Dolly Parton's botanical-inspired paper teaches us an impactful lesson in wall design: 'Go big or go home'

Dolly's Tennessee abode taps into a trend 'that shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon,' and designers understand its appeal

Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton is synonymous with her bold, pioneering style, so it's only right that parts of her Tennessee residence follow suit. While much of her interior design choices are surprisingly neutral (we're looking at her white kitchen and beige living space), the singer hasn't shied away from vibrancy in every room of her home. 

In one of her cozy nooks, Dolly has experimented with botanical-inspired prints – a wallpaper trend that is certainly no passing fad. 

While these prints have already shaped the way we've wallpapered for many seasons prior, their appeal isn't set to waver. And with Dolly's (unintentional) endorsement, we're sure this design 'trend' is a safe investment. 

'A prevalent trend that shows no sign of disappearing anytime soon, floral and botanical-inspired prints have long been a popular design choice in the home,' comments Rebecca Drury, Co-Founder of MissPrint.

'Defined by a palette of organic green and soft, pastel shades, our Jungle Rainforest [much like Dolly's] or Meadow Snowberry prints capture this rejuvenating style wonderfully. It’s one of our personal favorite trends, and it’s certain to bring intrigue and comfort into the home.'

Wallpaper Expert
Rebecca Drury
Wallpaper Expert
Rebecca Drury

Rebecca is the co-founder of MissPrint, which she established with her mother, Yvonne. It has grown from a series of patterns printed onto silk at the family dining room table and has since grown to become a leading British design studio. Renowned for a unique, beautifully bold collection of eco wallpaper, each design is illustrated by hand and printed in the UK to capture our signature style and identity.

Dolly's wallpaper epitomizes the trend that, Rebecca admits, is not for the faint-hearted, but we don't need to indulge over large walls (for example, those in our living room). We can follow Dolly's lead and incorporate vibrant prints in a small reading nook – creating a large-scale impact in a small room. Alternatively, we can choose to cover one accent wall to make an unrivaled statement. 

'Large-scale prints are essential for creating a unique and bold interior, especially when mixed with a variety of color palettes to match a range of schemes,' Rebecca comments.

'Encouraging homeowners to go big or go home, they make an unforgettable statement within any décor, particularly when incorporated through wallpaper. Whether used across the whole room or as a statement feature wall, a stunning and eye-catching look can be created.'

Fiori wallpaper Christopher Farr Cloth

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Hilary Matt of Hilary Matt Interiors agrees. 'For 2024, I expect to see more statement wallpaper taking over – less of the neutrals we've been seeing and more bold patterns and colors that will become the focal point of the space,' he explains.

'This can be incorporated into a number of different design styles, which will make it an exciting trend to see across the industry. I love adding statement wallpaper within the kitchen; it can be so unexpected, and when paired with classic stainless steel appliances, it lets the bold designs stand out. '

Shop some of our favorite statement wallpapers (on sale) to tap into the trend quicker. 

Clementine Sprigs Silver Sage Wallpaper – $76.80 (from $92.00) at Spoonflower

Clementine Sprigs Silver Sage Wallpaper – $76.80 (from $92.00) at Spoonflower
t's easy to understand why Jonathan and Zooey were so attracted to this blossoming clementine flower pattern. It's the perfect tribute to all things maximalist. 

San Pedro Wallpaper

San Pedro Wallpaper – $295 at Milton & King
Inspired by the wild cacti of Chile, this San Pedro wallpaper features sharp spikes and delightful flowers – for a slightly more unconventional twist on the traditional chintz trend.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. 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.