Let your inner child lead
Creating a home that makes you happy sounds simple in theory, but in practice, it can be hard to know where to start. Much of dopamine décor evokes memories of a carefree childhood when you hung posters on the walls and spent your allowance on eccentric items like a phone shaped like lips or a lava lamp. While your tastes may have evolved, think back to what brought you joy then – that’s where you start.
TIP: Pull out your favourite pieces of décor, art or clothing and see what themes you find to inspire you!
Your perfect escape
For some, it might be big bold blocks of bright colours, for others, it might be a retro-inspired ultra-modern spacey vibe. For most, it might be something a little more subtle, but whatever your perfect escape looks like, this is your sign to dive right in. Would stepping into a tropical jungle every day put a smile on your face? Pull in bold shades of green with lots of foliage and tropical patterns.
It’s all about balance
While dopamine décor can feel a bit overboard, when it comes down to it, there still needs to be a sense of balance. For most of us, starting with a strong neutral base and adding in fun, personal elements like artwork, soft furnishings or vintage pieces is the ideal way to embrace dopamine décor.
TIP: Don’t be afraid to mix colours or patterns for a unique look but remember to balance them with neutrals in between.
Tresillo Azul Fuchsia Seagrass Zest by Harlequin
Fleur Ochre by Russells
Japandi Usuko Olive Ginger Teal by Scion
The new (old) scandi
A minimalist style, inspired by nature, the Scandi look has been a popular choice with the 1950s and is commonly associated with the adjacent mid-century modern style. However, with the increasing popularity of maximalism in recent years a key part of the original Scandi design is coming back around – the need for cosiness!
Another bold trend that stands in direct opposite to the beige focus of the 2010s, colour drenching is the process of literally drenching a room in a single colour. As with all trends, there are more subtle ways to start incorporating colour drenching into your home, but its hallmark is choosing a single, central colour for a room and sticking to it.