Barbiecore Home Decor Tips From Three DC Designers

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Barbiecore Home Decor Tips From Three DC Designers


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While we can thank Greta Gerwig’s upcoming Barbie movie for the actual A-plus shots of Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling rollerblading in matching neon Spandex, we can also thank the film for the emergence of a newly created design moment: Barbiecore.

Yes, there’s another “core” aesthetic moment happening (also on the list: cottagecore, regencycore, goblincore), and this one is pretty much what it sounds like – a movement centered around flowing touches like hot pink, frills and rhinestones. Google searches for “Barbiecore” skyrocketed this summer, and celebrities like Anne Hathaway and Zendaya embraced the palette in their red carpet wardrobes.

Incorporating Barbiecore into your home decor is a fine line: too much, and you’ll go full-on dream house. That’s why we asked three local designers to give us tips on how to use the trend in ways that are more subtle innuendo, rather than waiting for Skipper and Ken to come over for a rage.

Anthropologie’s Adelina Velvet Pillow. Photo via Anthropologie.

Bedding

“For me, nothing screams Barbie like pink velvet bedding,” says DC designer Evelyn Pierce Smith. “It’s glamorous and feminine like Barbie, and is soft and inviting and feels luxurious.”

Ditch the Barbie sleeping bag for this pink velvet pillow from Anthropologie and a pink velvet West Elm quilt. The vibes are Barbie-meets-Old Hollywood glam, not actual plastic doll bed.

WallShoppe’s Barbie Blueprint wallpaper. Photo via Maisonette.

Wallpaper

Another way to subtly inject the iconic blonde figurine into your home: A touch of pink wallpaper.

“For a Barbiecore moment that doesn’t dominate the entire room, wallpaper the inside of a cabinet with a whimsical pink wallpaper,” says DC designer Carmel Greer. “Papering the inside of a glass case can be an unexpected moment in a room, or if you keep your Barbiecore on the bottom layer, wallpaper the inside of a bar cabinet or kitchen bar area.

Greer recommends using this WallShoppe wallpaper sold by Maisonette for a literal take on the Barbie trend, or opting for this swirly Hygge & West wallpaper for something a little more elevated.

A hot pink velvet sofa from TOV Furniture. Photo via TOV Furniture.

Furniture

Real furniture > plastic Barbie furniture. You can embody the Barbster without resorting to anything childish—and many of these pieces make for fun statements, says DC designer Mariella Cruzado. “They show some of the feminine silhouettes and fun curves that are the hallmark of the icon we all know and love,” she says.

Cruzado recommends looking at TOV Furniture for products like this purple swivel chair, a lip-shaped velvet sofa in hot pink, a blush bed frame, or a very fun tassel lamp.

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian

Home and Features Editor

Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She has written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist and PoPVille. She is originally from North Carolina and now lives in Del Ray.

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