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Darren Kennedy: What is the ‘dopamine decor’ trend and how can you use it to style your home happy this autumn?

This autumn is about designing your home to be a happy spot, but you needn’t go big to add a ray of sunshine to your space

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Mah Jong seating in Missoni Home fabric, sectional prices, from €1,600; armless chair, €3,520, all Roche Bobois.

Mah Jong seating in Missoni Home fabric, sectional prices, from €1,600; armless chair, €3,520, all Roche Bobois.

Floral double duvet set, €16; ‘Happy’ slogan cushion, €8, both Penneys/Primark.

Floral double duvet set, €16; ‘Happy’ slogan cushion, €8, both Penneys/Primark.

Mirror, €4, Penneys/Primark.

Mirror, €4, Penneys/Primark.

Vase, €12.99, from a selection, TK Maxx.

Vase, €12.99, from a selection, TK Maxx.

Wool throw, €405, Missoni, missoni.com

Wool throw, €405, Missoni, missoni.com

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Mah Jong seating in Missoni Home fabric, sectional prices, from €1,600; armless chair, €3,520, all Roche Bobois.

The trends for autumn are all incredibly cheerful. From bright floral bedspreads to rainbow motifs on welcome mats, it seems we are trying to insulate ourselves from the encroaching darkness of winter by decorating ourselves happy. It makes sense. Our homes are supposed to be our happy place. Walking across the threshold should be a relief.

Colour can make a big difference, but it doesn’t have to be obvious. Instead of opting for a primary colour on your walls, try a paler or pastel shade for a more grown-up look. I like a grey-lilac, pale pistachio green or even a vibrant coral, which is bold without being harsh.


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