How to Design a Home That Makes You Happy

by Drew Henry

Why We’re Hopping on the Dopamine Decor Trend to Design Happier Homes 

Your home should make you happy, right? It seems like a pretty simple concept. However, if you aren’t getting that happy-to-be-home feeling when you walk in the door, it may be time to make some tweaks to uplift your space and your mood. The LiLi Tile Team is here to teach you how to design a home that makes you happy by hopping on the Dopamine Decor trend. Join us as we explain everything you need to create your happy place. 

What is the Dopamine Decor Trend?

If you’ve spent any time on TikTok or Instagram, you’re probably already familiar with the Dopamine Decor trend. If not, let us give you the 411 on this new interior design style that’s all about putting your happiness and comfort first. While strict sets of guidelines govern other interior design trends, Dopamine Decor only has one rule — choose what you love. Rather than focusing on what’s in style or good for your home’s resale value, Dopamine Decor gives you permission to put your personality front and center of your design plan. If it brings a smile to your face, you’re on the right track. 

Many people are going bold with their Dopamine Decor interiors, mixing and matching bright colors and patterns for an eclectic look. If funky and fresh is your style, try incorporating bright pinks, neon greens, energetic blues, and rich purples into your space alongside retro accessories. If neutrals bring a smile to your face, layer textures and patterns in all their magnificent monochrome glory. Go back to the days of decorating your childhood bedroom for the first time. Boy band posters, lava lamps, and beanie bags are all acceptable accessories in the Dopamine Decor world. 

8 Ways to Design a Home That Makes You Happy

The best part of designing your happy place with Dopamine Decor in mind is that you have no rules! But if you need help figuring out where to start, try these eight design tips guaranteed to make you feel happier at home. 

Live in Technicolor 

Find the colors that make you happy. Do you fancy yourself a calm neutrals person, or is the brighter, the better more your speed? One good place to start your color journey is in your closet. Our wardrobe colors offer pretty good insight into our preferred palettes. Also, pay attention to color psychology and how certain shades make you feel. For example, blue has a calming effect, yellow evokes joy, and white feels clean and crisp. We’re pretty big fans of color here at LiLi Tile, and we made it easy to browse our colorful cement tiles with our helpful color codes. 


Shed Some Light 

It’s hard to feel sad on a sunny day. Letting natural light into your space can literally brighten your home and your mood. Opt for sheer window treatments that allow the light to flood in. For the evenings, set the mood with plenty of ambient light fixtures in soft, warm tones. Overhead lights can feel harsh, but accent lamps with lower-watt bulbs can create a calming and cozy atmosphere

Cuddle in Ultra Plush Comfort 

Add a little extra comfort to your space. Go for plush furnishing with overstuffed cushions, rounded corners, and soft upholstery to take full advantage of evenings spent at home in your PJs. Layer with throw pillows and blankets to complete the cozy look. These added comforts will make your space inviting and oh-so-happy. 

Become a Plant Parent 

Humans crave connections to the outdoors, even inside our homes. Consider becoming a proud plant parent and adopting a houseplant or two. Plants bring the outdoors in and add a breath of fresh air to your space. As an added bonus, plant care gives you a peaceful hobby to enjoy from the comfort of your home!

Or Bring in Nature Without the Maintenance 

If you don’t have a green thumb, you can bring in the feeling of the outdoors through nature motifs in art, textiles, and even your floor tile. Our Flora Series cement tile is a bestseller for a reason. Inspired by springtime foliage, these leafy tiles bring the garden inside (with five stylish color variations to boot)!

Find Room for Friends

Social gatherings make us happy, so make some room for your besties. Create spaces to enjoy with friends, whether that’s for meals around the table or time spent playing cards on the sofa. Carving out some social spaces will bring life to your home. After all, there’s joy in sharing. 

And Also Make a Space for “Me Time” 

At the end of the day, your happy place is all about you. Create dedicated spots to practice self-care, unwind, and recharge. Think about what gives you joy. Maybe your “me time” space is a luxurious bathroom, a vibrant patio for your morning coffee, or even a backyard workspace. Did you know that cement tiles can be used inside and outside? No matter where you choose to build your “me time” space, we have a tile to finish it in style.

Put Your Personal Style Front and Center

Dopamine Decor is all about putting your personal style above passing trends. After all, the secret to a happy home is making it what you want, not what someone else says it should be. We’ve been advocates of personalized expression and color for years. So, we’re glad to see people creating spaces they love with our tile, from our Canine Collection to our Solids. Pick out what brings you joy. It’s as simple as that!

Create Your Happy Space 

Are you ready to start designing your happy space? Start from the ground up. Shop our wide collection of cement tile patterns made for any style under the sun. We’re sure you’ll find one that makes you smile.  

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Make sure to follow us on Instagram for more tile trends and design tips. Need some extra help? Give us a call! We love sharing our thoughts on the latest trends and answering any cement tile questions you have.

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