What is Dopamine Décor?

Interior design trends are constantly evolving, one minute the focus is Scandi minimalism and next homeowners are encouraged to plaster their walls with bold colours and intricate wallpaper! Dopamine Décor is a new design trend expected to take precedence in 2024, so what is it exactly?

In essence, Dopamine Décor is a feel-good design style that encourages homeowners to bring styles into their homes that they are drawn to, ultimately creating a home that fills them with joy. Whilst this typically involves vibrant colours and eclectic patterns that are full of personality, Dopamine Décor focuses on how the space makes you feel rather than the items inside of it.

As Kati Curtis explains to Homes & Gardens, ‘The essence of dopamine decor lies in its personalisation and individuality for each homeowner. Colour, texture, and composition become powerful tools for designers to evoke feelings of warmth and happiness in a space. Whether it’s through carefully selected colour schemes, pattern mixes, or thoughtful arrangements, the goal is to create an environment that resonates with the homeowner on a personal level. Ultimately, dopamine decor aims to create spaces that go beyond aesthetics and truly connect with the emotions and memories of those who inhabit them.’

Here are some décor tips that encapsulates this design style:

Colour Drench

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Colour is the main characteristic of a joyful interior. Of course, this does not necessarily mean you need to paint your entire home in vibrant yellow. We recommend a neutral backdrop complemented by bold accents throughout, which will create a pleasant, balanced effect in your home. For example, in the living room consider adding a boldly coloured upholstery for your lounge chairs paired with neutral hues on the walls. You could also add vibrant pops of colours via flowers, coffee table books and wall art.

Think about texture and pattern

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Experimenting with texture can also play a big part on how you feel. Once you have tied your room together with your chosen colour palette, you can then start to experiment with textures and patterns. Using more than one pattern can cause the space to clash and look too busy, therefore it is important to exhibit restraint. Consider adding texture via the wallpaper and flooring, and even in the smaller details such as vases, cushions and blankets.


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Dopamine Décor also exhibits a sustainable approach to interior design. Since the purpose of Dopamine Décor is to create a space that brings you joy via pieces that have personal meaning, using vintage items or pieces that have been passed through the family add special memories as well as sustainability.
Adding greenery can also liven up the space as well as provide numerous health benefits. According to research, house plants can make you feel relaxed as well as increase productivity and decrease anxiety.

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