Written on August 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm , by Kate
This week more than ever maps are front and center in my world as we travel on a family vacation to new cities we’ve never visited before. Both maps and globes make fantastic home décor because they remind us of our past travels, or places we seek to visit when given the opportunity.
Modern maps can be found in coffee table books or atlases, and a variety of framed prints are readily available online. Old World maps are intriguing for their historical references, and vintage or limited edition maps are cherished by collectors. Maps and globes are universally appealing in decorating, and one of the simplest ways to bring graphic, colorful art into your home.
Here, a large scale wall map acts like a mural in a space designed to keep kids both organized and inspired.
Suspend a map behind glass to add visual appeal to an entry door that has the added benefit of privacy when closed.
Frame a map of a favorite place and pair it with complementary collectibles for a pulled together vignette.
Hang vintage maps in unexpected ways like this version layered on top of a pull down screen. Place maps in places where the family lingers and they’ll be sure to spark conversation.
A mounted or matted map that casually leans up against a wall adds interest to a shelf in a bedroom or office space.
Use a map to transform furniture into a statement piece with decoupage medium.
A pretty-in-pink map of Paris adds feminine flair to a petite office space tucked into a corner.
Map posters suspended in children’s rooms inspire young minds to dream of traveling the world on big adventures, whether real or imaginary.
Trim a map to fit a roller shade for a custom window treatment in a space that’s sure to inspire imagination.
Cut a globe cut in half and fasten basic clock parts (found at most craft stores) for a unique piece of wall art that conveniently tells time!
Collections gathered together are more dynamic than collections scattered around a room. Take a cue from these globes of various sizes cleverly displayed above furniture.
Whether you’re a seasoned globetrotter or simply dreaming of a faraway destination, using graphic maps or globes at home will infuse any of your spaces with worldly appeal.
Do you have a sentimental map or globe collection on display in your home?
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