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Choosing the Right Design for Your Wall

If you have finally decided to take the plunge and redecorate your home or office with a fresh new mural or wallpaper design then we suggest you continue reading.

What you need to keep in mind is that you are happy with the design you choose. Getting stuck with a loud and overly crowded image on your walls for years to come may have seemed like a good idea to begin with but can end up having the opposite effect. Murals and wallpapers are a far greater commitment than just re-painting the walls when you get tired of them.

Don’t get us wrong, selecting the design that you like and that fits the atmosphere in the room is half the fun.  Yet, there are a lot of things to consider: from the height and shape of the walls to the furniture, the colour scheme in the room, the accessories and most importantly the message you want to convey. Playing with ideas and experimenting is always recommended but the bottom line is to make it look pleasing to the eye.

The three main things to consider are: size of the wall, number of walls you want to wallpaper, the overall effect that you want to create. As simple as 1, 2, 3!


Depending on the effect you’d like to achieve with the mural it’s important to keep in mind what are the dimensions of the wall. Dark or bright multicolored designs can overpower small to medium sized rooms while stripes and pastel colours will broaden them. Dark designs, nonetheless, give off a striking and sophisticated finish to any interior when applied to one wall and coupled with lighter, more toned down colours on all the rest. The design we’ve featured here is called ‘Demure


If your walls are irregular we’d strongly recommend avoiding stripes and geometric shapes unless you’re going for the quirky look or would like to point out  what is lacking in the architecture of your interior. Another point to keep in mind is the condition of the wall. If it is old and bumpy re-palstering it or applying lining paper followed by a thick coating of paint should be in order.

The design featured is called ‘Spacetopia‘ from the Jelly collection


Number of walls to be covered

You’ve got the option of choosing between covering one feature wall, several or all walls and, surprisingly enough for some, covering your ceiling!

A design placed over a feature wall is there to accentuate the focal point in the room and needs to be well thought out. You can make it special and personal using an image of your own that speaks to you, like this one of ‘Lillie‘, and then placing it over the feature wall.


If you are going for the ‘all out’ option and decide to wallpaper all four walls, settle on a patterned design or a toned down design as far as it comes to colours. Incorporating wallpapers or murals on your walls is a long term commitment so make sure you are happy with them.

What do you think of the ‘Starring Grey‘ design exhibited bellow?

Starring Grey

Putting a wallpaper on your ceiling is a great way to make large interiors look more cosy. For some reason, though, wallpapering the ceiling isn’t very popular but is definitely a great way of jazzing up any space.

The Wall’ Effect in short

With one swift change of the wallpaper you can complement the atmosphere in your home or change it altogether. You can make a bold statement with a bold design that will grab everyone’s attention. A dark pattern carefully placed on a feature wall will give you the desired dramatic look and feel. Soft pale colours, on the other hand, will bring a certain romantic vibe that coupled with the right interior accessories will leave you lingering for more. Bold shapes and textured finishes, like metallics, will give you that contemporary look and feel and add a modern twist to your boring empty walls.

Featured is the ‘Redheads‘ design from the Aurora collection


Whatever design you go for make sure it is the right one! When in doubt get a test print or a sample. Once you’ve installed you wallpaper or mural share it with everyone to see as great designs and ideas are worth bragging about!

Decisions, Decisions: How to Choose your Wall Mural by Jen @ LoveChicLiving

How do you decide? When faced with such a diverse range of designs and patterns, how do you go about choosing the JW Wall that’s right for your home? That was exactly the dilemma that we had after deciding to install a wall mural in our home.

We’d decided to makeover the Dining Room into more of a snug come playroom a few months ago, and when JWWalls offered us a Wall Mural to review as part of the process we were thrilled. I love dramatic decor. The interiors of our home say so much about us; they really are an extension of our personalities. I like to think that the home interiors I choose allow me to express parts of my personality I don’t always show. In my interiors I like bold and loud as well as dramatic, and I wasn’t disappointed when I looked through the designs on offer at JWWalls. The choice was so extensive that I spent hours browsing the website, imagining all kinds of finished designs in my own home.

