The summer of 2022 could unofficially be called “The Summer of Barbiecore”. After photos of Margot Robbie as the main character in the next Barbie film were revealed, the Barbiecore aesthetic began to permeate fashion and interior design. It is easy to understand why. Coming out of a pandemic and such a dark time, people are turning to nostalgic icons and cheerful colors like pink. Luckily, it looks like Barbiecore is here to stay.
“Pink isn’t just for eight-year-old girls anymore, or summer drinks — or summer for that matter,” says the interior designer and author of Vibe, Anne Hepfer . “Pink is always a favorite that always gets invited to the party. It’s pretty. It’s happy. [Even] the most subtle touch of pink is always a pleasant surprise. And I don’t see him going anywhere for a while.
Still, it’s a bold choice and when done wrong, Barbie’s dream home can suddenly turn into a Pepto Bismol-colored nightmare. It is therefore essential to design wisely and choose furniture and decor that will stand the test of time. Think more sophisticated and less “Come on Barbie, let’s party.”
Barbiecore spaces require an element of fearlessness. “If you’re in it, bend over!” says the interior designer Jennifer Hunter. “Just keep it tasteful by making design choices that convey a fresh, updated take on the brand.”
While Barbie may have a reputation for being a modern girl, Barbiecore really brings something special to more traditional spaces. For example, Hunter used bold pastels including pink, green, and aqua in a project she worked on in Palm Beach, which is the ultimate location for the Barbiecore aesthetic.[These colors] Feel both cheerful and playful, incorporating scalloped sofas and scalloped edges on coffee tables and mirrors, fun surfboards, seashell collections and even a straw hat collection. It celebrates the beach lifestyle that Barbie is so famous for without being too over the top.
However, Barbiecore is also a great way to complement more contemporary spaces, especially for those who love color. “My designs are the epitome of what Barbiecore is all about – over the top, full of color, glitz and daring,” says the artist and designer Elizabeth Sutton.
While pink is most associated with Barbiecore, other colors can also capture the same essence. Vivid purples, greens, and even blues can make a space as cheerful as pink. Using a multicolored element such as Sutton’s “I’m On Fire” wallpaper instantly evokes this mood.
Small details can have a big impact
While interior designers know how to create chic Barbiecore looks, the average person who just does a refresh on their own probably doesn’t want to go that far. More subtle Barbiecore details and pink decor can spice up the aggressively neutral spaces that have been so popular in recent years.
“If you want to try a smaller dose of the trend, try incorporating three to four different complementary colors into your decorative items. Think white furniture, hot pink pillows, a bright yellow candle, and a blue coffee table book neon lights like Assouline’s mixed with dark wood, acrylic and brass tables,” says Sutton.
Or just add pink accents, “Pink accents can go a long way. You don’t have to do the whole room in the hue, but you can incorporate it by mixing different shades without being afraid to position it next to it. complementary colors,” says Hunter.
To go further, Jessica Davis, principal designer of JL design suggest mixing it with red. “Think of a pink powder bath with a red ceiling, or if you don’t want to get too committed, add some fun pink velvet throw pillows with red tassels, add a multi-hued pink duvet cover to your bed or a rug fun pink to your bathroom.
Or opt for different shades of pink explains Fanny Abbes of The new design project. “Anchoring a room in a soothing pink tone is a great place to start, then adding accents in coordinated hues to really make the room pop.”
A good example of this is the Abbes townhouse project in Brooklyn. “We used different shades of pinks and browns to keep the design of the space tasteful and not overdone,” she says.
Create a pink gallery wall
Creating a pink gallery wall or hanging pink artwork throughout the house is a smart way to add a long-lasting Barbiecore element. “When I started ArtSugar in 2017, hot pink was our main brand color. Hot pink and really all bright colors are my personal favorites,” says Alix Greenberg, founder of ArtSugar. “Hot Pink is still a huge seller for us.”
She tells me, “Adding pops of color to your space can be done very tastefully and go well with neutral tones that are already there. Our acrylic wall smileys, disco balls, and even framed Barbie-themed prints can spruce up your walls, without taking it too seriously. I think art should be fun and reflect those who live with it. So if you love the color as much as I do, but want to keep it tame, add one to your gallery wall for the Barbiecore look without a big splash.
Mix it up with pink textures
“Pink is a bold and powerful color that camouflages itself in a soft and inviting femininity. Adding pops of pink to a space, whether in preppy bubblegum or glamorous fuchsia, adds a dynamic touch. We love a textured or shimmery pink to create a bit of drama using velvets or flocked wallcoverings,” says Kellie Burke, Owner and Principal Designer of Interiors by Kellie Burke.
Choose pink wallcoverings such as Pink Party Tweed Wallpaper of Housewife Essentials with pink pillows, pink bedding or a blanket can easily create this elevated look. It’s also worth noting that Housewife Essentials has a full line of Barbie doll art called “Party Girls,” which coordinates well with all of the brand’s wallpaper offerings.
Go Barbiecore in the bathroom
A Barbiecore bathroom can range from sophisticated to downright cute. The easiest way to incorporate the look is with pink napkins or white napkins with a pink monogram (especially hot pink) or pink piping. Then replace the cold stainless steel hardware with pink knobs and handles. Paint the walls pink or go for any pink wallpaper. Then add illustrations of pink or Barbie dolls.
Those who can do a bigger renovation may want to choose a pink stone like rainbow onyx artistic tile. This neutral hue of this stone brings the Barbiecore while feeling classy and most importantly, grown-up.