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Get the Look: Interior Design Trends 2014

If your walls are looking a bit tired and drab, why not bring them to life with one of JW Walls’ fabulous wallpapers? We have designs that can bring your house or place of work right up-to-date with the latest in interior design trends for 2014. Take a look for yourself, we have rounded up six of our favourite looks and gathered tips on how you can recreate the trends yourself.

Blue on Blue

Blue is everywhere for 2014 and it is of course a long-standing favourite amongst decorators for its versatility and calming effect on the eye. Bright turquoise hues are in abundance in editorial spreads and even darker, inky blue shades can create a dramatic and stately-looking backdrop for a dining room or formal entertaining space.

Blue is also stunning against white, leading us nicely into Scandinavian style – another huge interior design trend for this year. Why not combine the two looks and go for a Scandinavian blue and white living room, where you and your family can retire on comfy sofas of an evening? This large scale photo mural print by Victor Pasmore, as part of our Tate Modern Art collection, should set the tone beautifully. The print features a fantastic cobalt blue motif, which is enough to get the punchy shade into your interior design scheme in a timeless and subtle way.

Wood on Walls 

In the past, when people heard the words, ‘wood panelling,’ they immediately thought 1970’s ‘rec room,’ complete with avocado-coloured sofas and brown cushions – dark, overpowering and so very, very dated. But nowadays these associations are set to change, as the ‘wood on walls look’ is making a huge comeback this year and this time around, it’s not centred on uniformly placed panels coated in thick varnish. For 2014, the wood on walls look has been given a contemporary twist. The panels are mismatched and made up of reclaimed materials, in a nod to the current upcycling trend that became popularised a few years ago.

At JW Walls we have range of these warm, industrial-inspired wallpapers that come in a range of different timber effects, including bamboo, log piles and even soft, grey driftwood designs.

Go Tribal

Tribal prints have featured in many fashionable interior design spreads over the last couple of years, and the bold, geometric patterns – in sandy colour palettes – show no signs of disappearing in 2014. To recreate this look, you can start off small by incorporating some of these exotic prints in throws, pillows and other soft furnishings. Or, if you’re looking for a design scheme that’s ‘a little way off the beaten track,’ then you could always try a vibrant tribal print on a feature wall, like this tribal fabric wall print designed by James Toi for JW Walls (pictured below).

Trompe l’oeil

“Trompe l’oeil” means to ‘trick the eye’ and refers to works of art which create the illusion of a different and unexpected surface.

Trompe l’oeil murals were a big part of the Moooi collection at this year’s Salone del Mobile exhibition for Milan Design Week. These dramatically lit scenes featured the latest in sleek furniture innovations, but the most show-stopping aspect of their ‘Unexpected Welcome’ exhibit were the large-scale photographic images of churches and masterworks, juxtaposed against a homely living room backdrop.

With JW Walls you can recreate the Moooi exhibit with ease, by either choosing a Masterwork from our Scala or Tate Modern collections,  or alternatively, opting for a trompe l’oeil wall covering, like the one pictured below, which looks like the inside of a cathedral.

Oriental Blush

Decorators have been going crazy for Chinoiserie style this year, in all of its exquisite detail and colourful beauty. You can create this look in your home by picking out one of these Chinese cherry blossom wall murals, which would look stunning as a feature wall in a bedroom or living room. To prevent this look from becoming too ‘busy’, pay special attention to your space’s Feng Shui and ensure you keep the rest of the look minimal, to balance the room’s ‘chi’ and prevent it from looking too cluttered.

Tropical Foliage

Tropical leaves and botanical prints started to make an appearance at many of last year’s design shows and the look is still fresh this time around, so bring the outside in by introducing some fresh, green shades into your interiors.

Some potted plants dotted around in a casual formation by a window, for instance, is a good place to start. But JW Walls have a stunning range of photographic wall murals featuring a wide range of plant life, so browse the collection and turn over a new leaf in your design scheme today.

If you have any more current trends and ideas for how you at home can create the look, then please leave a comment below.

Trend Report: Geometric Designs

Geometric patterns

Geometric patterns are all over the catwalks this year and interior design is taking up the trend too. To add interest to your room, choose soft furnishings with geometric designs and rugs that make a statement with abstract shapes in bright hues.

Geometric wallpaper used as a feature wall brings this trend to life in your living space whether matched with minimal styling or contrasting patterns it will get people talking!

This pattern, Lemonade Geo is a beautiful, bright and colourful way to bring the trend into your home.

Lemonade Geo


More muted tones of Lido Mix are used in this bedroom to great effect

Lidu Mix

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!