Why Experienced-Based Homes Are Trending


An experienced-based home, also known as ‘dopamine décor’ or ‘personalized eclecticism’, is the growing trend to design living spaces to optimize and enhance the occupant’s positive experiences and well-being. There are many different ways to go about this, but some of the popular methods include smart technology integration for convenience and comfort, mindful interior design to promote relaxation and production, and amenities tailored to a specific theme or hobby.

To emphasizes this, Architectural Digest has dubbed 2024 the year of the “Both/And” floor plan. This means that designs are becoming more free-flowing to cater to the multi-faceted requirements of the owners. For example, open-plan rooms that utilize cabinets and secret walls can provide clever storage spaces for accessories, toys, and even furniture.

Furthermore, the purposes of rooms are also changing. Dining rooms are now being used as offices and previous home office spaces are being transformed into wellness spaces. Entire floor plans are also being adjusted to suit the requirements of the owners. So rather than just making do, many affluent are choosing to conform to their desires and create experienced-based homes rather than just a functional one.

The possibilities are as endless as your imagination. However, to get the ideas rolling, here are seven examples of experiential homes.

Smart Homes

Smart Technology is increasingly being used to add ambiance and to create a specific mood. Using mood lighting, surround sound, or disappearing televisions, a family room can be easily transformed into the perfect evening social gathering space. Other smart technology integrations can include automated thermostats and entertainment systems controlled by voice or smartphone apps.

Wellness Homes

Wellness homes are perfect for those that need an escape from the hustle and bustle of our chaotic world. These homes are designed to promote health and well-being via indoor air purification systems, spaces for meditation and yoga, and optimizing natural light and biophilic design.

Entertainment Homes

Whether you have a big family or a large group of friends, if you love to entertain guests, then an entertainment home is for you. Options for an entertainment home can include a private home theater, multiple game rooms depending on the activity (a billiards room, a video gaming room, a board game room, etc.), and outdoor entertainment areas with features like fire pits, hot tubs, pools, and outdoor kitchens.

Sustainable Homes

Every little thing we can do to help the environment is a step in the right direction. So why not take it one giant leap further and make your home sustainable? This can include eco-friendly features like solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems (check your local laws first), and energy-efficient appliances.

Artistic Homes

For fine art aficionados, consider incorporating dedicated art studios and galleries into your home. You can also take this a step further and add unique architectural elements and décor into your home design to make your home itself a work of art. And, if you have the space, consider adding an indoor and/or an outdoor performance stage for private plays, concerts, and more.

Cultural Homes

If your culture, heritage, and/or family history are your main focus, then consider transforming your luxury home into a cultural home. This can include incorporating specific architectural elements, décor, and amenities to celebrate specific traditions, cuisines, or art forms.

Adventure Homes

It is known that not all that wander are lost. If your life revolves around going on adventures, then you need an adventure home. Whether your passion is in mountaineering or scuba diving, you can incorporate gear storage areas and training centers in your home. Think rock climbing walls, pools to scuba dive in, and work-out rooms specifically designed to your favored outdoor activities.

How You Can Get Started Today

Keep in mind that not every home will fit into every experienced-based category. To help you obtain your dream experienced-based home, contact award winning real estate professional Dianne Anderson. Dianne can help you recognize the aspects, amenities, and features that can be transformed and which ones can’t be modified. If you want an experienced-based home in Southwest Florida, Dianne Anderson is your go-to realtor.

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