Historians suggest that maps, not books, are the oldest form of written communication. We still use them today to help us with locations and travel whether it’s on paper or the internet! It’s not surprising to see our love of maps showing up on the walls of our homes.
Here an older home has maps simply applied to the walls through the use of thumb tacks. Note some fun things- an empty frame over the fireplace highlights a part of a map and more maps are taped to the closet door!
This European seaside cottage fills its halls with nautical maps.
Maps create the background for this mudroom.
Children’s rooms are great places for them- and educational!
This bedroom is made special by the addition of maps! Look for fun bed linens with maps- here the small pillow has a map design. (photo via Kathryn)
Don’t forget to hang them in playrooms too.
Companies like Rand McNally Maps make special map wallpaper.
Old school maps are wonderful to collect and display.
They look terrific in work spaces like this one in a room used for crafts. (photo via angel at my table)
Or try hanging one in your dining room.
Several maps can be used as an alternative to window shades.
A large framed map with another fun collection- metal globes!
(Photos- World of Interiors, Elle Decor, Pottery Barn, Inside Out, Land of Nod, Country Living, O at Home)