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How To Incorporate The Barbiecore Trend Into Your Home

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‘Wrong Champ’ Project by WOWOWA / Photographed by Derek Swalwell

 

Greta Gerwig's highly-anticipated adaptation of Barbie has rapidly saturated the zeitgeist, and, although Aqua’s certified 90’s hit remains in the nostalgic playlist of yesteryear, the high-octane colours and playful designs of the Barbiecore aesthetic are officially back, showing no signs of loosening its silicone grip anytime soon.

Whether you’re an OG Barbie fanatic or have experienced the full height of Barbie-mania, join us as we explore the plas-tastic world of Barbiecore and show you how to achieve your own personal DreamHouse through a few simple steps.

How To Barbiecore

When incorporating Barbiecore interior design into your own home, it’s important to remember five design principles: embrace colour, include statement pieces, accessorise with fixtures, mix patterns and textures, and, finally, incorporate some fun.

1. Embrace Colour

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Pastel bedroom design by Rana Gunes via Behance

 

Pink is just as synonymous with Barbie as blue is with the sky. In fact, the filming of Gerwig’s Barbie famously caused a worldwide shortage of pink paint in order to curate a set design befitting the doll's legendary status.

However, adopting a Barbiecore aesthetic into your space doesn't entail an obligatory infusion of pink throughout; it does, however, encourage the embrace of colour — and lots of it. 

To ease into Barbiecore interiors, start by swapping out your towels or bedding with vibrant alternatives, or introduce small touches of colour with glass-blown candleholders and vases amidst your display shelves. 

For a more impactful transformation, lean into the essence of dopamine design by opting for walls adorning vibrant yellows or blues, making your space an emotionally stimulating sanctuary. Elevate the effect by incorporating contrasting pops of colour through wall art or area rugs inspired by Barbie's diverse wardrobe and various residencies.

For those after a Barbie-style space that will stand the test of time, opting for pastel or muted colours can make for a more mature feel while still maintaining a playful softness.

2. Include Statement Pieces

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Helle Mardahl Studio - Image via Yellowtrace

 

Incorporating statement pieces into your space is an essential part of the Barbiecore aesthetic as it celebrates individuality and boldness and serves as a focal point in what can sometimes be a very stimulating environment. It’s also reminiscent of sourcing inventory for your own Barbie DreamHouse, where each toy store had a different aesthetic to choose from, and designing was as easy as picking out options that you liked, not ones that necessarily matched. 

To infuse your space with quintessential Barbiecore drama, swap out an overhead light for a dazzling chandelier, replace kitchen appliances with pastel-coloured alternatives, or add a statement couch boasting a bright colour or edgy design. You can also elevate your shower space with a bold drop-in shower head in a brushed brass or copper finish or by choosing a decadent freestanding bath. Opting for statement pieces that exude personality will significantly transform your space into a Barbiecore haven.

3. Accessorise With Fixtures

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Designed by Space Craft Joinery / Photographed by Jonathan Van Der Knaap

 

From leg warmers to disco ball handbags, Barbie encompassed an array of accessories that encapsulated the era's style whilst embodying the essence of her own — glitz and glamour. 

When accessorising your home, decor may be your first thought, and although thoughtfully placed indoor plants, curved mirrors, and shaped ceramics in Barbie-esque colours will elevate your space, when it comes to Barbiecore, it pays to focus on the details, such as the finish and style of your home’s fixtures and tapware.

Lean into nostalgic interior design and embrace styles reminiscent of bygone Barbies. For a bathroom aesthetic inspired by the 1952 debut doll, incorporate brushed brass accessories and door and glass hardware to mirror her gold-hooped earrings while infusing the space with her renowned gilded glamour. Channel her 1950s style by paying homage to her iconic cat-eyed sunglasses through matte white tapware and cabinetry handles.

For a kitchen inspired by her 1961 iconic fit, ‘Barbie Solo In The Spotlight’, opt for a black granite sink amidst white countertops. Inject a pop of colour like Barbie’s soft pink tulle scarf with ABI Interiors’ Elysian Kitchen Mixer in Posy, continuing the pink through elements such as cocktail glasses and tea towels.

5. Incorporate Some Fun

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Project Blue by Studio Joy
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Photographed by Stephanie Rooney

 

Ultimately, Barbiecore represents the essence of imagination and playfulness. Infuse your own home with that same spirit and push conventional practicality to the side by incorporating elements that elicit a sense of wonder and fun.

Introduce quirky features such as indoor swings or giant bean bags as alternative seating arrangements, or install a slide connecting one level to the next. Creating ‘secret’ rooms or passages can further enhance the sense of adventure and bring an element of surprise to your living space.

Just as we’ve recently seen in Barbie's Malibu DreamHouse with Ken’s designated disco room, create spaces within your home that encourage active engagement. Designate a games room, an arts and crafts room, or even a Barbie-themed cinema, where imagination can thrive and enjoyment is the focus. Extend the same idea to the outside, crafting a well-designed entertaining area embodying Barbie's love for hosting with a trampoline, pool, or even a fire pit.

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Image via Architectural Digest / Photographed by Trevor Tond

Embracing the Barbiecore aesthetic is all about unleashing your creativity and infusing your home with elements that ignite joy. It’s a celebration of Barbie's bold and positive character, blended seamlessly with your own unique personality and stylistic flair. By focusing on incorporating vibrant colours, eye-catching statement pieces, visually pleasing fixtures, daring patterns, and unexpected whimsical touches throughout your home, you will undoubtedly master the Barbiecore style in no time and may just realise that life in plastic really can be pretty fantastic.

 

Inspired to see more daring designs? Read Our Sabbath Home: Embracing Brutalist Architecture in Australia by the Founders of Valley Eyewear.

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