Barbiecore pink design trend picks up steam

Pink interiors are getting hotter and brighter thanks the iconic Barbie doll.

Photo By Neville Johnson

Let's face it: It's Barbie's world, and we're just Ken. And nowhere is that more evident than how pink in all shades has been trending over the past few years, from high fashion to interior design.

With Colors of the Year selections like Vivid Magenta from Pantone to other surface finishes, we've often seen a dialed-down muted pink paired with different earth tones like shades of green and blue at many interior design and furniture shows like NeoCon and interzum.

But hot pink interiors are on the rise and getting brighter. This vibrant, feel-good trend is called Barbiecore, named after the icon, the legend, Barbie. It encompasses boldness and glam, along with hints of playfulness.

Bespoke hot pink walk-in closet from Neville Johnson.

“When it comes to pink interiors, it’s important to get the most of this color, no matter your style,” said Jennifer Porter, Senior Designer at Neville Johnson, in a statement.

“Shades of pinks, which conjure the beauty of playful femininity, are perfect for adding instant personality to your relaxing spaces, and pairing with warm gold door handles will perfectly complement the pink hues.”

United Kingdom-based Neville Johnson created a bespoke walk-in closet design for clients looking for all those things. Along with its bold pink shade – Coral Rose – the project also features custom-built cabinets, downlighting, and glass shelving.

For several years, a hot pink, high-end dressing room has been a staple at designer Christopher Peacock’s Chicago-based Merchandise Mart showroom, offering boldness and glamour in a personalized setting.

Christopher Peacock's pink walk-in closet at his Chicago-based Merchandise Mart showroom.

With the release of the upcoming Barbie movie on July 21, the Barbiecore trend in interior design will be coveted and in demand for some time, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from a Big Boss influencer like Barbie.


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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.