With the arrival of ‘Sat Nav’ and ‘App’ technology, you may have thought that disagreements over people’s map reading skills, are perhaps a thing of the past. However, there are times when road, street, footpath, underground and ordnance survey maps are invaluable. I spent all day Saturday sitting in the back of a car with a road map navigating over the North Yorkshire Moors in low cloud, visibility – zilch, wind and rain. Oh joy! There can be something fascinating about a map too, providing all sorts of information that a ‘Sat Nav’ or App do not usually supply, and besides which you may not get a signal! There is something exciting about planning a trip with a map, and keeping the map afterwards to evoke fond memories of the trip. There is a strong trend at the moment introducing maps into your home. Framed Antique maps and prints, (these can be expensive collectors’ items like Francesco da Mosto’s recent discovery of a seven map collection of Alvise Cadamosto worth £1m is anything to go by) or posters of a map from Panem or Neverland, a wall mural, paper, globes , bedding, furniture, fabrics, lighting and accessories.
Furniture – An old map, wrapping, wall paper or posters can be used to bring an old item of furniture to life. On a table top for example, or on the front of a chest of drawers using decoupage. How to decoupage – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFyddV7BxUI. Cover an old tray using the same technique, or buy a London map tray from Ben Pentreath for £70.00 http://www.pentreath-hall.com/ Or buy an oil cloth with a map of the world for your dining table which should spark conversation. http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-world-map-pvc-cut-length-tablecloth-blue/p301356
Try papering one wall with a shipping map as an unusual accompaniment to a nautical themed bathroom or child’s room. ‘Great Harbour’ by Ralph Lauren would be perfect. Complete wall mural’s in a selection of designs can be used to great effect too as illustrated below. If papering the whole wall is too overwhelming for your space paper the ceiling.
Bedlinen – Carry the theme into the bed linen. Zara Home have a great design at a reasonable cost. Add a vintage vibe with mini map bunting from Grace and Favour http://www.graceandfavourhome.com/ourshop/prod_1398302-Vintage-Map-Bunting.html or try Esty.
Lighting – Ready made map lighting is another way to introduce the theme. These can be purchased or try covering your existing lampshades with old paper maps or fabric. For instructions go to http://homeguides.sfgate.com/cover-lampshade-wallpaper-88216.html
Accessories – Introduce map prints to cover storage boxes and notebooks in your home office. There are is selection of available from LINK PICTURE
Pictures – A set of framed historical maps on wall looks smart, or a map on wooden planking and distressed for a relaxed vibe.
Rugs and flooring inspired by maps used to ‘anchor’ a room.
Fabrics – There is a plethora of fabrics to choose from for cushion covers, blinds, curtains and upholstery. The world is your oyster!