Ready to Think Pink? Here’s How to Incorporate Barbiecore Into Your Home
Inspired by the much-anticipated “Barbie” movie, the candy-coated, hot pink design trend is everywhere.
It’s pink, it’s plastic, it’s everything Barbiecore, the new interior design trend inspired by the hotly anticipated “Barbie” movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling.
The candy-coated, pretty-in-pink aesthetic from the summer blockbuster is now infiltrating the world of fashion and home design. And while living in your own Barbie Dreamhouse sounds fun, it may not be realistic to paint all your walls magenta.
So how do you incorporate Barbiecore into your home in a practical way? We asked local interior designers to share their tips.
Lauren Piasecki, owner of Black Cherry Design in Lawrenceville, says that there are a few ways to mimic the look of Barbie’s whimsical, plastic appearance in your very real-life home, including adding high-gloss lacquered pieces in Barbie’s signature shade of pink.
“You could incorporate really cool, overscaled prints and do high-gloss lacquered frames,” Piasecki says. “Those bold colors and fluorescence, I think work really well in lots of spaces.”
While neutral color schemes have dominated the interior design world in the last few years, post-pandemic, trends are all about expressing individuality in living spaces, says Betsy Wentz, owner of Sewickley-based Betsy Wentz Interior Design.
Home design is showing a resurgence of loud pops of color and pattern in interior design, echoing the noticeable, maximalist aesthetic of “Barbie.” To avoid the risk of a design space appearing childish or cheesy, Wentz suggests finding a balance between Barbie’s plastic pink aesthetic and a sophisticated, elevated look.
“I always say it’s like you can’t go into your closet and put on all your favorite clothes at once — you know, all of your favorite patterns of colors and everything,” she says.“You’d look ridiculous.”
Instead, those looking to add Barbiecore to their home should create contrast with colors and pieces that are a mix of sweet and masculine.
“I think, often, if you select a color, like navy blue or charcoal or black or gray, and you mix it in with the more feminine pink, it becomes a different element versus just the pink standing alone,” Wentz says.
Susan Klaich, owner of Nest Style and Staging Co., says an easy way to add Barbiecore is by creating a color story that includes three neutral tones — and then whatever shade of pink speaks to you. Adding accessories such as bedding and picture frames in hot pink are also an easy way to start building your own Barbie dream house.
“Don’t be afraid to embrace trends,” Piasecki adds. “Just because something is trendy doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s bad. There are lots of things that are popular or trendy that will stand the test of time.”