Category: Interior Design Ideas

ADD DRAMA WITH A STORM WALL MURAL

While we wish all those affected by flooding and damage the very best, the recent storms did remind just how much we love a bit of thunder and lightning. Let’s face it…storms are dramatic…and because they’re dramatic they make for amazing images and artwork. Which in turn make for stunning wallpaper murals. Like these…

Are you inspired to add the drama of the storm to a feature wall in your home or office? Search ‘storm’ or upload your own.

VALENTINE’S DAY: SHOW YOUR WALLS SOME LOVE

Yes, it’s that time of year again when we show our partners just how much we care by giving gifts of flowers, cards and chocolates. Some people, of course, go the extra mile and book romantic breaks or buy expensive jewellery.

Why not be a bit different this year? Show your walls some love with a romantically themed wall mural! Ok, it might be considered a weird Valentine’s gift…but wall murals are a great way to introduce some love, some colour and even commemorate your most treasured memories – at any time of the year.

Here’s a few ideas.

If these have inspired you search our image library for love, hearts and Valentine – you’re bound to find something for your home. Or you can upload your own photos.

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DESIGN TREND: 2020 INTERIOR DESIGN COLOURS

It’s quite a diverse range of colours, including as it does Champagne, Navy Blue (which ties in nicely with PANTONE’s Colour of the Year), Golden Yellow, Olive Green, Light Pink, Dark Red, Charcoal and Mango.

Some of these colours will work well on their own, such as Champagne, whilst others can be combined to great effect – we like the idea of Charcoal and Mango, for example.

As a company that produces made to measure wallpaper murals for amazing feature walls, you’d expect us to say that all of these colours can be used to produce a mural you will love. And you’d be right!

To give you an idea of what can be achieved, we’ve created an example for each colour or colour combination. See what you think.

Champagne

Champagne Wall Mural

When you think of champagne, you think of bubbles, so that’s what we’ve gone for here but really any wallpaper mural design that contains that beautiful golden shade would keep you on trend this year.

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Navy Blue

Navy Blue Wall Mural

Navy blue is a very versatile colour and gives you the freedom to choose all kinds of images with the shade. Here we’ve opted for an image with warmth and comfort, one that would work well in a number of rooms, including the bathroom and bedroom.

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Golden Yellow

Golden Yellow Wall Mural

Yellow can brighten up any room but too much of it can actually have the opposite effect – that’s why it lends itself extremely well to a feature wall, like this one. We’re not talking about a bright yellow when we say Golden Yellow. It’s muted, more subtle, almost pastel, so choose wisely as anything too bright will not be on trend!

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Olive Green

Olive Green

You might think olive green is a drab colour but it actually works really well as an accent colour. With this idea we’ve gone for an olive green embroidery image, introducing the colour to a bedroom roomset and reflecting the room’s use itself.

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Light Pink

Light Pink Wall Mural

Subtle and beautiful, light pink for us is a welcome addition to the 2020 colour trends. It’s perfect for bedrooms, girl’s rooms (if that’s not too stereotypical these days), bathrooms and other areas. Evocative of tree blossom, as with our example here, it whispers spring…which is ideal for this time of year as we’re almost there!

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Dark Red

Dark Red

Dark red is one of this rich and warming colours that can be used both as an accent or in full in a room. It can also be combined with other shades of red with ease. Here we have chosen to use an image with lighting that shifts the colours from dark red on the outside to lighter shades closer to the middle of the flower. It focuses the eye and brigs a natural, floral element to the bathroom.

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Mango & Charcoal

Mango & Charcoal Wall Mural

As we said right at the start of this article, we think mango and charcoal belong together. The dark grey shade contrasts so beautifully with the pastel orange of the mango. The first thing that sprang to mind was sunsets…so we’ve gone for that with the shades included. Remember you can opt for a wall mural in one colour or the other and then contrast with the other walls, with accessories, cushions and other items in the room. Because these colours go SO well together, it’s really easy to do – you just need to balance it.

