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The rise of ‘dopamine décor’ – an interior trend

Imagine your childhood bedroom: It might have consisted of colorful walls, an obnoxious patterned bedspread (neon pink zebra, anyone?), an unnecessarily lavish stuffed animal collection, and posters of your favorite teenage crush. Before you thought about aesthetics or figured out your sense of style, you probably only decorated with pieces that made you happy. If that was you, guess what? You’re probably already pretty familiar with dopamine decor.

To follow the dopamine decor trend — like the dopamine dressing that came before it — all you need to do is focus on surrounding yourself with furniture, art, and items that make you happy. Think about what you would like to wake up to in the morning, whether it’s a certain color that you love so much that you’ll try the monochrome look, or retro kitchen appliances – whatever puts a smile on your face will do.

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“Dopamine decorating encourages us to think about our purchases and perhaps only buy what we need and love, as opposed to the over-consumerism that occurs when following trends,” says Grace Baena, interior design expert at the second-hand furniture brand Kaiyo. “When it comes to design and furniture shopping, the thrill of the search is completely dopaminating, especially when you come across a beautiful, one-of-a-kind piece.”

A bright living room with dopamine decor, a blue tile-lined fireplace, a peach pink sofa, light pillows, a coffee table and a navy blue chair

A bright living room with dopamine decor, a blue tile-clad fireplace, a peach pink sofa, light pillows, a coffee table and a navy blue chair

A bright living room with dopamine decor, a table and rattan chairs, a statement rug, a pink cabinet and turquoise shelves, and a pastel chandelier

A bright living room with dopamine decor, a table and rattan chairs, a statement rug, a pink cabinet and turquoise shelves, and a pastel chandelier

A bright living room in dopamine decor with pink walls and ceiling, pink sofas and pastel pillows, a purple table and a pink fireplace

A bright living room in dopamine decor with pink walls and ceiling, pink sofas and pastel pillows, a purple table and a pink fireplace

A colorful living room with dopamine decor featuring a green accent wall, a neutral sofa with statement pillows, a colorful gallery wall and an embroidered ottoman

A colorful living room with dopamine decor featuring a green accent wall, a neutral sofa with statement pillows, a colorful gallery wall and an embroidered ottoman

a colorful dopamine living room with a blue geo-print accent wall, a daybed with a bookcase, potted plants and bright artwork

a colorful dopamine living room with a blue geo-print accent wall, a daybed with a bookcase, potted plants and bright artwork

a colorful dopamine living room with a rattan sofa and colorful pillows, a colorful gallery wall, colorful pots and a brown stool

a colorful dopamine living room with a rattan sofa and colorful pillows, a colorful gallery wall, colorful pots and a brown stool

a colorful dopamine living room with a teal sofa and colorful pillows, a coral sideboard, greenery and eye-catching decor

a colorful dopamine living room with a teal sofa and colorful pillows, a coral sideboard, greenery and eye-catching decor

a colorful, eclectic bedroom with an emerald green accent wall, a red bed with colorful linens, bright artwork, potted plants and an orange credenza

a colorful, eclectic bedroom with an emerald green accent wall, a red bed with colorful linens, bright artwork, potted plants and an orange credenza

A colorful living room with dopamine decor, a pink accent wall, marigold chairs, colorful pillows and stools, and a statement gallery wall

A colorful living room with dopamine decor, a pink accent wall, marigold chairs, colorful pillows and stools, and a statement gallery wall

a bathroom in dopamine decor with green and white tiles, a wooden bathtub, a blush vanity, a pink curtain and a rug

a bathroom in dopamine decor with green and white tiles, a wooden bathtub, a blush vanity, a pink curtain and a rug

If you’re feeling sluggish or unmotivated, adding dopamine-inducing decorations to your space can give you the boost you need to get started. Since dopamine promotes concentration and attention, having some dopamine-boosting things around you can be helpful when you need to buckle down and get work done. While it may seem counterintuitive, research has shown that dopamine can actually promote relaxation. So if you’re looking for ways to relax at the end of the day, consider adding calming dopamine decor to your space.

