5 reasons why Barbiecore-haters should recant – and how to style the trend in your home
The most provocative trend of the moment shows no signs of falling out of fashion – here's how to play with pink professionally
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Barbiecore, the fun-filled, flirtatious design movement of the moment, is not for the faint of heart. Its audacious style has dominated social media since the summertime, but color trend forecasters suggest this trend will endure long into 2023.
The year ahead sees the release of Greta Gerwig's film Barbie – one of the biggest catalysts behind the aesthetic. However, its support is not limited to Hollywood. Color trend experts and designers alike agree this interior design trend is more than a fleeting phase – because, of course, Barbie will never fall out of fashion.
Among the most recent (and significant) supporters is Mylands, House of Color, who announced FTT-006 (opens in new tab) as their Color of the Year for 2023, and their choice is a celebration of Barbiecore in all its playful glory. The hue (pictured above and below) is described as a 'bold and bright pink made from a strong mix of red and magenta' with a 'unique character and energy' – all of which are pillars of the trend.
FTT-006 is an apt choice for Mylands, who revealed that the Barbiecore movement was one of the main reasons for their selection. 'From fashion to interiors, interest in hot pink hues is always strong, but a sharp increase over the last few months can be attributed to the rise of Barbiecore,' the color house announces.
Though, the power of pink room ideas doesn't end with Barbiecore. 'As the world around us appears uncertain and disheartening, the uplifting effect of this color makes it a perfect antidote, bringing happiness into any home,' they add.
It is clear that decorating with pink is one of the trendiest design decisions you can make, but are you convinced? Experts suggest how to make this tone work in every home.
5 reasons why Barbiecore-haters should recant – according to experts
1. Barbiecore doesn't need to be overwhelming
It is easy to associate Barbiecore with indulgence and excess, but you don't overwhelm your space to embrace its aesthetic.
'If painting an entire space feels intimidating [you can paint] details within a space,' Mylands suggests. For example, the experts recommend accenting the room with bold pink skirting, a doorway, or a piece of furniture for dramatic contrast (such as in the kitchen pictured below).
'Slightly darker and less feminine than more pastel pink hues, FTT-006 pairs well with soft neutral tones for a toned down scheme, or pair with pale shades of pink or lilac or crisp white for something bolder,' the add.
2. Pink pairs well with various textures
As Maryland's experts suggest, Barbiecore doesn't necessarily mean color-drenching your space. Plus, Meggan Fadden Wynja, an interior designer, design director, and co-founder of Color Cord Company (opens in new tab), agrees. She suggests opting for a more pastel palette through your furniture and accessories – to nod to the trend subtly.
'Employing numerous textures softens the color if full retro isn't your scene,' the designer says.
3. Energize your most intimate spaces
Whether you opt for a Mylands' FTT-006 or another pink tone, there is no denying that pink is one of the most energizing room color ideas you can choose. Meggan Fadden Wynja recommends bringing the color into your bathroom alongside gold accents that will balance the space – giving the room both 'energy and a sense of luxury.'
4. Create an eternal statement
Pink may be officially the most beautiful color for a room, but it's also the most provocative. So, if you're looking to create a talking point (whether in your living or dining space), this trend is the solution. What's more, this color isn't set to go out of style anytime in 2023.
'FTT-006 is an unfailingly cheerful and bold pink that's proving not only to be incredibly popular but also more enduring than just another trend or fad. It's a confident shade with the power to completely transform a space, and its intensity makes it hard to forget, says Dominic Myland.
'Hot pink is playful and eye-catching, and though it's the color of the moment, it's a stylish shade you won't get tired of any time soon.'
5. Barbiecore complements other color trends
The best color combinations for rooms are those that are the most unexpected, and this is the case with Barbiecore. Meggan Fadden Wynja suggests pairing bright pink with browns and other earthy tones to create a combination that works 'surprisingly well' in all types of homes.
'It’s a nice way to infuse a colorful look in a darker dining room or library without it being too jarring for those who don’t fully embrace the Barbiecore trend,' she says. 'Ultimately, have fun with it because, at the end of the day, don’t we all want to have fun?'
Megan is the News and Trends Editor at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes. As the News Editor, she often focuses on emerging microtrends, sleep and wellbeing stories, and celebrity-focused pieces. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.
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