Goodbye minimalism, hello dopamine decor

Lara Jones
Multimedia Editor

Over the past few years, there has been a rise in an aesthetic dedicated to being simple. You can find it in fashion with types of clothing that match the “clean girl aesthetic” and you can also find it in home furnishings with lots of houses embracing an all-white beige look both inside and outside. Even architecture has taken hold of this boring look and its modernization has made this era of houses the most forgettable. Go through any recently constructed neighborhood and an overabundance of white houses with black trim. Some people have embraced this look but I’m not sure where to stand.

Whenever I see these types of places it always confuses me. How can you look at a gorgeous house that you own and instead of making it a work of art you transform it into a bland white wall? It’s disappointing, it’s your home you have all the tools at your disposal, and instead, you create an asylum-looking place that no child should ever be allowed in because they will disrupt the pristine look of your home.

Celebrities might be the cause of this trend. People like Kim Kardashian have taken this look and transformed their lives. Her whole house looks like an alien spaceship from the movie “Arrival.” All she needs is Amy Adams and she’s set for a perfect reenactment. Although I have a distaste for minimalism, it is important to note that its influence in our world can be a positive for how society is faring

An example of minimalism decor

Right before the minimalist era started there was the 2010s which were all over the place. Galaxy print and owl motifs were everywhere. Millennial chic was wearing an outfit that was in your face with loud colors or even louder accessories. If you weren’t aware this has been linked to financial issues in the economy. After the recession, people were trying to make things better than they were. We also saw this right before the Great Depression in the 1920s when fashion became more glitzy and outlandish. This is why we should be concerned about the slow vanishing of minimalism.

Over the past few months, more people have been taken by something called “dopamine decor,” and while the name is fun it also has another: maximalism. Everything is colorful, fun, and camp. We’re abandoning minimalism and that could spell trouble for the world. The further we try to overcompensate for how happy we are through our clothing there is a good chance that it means we are on a downward spiral, and if you’ve kept an eye on the news these days it’s becoming more apparent how deep this spiral will take us. Keep your eyes peeled because as fun as maximalism is, it could be a harbinger of things to come.

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