Show Me You’re a Disney Fan Without *Showing* Me You’re a Disney Fan

I’ve never thought of myself as a “DisneyFan” per se, but many (if not most) of us grew up Wishing Upon A Star at least some of the time, including me.

In my child- and teen-hood, showing your Disney pride meant plastering walls with Mickey posters, cloaking the windows in Minnie curtains, and brushing our teeth with electric Pluto. It was all very obvious.

Now, however, the savvy product-designers of the world have introduced a new Disney aesthetic: one that’s much less in-your-face and more likely to blend into an existing design scheme, though not without its measure of kitsch.

Below are a few of my favorite finds; leave yours in the comments!

Haus of Maus…

In the makeup world, Disney villains are having a moment. The new ‘Disney Noir’ flick Cruella has already inspired a MAC collaboration, and Colourpop’s Misunderstood palette pays homage to a greater swath of baddies, including Ursula, The Evil Queen, and Hades.

Adjacently, Enchanted Disney Fine Jewelry also has a range of villainous original designs, including rutilated quartz* rings inspired by Maleficent — and the ring that inspired this post.

…Mouse in the House

Perhaps the most covert way to incorporate the Diz into daily life, though, is through home decor. Ruggable, for instance, has a line of washable rugs with hidden Mickeys and Minnies, with delightful names like “Mickey Ombré” and “Minnie Trellis.” Shown below: Mickey Persian Burgundy.

This Mickey Mouse Trivet from the Disney Homestead Collection is just subtle enough to quirk up any kitchen…

And, following the discontinuation of the original product, began offering the most clandestine celebration of all: the Match of Disney Paint color-recreation service, which sounds cool enough on its own to warrant a swatch test.

A swatch of eight different paint colors all with Disney names

Plus, the color names spark joy, and can either be conversation pieces (“What is this, ecru in the living room? Nuh-no, this is Once Upon A Time here, and A Whole New World on the wainscoting!”) or a big secret: I won’t tell anyone if you choose Buzz Beta Sector Beige for your man-cave if you don’t, nor if you’re looking to paint your office accent wall the color of Mickey’s pants.

* — Bonus Vocab!

Rutilated quartz is a variety of quartz that contains needle-like inclusions of rutile, a highly-refractive mineral, which can appear gold, silver, copper red, or black. While inclusions often reduce the value of a crystal, rutilated quartz is valued for them.

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