A bathroom with dopamine decor, a green wall, wallpaper accents, a mustard rug, green plants and a blush door

A bathroom with dopamine decor, a green wall, wallpaper accents, a mustard rug, green plants and a blush door

A bedroom in dopamine decor with a bed and striking coral and blue linens, a nightstand and corner table, eye-catching artwork and lots of greenery

A bedroom in dopamine decor with a bed and striking coral and blue linens, a nightstand and corner table, eye-catching artwork and lots of greenery

A bedroom with dopamine decor and a bed with extra statement linens, pink nightstands, potted plants and colorful artwork

A bedroom with dopamine decor and a bed with extra statement linens, pink nightstands, potted plants and colorful artwork

A bedroom in dopamine decor with a cool and colorful accent wall, a bed with pastel linens, flowers, a pendant lamp and lots of greenery

A bedroom in dopamine decor with a cool and colorful accent wall, a bed with pastel linens, flowers, a pendant lamp and lots of greenery

A bedroom in dopamine decor with bold pink walls, a bed with a knitted headboard, bright linens and a statement gallery wall

A bedroom in dopamine decor with bold pink walls, a bed with a knitted headboard, bright linens and a statement gallery wall

A bedroom in dopamine decor with coral walls and shutters, a bed with a mint green headboard, colorful and pastel linens and a mirror

A bedroom in dopamine decor with coral walls and shutters, a bed with a mint green headboard, colorful and pastel linens and a mirror

A dopamine decor dining room with a green accent wall and a statement gallery wall, table, pink chairs, colorful pillows and lots of greenery

A dopamine decor dining room with a green accent wall and a statement gallery wall, table, pink chairs, colorful pillows and lots of greenery

A dopamine decor dining room with blush walls, a turquoise and purple table and chairs, a statement gallery wall, and a green pendant lamp

A dopamine decor dining room with blush walls, a turquoise and purple table and chairs, a statement gallery wall, and a green pendant lamp

A living room with dopamine decor, a blue sofa and colorful pillows, a cane coffee table, statement decor and artwork

A living room with dopamine decor, a blue sofa and colorful pillows, a cane coffee table, statement decor and artwork

A dopamine decor living room with a bold aqua accent wall, marigold chairs, colorful textiles, greenery and bright decor

A dopamine decor living room with a bold aqua accent wall, marigold chairs, colorful textiles, greenery and bright decor

A dopamine decor living room with a bold pink and periwinkle accent wall, a fireplace, a sitting area, colorful pillows and blankets, and eye-catching decor

A dopamine decor living room with a bold pink and periwinkle accent wall, a fireplace, a sitting area, colorful pillows and blankets, and eye-catching decor

A living room in dopamine decor with a brick fireplace, a chair with statement pillows, potted plants and some lamps

A living room in dopamine decor with a brick fireplace, a chair with statement pillows, potted plants and some lamps

A dopamine decor living room with a coral curved sofa, blue chair, pink coffee table, eye-catching artwork and some decor

A dopamine decor living room with a coral curved sofa, blue chair, pink coffee table, eye-catching artwork and some decor

How do you rock dopamine decor?

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to dopamine decoration, but there are some general guidelines you can follow. First, opt for bright, cheerful colors like yellow, orange and pink. These colors are known to increase dopamine levels in the brain. Patterns and textures can also be used to create a dopamine-friendly space. Think geometric shapes, stripes, or anything else that catches your eye. When it comes to furniture and accessories, pay attention to simplicity and clear lines. Too much clutter will only cause your senses to become overwhelmed and dopamine levels to drop.

A living room with dopamine decor, a green sofa and ottoman, a clear coffee table, bright decor and a neon lamp

A living room with dopamine decor, a green sofa and ottoman, a clear coffee table, bright decor and a neon lamp

A dopamine decor living room with a bright green accent wall, a yellow sofa, a bold yellow chair, a pink rug and ottoman, and a green ottoman

A dopamine decor living room with a bright green accent wall, a yellow sofa, a bold yellow chair, a pink rug and ottoman, and a green ottoman

A dopamine decor living room with a bright yellow sofa, orange chair, colorful gallery wall, statement rug and pillows

A dopamine decor living room with a bright yellow sofa, orange chair, colorful gallery wall, statement rug and pillows

A living room in dopamine decor with peach fuzz accents, floral wallpaper, a white sofa, printed pillows and a bold printed rug