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SUPERBOWL SUNDAY: AMERICAN FOOTBALL INSPIRED WALL MURALS

Not got a clue who will win this one, not a clue. But we do know you can be a winner with an American football themed wallpaper mural. The imagery the sport produces is awesome. Here’s some ideas for you.

If you’re watching the game later we really hope you enjoy it…and if you do, why not consider a wall mural? Search for American football, Superbowl, Super Bowl or NFL for all kinds of stunning ideas.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN TENNIS INSPIRED WALLPAPER MURALS

See what you think.

Yes, we know the Australian Open is played on blue hard courts, but apart from grass, nothing says tennis to us more than a clay court. This ‘action’ shot certainly caught our eye.

The Melbourne skyline at dusk is a great choice for a larger wall. Super view.

Blue hard court, as requested. 😉

Melbourne’s Albert Park is a peaceful place to retreat from the hustle and bustle of city living. Makes for a fantastic wallpaper mural too, especially in black and white. It’s really brought to life by the man taking a walk.

Outside of Melbourne city you’ll find lush farmland which looks fantastic in autumn.

Bold orange colour and a pictogram of a tennis player. This type of image speaks to your love of the sport and makes a statement feature wall at the same time. We love it.

The purple and red almost muted tones in this photograph of Princes Pier in Melbourne combine to create a stunning wallpaper mural.

We end with this AMAZING photograph of a wet tennis ball spinning through the air. The level of detail really captures the movement and makes for a genuinely stunning wall mural for tennis lovers.

NEW BALLS, PLEASE! If these images don’t quite do it for you, search our database for the Australian Open, tennis in general or Melbourne…there’s plenty more photos and illustrations to choose from.

MAN CAVE WALL MURALS REVISITED

We’ve covered man caves before here on the Wallblog but things have moved on since then. We’ve grown our library of of available images, we’ve got even better at producing high quality murals and we’ve refined our tastes somewhat.

All of which means it’s a subject well worth revisiting.

Where’s YOUR man cave?

Man caves are no longer restricted to the box room, shed or garage (though many still are, for obvious reasons!). Nowadays the man cave often doubles as the family room for entertainment purposes like film, TV and gaming. Sometimes it’s the kitchen, where the man of the house can escape to for some peace and quiet once the kids are in bed and the better half is settled down in front of the soaps. It could be a home gym. Or maybe you’re still single and rocking a bachelor pad that is your own personal man cave.

Really though, when it comes to the décor it doesn’t matter where it is – a feature wall works in any of these places.

What does a man who requires a man cave like then? Sports? Cars? Film? Music? Working out? Travel? Or maybe it’s something a little less strenuous…like reading? Any and all of these can be perfectly demonstrated with a suitable wall mural.

Just a few ideas to mull over for your man cave (or family room!). Just indulge your passion when you decorate, that’s our advice.

10 INTERIOR DESIGN INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW IN 2020

What you will get from following these Instagram accounts is inspiration…and a little bit of envy!

We’ve gone for a mix of bold, colour obsessed Grammers, stark black and white Grammers and those who sit somewhere in between.

The majority are from the UK, with a couple of American designers thrown in who have remarkable ideas we think would translate across the ocean very nicely indeed.

Whether you’re looking to do a full home renovation, a single room makeover or just add a few smaller touches to change the look and feel you’ll find something from all these Instagram accounts to give you ideas or just outright copy.

We begin with…

@design_at_nineteen

Justin’s Design at Ninteen feed charts his renovation of his terraced home in London. It’s a modern design that manages to remain welcoming and homely, with none of the starkness you might expect. There’s lots of nice touches in his photos that you can use and even better, lots of hacks and upcycling ideas in his featured stories. Well worth following and revisiting as you redecorate or renovate your own home.

 

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@cotswold_cottage

If you’re looking to introduce or expand the cottage feel in your home then you couldn’t do much better than follow Hannah’s Cotswold Cottage Gram. Hannah uses the natural elements of her cottage to great effect, combining them with soft and bold colours depending on the room and her use of ornaments, furnishings and fixtures is just perfect for the cottage look. You’ll be able to pick up a lot of great ideas following this account. Oh, and there are cute little cockerpoos too!

