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Dopamine Decor


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In the world of interior design oftentimes it seems that we are told to design spaces that are clean, bright and white so that should we want to sell up and move on it is easier to attract a new buyer or tenant.

As a creative this has never sat right with me. I want my space to be a reflection of me and my passions. And thankfully interior design has finally taken the hint and are now creating spaces that evoke joy and happiness as the fundamental goal.... Enter dopamine decor!

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The trend has been featured on such illustrious publications as Architectural Digest , Better Homes & Gardens, Cosmopolitan & House Beautiful to name but a few. Its aim is to go beyond aesthetics to stimulate the brain's pleasure center, elevating the mood of any room.

Inspired by the neurotransmitter dopamine, which plays a crucial role in feelings of pleasure and reward, dopamine decor aims to design spaces that promote positivity, creativity, and well-being, and who couldn't use a bit more of that in their space.

At its core, dopamine decor is about incorporating elements that trigger feelings of happiness and contentment. It's not just about following trends or adhering to a specific style; it's about curating a space that brings you, personally, joy on a deeper level. Whether you're designing a home, office, or commercial space, the principles of dopamine decor can be applied to create environments that uplift and inspire.

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Key Elements of Dopamine Decor:

Colour Psychology: Colours have a powerful impact on our emotions and mood. In dopamine decor, vibrant and uplifting colors are often used to evoke feelings of happiness and energy. Think cheerful yellows, calming blues, and energizing oranges. Experimenting with different colour combinations can help create a space that resonates with you personally. Colour drenching is a trend I personally love but if you are not sure about splashing out on your walls, adding pops of colour through art and accessories is an easier way to dip your toe into dopamine decorating.

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Natural Elements: Incorporating elements from nature can have a profound effect on our well-being. Whether it's indoor plants, natural wood furniture, or stone accents, bringing the outdoors in can create a sense of tranquility and connection to the natural world. Studies have shown that exposure to nature can reduce stress and increase feelings of happiness – making it a key component of dopamine decor.

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Playful Accents: Injecting a sense of playfulness into your decor can add an element of fun and whimsy to any space. Consider incorporating playful patterns, quirky accessories, or unexpected design elements that bring a smile to your face. These playful accents can serve as conversation starters and add personality to your environment.

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Comfort and Coziness: Creating a cozy and inviting atmosphere is essential for promoting relaxation and well-being. Soft textiles, plush rugs, and comfortable seating arrangements can make a space feel warm and welcoming. Incorporating elements of hygge – the Danish concept of coziness and contentment – can help cultivate a sense of comfort and security in your home.

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Personal Touches: Ultimately, dopamine decor is about creating a space that reflects your personality and interests. Displaying meaningful artwork, cherished mementos, or items that spark joy can imbue your space with a sense of authenticity and individuality. Surround yourself with things that make you happy and inspire you to live your best life.

The magical benefits of Dopamine Decor:

Mood Enhancement

Increased Productivity

Stress Reduction

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Bringing Dopamine Decor into Your Space:

Whether you're revamping your entire home or simply looking to refresh a single room, incorporating elements of dopamine decor can transform your space into a haven of joy and positivity. Start by identifying the colours, textures, and elements that resonate with you personally, and don't be afraid to get creative. Remember, the goal is to create a space that makes you feel happy, inspired, and at peace. So go ahead, infuse your space with joy and watch as it magically transforms into a sanctuary of happiness and contentment.

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Dopamine decor is essentially decorating in colours, textures, and patterns that bring you joy. This can look different for everyone, which means the design possibilities are endless and there is no right or wrong way to lean into the trend. Just have fun with it and if it brings you joy, then that is what matters.

If like me, you love colour, then there are some of the super colourful artworks from my 2023 Life is Neon collection still available. These original pieces are so energetic, they'd be perfect for an eclectic and colourful home. Check out my online shop at the link below to see what is available...

Image of Linda, one of my happy clients delighted with her new abstract artwork 'Corners of my Mind ' , which is displayed on a gorgeous vintage dresser and bordered by two beautiful orchids in her home.

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