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Could ‘Normcore’ Invade Interior Décor?

“Normcore” – a fashion-trend-slash-joke that favors humdrum suburban attire over whatever’s chic at the moment – is slowly building steam as a style phenomenon and due diligence requires us to contemplate how that would manifest itself in the home as a décor trend.</br></br>But first, it pays to explore the ins and outs of the normcore concept.</br></br><strong>What Does Normcore Look Like?</strong></br></br>From a design perspective, normcore is anything bland, mass-produced or pointedly out of fashion. Baggy clothing, muted colors, T-shirts screen-printed with corporate logos, anything with Velcro – these are some of the staples of the normcore … movement.</br></br>Three important facets of the so-called trend, though, are that these fashion items are 1) cheap, 2) comfortable and 3) often unisex. Together, these qualities create a sense of accessibility that’s attractive in the same way that wearing your sweats (another normcore must-have) to the grocery store is attractive.</br></br><strong>But, What Is Normcore, <em>Really</em>?  </strong></br></br>It’s hard to tell whether normcore is an actual fashion trend or a prank aimed at exposing the superficial pretensions of people who follow trends. But, that’s the interesting thing about it. If it’s the latter, one can easily see the flaw of a trend posing as a negative statement about trends. Conversely, it would be the height of irony as a legitimate fashion trend that actually gained momentum.</br></br>So, either way it serves a very interesting purpose in articulating the fleetingness – and perhaps even meaninglessness – of trends. After all, what does it say about trends that blandness can itself become trendy?</br></br>Of course, the fashion cynic could just point to the ‘80s and say, “Well, it already happened once. It’s not so surprising that it could happen again.”</br></br><strong>So, What Would Normcore Décor Look Like?</strong></br></br>Given the identifiable traits of normcore, décor that expressed those themes would be affordable, functional and aesthetically neutral. It might include durable <a title="Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">furniture</a> that would weather stains and heavy use well, dime-store <a title="Art &amp; Wall Decor" href="http://www.atgstores.com/art-wall-decor_649.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">art</a> that’s big on expression but ultimately disposable, and a noted lack of knickknack clutter that would interfere with the overall comfort of the room/home.</br></br>And, when you put it that way, normcore décor sounds … pretty awesome. No wonder it’s getting so popular.
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