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The Joy of Dopamine Decor

In the realm of interior design, one of our all time favourite trends goes beyond aesthetics and taps into the very chemistry of happiness! Welcome to the world of dopamine decor, a style that not only pleases the eye but also stimulates the brain, making your home a haven of joy and happy energy. 

Keep reading to discover our top five ways you can bring this happy aesthetic into your home. 

What is Dopamine Decor? 

Dopamine is one of the feel-good chemicals in the human brain; a hormone that plays huge role in the way we notice and remember pleasurable experiences. The dopamine decor aesthetic is all about decorating in a way that stimulates the brain through the use of layered colours and patterns, and art and home decor. By creating a visually stimulating environment, you can enhance your mood and well-being every time you step into your home. 

Blend Bright Colours 

One of the key elements of dopamine decor is the use of bright, vibrant colours. Think bold yellows, rich reds, soft pinks and lively blues. These colours can instantly boost your mood and add a sense of playfulness to your space. Don't be afraid to mix and match—experiment with colour and print combinations that might seem unconventional. There is no right or wrong! The goal is to create a fun and stimulating atmosphere that keeps your senses engaged and mood boosted. 

One of our favourite ways to experiment with colour is with (you guessed it) BEDDING! Styling your bedding with contrasting prints, colours or even fabrics lets you create a fun and unique space in your home. The Kip&Co Bed Builder is a great way to play around with colour and print combinations as you can visualise your dream bed before purchasing. 

Keep it Tonal

While bright colours are a staple of dopamine decor, tonal or monochrome palettes are also a great option to get those happy hormones flowing. A area of the home filled with varying shades of a single color can be incredibly soothing yet stimulating. This approach creates a cohesive look that can make your space feel both sophisticated and energetically charged. 

Pro tip: Use different textures and patterns through cushions, blankets and rugs within the same colour family to add even depth and interest!

Play with Bold Patterns

Patterns and prints are another great aspect of dopamine decor. From gorgeous ginghams to floral prints and cosy tartans, bold patterns can make a strong statement and add a dynamic element to your interior. 

Layer different patterns to create a rich tapestry of visual stimuli, but make sure to balance them so they complement rather than overwhelm. Don’t be shy to introduce it slowly by adding some floral pillowcases or striped euros to your current bedding set up. Otherwise, keep your linen plain and accessorise with woven blankets and boucle cushions

Retro Furnishings

Nostalgia plays a big role in dopamine decor, which is why retro furnishings are a perfect fit! Think mid-century modern chairs, vintage rattan lamps, and 70's inspired decor. These items not only add character to your home but also evoke fond memories from a certain period of time. Mixing retro pieces with contemporary elements can create a unique and personalised aesthetic that feels both fresh and familiar.

Statement Upholstery

Your choice of upholstery can make or break the dopamine decor vibe. Opt for statement pieces that feature bold colors or quirky patterns. A brightly coloured sofa or a patterned armchair can become the focal point of your room, drawing the eye and adding a burst of energy. Don't shy away from unconventional choices—this is your chance to let your personality shine through your furnishings!

Finally - Art!

No dopamine infused home is complete without some wall art! Whether it's a large abstract painting, a quirky sculpture, or a gallery art wall of your favorite prints, art can significantly enhance the aesthetic of your space. Choose pieces that speak to you personally and evoke happy feelings. The presence of art not only beautifies your home but also serves as a constant source of inspiration and joy.