Dopamine Decor: How to Use it in Your Home

How to use dopamine decor in your home

Have you ever walked into a room and just felt happy? That feeling can be attributed to the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter in the brain associated with pleasure and reward.

Dopamine is released when we do things that make us happy, and we can also trigger the release of dopamine by manipulating our environment. This is where dopamine decor comes in.

Dopamine decor is about letting go of expectations of how a room, space or your home “should” look and instead, embracing whatever makes you feel happy. Creating a space that promotes feelings of happiness, relaxation, and comfort. It’s about designing a space that makes you feel good. Boosting that serotonin level to evoke happiness.

orange wool throw

Dopamine decor is all about letting go of how you or others think a room should look and embracing what makes you feel happy.

Here’s how you can use dopamine decor in your home:

  1. Colour is key
    One of the most important elements of dopamine decor is colour. Research has shown that certain colours can affect our mood and emotional state. For example, blue is calming, yellow is energising, and green is refreshing. You can use colours to create a desired mood in a room. If you want to create a relaxing space, choose calming colours like blue, green, or soft pastels. If you want to create an energising space, choose bold and bright colours like yellow, red, or orange. It's all about choosing what makes you happy. There are no rules.
  2. Go wild with plants.
    I love houseplants. I can struggle to keep them alive, but I love them all the same. Plants not only add beauty to a space, but they also have a calming effect. Plants can improve air quality and promote relaxation by making us feel more connected to nature. Research has shown that spending time around plants can reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Adding plants to a space is an easy and affordable way to create a more relaxing environment.
  3. Create a cosy atmosphere
    Another important element of dopamine decor is creating a cosy atmosphere. There are several ways to do this, such as adding soft blankets and pillows, using warm lighting, and incorporating natural materials like wood and stone. Creating a cosy atmosphere makes a room feel inviting and comfortable, which can promote feelings of happiness and relaxation. Country Mouse is all about being cosy, and our wool throws are available in a wide range of colours. Experiment by layering lots of different coloured wool throws, cushions, and other textiles.
  4. Display meaningful items
    Displaying items that hold personal significance can also contribute to dopamine decor. Displaying family photos, artwork, or mementoes can help create a space that is unique and meaningful to you. Seeing these items can trigger positive memories and emotions, leading to an overall feeling of happiness. Gallery walls are another way of doing this. I’m not even sure if they are still on trend. If you like a gallery wall, have a gallery wall.
  5. Wallpaper is a winner. Choose fun happy and cheerful wallpapers.

wool throw

Pastel shades can help create a calm environment, whereas oranges and yellows are more exciting and uplifting.

Incorporating dopamine decor into your home is all about creating a space that promotes happiness, relaxation, and comfort. By adding plants, using calming colours, creating a cosy atmosphere, displaying meaningful items, and letting go of the idea of a perfect show home. Embrace your fun side. If you're not wanting to do a room, a shelf is a good way to use dopamine décor in a small way. You can even use dopamine décor by adding a house plant to your desk with some bright funky pens and a cosy throw or cushion.

You can create a space that makes you feel good. Designing your space to promote the release of dopamine can have a positive impact on your overall well-being, leading to a happier and healthier life.

colourful wool throws

If you feel inspired to add colour to your home, Country Mouse has a lovely range of colourful wool throws to choose from.


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