage and bold tropical prints in the form of statement wallpapers or soft furnishings; and we can't neglect to mention how the placement of tropical houseplants can create a sublime jungle vibe.


Bold Patterns:

dopamine decor bathroom with bold floral patterned wallpaper

Bold patterns are hugely present in dopamine-drenched designs! From neon candy stripes to pastel leopard print, patterns provide visual interest and, when strategically placed, can provide seamless flow to the design, tying the whole room together.


Eccentric Art:

dopamine decor living room - maximalist living room with quirky art

I love artwork that makes my guests do a double-take.


Look beyond the typical landscape or portrait and think about choosing artwork that makes you want to sit and reflect on what you see.


Perhaps it's a piece that complements your passion for nature, reminds you of a loved one or makes you laugh.

4: Showcase Your Individuality by Adding Personal Touches

It's easy to get lost in the idea of a trend and feel you must match your design to those seen on social media or in a magazine, but remember that dopamine decor is supposed to make you happy.


So copying and pasting someone else's interior design into your home may not have the desired effect if it doesn't match your unique style.


Instead, unapologetically saturate your home with your personality.


Spark Happy Memories:

dopamine decor ideas - shelves with ornaments and keepsakes

When we see something that we associate with a past positive experience, it can ignite that memory and bring back the emotions we felt at the time.


Photographs from happy occasions, souvenirs from amazing vacations or even heirlooms that remind you of positive family values can all spark joy.


Reflect Your Passions:

desk area with plants, wildflower artwork - dopamine decor ideas

Things you feel passionate about can help to bring joy to your home, even in unexpected ways.


Artists might consider displaying their creations, or those who enjoy baking could find happiness in decorations that reflect their culinary love.


As a book enthusiast, I have meticulously arranged my (ever-growing) book collection by the colour of the covers, creating an aesthetically pleasing rainbow effect. It was fun to do and looks delectably pleasing to the eye, making it a core element of my living room design.


5: Bring Nature Indoors to Elevate the Energy

living room area with lots of plants and quirky decor - dopamine decor ideas

Many studies suggest having fresh flowers and plants in your home can boost your mood.


The optimistic colours of flowers and the freshening qualities of houseplants can have a significant effect. Similarly, natural materials in the home can provide an earthy, calming atmosphere.


Fresh Flowers:

fresh flower arrangement  in quirky vase - dopamine decor ideas - flowers make you happy

If it's in your budget, consider bringing home a bouquet of fresh flowers each week.


Research suggests that fresh flowers can help to reduce depression, anxiety and stress. They can also add brightness to your home if you opt for colourful flora combinations and vibrant shades.


Dried Flower Bouquets:

dried flower arrangement - dopamine decor ideas

A downside of fresh flowers is that they don't last.


Dried bouquets are a fantastic alternative.


They can be a little more expensive but are worth the investment as they are long-lasting and just as beautiful as a fresh floral arrangement.

Houseplants:

shelves with plants - dopamine decor ideas - quirky decor

Having houseplants in your home can provide all sorts of benefits, such as cleaner air and improved mood.


Furthermore, caring for houseplants, such as watering or repotting, can positively impact your mental health.


Natural Materials:

dopamine decor ideas - desk area with natural materials, wood and natural wall hangings

Including natural materials such as wicker, wood, cotton, and bamboo is a great way to uplift your space and create an organic aesthetic.


Nature-Inspired Decor:

throw pillows - nature-inspired design

Besides bringing nature indoors, you can enhance your dopamine decor by adopting a nature-inspired aesthetic which can have a beautifully soothing effect.


You can do this in various ways, such as selecting nature-themed embellishments and wallpaper printed with illustrations of leaves, trees, flowers or even mushrooms (for a quirky touch!).

6: Enhance the Atmosphere with Dopamine-Friendly Lighting

dopamine decor style bedroom

Lighting has an incredible ability to affect the atmosphere of a room. It's common knowledge that natural sunlight can boost mood and physical health. Therefore, it's important to prioritise good lighting in your dopamine decor design.

Optimise Natural Sunlight:

bright natural light living room with abstract furniture

To allow as much natural light into your space as possible, keep your blinds open and avoid putting too much "bulk" around your windows.


Enhance Natural Lighting:

brightly lit living room area with plants and large circular mirror

We don't always get a say in how much natural light comes into our home, but there are ways in which we can optimise this light, such as using mirrors to reflect light across the room and using light colours on our walls, such as white, to create a sense of brightness.


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