A living room in dopamine decor with peach fuzz accents, floral wallpaper, a white sofa, printed pillows and a bold printed rug

A living room in dopamine decor with a wallpaper wall, a pink sofa with pastel pillows, a coral armchair and blue curtains

A living room in dopamine decor with a wallpaper wall, a pink sofa with pastel pillows, a coral armchair and blue curtains

A living room in dopamine decor with blush paneling, an orange sofa and colorful pillows, a hot pink basket and a pretty gallery wall

A living room in dopamine decor with blush paneling, an orange sofa and colorful pillows, a hot pink basket and a pretty gallery wall

A living room in dopamine decor with blush walls and ceiling, a pink sofa and chair, purple shelves and a hanging lamp

A living room in dopamine decor with blush walls and ceiling, a pink sofa and chair, purple shelves and a hanging lamp

A living room in dopamine decor with blush walls, a marigold sofa, a coral stool, a dark green chair, a gallery wall and a pink chandelier

A living room in dopamine decor with blush walls, a marigold sofa, a coral stool, a dark green chair, a gallery wall and a pink chandelier

A dopamine decor living room with dark green bookshelves, a pink sofa with pastel pillows, a printed rug and a statement chair

A dopamine decor living room with dark green bookshelves, a pink sofa with pastel pillows, a printed rug and a statement chair

A dopamine decor living room with floral wallpaper, a navy sofa and ottoman, pastel pillows, a hot pink credenza, statement decor, and blooms

A dopamine decor living room with floral wallpaper, a navy sofa and ottoman, pastel pillows, a hot pink credenza, statement decor, and blooms

A living room in dopamine decor with light pink walls, a purple sofa with pillows, a colorful printed chair, a turquoise side table and eye-catching decor

A living room in dopamine decor with light pink walls, a purple sofa with pillows, a colorful printed chair, a turquoise side table and eye-catching decor

A dopamine decor living room with pink walls, turquoise windows, an orange chair, a pink printed rug, a pink stool and some flowers and greenery

A dopamine decor living room with pink walls, turquoise windows, an orange chair, a pink printed rug, a pink stool and some flowers and greenery

A living room in dopamine decor with pink, coral and turquoise walls, a sofa, pink blankets, a blue chair and a fun coffee table

A living room in dopamine decor with pink, coral and turquoise walls, a sofa, pink blankets, a blue chair and a fun coffee table

A living room in dopamine decor with white furniture and a pink accent chair, a dining table and mustard chairs, light decor and a rug

A living room in dopamine decor with white furniture and a pink accent chair, a dining table and mustard chairs, light decor and a rug

a dopamine decor area with a colorful gallery wall, a daybed with bright pillows, and a coffee table with colorful planters

a dopamine decor area with a colorful gallery wall, a daybed with bright pillows, and a coffee table with colorful planters

How to try dopamine decor?

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to recreate these dopamine inspired rooms, there are plenty of affordable ways to do it! Start by painting your walls bright, cheerful colors or at least adding a single accent wall in the color you like. Fill your space with plants and flowers because being close to nature always gives us a feeling of relaxation. Hang photos and art that make you smile. Gallery walls are very trendy. Create something invigorating, inspiring and personal. Invest in comfortable furniture that you love and think about its design, it can be fun, whimsical and bold. Buy fun, colorful throw pillows and blankets: Even if your sofa and chairs are fairly simple and neutral, these pieces will add color. Display items that remind you of fond memories. Add some twinkling lights or string lights to create a warm, inviting atmosphere.

A dopamine decor area with a pink kitchen, turquoise range hood and kitchen island, bright blue table and disco balls above

A dopamine decor area with a pink kitchen, turquoise range hood and kitchen island, bright blue table and disco balls above

a dopamine decor area with a rattan daybed and stained credenza, statement textiles and a colorful gallery wall

a dopamine decor area with a rattan daybed and stained credenza, statement textiles and a colorful gallery wall

a dopamine decor with a pink sofa and colorful pillows, a coffee table, some plants and a gallery wall

a dopamine decor with a pink sofa and colorful pillows, a coffee table, some plants and a gallery wall

a dopamine dining area with a mint and polka dot accent wall, marble table, orange chairs and shelf, lots of greenery

