Escape Style: Using Maps as Decor

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My boyfriend and I have spent a number of evenings charting vacations (both real and dream) across the face of our living room map. I've learned more about geography since purchasing the map than I care to admit. These are just two small perks of using maps as decor.

Here, from our house tours, are a few inspiring examples of maps as decor.

TOP ROW:
1. Deborah sliced a world map into three panels and mounted it on boards to display in her son Dragon's Lovely Lair. This is a great way to get a large paper map to lay flat, elevating it from a poster to artwork, with just a few simple steps.

2. Leah gives us a simple tutorial on how to make a globe pendant light. It's easy, inexpensive and the end result is so elegant. Check out Leah & Rich's Evolving Patina House Tour for more of their amazing style.

3. Beth's Charming Downsize incorporates a lovely framed collage in the living room. I've always thought that a handful of artistic maps would make a great art collection.

4. In Michael's Masculine & Modern Open Space, typical wall decor turns to the ceiling. Here world traveler Michael highlights his angled ceilings with a meaningful collection of maps.

5. The vintage roll-down map in Clytie & Claudia's Storied Pieces House Tour ties together their colorful dining room. For more vintage inspiration check out this roundup of vintage wall maps.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. In Michael's Laid Back Cottage function and beauty are combined in his awesome diy map board. Check out the full tutorial on how to make a magnetic map board.

7. Collin's Fresh White Room displays a map from IKEA that acts like wallpaper, making a big statement in his serene space.

8. Scott's map collage of Paris really pops against his red wall. This is also a great example of how the framing technique plays a big part in the overall look of a piece.

(Images: as credited above.)

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Lindsay is an architect and photographer. She enjoys partaking in the food scene of San Francisco, where she resides, and escaping to the surrounding mountains and beaches whenever she has a chance.

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