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: