In the quest for a happier home, the latest design trend, “Dopamine Decorating,” promises to revolutionize your space without breaking the bank. Say goodbye to the daunting decisions of timeless versus trendy and hello to a home that truly makes you smile.
Real Simple unpacks this trend with three key tips:
- Start with Easy Upgrades – No need for a full-scale renovation. Incorporate color through easy upgrades such as peel-and-stick wallpaper, vibrant planters, throw blankets, pillows, and other home accessories. And nothing is off the table: Real Simple says, “if neutrals make you happy, that’s also a part of dopamine decorating.”
- Decide on a Color Scheme – Narrow down your palette to three colors that suit the room’s purpose. Think: deep shades for coziness and relaxation, bright colors for energy in spaces like kitchens or hallways. Colors have the power to soothe, invigorate, and inspire, so think about what serves you best.
- Think About Pattern – Begin with a pattern or wallpaper you love, and let it guide your color choices. Use one color as the lead and the others to complement it. “As long as your (pattern) combination makes you feel good, that’s all that matters,” states Real Simple.
Design expert Annie Sloan tells Real Simple, “Let color be your ally in crafting spaces that reflect your unique style and evoke the emotions you desire.” With dopamine decorating, your design journey becomes a joyful and personal experience, transforming your home into a sanctuary of happiness.