The Wall Mural was to be the focal point of room; setting the tone for the rest of the decor so one of the ways I came to my decision was to use a Moodboard. I knew we wanted something abstract, colourful, fun, modern and dramatic and once I’d shortlisted a few designs in the Project area of my JWWalls online account, I put them into a Moodboard with a few other key pieces from the room.  This really gave me a feel for how the room would look and whether it could work altogether. After ‘living’ with the board for several days I knew I’d hit on the right design in ‘Coloured Circles’ and went ahead and made the order.

Installing the Mural wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. We’d decided to film the process and create a ‘How To’ video from a customer’s point of view. As a customer of many products I know I value honest opinions and reviews and this is what I’d tried to create through the film. We filmed each stage as we went through them, and once edited I think it really gives you a good sense of what it’s like to install one of the JWWalls.

Overall the installation process isn’t as daunting as you think it might be. In many senses it’s even easier than putting up wallpaper, particularly given the fact that marker lines guide how the next piece will line up. Having said that I think you probably need a little wallpaper hanging experience before you embark on a Wall Mural installation.

Half way through and it already looks great!

What has struck me most since installing our Wall Mural is the beautiful quality of both the image, and the product itself. We’d opted for the JW Standard and its thick, tough and appears to be very durable. The quality of the printed image is like nothing I’ve seen before. The detail, the colours, the impact; it takes my breath away every time I enter the room to be honest and I sit looking at the wall for long periods!

If you’re in doubt about whether a JW Wall is for you, about whether you can invest in one, or whether you are able to install it, I’d say just go for it. You really won’t be disappointed!

By Jen @ LoveChicLiving

Home trends – Feature Walls

Feature walls are right on trend for interiors.  A simple but high impact means of changing a room feature walls look great whether it’s simply a contrasting colour, a patterned wallpaper to complement your decor or adding drama with a classic work of Art.

The idea of feature walls is to stand out but  you still need to consider how it ties with the theme of the home or space.  Ensure the design works with elements of colour or decorating motifs in soft furnishings for a co-ordinated look.

The opportunities for feature walls are endless from textures to complement the architecture of your building and replicate brick, metal or wooden textures like this room using Metal Plate  If you think wooden, metallic or brickwork textures may suit your space, view our Textures collection for inspiration.

Metallic Texture Wall

Make your wall a canvas with a work of Art like this room which features The Siege and Release of Gibraltar by John Singleton Copley from our TATE collection of wall designs.  If you want to feature famous artwork whether classic or modern view our collection from TATE for inspiration.

Death of Major Peirson by John Singleton Copely from the TATE Collection

It is important not to overwhelm the space with your choice of feature wall, ensure the rest of the decoration in the space complements rather than competes with the design.  A really great example of a high impact yet perfectly co-ordinated feature wall is this example using Redheads.

Redheads feature wall

For more feature wall ideas view our portfolio or why not join the conversation by following @johnwalliswalls on twitter!


Feng Shui your bedroom

The ancient principle of Feng Shui dictates that you should wake up opposite an inspirational view whether natural or painted.  If you currently wake up opposite a brick wall you can get the feng shui benefits with one of our beautiful wall images.

Choose the images for your bedroom wisely as they carry powerful feng shui energy, the best advice is to choose images that you want happening in your life, something positive and uplifting.

Why not have your morning view a calming, tranquil oasis of calm whether your in the deepest countryside or right in the heart of the city.  It’s your wall, your choice and you can create it exactly how you want it with JW Walls!

If you want to wake up and be inspired to travel, this beautiful image of Himeji Palace a beautiful Japanese palace with motivate you.

Spring Morning View a pastel piece by Emile Schuffenecker 1851-1934 in our Tate Collection of wall designs will ensure you wake up to a soft, welcoming morning view

Feel on top of the world and be inspired to get moving and achieving with feature wall featuring this image, Cliff Top

On top of the world

Choose your outlook on the world with your choice of feature wall for your bedroom, our range grows by the day so see for yourself and browse our collections now.