Maps are majestic and bring out a sense of adventure and exploration. They can stir up your imagination and dreams and also add a nostalgic flair to any space. Your home is essentially a reflection of yourself, your personality, your likes and your comforts. And whether metaphorically or literally, maps take us to where we want to go.
Give paper maps or atlases new life in your home as decor that evokes your favorite trips, places you’ve lived or dream destinations.
One of the simplest ways to display a map is to put it in a pretty frame. Frame anything and instantly its look and its worth are elevated. We all know this goes for artwork, but maps, too, can earn pride of place once they’ve been framed (and in the right space, the larger the better).
SPLIT IT UP
Get a bit more artsy by splitting a single map among multiple frames. If you have a map that is worn, this technique hides the fold lines. In this dining room, the subtle colors of the maps blend in well with creamy theme.
CUSTOMIZED WINDOW TREATMENTS
An upcycling vintage map for custom roller-shades and window treatments is refreshingly irreverent, and super-clever. They do well inside smaller spaces that could benefit an injection of color and/or pattern but don’t offer many surface options.
JAZZ UP YOUR SOFA OR BED
Great as a makeshift headboard or sofa focal piece, maps are worldly and make the home feel cultured and lived in. Find a bigger piece such as this to create something magical!
Wallpaper comes in all forms, and you needn’t discount a vintage map as a viable option for covering your walls. But you can do more than cover large swathes of wall space with an oversized atlas.
Closets, cabinet fronts, and even kitchen backsplashes are all places to consider vintage maps as a visually impactful decorative device. Give it a modern touch by covering it with glass.
For serious statement art, look to oversize maps in cool hues. Black glass frames make the flea market find even more elegant, with the added lighting it sure is enter the dramatic look.
Update your lamp shade by lining it with an old map! It’s a bit eclectic, chic and vintage and the soft glow from the shade is quite cozy once your turn on the lights.
This is one of a kind chalkboard wall, to allow people to mark off all the places that they have visited, and also use it to make notes, as this area can be used for a home office. Can paint an area with chalkboard paint for inspirational moments!
Part art, part daydream, maps are powerful sources of inspiration. They help you plan, explore and learn. Decorating with maps and globes seems like just the thing to do when summer hits. Not only are maps easy to afford, they are visually stimulating and stirring to the soul. We love maps because we can see where we’ve been and dream about where we’re going.