Seeing as most of us will spend the majority of our lives in our homes, it only makes sense that it should be a happy space where we feel most content.

You may have heard of dopamine as the feel-good chemical in your brain, but did you know that it can also be used to create an aesthetically pleasing living space?! That's right, we can actually design our homes in a way that maximises the release of this happiness-inducing neurotransmitter.

From colourful accents to cosy textures, there are countless ways to incorporate dopamine-boosting elements into your home.

1. Use bright and bold colours

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Bright, bold colours can do wonders for your mood and energy levels! Not only can these colours increase dopamine levels in the brain, helping boost feelings of happiness and motivation but they can also bring a lively and vibrant atmosphere to your home. 

So how can you add these colours to your home without assaulting your senses? One easy way is through accent pieces such as pillows, rugs, and curtains. Colours such as red, orange, and yellow can help stimulate the release of dopamine in the brain so why not consider adding a pop of yellow or orange to a neutral room for an instant burst of energy? 

Don't be afraid to mix and match bold colours. A bright accent wall paired with a bold sofa can create a dynamic and eye-catching space. However, be sure to balance these colours with neutral tones to prevent overwhelming the room.


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2. Add plants and natural materials

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Did you know that adding plants and natural materials to your home can increase the levels of dopamine in your brain? Plants not only add an aesthetic appeal to our homes, but they also have numerous health benefits. Studies have shown that having plants in our environment can lower stress levels, improve air quality, and even boost productivity. 

Being surrounded by natural elements is also known to promote a sense of calm and well-being. Natural materials, like wood, stone, and clay, can also have a positive impact on our brain chemistry. These materials are associated with nature and can help us feel connected to the outdoors, even when we’re inside. Using these materials in our homes can create a warm and inviting atmosphere that is conducive to relaxation and happiness.
So, if you’re looking to increase your dopamine levels and improve your overall well-being, consider adding some plants and natural materials to your home.


3. Brighten your mood with light

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Light has a significant impact on our mood and behaviour. It can affect our sleep, energy, and even our levels of dopamine. Different lighting schemes can have various effects on our dopamine levels, depending on their intensity, colour, and duration.

One way lighting can increase dopamine levels is by mimicking natural light. Exposure to bright daylight has been shown to increase dopamine production and improve mood. By using lighting that simulates natural light, we can help boost dopamine levels and promote a positive mood.

The duration of exposure to lighting can also affect dopamine levels. Short bursts of bright light have been shown to increase dopamine levels, while prolonged exposure to dim light can have the opposite effect. By using lighting to create a dynamic and stimulating environment, you can increase your dopamine levels and promote a positive mood.


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4. Add artwork that brings you joy

artwork that inspires joy

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Art is not just a visual experience; it can actually have a positive impact on our brain chemistry. Studies have shown that just looking at artwork can increase dopamine levels in the brain.

Whether you're an artist or an art enthusiast, it's clear that artwork can have a powerful impact on our brain chemistry. So next time you're feeling down or stressed, consider taking some time to admire or create a piece of art – your brain (and your mood) will thank you!


5. Use scent-sational smells

candles raising dopamine levels

Smell is a powerful sense that can evoke strong emotions and memories. It has the ability to transport us back in time, making us feel as though we are reliving a moment from our past. Studies have shown that scent when used correctly can have a positive effect on our mood, making us feel happier and more relaxed.

Fragrances, diffusers, and candles are more than just decorative items for your home. They can also have a profound impact on your mood and well-being. 
You can use essential oils in a diffuser to create a relaxing and calming atmosphere in your home. Lavender, chamomile, and vanilla are all great options for promoting feelings of relaxation and happiness. Just a few drops of these oils in a diffuser can go a long way in improving your mood and overall well-being.

Scented candles are a great way to create a cosy and inviting atmosphere in your home. Candles that are scented with citrus, peppermint, or cinnamon can help to boost dopamine levels and improve your mood. They can also help to reduce stress and anxiety, making your home a more peaceful and calming environment.

Lastly, you can use fragrances in your home by using natural scents like fresh flowers, herbs, and spices. These scents can be added to your home by using potpourri, fresh flowers, or by simply placing herbs and spices around your home. The natural scents of these items can help to increase dopamine levels and promote feelings of happiness and well-being.


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6. Use music to tune into your happy place

Record player placed where it can be enjoyed

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It’s not news that music can help create a positive and uplifting atmosphere in your home. So when you are planning a room you should make sure you know where your radio, smart speaker or record player can be placed. (Or if you’re really dedicated where your speakers will be installed!)

You can incorporate music into your home where you can use it as a background for your daily activities. Whether you're cooking, cleaning, or working, having music playing in the background can help to create a more positive and productive environment.

You could set up a dedicated listening area. This can be as simple as creating a cosy corner with a comfortable chair, a good sound system, and your favourite music. You can even display some of your favourite album covers to really craft a happy place that represents your personality. 

By incorporating music into your home, you can create a more positive and uplifting environment that will benefit both your mental and physical health. So, turn up the volume and let the music play!


7. Organise your home  - Tidy space, happy place! 

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Clutter can create stress and anxiety, so keeping your space tidy and organised can help promote a sense of calm and relaxation.

When you declutter, you get rid of items that no longer serve a purpose, creating more space and reducing stress. It's important to remember that decluttering doesn't mean throwing everything away; it simply means getting rid of things that you no longer need or use. This can be done by donating items to charity, recycling, or selling them online.

By completing these tasks, you'll feel a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction, leading to an increase in dopamine levels. Just taking these small steps towards a more organised home, you'll not only feel happier and more motivated, but you'll also have a space that you can truly relax and unwind in.


8. Personalise your space

Personalised home makes this homeowner's dopamine levels rise

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Personalising your home is not just a fun activity to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. It can actually have a positive impact on your mental health, Adding personal touches such as photographs, mementoes, and souvenirs can help create a sense of happiness and nostalgia in your home.

First and foremost, personalising your home can give you a sense of control and ownership. This feeling of control can lead to increased dopamine levels, as you feel a sense of accomplishment and pride in your space. Whether it's painting a room your favourite colour, hanging up art that speaks to you, or rearranging your furniture.

Finally, personalising your home can lead to increased social interaction. When you’re “house proud”, you are more likely to invite people over and share your space with others. Social interaction has been shown to increase dopamine levels, so by personalising your home and sharing it with others, you can create a positive cycle of happiness and satisfaction.

So, go ahead and paint that accent wall, hang up those family photos, and light that scented candle. Your brain will thank you for it!


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9. Use different textures to create a feel-good space

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Some easy ways to add texture to your home include incorporating plush cushions and throws, layering rugs and adding decorative items with interesting textures, such as woven baskets or textured wall art.

Not only can adding texture to your home help to increase your dopamine levels, but it can also make your home feel more cosy and inviting. So why not try incorporating some new textures into your home décor and see how it makes you feel? 


10. Display your bookshelf bliss

cosy office that shows books

When we read a book, our brains release dopamine, which can make us feel good. But did you know that simply looking at books can have the same effect? 

Studies have shown that people who have books in their homes have higher levels of dopamine than those who don't. This is because books are a reminder of knowledge, learning, and personal growth.

When we see books in our home, it reminds us of all the things we have learned and all the things we have yet to discover. It can also be a source of inspiration, motivation, and creativity.

In addition to the dopamine boost, displaying books in your home can also make your space feel more welcoming and inviting. It can be a great conversation starter and can help you connect with others who share your interests. So, next time you're looking for a way to boost your mood and add some personality to your home, try displaying some of your favourite books!


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