Dopamine decor dining trends and buys for srsly fun feasting

Fill up your soul bowl

Dopamine dining set-up with color blocking
(Image credit: Habitat)

Sharing is caring peeps, amirite? This season it's all about bringing joy to sociable norms with dopamine dining. Get ready to tuck into playful tablescapes bursting with colorful brights, mix-and-match pieces, and beautiful BOWLS galore! Formal dining is so Pretty Woman. And plates — just why when you can have a "blate" (love child hybrid of a bowl and plate)? 

“Some of our users’ most popular content includes tablescaping," says Gemma Thornton, brand partnerships, retail for TikTok. "The popularity of bowls is very present on TikTok (121M views), stemming from the viral food bowl trend (rice bowls, acai bowls, poke bowls), which is spurring on consumer shopping.”

Andrew Tanner, head of design, Habitat, agrees: “This more relaxed way of dining is a nod to how food can be shared for easy eating alone or with friends and family, and there’s a tactility around bowl eating that you don’t get with formal plating."

So whether you're looking to elevate your (un)guilty takeout to "fine dining" grandeur, or want to pimp out the budda bowl love for an eve of wholesomeness with the tribe, get the table talk buzzing with sensory-stimulating picks bursting with patterns, splatters, and tactility at the core. 

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Holly is a Content Editor at Real Homes, and has previously worked at Future Homes brands including Country Homes & Interiors and Livingetc. She has a background in interior and event styling spanning a decade, which previously took her from coast to city and beyond to Australia. 

Holly loves working with creative minds and discovering fresh, indie brands, and is a firm believer that no home can have too many cushions, unruly blooms or decorative details of happy