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Barbiecore a new nostalgic trend

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The highly anticipated Barbie Movie starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling won’t be released until next summer, but Barbiecore — the pretty-in-pink aesthetic — is already sweeping fashion and home decor trends.

There are plenty of ways to infuse the cheerful, nostalgic trend into your own home, from furniture and accessories to paint. Canadian retail paint brand BeautiTone is one of many retailers that have embraced pink to help you follow the popular trend.

Beautitone has partnered with Mattel Canada to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Barbie™ Dreamhouse™ and created 13 Barbie-inspired paint colors. The collection includes the classic Barbie pink seen in the doll’s iconic Dreamhouse and offers vibrant hues like bright yellow as well as neutrals and pastels like a muted blue to pair with bolder hues.

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“Color is powerful. The right palette can help transform a room, your home, and lift your spirits,” says designer Tiffany Pratt. Known for her signature pink hair, the TV personality admits she’s “always been inspired” by the colors of Barbie’s world and laments the trend towards neutrals. “Somewhere along the way, color in the home got a bad rap for being too risky. Color isn’t just for kids.

The queen of color revamped her own dining room using the Barbie Dreamhouse collection, which is available at Home Hardware, Home Building Center and Home Hardware Building Center stores.

“Even as someone who fully embraces color, my dining room walls were pretty darn white. Well, totally white to be honest,” Pratt says. She painted a neutral tone along the lower walls, then hand painted the top using a variety of colors from the collection – including Barbie™ pink – and stenciled flowers.

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Pratt encourages you to “use the colors that suit you” and understand what you want your home to convey. Take your entry, for example. It welcomes guests but it is also a space that you see throughout the day.

“Why not make you smile and feel energized when you walk through the door? Sure, the monochrome wall works, but the muted pink Self Care entrance is cozier and more welcoming. The Career Goals dusty blue wall makes you feel something when you look at it, it makes you feel like the person who lives here is willing to take risks and have fun.

Painting is an easy and affordable way to transform a space. “Instead of viewing your paint choices as permanent, have fun enjoying something colorful in a room for a while. Paint gives us the flexibility to play around,” she says.

But remember, you don’t have to paint an entire wall to transform a space. A bold band or scalloped detail adds interest, fun and color. Finally, give your kids a voice in transforming a room.

“Kids love to make their own color selections,” says Pratt. “It’s a great opportunity for them to express themselves and create a sense of pride every time they walk into the space they helped design.”

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