Eight interior designs where Barbiecore pink adds a fun splash of color

Since the upcoming Barbie movie created a shortage of pink and launched a real-life doll in Malibu, we’ve rounded up eight pink interiors to embody the Barbiecore aesthetic for this book.

The pink colors usually associated with Barbie, a children’s toy first launched by manufacturer Mattel in 1959, influence clothing and interiors before the Great Gerwig live-action Barbie movie.

The style, which has come to be known as Barbiecore, can add a cheerful splash of color to pared-down interiors, or it can be used as an ultra-bright nod to ’80s opulence.

Here, we’ve rounded up eight interiors where pink has been used to give interiors extra warmth and a touch of whimsy.

This is the latest in our series of research handbooks, providing visual inspiration from dozens of archives. For more inspiration, check out past look books featuring rustic interiors, Wes Anderson-style interiors, and welcoming wood-paneled dining rooms.


Photo by JCD Marcus

Minimalist Fantasy, Spain, designed by Patricia Bustos Studio

A Minimal Fantasy apartment isn’t simple—instead, studio Patricia Bustos aims to create an “aesthetic frenzy” for the interiors of this Madrid rental in a 1950s apartment building.

The vacation home features 12 different shades of pink, with the entire living room covered in pale pink.

“Pink justifies the fall of stereotypes – anything is possible, nothing is planned or established and that’s the beauty of it,” the studio told Dezeen.

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Photo by Matthew Millman

San Francisco, USA, house by Jimmy Bush

More details on adding pink to the interior can be found in this San Francisco home by architect Jamie Bush, who made an overhaul using an eclectic collection of furniture.

Bosch added pink walls to the dining room, which contrast with antique furniture in dark wood and white details including a lamp and sheer curtains to create a fun and elegant atmosphere.

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Image via Hogwash Studios

Barbies Malibu Dreamhouse, US, by Ken

The bulk of Barbiecore can naturally be found in the Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse, which the doll’s friend Ken is renting out on Airbnb.

Inside a beachfront California mansion in Malibu, guests can enjoy pink rooms including a bright fuchsia bedroom decked out in cowboy hats, boots, and cowhide rugs to add a little “kinergy.”

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Photo by Luis Diaz Diaz

Mixtape Apartment, Spain, by Azab

Mixtape’s apartment in Bilbao is decorated in the dark, pastel-pink kitchen, designed by architecture studio Azab.

The white and pink cabinets are covered in light wood trim, and the appliances in the room are painted pink. A multicolored floor with pale green and yellow tiles as well as dark red herringbone tiles gives the space a lively feel.

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Photo by Rei Moon from Moon Ray Studio

130 sqm house, UK, by Studiomama

“London’s Smallest House,” a conceptual design by Studiomama, features an abundance of pink details throughout, including in the plywood-clad kitchen.

Here, the clever folding stools are decked out in pink cushions and pillows, with a pink cushion that also serves as a comfy backrest.

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Photo by Salva Lopez

Moco Barcelona, ​​Spain, by Ezren Serra

A computer-generated image has been transformed into a real-life interior of Moco Barcelona, ​​a pink shop inside the city’s Moco Museum.

Designer Isern Serra used pink micro-cement to achieve the same super-smooth uniform surfaces as those in the computer-generated image, creating a dreamlike interior full of rounded corners and arches.

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Photo by Lorenzo Zandri

Pigment House, UK, by Unknown Works

London studio Unknown Works went pink for Pigment House, a Hampstead home that was renovated to add a pink patio area.

Although not technically part of the interior, it adds a splash of color to the ground floor area, and is used for both indoor and outdoor living in the summer months. The choice of pink was a nod to the colorful buildings of Mexican architect Luiz Barragán.

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photo by ya! cheese

Cats’ Pink House, Taiwan, by KC Design Studio

This Taiwanese vacation home got its name, Cats’ Pink House, as it includes cat stairs, a carousel-shaped climbing frame, and a pink cat hammock.

KC Design Studio used metallic paint to create the pink walls throughout the home, which also features a pink bathroom—with a pink cat litter box.

Find out more about the Pink House for Cats ›

This is the latest in our series of research handbooks, providing visual inspiration from dozens of archives. For more inspiration, see past look books featuring rustic interiors, Wes Anderson-style interiors, and welcoming wood-paneled dining rooms.

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