Home Designs That Scream that Someone Has “Basic” Taste

Shannon Quinn - September 14, 2021
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Nearly every woman in American wishes they could have a standing mixer. Credit: Shutterstock

5. The Kitchenaid Stand Mixer

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.

Shiplap was popular for so long, it has now become a sign of being a basic chick. Credit: Shutterstock

4. Shiplap Walls

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. 

Mid Century modern pieces in your home may be a sign that you’re a basic chick. Credit: Shutterstock

3. Mid-Century Modern Furniture

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.

If your kitchen cabinet looks like it should be a Starbucks display, you have a problem. Credit: Shutterstock

2. A Starbucks Mug Collection

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. 

Kinfolk is one of the most popular magazine and coffee table book publications. Credit: Shutterstock

1. Fashionable Coffee Table Books

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. 

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