The writing is on the wall(paper) for this rising interior design trend

A fun accent wall in your home makes all the difference. Photo via Nicola Bushuven on Unsplash

Wallpaper might bring up painful memories—sore shoulders and necks from scraping it off the wall. It could garner images of floral prints from grandma’s house or remind you of that one trendy restaurant’s bathroom. The rise and fall of the printed paste is climbing up again and Birmingham is right there with it.

Which Birmingham biz is way ahead of us?

While some wallpaper has been around so long it contains hidden treasure, like at this historic hotel in Birmingham, other trendier businesses around Birmingham are using it as a fresh way to elevate their spaces.

Arcadia Salon

You know them for getting a fresh chop, but the topic of Arcadia’s jungle wallpaper is next in line when discussing the salon. Designed by Brooklyn artist Aimée Wilder, the wallpaper provides a perfect backdrop for showing off a fresh hairdo.

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The Essential

Little woodland creatures run wild across The Essential’s cottagecore aesthetic wallpaper. But, if you step inside the bathroom colorful floral prints line the walls might and may outshadow you and your selfie session.


Who doesn’t want to live in a tropical paradise? Stepping into the shop you’re already greeted by a (Birds of) paradise and the friendly flamingo wallpaper takes an extra step of eclectic.

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Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham

Laura Levi is used to making Birmingham smile with her whimsical paintings and artwork, but last year she brought some color in the Ronald McDonald House in Birmingham in the form of wallpaper. Inspirational words and cartoon versions of Birmingham’s most notable landmarks add an extra splash of happiness to the House.

Shu Shop

The cozy little spot may be dark inside, but its beautiful wallpaper brightens up the space and contributes to the cool atmosphere. Claimed as having some of the best ramen is Birmingham by several sources, Shu Shop is also at the top of the list for being one of the trendiest spots in the ‘Ham.

Incorporating it into your home

Whether you decide to go nuts and wallpaper the entire house, start small with the bathroom or just want to add a pop of color with an accent wall, it’s best go with the pros in Birmingham.

Options from local business

Scandinavian Design and Leather Gallery

Rainbow Paint & Decorating


The indecisive person’s solution

Most removable wallpaper is found at stores like Target, Walmart, Lowe’s and Home Depot. Photo via Josephine Baran on Unsplash.

If you’re like me and spend twenty minutes deciding between angel hair and rigatoni pasta at the grocery store, incorporating even just an accent wall can be a big decision. Especially if you’re a renter, having options like removable wallpaper or even using fabric to mimic the same effect is a good alternative.

Fabric as an accent wall

Going the fabric route may take a little longer to apply, but it’s cheaper and you’re able to reuse it when you move. For a step-by-step guide take a look at this article and get shopping at a local store.

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Irene Richardson
Irene Richardson
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