Lately I have been seeing a lot of world map wall murals that are used as a focal point in a room. Most of what I have seen are for kids’ bedrooms and playrooms, with the world map being predominantly bright blue and green. While I like the idea of a map as an accent wall, I am not too fond of a wall that is predominantly blue and green. Upon researching the idea of map walls, I found that given the right map and the right furniture, a world map wall mural can look quite sophisticated, and believe it or not, can actually be used in a room other than a child’s bedroom or playroom.
The best type of map to achieve a more sophisticated look is one with greyed out or muted colors, and based on an actual vintage map. One need not use an actual map to fill the wall, as nowadays there are plenty of custom wallpaper companies (Customized Walls
is one I would recommend) that either have their own extensive library or can even print off a digital file that you would provide. I do not have a child heading off to college yet, but I have several friends who do, and thought that a map wall would be a great way to decorate a boring dorm room wall. With the option of today’s peel and stick wallpaper, the walls are not damaged and when the school year is over, you can peel it off and take it with you to put up in the next place!
Here are my pick of cool and sophisticated world map walls:
Black and White Vintage Maps
Multi-Color Vintage Maps
Notice that with the world map walls in color that the objects in the room have brighter and stronger colors so that the map on the walls act as a neutral background.
I love how the red chairs in the photo above pick up on the muted pink ground on the wall and give the room an added punch.
Again, the purple lacquered table in the foreground is a much brighter and saturated variation of the purple on the wall and gives this room that extra “oomph” that it needs.
Gallery Walls using Vintage Maps
I wallpapering an entire wall in maps is not your thing, you can also achieve the look by creating a gallery wall using framed vintage maps.
In the room above, the maps are distributed uniformly, giving the room a more serious and sophisticated feel. And check out these dogs – I’m not quite sure if they are real, but what a great prop!
Switch it up a little by using a variety of maps, different color and size frames, and place the frames to your own liking, and the look is a bit more whimsical. I love how all the colors work together in this room – it’s perfect for a young family. Whimsical, yet still a bit sophisticated.
I’m not too sure which of these world map walls I like best – I think they’re all pretty darn awesome. Which one’s your favorite?