In the children’s book, How I Learned Geography by Uri Shulevitz, a little boy becomes angry with his father when he purchases a large map to hang on the wall rather than buying the food they so desperately need.
As time goes on, he concludes that the one night without dinner was worth having the map to hang on the wall. It brought light and hope to his impoverished life and allowed him to travel with his mind to exotic places, dreaming of experiences he’d never have been able to have otherwise at that time.
Decorating with maps and globes may inspire new dreams and add a richness and depth to a living room, office, library, or any other room in the house. Maps can be used as wallpaper or to decoupage cabinets and other surfaces, as well as framed for hanging on the wall or propped up on a bookshelf.
Globes, on the other hand, can stand alone or in groups, or they can be taken apart to create lamps, clocks, bowls, and more. If land maps aren’t your style, even celestial maps can make the perfect finishing touch.
Because there are so many different types of maps and they come in so many color schemes, it’s possible to find one to match almost any color scheme.
The celestial map above, for example, is dark blue and white, which may be easier to incorporate into a room than a colorful map of the world or even the United States.
There are also black and white maps or vintage maps done in shades of brown and tan that can work as neutral accents.