Since shooting the photos of the highly anticipated Barbie The movie released earlier this summer, we felt a hot pink energy shift inspired by the iconic plastic dolls. While the movie, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, isn’t due out until 2023, many people are ready to feel like they’re living in a Barbie world. The trend started with fashion and beauty (think monochrome pink outfits and bleached hair) and is unsurprisingly spreading in interiors: we have officially entered the era of Barbie core.
“I love colorful interiors, and I’m so happy to see them take off more,” says TikTok celebrity DIYer Tay BeepBoop, who recently gave her closet a pink makeover. “When I think of Barbie houses, I think of big, colorful rooms. I don’t envision a lot of clutter because Barbies don’t have water cups, delivery boxes, and junk strewn all over the place. in the house Barbie is minimalism meets I’m thinking of big, colorful rooms, like an orange velvet sofa, pink polka dot wallpaper, and a gorgeous chandelier.
For the closet makeover, BeepBoop added a magenta polka dot wallpaper with scalloped edges by Otto Studio and a pink locker from Made with mustard. It’s also filled with vibrant clothes, cementing it like a closet that Barbie would surely envy.
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To bring the trend to life in your own home, BeepBoop recommends making a big statement for a small price. “Instead of having to buy dozens of small pieces to create the Barbiecore look, you can achieve this by buying just a few larger pieces, and it doesn’t have to be expensive,” she says. “Start by adding pink glitter contact paper to the back wall of a bookshelf. Paint your bedroom door purple. Get a colorful, fuzzy giant rug for your living room.”
Another major source of inspiration to turn to is Adora’s house. The Nashville house is practically a real Barbie dream house. It has a pink exterior (complete with a pink painted walkway with cracks painted in shimmering gold), pink kitchenand pink bathroom.
“It wasn’t until very recently that I heard the term Barbiecore, and I love it,” says owner Adora, who often rents out her glamorous abode for photo and video shoots. She continues, “Barbie pink is glamorous and fearless. I’ve had people on social media tell me they’re embarrassed to like the color pink but aren’t. more. It makes me sad that they ever felt that way. But I’m so glad the tide is turning. Pink is such a wonderful color, and I love that more people are embracing it. How could I don’t be happy every time i walk on my pink porch? the design looks like the ultimate meaning of living your best life!”
Bright pink can also bring a once dull space to life, as it has done in The Brownstone Boysis its own laundry room. Whereas originally inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race, the laundry room is also suitable for achieving a Barbie-influenced aesthetic. It comprises The Exuberant Pink paint by Sherwin-Williams and a pink brick pattern wallpaper from spoonflower. “We absolutely dread doing laundry, so we decided to make it the brightest and most fun space in our entire house,” the designers explain.
If hot pink is too much for you or you don’t want to follow the trend, there are plenty of subtle ways to incorporate it into your space. Molly Freshwater, co-founder of Secret Linen Shop, recommends introducing shades of pink in bed linens, towels and throws. You can also introduce nostalgic touches through objects and wall decorations. “Barbie was at her peak in the 80s and 90s, so a good nod to the Barbiecore trend is to introduce some subtle retro pieces,” she says. “Think tasselled lampshades, vintage coffee table books, or old-fashioned landline telephones (bonus points if they’re in pastel shades).”
Freshwater also suggests going back to the days of poster-covered walls. “The Barbiecore look is a casual wall decor that looks like an actual Pinterest board,” she explains. “To avoid the unattractive look of curling posters, the more mature trend is to use wooden hangers or wire wall grids that allow you to hang postcards, prints or photos.”
As we embrace all the vibrant interiors to come, we’ll be dreaming about how the production and set designers will bring Barbie and Ken’s home to life for the live-action movie. We have high hopes!
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Kelly Allen is the current associate editor of Beautiful house, where she covers design, pop culture and travel for digital and print magazines. She has been with the team for nearly three years, attending industry events and covering a range of topics. When she’s not watching all the new TV shows and movies, she’s browsing vintage home stores, admiring hotel interiors and walking around New York City. She previously worked for Delight and Cosmopolitan. Follow her on instagram.