Geography Lesson

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 | Category: Art, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Magazines, Walls

If you think maps are only hung on the wall of your 6th grade geography classroom, think again.  This month’s Elle Decor features a great article about using maps as inexpensive wall art, and I couldn’t agree more.  Hanging a map (or a collection of maps) on a wall or using map wallpaper in virtually any room adds a sense of sophistication and instantly makes the room feel more personal.  I would love to dedicate a wall to vintage maps of all of the various cities I’ve lived, locations of my children’s colleges, and countries of ancestral origin. I have used an historic map of all of Paris as the backdrop of an entire living room wall- and just installed a vintage 1950′s school map of the United States in a young pair of brothers playroom.  Both made a huge impact and sparked a yearning for more information- and travel :)

There are so many websites devoted to vintage maps as well as reproductions, not to mention the endless selection to be found by simply typing “maps” into the search on eBay.  Check out the gallery of Elle Decor’s map art.

Here are some great resources for map art given in the article:

Ward Maps

Natural Curiosities

Argosy Bookstore

V & J Duncan

Rand McNally

National Geographic

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6 Comments to 'Geography Lesson'

LindsB 10 Feb 10 at 8:28 pm

I love this look- when I have kids I want to put one in the playroom.

Rita 10 Feb 10 at 9:32 pm

love the idea of maps as art in a space! like you said, inexpensive, stylish AND educational!

Stacey 11 Feb 10 at 5:09 am

so innovative never thought that some one use map for the wall decor except of tracking. brilliant.

beachbungalow8 11 Feb 10 at 7:10 pm

I never tired of mapped walls. And don’t you love to check out a framed map? When guests come over, they’ll stand, drink in hand and pore over a map.

Susan Dench 20 Feb 10 at 8:00 pm

We used to have a map in the kitchen so we could talk about world events at dinner and know where they took place. When I used to travel, I would show the girls where I would be going on a map. And now one of my favorite art works is a framed antique map of England!

Carmina | Wall Graphics Printing 13 Jan 11 at 1:39 am

This is such a good idea for room decoration! Not only will the kids learn geography, they will also be encouraged to explore other countries and cultures.

Thanks for the suggestion!

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