 

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@inside_no_8

Inside No 8 is the IDEAL Instagram account to follow if you’re after the modern look. We’re talking contrasting white, grey and black tones, ultra-modern furniture, fixtures and fittings and innovative use of lighting. And yet…No. 8 is a very welcoming home. Where the white and grey may seem like it would look drab and uninviting, the soft lighting and carefully chosen furnishings literally transform this home. Definitely one of our favourites.

 

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@greenandmustard

A tremendous mix of interiors inspiration is provided by Anna and Sally’s Green & Mustard feed. It’s simply pic after pic of amazing ideas covering everything from furnishings through décor to fixtures. If you’re struggling to add those finishing touches to your home makeover we think you’ll find what you’re after somewhere in this epic Instagram feed. They even feature wall murals…

@almost_everything_off_ebay

If the minimalism is not for you but you’re not sure how to implement the busier style of décor then Almost Everything Off Ebay is the account for you! Robyn Donaldson Instagram feed is a an absolute joy to behold. Robyn is “trying to make Foxberry Towers into a palace on a pittance” – and she’s packed it out with stuff, including books, framed pictures, furniture and more…but it doesn’t look a mess. It’s an incredible example of how to create a beautiful space on a budget too.

@thejungalow

If you fancy bringing the outside in to your home then you should definitely follow The Jungalow. This Instagram feed is packed with ideas on how to introduce a few (or a lot) of plants to a room and, as the name suggests, a lot of them are jungle themed. But it’s not JUST about plants. Wallpaper, carefully selected furnishings and other ornaments are used to get the same effect. Check it out – then take a look at our jungle-themed wallpaper murals too!

@plantsindecor

Broadening the outside in look from the jungle to all kinds of plants, Plants in Decor shows you some wonderful ways to introduce plant life in abundance, either to a single room or your entire home. From elaborate, room takeovers to simple but effective plant displays, this Instagram account is a must-follow if you want the lush green look in your home.

@thejoshuatreehouse

Getting about as opposite as you can get we not only hop across the pond to the States but we end up at an account the eschews the green and lush for the dry and arid. The Joshua Treehouse Instagram account features the home of Sara and Rich Combs of Joshua Tree, California. They love open desert landscapes and this is reflected in their interior design ideas for their home and the properties they let out near the Joshua Tree National Park. It’s difficult to describe their style…but we think it can be brought into a UK home to dramatic effect. Give them a follow and see what you think.

@ourfauxfarmhouse

Staying in America, we highly recommend following Our Faux Farmhouse for what is, in our opinion, a really over-the-top but still very workable style. Holly and Brad have adopted the farmhouse style for what is decidedly NOT a farmhouse and it should give you the confidence to apply whatever style you want onto any property – your interior décor really doesn’t have to match the exterior of your property. In fact, blowing people’s expectations out of the water when they enter is half the fun! There’s a lot of DIY advice here too…well worth a follow.

@thesefourwallsblog

For our last Instagram account we’re back in Blighty, Bristol to be precise, and Abi Dare’s These Four Walls Blog Instagram account. Abi keeps things simple – not quite minimalist, but definitely simple. There is a lot of black and white in her ideas. It’s the ideal inspiration for the modern home. Classy, elegant. We think her style would be ideal for a flat or small home…so if that’s where you are and you like a modern look, you should definitely give Abi a follow right now!

We hope you’ve enjoyed this round up of the top 10 2020 Instagram accounts to follow for interior design ideas and have found at least a couple to tickle your fancy. Oh, of course…you should follow us on Instagram too, for all the wallpaper mural inspiration you can handle!

DESIGN TREND: CONCRETE WALL MURALS

It may not be the first thing you think you of when considering a feature wall, but a concrete finish brings many benefits depending on the style you choose.

It’s an interesting way to introduce a natural design element. Concrete is, after all, stone and it will surely create a talking point in your home. It can also be quite rustic, which adds warmth and comfort to a room.

Colours, too, play their part and can be matched to existing decor or used to contrast in a striking or subtle way. In fact, the finish and shade of a concrete wall mural will be determined by where you install it.

