These are the candlesticks Drew Barrymore likes to gift – and they tap into one of the biggest decor trends of 2024

Barrymore has partnered with Etsy for a curated gift guide, and we adore her selection of dopamine decor-appropriate accessories

(Image credit: Courtesy of Drew Barrymore)

When we want some sunshine in our living spaces, we can count on two options: bright decor, and an episode of The Drew Barrymore Show. Both provide endless cheer and joy in our homes, and it turns out that they are connected in more ways than one.

The talk show host and actor recently paired up with Etsy to curate a gift guide, and in a video posted to her Instagram page, she revealed some of the items she gifted to her colleagues. One gift stood out: a pair of rainbow candlesticks housed in handmade, tapered candleholders. Not only do they suit Barrymore's vibrant personality, but they also tap into one of the year's hottest design trends – dopamine decor.

A trend that hinges on brightness and positivity, dopamine decor has seen a surge in interest over the last several months, with many of us looking to incorporate joyful pieces into our homes.

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'Dopamine decor is inspired by the brain chemical dopamine, often referred to as the "feel-good" neurotransmitter,' says interior designer Nina Lichtenstein. 'It's associated with pleasure, motivation, and reward. This desgin trend seeks to translate those feelings into physical spaces through the use of bold colors, whimsical patterns, eclectic furnishings, and cheerful accessories. The aim is to create environments that lift spirits, inspire creativity, and promote a sense of well-being.'

While vibrant paint colors are a large-scale way to implement dopamine decor into the home, smaller pieces, such as candlesticks and candlestick holders, are just as effective.

'Accessories are key to dopamine decor,' Lichtenstein says. 'Think of items that make you smile or spark a happy memory. This could be a collection of colorful throw pillows, playful artwork, whimsical lamps, or even a gallery wall filled with personal photos and mementos.'

Lichtenstein says that 'bright yellows, electric blues, vivid pinks, and energetic greens,' are all cornerstones of the dopamine decor style, but soft neutrals have their place in the trend, too.

'While dopamine decor is all about color, starting with a neutral base can provide a backdrop that makes those colors pop,' the designer states. 'Walls in shades of white, cream, or soft gray can help balance the more vibrant elements of the room.'

We love how the tapered candlestick holders come in neutral shades, as to let the multi-colored sticks take centre stage.

Nina Lichtenstein
Nina Lichtenstein

Nina Lichtenstein is the founder and principal home designer at her eponymous design studio, based in Westchester, NY. Nina believes that home design should capture a family’s unique spirit by how it serves the family's daily needs while nourishing the soul. She has been celebrated for designing, renovating, and building elegant living spaces.

Below, find the candlesticks and ceramic holders Barrymore likes to gift, and find her complete gift guide here.

Hannah Ziegler
News Editor

Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.