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Looks We Love: Decorating with Maps

June 23, 2016 by Melissa | 0 Comments

There is something about maps, especially vintage maps, that I really love.  I think it is the perspective that they provide.  It goes without saying that looking at a map reminds you that you are part of a larger world.   A vintage map also gives you a sense of history.  There is nothing better than seeing the way that a city has evolved over time.

Whenever I see maps used as decor, I think to myself that I would like to find a place for one in my own home.  Unfortunately, I have not been able to narrow down exactly what I am looking for.  One thing I have had trouble deciding on is size.  Some part of me loves the idea of an oversized piece – something that takes over the room.

map France etsy

Image courtesy of Etsy.com

But, then another part of me thinks I might prefer something a little less “in-your-face.”

White flowers in oriental vases sit on the coffee tablem and maps of the county where the Mahans live which were found in the closet have been framed and hung as an art piece above the mantle, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (detail)

Image courtesy of HGTV.com

I also wonder if I would prefer to incorporate a map or two into a larger gallery wall.

map honestly wtf

Image courtesy of HonestlyWTF.com

And then, of course, there is the question of region.  Do you hang a map of your city of residence – or do you pick your favorite cities to visit?

map decouvrir design

Image courtesy of Decouvrir Design.

The reality is, there is no wrong answer to these questions.  All of these spaces look great.  I think it is just a matter of finding the right wall and letting everything fall into place.

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