As a departure from traditional artwork, maps can make a wonderful statement in your home. Depending on your interests, you can use nautical maps, street maps or vintage schoolhouse maps to adorn your walls. Their beautiful topography can inspire the entire color scheme for your room as shown below.
Feature them in their entirety as a wonderful conversation piece!
Decoupage them to the walls to create a sense of texture.
Or use a graphic map inspired tile in your shower!
You can cut the map up using a grid system and frame them out as shown below.
If you are big travelers, do what this couple did and put up a world map and put a pin in for each spot you visit (one color for him and another for her)!
Living on the coast, I have used nautical maps in decor on many occasions: to cover a large bulletin board in a playroom, to cover books in a beach house and to decoupage onto an old dresser top for a little boy's bedroom. Nautical maps are for sale at coastal sporting goods stores and vintage maps can be found on eBay and in antique stores and flea markets. Do you have any creative ideas for using maps in decor?
~Images: 1) Traditional Home 2) Elle Decor 3) Domino May 2007 4) Domino December 2005 5) Pottery Barn 6) Courtesy of Little Green Notebook Blog 7) Unknown 8)Keller Donovan 9) Domino March 2009