How to Incorporate Dopamine Design in Your Space

October 27, 2023  ·  7 min read  ·  Reviewed by Sarah Zubowski

Have you heard of dopamine design? Over the last few years, furniture trends particularly on social media have been dictating how people should be decorating their homes. Minimalism, maximalism, and virtually every aesthetic in between come with a clear set of rules of what paint colors you should choose, what decor to display, and what shape and style of furniture to buy. However, dopamine design challenges those rules by essentially throwing them out the window.

If you’re new to the dopamine design trend, you’ll be happy (pun intended) to hear that this style is all about you! 

What is dopamine design? 

Dopamine is known as the feel-good hormone in our brains that allows us to feel the sensation of joy and happiness. In the fashion world, especially on social media platforms like TikTok,  “dopamine dressing” was coined to describe wearing clothing that simply makes you happy regardless of whether it is trendy or not. This phenomenon has bled into the interior design sphere and more and more people are incorporating “dopamine design” into their homes by finding and styling furniture pieces that bring them a sense of comfort and delight. 

When you look at your furniture in your space, you should be filled with joy, excitement, and even pride! If you were to look at your current furniture now, how would you feel? If the answer is the complete opposite of joy or happiness, it may be time to shop for some new furniture. 

What are the benefits of dopamine decor?

Dopamine design gives you the freedom to decorate your home exactly the way you want to! You can invest your hard-earned money into furniture pieces that you will actually love long-term as opposed to trendy or boring pieces that you’ll no longer be interested in in a few months. Incorporating your personal interests and tastes into your home decor (as opposed to what magazines tell you to buy) can save you time and money in the long run and leave you with a home that is both aesthetically and emotionally pleasing. 

Here at Living Designs Furniture, we believe that furniture should be a source of happiness and light in your home. Our experts can help you to cultivate or create pieces of unique furniture that truly speak to your soul. As the furniture manufacturer and retailer, we create the most high-quality and personable custom furniture Houston has ever seen for prices that are sure to make you smile. 

Book a free design consultation with an expert today to craft your very own personalized dopamine design ideas for your home! We’ll work with you one-on-one to see how we can bring your unique vision to life. 

3 ways to incorporate the dopamine design trend into your space

The best thing about the dopamine design trend is that it’s not really a trend at all. This movement is more about ignoring what’s popular or carefully curated and focusing more on how you can make your home feel like a reflection of you. All of your dreams can be achieved when you entrust our expert craftsmen to create the best custom furniture you’ve ever seen!

Here are some easy ways to add a bit of dopamine to your home design with our fully customizable furniture capabilities! 

1. Choose what hues make you smile

Color is such a fun and simple way to add a bit of brightness, boldness, or just plain fun to your home decor! Forget about what colors are currently trendy and think about what hues really catch your attention and make you happy. Colors can convey a variety of emotions and can set the mood in your space.

For example, blue hues evoke a sense of calmness and tranquility while orange tones bring a bright energy to any room. Pops of green can bring an air of organic freshness whereas yellows are more eye-catching and dominant. Our craftsmen can create your furniture in any color you desire! Whether you want a giant hot pink couch or a few lavender armchairs, incorporating your favorite colors into your space can be an easy way to make your home really feel like you.

Burnt orange sofa with tufting design.

2. Pick patterns that catch your eye

If you truly want to create a look that is totally unique, play around with patterns! Fun and funky or elegant and graceful patterns are a great way to take a piece of furniture to new heights. Similar to colors, patterns can portray certain feelings that can set the vibe of your space. 

What types of patterns speak to you? Do you love the look of a classic stripe or would you rather have something more out there like tye-dye? If you love floral prints, why not incorporate a printed chaise in your space to add a touch of fun and femininity? You can even mix and match patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look. There are so many ways to incorporate patterns and create a fun atmosphere with your furniture. 

Although there are always patterns and textures that are considered either “in-style” or “so four years ago,” stick to what makes you happy. At the end of the day, your furniture should be a reflection of what you enjoy. If you have swatches of a particular fabric that you adore, our experts can create your pieces using that same swatch or similar fabric!

Pink living room with patterned couches.

3. Say hello to fun shapes

Who says that furniture always has to be predictable? While standard shapes and sizes of furniture are fine and dandy, dopamine design encourages you to think outside the box! Fun and unexpected shapes are a great way to turn any furniture piece from bland to exciting. You can add flowy curves to a couch to replace stuffy straight lines or even make an ottoman in the shape of a flower.

Take the custom bench below for example. The client asked for a bench to create more storage and seating space, but wanted something with an extra bit of flair. The curvy design is much more interesting than a standard bench and is a complete standout in their space! Unique shapes can add character and a pop of fun to your home decor without looking like a playhouse. Or if playhouse is your vibe, go nuts and make everything fun-shaped!

Light orange custom bench by Living Designs Furniture.

Dabble in dopamine design with the help of Living Designs Furniture

Dopamine design is intended to encourage people to fill their homes with furniture pieces that make them happy. It centers around focusing on your interests, your visions, and your joy. We believe that every homeowner should furnish their space according to what makes them smile — and we help make those dreams come true every day.

Our customers say we are the best furniture store in Houston because we can fully customize any piece of furniture to their heart’s content. We can change the fabric, shape, size, cushion comfort, design details, and more to be EXACTLY what you want. There’s no need to settle when you shop with us. 

If you’re looking for dopamine design ideas to take your space to the next level, visit our showroom in Downtown Houston to speak with a furniture expert today in your 1:1 free design consultation. In the meantime, peruse our furniture buying guide to see what types of furniture styles speak to you and your lifestyle. 

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