Mapped Out.

Maps have long been used in decor, especially vintage maps.  And white sometimes it conjures up thoughts of dusty libraries and super traditional decor, it can be a fantastically modern way to add visual punch to the walls of your home.

Mural sized wall maps are so fun behind the bed- find some fantastic ones here and here.

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I LOVE blowing up maps and then dividing them up into multiple frames hung on a grid.  If you can’t deal with all the math, cutting and the like you can pick up a pre-framed set here or Majesty Maps prints them PRE-DEVIDED! Genius!!!

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I did this with a Nantucket map in that adorable pink and black apartment recently featured in InStyle.

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Wallpapering a whole small room with a map mural is an amazing look too.

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Some more great images!

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Another very cute and very cheap idea- hanging a gallery wall of family photos and making mats out of maps f the location where each image was taken!

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 It’s been an INSANELY busy week so I apologize on the lack of house updates. They will be coming next week FOR SURE- lots of them- including the kitchen REVEAL!

 

 

23 comments

  1. This is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time! Reminds me of an old subway restaurant (JK!)! No really-I adore the bathroom.

  2. So clever to use maps. I love maps and am working on a few works of art that are maps.
    After all it is all about LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION~
    pve

  3. Erin,

    This was such a great (not to mention inspiring) post! I can’t wait to take what I’ve seen and apply it to my apartment. I had been looking for a way to incorporate a map into my living space, and now I have it. There is just something so classic about maps and visually stimulating that it makes a perfect addition to any home. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am so very enamored with that first picture! These are all so incredibly beautiful – loving the subtlety of the black & white sketched ones!

  5. Love this post! After seeing the image above with a map framed as a headboard on Pinterest, we began searching for the perfect map of our town Portland, ME, for the same use. Fingers crossed we find one soon! Good luck with your many projects – I’m so excited to see the updates next week!

  6. Erin thanks for such an amazing post. LOVE the maps and your blog …have been an avid reader for years. You have inspired me to launch my own design business and I wrote my first blog post tonight. Keep the great content coming!

  7. I love the idea of maps behind the bed in a beach house- such a new way of decorating, I love it!

    Alyssa
    ruffleandcurl.com

  8. Erin:

    I love the bed in the first picture. Its cream upholstered. We are looking for one for the guest room. Would you happen to know where this bed is from? I love it!

    Thanks!

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