Melissa McCarthy's iconic wallpaper presents a simple twist on the Art Noveau look set to become a 2024 interior design trend

The walls in the comedian's home have a story to tell; the look celebrates an early 20th-century aesthetic we're hoping to see more of in 2024

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If walls could talk, we'd be dying to hear what Melissa McCarthy's would say. The talented comedian shared an Instagram video in a gorgeous pink and green raspberry-patterned dress standing in front of a leafy green wallpapered wall. Though the dress is beautiful, we are in love with the wallpaper.

McCarthy's wallpaper idea showcases doodly black lines forming into bright green, lily-pad-like leaves on a white background. Its history is almost as interesting as its look. Melissa McCarthy's playful pattern was developed in 2002 by Swedish designer Anna Danielsson for the iconic Finnish lifestyle brand Marimekko. Since 1951, Marimekko has been renowned for its original prints and patterns. Known as the 'Bottna' print, this lily pad pattern celebrates the spirit of Art Nouveau and points to the designer's concern for the natural world.

In addition to its fascinating origin, the wallpaper trend on McCarthy's walls has intriguing implications for the future of maximalist design. We've discussed at length the rejection of minimalist design in recent years. For instance, Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert predicted a rise in lived in design driven by 'longing for a simpler, pre-social media era.'

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Dayna Isom Johnson
Dayna Isom Johnson

Dayna Isom Johnson is Etsy's trend expert with over a decade of experience unearthing the latest and chicest styles. She is unwavering in her pursuit of new and unique finds and is passionate about helping shoppers find exceptional pieces that showcase their personal style.

By uplifting Art Noveau style, McCarthy's walls follow this turn. The Art Noveau style became popular in the 1880s as part of the Arts and Crafts movement. The style is inspired by the natural world, incorporating motifs like floral motifs, curves, and asymmetry. Though the wallpaper is inspired by the spirity of this design style, it does not adopt it wholesale.

Jennifer Ebert, design expert and digital editor at Homes & Gardens says: 'While Melissa McCarthy's walls take inspiration from the Art Noveau period, the colors of the print are quite contemporary. This print is also much more minimalist than what we'd traditionally see as an 'Art Noveau' print. Together, these factors exemplify the way that current design trends often seize on what's interesting about an older style, but also make it modern.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

She continues, 'This is something that Marimekko tends to do quite well, but we also see the trend across the design space. The popularity of transitional styles rises as our interest in these older looks like Art Noveau and Regencycore increases.'

Whether its Melissa McCarthy's home or your own, learning about the origin of specific patterns or design styles offers a broader perspective as trends change. The more styles you know, the easier it is to figure out what you like.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

I am a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens. My interests lie at the intersection of design and popular culture with a particular focus on trends and celebrity homes. Before joining Future, I worked as a Content Writer and Communications Lead for Fig Linens and Home, a luxury linens and home interiors brand based in Fairfield County, CT. I have a BA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology.