Decorating with maps as inexpensive wall art

Are you feeling challenged by trying to figure out how to adorn an empty wall? Make a charming and simple graphic statement by inexpensively decorating with maps. Whether you select a topographic map from USGS, a vintage print of your favorite city, a collection of National Parks maps, a subway map, nautical chart, a wall-size illustration of the world or an historic map, they are all fascinating to study and can bring a graphic punch to any space yet at the same time make it more personal. Try adding a collection of small framed maps to rolling relics from primary school to oversized maps or wallpaper maps, a collage of maps to triptych maps, there are so many variations that can applied to your decorating scheme. Check your attic for old maps, or frame one from a travel brochure or transit map. We have gathered together some inspiration for you to create the look in your own home. Here are some sources of where you can obtain some maps, WardMaps, National Geographic Store, Rand McNally , V & J Duncan, Argosy Book Store, and Natural Curiosities.

This map covers and entire wall and its size draws attention away from the fact that the room is only as wide as the bed is long.

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This oversized map from IKEA serves as a large and worldly headboard. The mother of the boy who sleeps in this room, Interior Designer Jeanette Van Wicklin, says “Whenever we’re stumped by a geography question, we say, ‘let’s go look at the big map!'”

Go local to celebrate your part of the world. This beautifully rendered triptych lets guests learn more about the geography and ecology of the region they are visiting.

Remember these roll-down hanging maps from elementary school? This one is enhanced by the butter yellow walls and the vintage-style pendant light.

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Photo Sources: 1. Jeffers Design Group, 2. & 3. Dufner Heighes Inc, 4. Echelon Custom Homes, 5. & 6. Erika Everett Design 7. Grace Home Design, 8. Julie Ranee Photography, 9. Kate Jackson Design, 10. Lucy Interior Design, 11. Margaret Donaldson Interiors, 12. Melanie Morris Design, 13. Mosaik Design & Remodeling, 14. Pinterest, 15. TAS Construction, 16. Tiffany Farha Design, 17. Tim Barber LTD Architecture & Interior Design, 18. Tommy Chambers Interiors, 19. Trade Mart Interiors, 20. Van Wicklen Design, 21. Wallpapered, 22. Wind and Willow Home, 23. ZeroEnergy Design, 24. Sandvold Blanda Architecture + Interiors, 25.  Ana Williamson Architect 26. Beekman Lane, 27. Benedict August, 28. Bosworth Hoedemaker, 29. Pinterest, 30. Dahlia Design, 31. Design Nehez

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