For example, if you’re looking at introducing the effect to your bathroom, then a whiter shade and more industrial finish will be eye catching whilst retaining the clean feel you want in a bathroom. For a living room, work space or home office, you’ll likely want to opt for a darker, more grey or slightly tinted shade for a more inviting finish.

You can add an even more rustic feel by using a distressed – or broken, if you prefer! – concrete finish, or a strongly industrial effect with a cast concrete mural.

We’ve chosen some examples below to demonstrate how effective a concrete wall mural can be. Feel free to search our library for your concrete wallpaper.

This is what we would consider to be a standard concrete wall mural. It is hugely effective at bringing the natural design element into a room and because it is almost featureless, it can be used on large walls to great effect. Of course, using the Wallbuilder the image can be cropped to fit small walls and will still look stunning.

The distressed concrete look – here in a light shade – brings a more rustic feel to a room. We think this sort of mural is ideal for a bathroom, as it makes the ideal backdrop to plants and creates a focus for the room. Just wonderful.

Sticking with the bathroom, if you want a colder, more industrial feel then using an image of pre-cast concrete works very well. Here we’ve included the floor at the base of the mural, which creates the illusion of extra space – ideal for the smaller bathroom.

Of course, as we said at the start, not every room benefits from the cold, hard concrete look – but you can retain the design element and introduce warmth with coloured concrete. The three examples below demonstrate this perfectly.

If these ‘flat’ concrete murals aren’t for you then don’t despair. Using interesting concrete structures as a feature wall brings the industrial feel and also benefits from the striking look of a black and white mural – something we’ve covered before. The other benefit of choosing a concrete mural with more features to it is that the work extremely well on smaller walls. Take a look at these examples.

As you can see, concrete structures really draw the eye, making them ideal for a feature wall in any home or office.

Is concrete a design trend you would consider? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter. And have a look at our library of concrete murals or upload your own.

TOP 10 INTERIOR DESIGN BLOGS YOU NEED TO READ

Interior Design Blogs

We spend hours researching the latest interior design and decorating trends to inspire our wall murals and pattern wallpaper. During the course of that research we return again and gain to the same designers and bloggers. Why? Because they’re the best at what they do…at least in our opinion!

To get you ready for 2020 we’ve listed our favourite 10 for you. You should check them out to give you ideas and inspiration ahead of redecorating. In no particular order, let’s kick it off with…

Mad About The House

Mad About The House

Written by award winning interiors journalist Kate Watson-Smyth, Mad About The House is a treasure trove of design ideas, tips and advice for improving the look of every room in your home, whether large or small.

Kate has regular features, including Monday Inspiration and The Househunter – which is great for looking into other people’s homes (we all do it!). In keeping with the Wallbeard theme of wallpaper murals and patterns, Kate has written plenty of articles on the subject. Check them out while you’re over there.

Love Chic Living

Love Chic Living

Jen Stanbrook’s Love Chic Living blog is a favourite of ours not only because it is beautifully designed (as you’d expect) and easy to read, but because her articles on wallpaper are genuinely superb. She even did a regular Wallpaper Wednesday feature a few years ago, which are still valuable today.

Love Chic Living isn’t all about wallpaper though – theirs a ton of tips and advice for getting the best out of your home, with a particular focus on smaller rooms. Well worth reading through before you start your first 2020 decorating project.

Print&Pattern

Print & Pattern

Slightly off piste is the wonderful Print&Pattern blog which focuses on surface pattern design – that includes cards, gift wrap, fabrics and, of course, wallpaper. The blog has been around for for over a decade and has had over 24 million visits in that time, so you can see how popular it is.

Because the focus isn’t just on interior design it’s refreshing to read and provides plenty of inspiration for all kinds of design work, a lot of which can still be applied to decorating. Of course, we do recommend checking out the wallpaper and wall art topics while you’re there!

Fabric Of My Life

Fabric of my Life

If it’s passion you’re looking for then Kate Baxter’s blog is the place to go. She blogs about all kinds of things – lifestyle, travel, food and interior design. Obviously. Oh, and Manchester, which we love as that’s where we live and work too!

