If you’re looking to add some energy, vibrancy or a burst of joy into your home, then ‘dopamine decor’ is perfect for you. Drawing inspiration from the fascinating science behind dopamine, the feel-good neurotransmitter in our brains, dopamine decor is all about creating spaces that evoke positive emotions and stimulate our senses. From vibrant colours and playful patterns to statement artwork and mood-boosting accessories, we've got you covered. So, get ready to embrace a design trend that will uplift your mood and make your home an invigorating place.
1) Colourful Accents
Add vibrant and lively colours throughout your space. Choose bold and energetic hues like electric blue, vibrant yellow, or hot pink as accent colours on walls, furniture, or decorative accessories. These pops of colour can instantly uplift your mood and create a visually stimulating environment. Check out our blog post 5 Good Reasons to Add Colour to Your Home for more:
2) Playful Patterns
Introduce playful patterns into your decor. Consider incorporating geometric shapes, abstract designs, or lively prints on textiles such as rugs, curtains, and throw pillows. These patterns can add a sense of dynamism and visual interest to your living spaces.
Take inspiration from contemporary artist Sarah Emily Porter’s work exploring the complexity of colour, composition and form. See Sarah’s artwork displayed in our Walthamstow and Leyton offices. For some more inspiration just look at the large-scale mural on Leyton High Street from London-based French artist Camille Walala, in her colourful, signature style.
3) Statement Artwork
Hang bold and expressive artwork on your walls. Look for pieces that evoke joy, excitement, or whimsy. Abstract paintings, colourful prints, or vibrant sculptures can serve as focal points and contribute to the overall energetic atmosphere of the room.
East End Prints have a huge cool and unique made-to-order selection of wall art prints and framed art from independent artists. Check out our blog post Is your rental home looking a bit ‘rental’? for some inspiration.
4) Eclectic Furnishings
Mix and match different furniture styles and materials to create an eclectic vibe. Combine modern pieces with vintage finds or incorporate unconventional materials like acrylic, neon, or metallic finishes. The combination of contrasting elements can add an element of surprise and create a visually stimulating environment. If you’re looking for something one-off or a bit different, take advantage of the amazing flea markets happening in East London.
5) Mood-Boosting Accessories
Use accessories and decor items that evoke positivity and happiness. Incorporate items like plush cushions, bright lighting fixtures, and quirky decor pieces such as unique vases or sculptures. These elements can create a joyful atmosphere and enhance the overall dopamine-inspired aesthetic in your home. The Every Space, Pavement, The W Store and newly opened Yardarm Home are some of our favourites for picking up something to make us smile.
Remember, embracing the "dopamine decor" trend is all about infusing your space with energy, vibrancy, and a sense of joy. Have fun experimenting with colours, patterns, and unique decor pieces to create a space that truly sparks happiness.
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