Home design trend: Barbie is inspiring a playful new interior style
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Today’s homeowners are building out real-life Barbie Dreamhouses — and not the plastic kind.
The new “Barbiecore” trend has officially hit interior design since making a recent appearance in celebrity fashion and pop culture.
As the public anticipates the upcoming 2023 “Barbie” movie — and the iconic Barbie Dreamhouse marks 60 years — the “Barbiecore” movement has made its way into home decor, according to a National Association of Realtors blog.
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Blog writer Melissa Dittman Tracey, a contributor to Realtor Magazine, wrote about the aesthetic and how it features playful designs, lots of color and everything pink.
Tracey offered a few design tips for anyone interested in trying the trend at home.
Instead of Barbie’s signature bubblegum pink, she said, homeowners are opting for a more subdued, blush tone for their accent walls and furniture.
Frilly home accessories can include items like frill-edging bed linens and tasseled lampshades, she said.
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The look also invites small floral prints on linens and wallpaper, as well as vintage wall decor, such as postcard vacation prints and posters.
Furniture with a curve is “a must” to emulate Barbie’s curvy Dreamhouse sofas and chairs — a furnishing trend that’s been hot “in the real world,” Tracey said.
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Adding accessories with a cloud-like fluff such as doubled-up duvets or white and pastel sheepskin accents can boost the aesthetic on beds and sofas, according to the same source.