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Current Obsessions | Maps

Lately, I’m kind of loving obsessed with maps. I don’t know what it is about them, but they have a certain quality that adds a pop of color, texture, and interest to any space, regardless of the size.
Here’s a few of my favorites (click on the image to be redirected to Houzz):

I love that this bedroom still maintains an adult feel, even with a map that doubles as a headboard. It seems like so often maps are solely used in children’s room, but this goes to show that a map is perfect for any room!

The pop of orange on this map adds the perfect punch of color to an otherwise neutral nursery. Plus, you’re kind of setting your child up to be a world-traveler if you hang a map above their crib, right?

An entire wall devoted to a map, how fun is that? Use push pins to mark the places you’ve been, want to go, or let your child select an area of the map and pray for that particular area together.

Map pages pieced together are a great idea when a large wall decal isn’t quite feasible. Plus, this would make a super-easy DIY! Someone who I know actually used map pages as a floor for 1 room in their house and then sealed it, the results are amazing!

I’m kind of in love with everything about this nursery, but especially the map! Again, gender neutral.

Have a blank wall? Frame an inexpensive large map and you’ve instantly added color to your space! Perfect if you’re renting and don’t want to go to the trouble of adhering a huge map, plus it’s great if you’re on a tight budget but want a little something.

This is wallpaper, people! A vintage black and white map of Paris adds a touch of elegance to any space. I don’t care if it’s a jail cell, you can add elegance to a jail cell with a vintage Paris map. Fact.

Pottery barn sells large decals that are 5’x8′, perfect for a single wall, or around a corner like they’ve done here.
Found | here |

And, quite possible my favorite, chalkboard paint over the oceans! How clever? Even cuter with a few kid’s drawings on the chalk.
Found | here |

There you have it, my obsession with maps. Love them. Aaaand I fully believe that thanks to technology taking over, actual maps like these will become somewhat of a lost art as the need for them decreases. In other words: Stock up.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Life & Sunshine #

    totally agree! i just stayed at an amazing cabin, there are some old local maps of Tahoe that have been up for decades, they’re so cool and nostalgic such a part of the cabins history 🙂 the great old patina and vintage vibe of maps is such a great way to warm up a room.

    August 14, 2012
    • Aren’t they amazing? And so often overlooked! A map alone is blah, but once you get it up on a wall on display it becomes instant art and a focal point.

      August 15, 2012
  2. kaytichristian #

    That’s funny… I have been obsessed with them lately too! And I found out that Barnes and Nobles sells wall maps for 5 – 10 bucks!

    August 14, 2012
    • No way! I’ll have to look into them, thanks!

      August 15, 2012
  3. That is an amazing Globe!

    August 14, 2012
    • Isn’t it great? I working on finding an old globe so I can recreate it!

      August 15, 2012
  4. I love that map wall! Wonder if I could convince the head to let me decorate my classroom like that?


    August 15, 2012
    • It’s worth a shot 🙂

      August 15, 2012
  5. Meri Greis #

    Thanks for the post you gave me an idea for a concept with my room now I bet you would love this Map Carpet concept too by Area Pavimenti

    August 15, 2012
    • Wow! That is amazing, although I’d hate to ever walk on it or spill anything. I’d love to see the way your room turns out once it’s finished!

      August 16, 2012

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