a dopamine dining area with a mint and polka dot accent wall, marble table, orange chairs and shelf, lots of greenery

a dopamine living room with a Peach Fuzz accent wall, mid-century modern furniture including a rattan chair, bright decor, pillows and artwork

a dopamine living room with a Peach Fuzz accent wall, mid-century modern furniture including a rattan chair, bright decor, pillows and artwork

a dopamine living room with a fireplace and blue stools, built-in shelves and an armoire, a printed chair and a piece of art

a dopamine living room with a fireplace and blue stools, built-in shelves and an armoire, a printed chair and a piece of art

a dopamine living room with a sunny yellow sofa and colorful pillows, a printed rug and a statement gallery wall

a dopamine living room with a sunny yellow sofa and colorful pillows, a printed rug and a statement gallery wall

a dopamine living room with an aqua blue wall with bookshelves and colorful pillows, a large pink sofa, layered rugs and lots of greenery

a dopamine living room with an aqua blue wall with bookshelves and colorful pillows, a large pink sofa, layered rugs and lots of greenery

a dopamine living room with blush walls, a gray sofa with pink pillows, neon lights and a bright gallery wall

a dopamine living room with blush walls, a gray sofa with pink pillows, neon lights and a bright gallery wall

a dopamine living room with green walls, a yellow sofa, an orange table and pink chairs, a printed rug and sophisticated decor

a dopamine living room with green walls, a yellow sofa, an orange table and pink chairs, a printed rug and sophisticated decor

A fantastic living room with dopamine decor, blush walls and ceiling, a mustard sofa, a pink ottoman and a crazy gallery wall

A fantastic living room with dopamine decor, blush walls and ceiling, a mustard sofa, a pink ottoman and a crazy gallery wall

A beautiful living room in dopamine decor with a green accent wall, a pink sofa with colorful pillows, rattan tables, a statement rug and pastel-toned artwork

A beautiful living room in dopamine decor with a green accent wall, a pink sofa with colorful pillows, rattan tables, a statement rug and pastel-toned artwork

a living room with a pink sofa, colorful pillows, turquoise curtains, a heart and some art and a table with pretty decorations

a living room with a pink sofa, colorful pillows, turquoise curtains, a heart and some art and a table with pretty decorations

A living room with pastel dopamine decor, pink walls, a green sofa, pastel pillows, a pretty gallery wall and storage space

A living room with pastel dopamine decor, pink walls, a green sofa, pastel pillows, a pretty gallery wall and storage space

a pink dopamine living room with a pastel blue sofa, a statement gallery wall, a pink coffee table, a pink chandelier and a blue lamp

a pink dopamine living room with a pastel blue sofa, a statement gallery wall, a pink coffee table, a pink chandelier and a blue lamp

a pretty, dopamine-infused living room with bright green walls, a dark green sofa, printed pillows, a statement gallery wall, and a pink and orange rug

a pretty, dopamine-infused living room with bright green walls, a dark green sofa, printed pillows, a statement gallery wall, and a pink and orange rug

A dining room with super dopamine decor, pink walls, white tables and blue chairs, a purple pendant lamp, a bright gallery wall and eye-catching decor

A dining room with super dopamine decor, pink walls, white tables and blue chairs, a purple pendant lamp, a bright gallery wall and eye-catching decor

A super bright living room in dopamine decor with pink walls, a purple and turquoise sofa and ottoman, a statement rug, statement furnishings and a chandelier

A super bright living room in dopamine decor with pink walls, a purple and turquoise sofa and ottoman, a statement rug, statement furnishings and a chandelier

a vibrant living room with a statement rug, a fireplace with pink potted plants, a dark green chair and a peach sofa

a vibrant living room with a statement rug, a fireplace with pink potted plants, a dark green chair and a peach sofa

a particularly striking bedroom with dopamine decor, a bed and statement linens, a blue bench with statement linens and pillows, a papasan chair and bright artwork

a particularly striking bedroom with dopamine decor, a bed and statement linens, a blue bench with statement linens and pillows, a papasan chair and bright artwork

a statement dining room with a curved table and pink chairs, a sideboard and mirror in a purple frame, mint storage and some decor

a statement dining room with a curved table and pink chairs, a sideboard and mirror in a purple frame, mint storage and some decor

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