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What will work best depends on the shape and size of the room and the materials and furnishings.
In general, inwall speakers are limited in sound quality and power output and should be avoided. On the other hand, some rooms don't give you too many options.
As far as specific products to recommend, that is a matter of all of the above plus your budget for the system and your objectives for its usage and performance.
In most rooms, IMO, going to additional channels when you already have 7.1 is not always an upgrade but a lateral move that will give you something different but possibly not better.
There is so little media that is actually recorded with that many discrete channels that I usually recommend against it.
I often find that upgrading the quality of the speakers you have makes much more sense than adding more channels. More is not the same as better. Some of the best systems I have ever heard are 2.1 or 5.1.
But only a detailed analysis of what you have and what you may be willing to spend can answer the questions that arise.