Over the past few years, blonde or bleached wood furniture has become a huge trend. This is especially true for anyone who’s trying to decorate their home to look bohemian. It started out in high end magazines, and now it’s trickled down to the likes of Walmart and Target. So while it might look beachy and trendy, it’s still very basic.
The real trouble happens when you only have blonde wood furniture throughout the entire house. It’s even worse if the furniture matches the floors. When you have the same color scheme throughout a design, it becomes very boring and repetitive. If your furniture looks like it’s all blending together, it might be a sign that it’s time to mix things up. Luckily, this is easy to do with real wood. If you’re feeling brave, all you need to do is sand it down and stain it to a darker color.
I’ll fully admit that I’m guilty of this next one. (But I also admit to being basic.) It’s the comeback of wicker and rattan furniture. Coupled together with blonde furniture, rattan gives a home a coastal and bohemian vibe. You can walk into any Urban Outfitters or Target in the country and see plenty of rattan options. The trend originated back in the 1960’s and 70’s during the hippie era.
These furniture pieces are handmade from natural materials, which can mean that they last a lifetime. You can still find vintage pieces that have stood the test of time. However, when treated poorly, rattan can begin to chip and fall apart. It often begins to have a disposable look to it, as if it’s not meant to last forever. On top of that, the proportions of pieces are often too small for a space. It’s fine to use a few wicker and rattan pieces in a well-curated home, but just be careful not to go overboard.
For the past few years, nearly every home makeover TV show tears down walls so that a home can become an “open concept” living space. It’s usually from the kitchen to the living room, so that it’s one large area meant for multiple purposes. This idea was great when people were coming home from work and entertaining guests. However, once the pandemic hit, it became an entirely different story.
Now, if your home is “open concept”, there is almost no way to escape one another during quarantine. In some houses, the home office space is shared with the kid’s homeschooling place, as well as the kitchen and the living room. Throughout history, homes were built with multiple rooms with walls to help create a designated quarantine space for family members. So there’s a good chance that moving forward, people are no longer going to want that open concept. They would rather have more spaces for peace and quiet.
In the year 2020, everyone was working from home. Life was all about working in your pajamas and lounging on the couch. Furniture trends over the past few years have been similar as well, like the famous Cloud Couch and all of the knock-off versions that exist out there. There’s nothing wrong with wanting a comfortable couch. But it’s still pretty basic. It’s something that almost everyone goes after.
We’re not saying that you should choose a couch that’s uncomfortable. No one wants that. However, you should maybe go with something that looks a bit more polished than the comfortable monster couch you found at Goodwill. Dress yourself up again, and also dress up your space to reflect a more put-together look.
Over the past few years, there was a big uptick in Millennials deciding to try out “van life”, or build a tiny house on a small piece of property. It became so common, that simply mentioning that you’ve considered that life was truly basic. But this is yet another trend that has become unreasonable during the pandemic. There’s a very good reason why the housing market boomed during this time. People need bigger spaces.
The idea of living in a tiny house or a van is that you really only use that space to sleep and occasionally cook meals. And the rest of your time is spent at work, or roaming some beautiful national park on the weekends. But during the pandemic, there was a lot that people could no longer do. And with two people working from home in a tiny house, they probably found themselves going inside while being on top of one another.
For some people out there, they get too caught up in brand loyalty. For example, once they get a Smeg toaster, they just have to get the refrigerator and coffee maker, too. In the UK, if you walk into someone’s kitchen and see that it’s full of Smeg, that’s pretty basic. Here in the US, we have a similar phenomenon. Only with us here in the United States, it could be the obsession with only using Kitchenaid products.
It’s not necessary to have everything the same, even if you’re normally a perfectionist who needs to complete something once you start. In fact, someone might be more likely to roll their eyes at how basic you are, rather than be impressed at your expensive collection. Remember that it’s okay to mix and match the products and appliances. Sometimes it makes sense to match colors, so that every appliance in your kitchen looks cohesive. However, once you give yourself the high standard that it must be a certain brand, that’s when things can get costly.
In the last post, we talked about being basic with name brand appliances. One of the biggest culprits of that here in the US is the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. For some reason, that’s like the ultimate goal for housewives to own one of these things. Every single kitchen renovation on HGTV also includes a colorful Kitchenaid on the countertop.
For some people, a standing mixer is truly useful, especially if you bake on a regular basis. There are certain recipes where it becomes significantly more difficult to get the job done if you’re trying to mix by hand. But for the most part, a lot of recipes can be accomplished by mixing with a cheaper hand mixer. Or, of course, mixing with a whisk or spoon. You can save yourself the $400 and still make chocolate chip cookies, I promise you.
When you watch TV shows on HGTV like Fixer Upper, the host almost always goes for shiplap on the walls. This is especially true if it’s a farmhouse theme. But according to Insider, that’s actually one of the trends that we’re seeing less of in 2021. So if you’ve spent the money to install shiplap in your living room, you could soon be seen as being a basic hardcore trend-follower.
Once the shiplap is up, there is really no going back. You might as well keep it up for now. So we’re not suggesting that you should take this down. But if you’ve been on the fence about getting it installed in your home, you might want to skip it. Instead of shiplap, consider custom molding that is more likely to stand the test of time.
If you were a fan of Mad Men, you might have fallen into the trend of buying Mid-Century Modern furniture for your house. Some people even spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on genuine vintage furniture. Stores like Ikea sell replicas of the style, and it has become incredibly common to see it in almost everyone’s home. It doesn’t matter if the overall home design isn’t even mid century modern to begin with. People just love to add pieces in.
This has become such a common style, it’s reached the point of being basic. If you choose to put Mid Century Modern furniture in your house, it’s probably because you’ve been swooning over images you saw in magazines, and you just had to have it. But if you insist on moving forward with the style, at least browse your local thrift stores first before spending a fortune on the furniture. You might be surprised to find what you’re looking for at a fraction of the price.
We have already mentioned Starbucks multiple times on this list, because it’s one of the ultimate signs that you’re a basic chick. And we’ve already mentioned the obligatory coffee bar that you may or may not have in your kitchen already. Another sign of true basic behavior is to collect those limited edition Starbucks coffee mugs.
It doesn’t matter if you can buy a similar mug from the dollar store. Because what really matters is that the Starbucks logo is plastered on the cup. You want everyone to know how much you love Starbucks, even if they’re eating soup or drinking a glass of milk. All jokes aside, Starbucks really does create high-quality cups and mugs. But at the end of the day, they’re totally unnecessary.
If you look at any Instagram fashionista, you’ll see that they decorate their homes with fashion themed coffee table books. It doesn’t matter if they’re around $100 like the Tom Ford book. These girls just have to have it. So if this describes you, it very well may be that you’ve become a basic chick.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with coffee table books, keep in mind that you don’t have to buy the most expensive volumes. Just because you see Kinfolk in every magazine doesn’t mean it needs to be on your shelf, too. Some people will even go to the dollar store, buy a coffee table book, and flip the cover inside-out so that they just have a plain white book sitting on their shelf. It doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to look cute.