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Map Decor for Every Room in Your House

The world has so much to offer: mountains that stretch beyond the clouds; beaches that span as far as the eye can see; green fields dotted with wildflowers; dry deserts overcome with sand; dark forests with ancient trees; and winding rivers cut through the landscape.

Other than embarking on a world-wide adventure, I love to admire maps.

First of all, geography was never my choice subject and I find that a map has a lot to teach me.

It’s shading depicts altitude, coloring shows land or ice or water, squiggly lines reveal country borders, and many dots mark cities.

I could  genuinely ponder a map for hours at a time.

Then the thought struck me…why don’t I decorate my home with maps?

After a bit of research, I’ve discovered a multitude of ways that you, too, and use maps to add distinct style to your home!

x marks the spot

On The Wall

Traditionally maps are hung on walls. Their expansive shape is perfect to fit in a frame and fill a blank space. Add a modern twist, and you can do more than simply tack a map up on your wall.

Why hang a small map on the wall when you can cover the entire wall with a map?

Fall asleep with the world at your feet!

Fall asleep with the world at your feet!

If you can cover a wall, then you can also cover a ceiling. Imagine a charming office with an old world map on the ceiling. Curl up in a comfy chair and dream about the ends of the earth.

A map like this is sure to captivate your guests.

A map like this is sure to captivate your guests.

But no worries if you can’t find wallpaper large enough for your accent wall. Overlapping regular maps still offers a cozy yet eclectic feel.

Create your own wallpaper using multiple maps.

Create your own wallpaper using multiple maps.

If a wall or ceiling feels too daunting, perhaps a simple frame or an old window will suit your wanderlust needs.

This map and window combination offers an old-world charm.

This map and window combination offers an old-world charm.

 

Furniture

Want to display your love for the world in a nontraditional way? Get crafty with modge podge and apply maps to your household furniture!

A wooden chair covered with the print of the world map is perfect for an office or home school room.

Have a seat and imagine where you want to visit next!

Have a seat and imagine where you want to visit next!

Transform a plain end table into a piece of art! Is your end table a different shape? No worries, this can be modified to suit your table, too.

Make your side tables colorful and fun with a map on top.

Make your side tables colorful and fun with a map on top.

Here’s another take on a side table map. This would be perfect near your favorite lounge chair!

Can you imagine your coffee or tea set beside you on this quaint table?

Can you imagine your coffee or tea set beside you on this quaint table?

Line the back of bookcase with your favorite map, and paint the rest of the shelf to match!

This teal bookcase blends perfectly with the blues of the map.

This teal bookcase blends perfectly with the blues of the map.

 

Accessories

Maps are a means to so many ends: to chart where you’ve been, to track where you will one-day visit, and to hear the tales of your friend’s journeys. Having a map in your home will surely encourage conversations and memories for a lifetime!

Welcome your guests to your home with a homemade wreath, sure to inspire conversations about travels, adventures, and journeys abroad.

Recycle an worn out map into a door wreath.

Recycle an worn out map into a door wreath.

 

Have an old map? Instead of throwing it away, recycle it onto tiles for unique (and easy) drink coasters. This would make an excellent gift for a friend about to embark on a new journey through life.

Cheers to travel!

Cheers to travel!

Decorate for your next party with an extra dash of adventure using this map bunting.

As art or for a special occasion, this bunting is a classic hit.

As art or for a special occasion, this bunting is a classic hit.

Roll the dice and see where your travels may take you next. Or, display them in your living room. Every child who comes to visit will greatly adore your playful blocks!

Cubes, rectangles, spheres...any shape will work!

Cubes, rectangles, spheres…any shape will work!

Maps don’t seem to “fit” with kitchen decor. But adding a map on a tray definitely does.

Maps can blend in to every room of your home, even the kitchen!

Maps can blend in to every room of your home, even the kitchen!

Shine the light on your travels with a lampshade featuring a map of your favorite destination.

This lamp would suit any living room with it's classy design.

This lamp would suit any living room with it’s classy design.

 

Maps can be worked into your design throughout your home: bedroom walls, office ceilings, kitchen trays, living room tables, and as accents everywhere else. Find some maps – new or old – and create simple statement pieces throughout your home. Hopefully the world will inspire you to new adventures and your friends to share their stories as well.

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Julie

Tuesday 9th of August 2016

Beautiful ideas! Any suggestions on where to find/download old maps? I've not had much luck in the past, but perhaps I'm just not looking in the right places. :-)

Jana Aplin

Tuesday 16th of August 2016

Thanks Julie! I recommend using wwww.oldmapsonline.org for a huge selection of digital antique maps. You could probably find a virtual map and send it to a company who will produce it into wallpaper as well. Otherwise check out places like Goodwill or a wallpaper store. Let us know what you try. Best of luck!


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