The entertainment world is buzzing these days with talk of next year’s release of Greta Gerwig’s Barbie. with Margot Robbie in the iconic role. According to the New York Post, that excitement doesn’t just seem to filter through fashion trends, but through everything from Pantone colors to home decor. For a doll known for her lavish digs — townhouses, dream homes, and stylish beachfront mansions — Barbie’s distinctly candy-colored style is something we can all partake in.
Barbiecore style is a little bit of childish delight, a little bit of pop culture chic, and a whole lot of different shades of pink. From soft pink to bright fuchsia and other colorful pastels, Barbie’s commitment to bold color is a cultural gospel and an easy starting point for injecting a little Barbie aesthetic into your design scheme. Regardless of your design aesthetic or home style, there are some key ways to bring the barbiecore trend into your home in small doses or bold, dramatic strokes.
1. Think pink
Pink has long been Barbie’s favorite color. Consider an all pink decor scheme for an office or bedroom by layering different shades from light to dark. Pink is also a great color to add to neutral design schemes. If pink isn’t your favorite, Barbie is often spotted with many other candy-colored, summery pastels, including aqua, mint green, and yellow.
2. Bold and bright entrances
What better way to scream love for Barbie Pink than a pink front door? Even mundane exterior facades can be livened up with bright pink on the door. Consider a softer pink or millennial pink if you like muted hues or a bright fuchsia or magenta to stand out.
3. A touch of neon
A brilliant way to add some Barbiecore chic to your home is a touch of pink neon in the form of lighted signs and neon sculptures. These bright accents instantly modernize even the most traditional decor schemes and add an instant pop of interest to any room.
4. Luxurious textures
Barbie is all about luxurious fabrics, including fur, velvet and tulle. Consider a faux fur cushion or bench seat cover to add a touch of luxe in pink, cream, or white. A fur-covered bench with gold-painted or gilded legs will add instant sparkle to any room.
5. Dramatic beds
Barbie always sleeps in style, whether it’s that plush plastic four-poster bed we used to put her in, or a cute, tufted velvet headboard with sumptuous bedding that’s perfect for America’s pop culture princess.
6. Dreamy closets
When you think of Barbie, the first thing that might come to mind is her clothes. No matter the size of your closet, there are some details you can add to infuse some Barbiecore style. Consider a tufted ottoman or a pink slipper chair and flaunt your finest shoes and clothing items. Even everyday storage needs can be expanded with attractive bins and pretty hangers.
7. heart it
Heart-shaped accents are perfect for an instant touch of Barbiecore style, ranging from simple and elegant to ruffled and cheerful. Consider small touches like a heart-shaped throw pillow, mirror, or accent lamp. You can also bring in artwork with hearts in shades of pink, red, and burgundy.
8. You are so vain
There’s a reason why Barbie always looks so good. Whatever your beauty routine or to store your cosmetics in style, a vanity is a focal point for any bedroom. Consider a beautiful vintage or antique vanity, or if space is an issue, your dresser or desk can showcase bottles, boxes, and your finest beauty products.
9. Pink kitchens
A dramatic pink kitchen exudes a mid-century vintage charm that’s definitely Barbie-approved. Pink cabinets or tiles can be mixed with neutrals or other pastels to add a bright, contemporary touch to this hallmark of 1950s design.
10. Terraces and pools
When considering the exterior of your home, Barbiecore’s strong vintage flair and sunny California living style calls for bright and bold accents on your patio or pool area. Consider some colorful bouncy castles and candy-colored lounge chairs. A light pink umbrella is perfect for providing shade and a bright pop of color that screams summertime fun.
11. Candy-colored accessories
In even the most neutral design schemes, never underestimate the pop you can get from bright, candy-colored accent pieces, including lamps, clocks, vases, and other decor items in bright and fruity hues.
12. Pink Velvet Seating
A pink velvet couch is the pinnacle of luxury and looks particularly stunning with otherwise neutral colors or as a touch of pink against black and white. Hues can vary from a soft petal or millennial pink to a bright rich fuchsia.
13. A little sugar
Barbie is all about sugar and cute candy-inspired colors. For your next party or gathering, consider a bright table full of delicious pink candy or a candy bar filled with treats in all shades of pink, pink, red and raspberry.
14. Feminine ruffles
Barbiecore is far from a maximalist, so look for traditional feminine and girly details galore, including lace, ribbons, ruffles, tulle and bows on everything from tablecloths to curtains to bedspreads.
15. Barbie herself
Perhaps the quickest way to incorporate a little Barbiecore style is to incorporate the icon itself. Display your vintage collection of dolls or Barbie memorabilia. Barbie-related artwork and doll DIY projects offer an easy and no-fuss way to bring a little Barbiecore into any home.