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Home design trend: Barbie is inspiring a playful new interior style

Today’s homeowners are building out real-life Barbie Dreamhouses — and not the plastic kind.

The new “Barbiecore” trend officially has 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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