It’s the passion we return for though. Kate’s writing style is a super read, every blog post is interesting. The interior inspiration section is what you’ll be looking for, no doubt, and we’re happy to say it’s rammed with ideas on colours, furniture, furnishings and more. Genuinely one of our favourites.

Fresh Design Blog

Fresh Design Blog

What a super blog for those who love the modern and contemporary. Rachel Newcombe has been writing Fresh Design Blog since 2009 so she knows her onions. She keeps up with the trends (which is why we like the blog so much) but more than that, everything she writes about YOU can actually DO – that’s not always the case with interior design blogs that focus on high end, high design, high price stuff.

Rachel loves a bargain so you’ll find plenty of of tips and advice on decorating on a budget and her style, as we said, is very modern but still worthy of a home you’d want to live in.

We pay particular attention to the decorating section. It’s fabulous for colour inspiration and helps guide us when we’re putting our own wall mural styles together.

Cosy Home Blog

Cosy Home Blog

That’s what it feels like when we visit this blog – cosy. And familiar. Which is unsurprising, as Cosy Home Blog is written also written by Rachel Newcombe, the author of Fresh Design Blog. Rachel, supported by contributor Sara Walker (at the time of writing) goes beyond the modern confines of Fresh Design Blog here though, branching out into cosier styles and ideas. So don’t think you’ll be reading the same thing!

Again, we focus on the decorating section when we visit, but there’s plenty of other stuff to enjoy while you’re there. From the garden through home ideas and crafts to food and drink, you will find something new to discover every time. There’s some great tips in the home ideas section and we also enjoy the ideas given for the garden – it’s nice to get out once in a while, after all!

Swoon Worthy

Swoon Worthy

Want something a bit different? Then you should definitely check out Swoon Worthy. It’s focus is on bohemian glamour – or eclectic boho glam as author Kimberley Duran describes her style.

On the blog Kimberley shares her tips for getting this particular look, the lessons she’s learned over the years perfecting her style and she even lets you tour her homes so you can see her ideas in action.

We like Swoon Worthy because it gives us ideas for our more…outlandish…wall mural ideas. We may not be eclectic boho glam, but it’s lurking in the background sometimes!

Dear Designer

Dear Designer

Carole King’s Dear Designer blog is, we think, ideally suited to those prefer a more traditional or vintage style. That seems to be Carole’s bag, baby.

Dear Designer has articles on entire makeovers AND small items that can transform a room which means it is perfect for budgets of all sizes. Carole’s expertise shines through in every post and you do feel like you’re in safe hands as you read through, taking inspiration from her ideas.

What WE like to do, however, is peruse the wonderful photography, paying particular attention to the walls and backgrounds. We’ve had some amazing ideas for wall murals off the back of Dear Designer – we reckon you might too.

Heart Home

Heart Home

A collaborative blog between the aforementioned Carole King and interior designer and stylist Arianna Trapani. With it’s ‘heart’ in interior design, Heart Home also covers food, travel, shopping and gardens…there’s something for everyone.

From the interior design point of view, Carole and Arianna really show their expertise with their insightful articles on anything and everything to do with the subject. And yes, there’s plenty on wallpaper in there too – in fact, a lot of the articles on wallpaper feature wall murals. Seems they are big fans!

Apartment Therapy

Apartment Therapy

Right, here you go…one of the most inspiring blogs out there thanks to its guides on decorating, interior style, shopping even DIY, Apartment Therapy COULD be your one stop shop for interior design. There is so much on there you could spend hours reading through, taking notes and coming up with your own interpretations that you might never actually get around to decorating.

But if you CAN drag yourself away, then you’ll be armed with a battery of ideas and tips to transform a wall, a room or your entire home.

This is actually the blog we tend to visit LAST for that very reason…we’d never get anything done! We particularly recommend the Tours section, where you can visit other people’s homes to see what they’ve done with their space, whether large or small. It’s SO good!

19 RANDOM EPIC WALL MURALS

No theme, no special reason…just trial and error (there were loads that just didn’t look right to us). These, we think, look the business. But it’s all about taste and opinion wen it comes to feature walls so perhaps you disagree? Feel free to let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.