We believe you can never have enough art in your home. Owning lots of original pieces is a dream for many of us here at Fresh American, but let’s face it: we don’t exactly have pockets deep enough to finance all that fabulousness. Luckily, there are endless varieties of everyday items that when given the design treatment suddenly transform into showstopping—and personalized—art. Take one of our favorites: map art.
Nothing beats a vintage map for an instant dose of retro flair; even though they’re one-dimensional and usually subdued in color, we love the layer of visual texture they bring to a space. The coloring on many modern maps and nautical charts—from sepias and duotones to the brightly multicolored posters of junior-high geography class—can serve as inspiration for a room’s palette. Look around for display ideas, like the ones pictured here from CocoCozy, Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, and the Designer’s Muse, and then think about the best approach for your interior space. We like to use maps:
1. As wallpaper. Whether you buy it in pre-printed sheets or use a patchwork of poster-size maps (a la this Apartment Therapy post), covering a room in maps makes an instant, been-around-the-world (or at least dreamed about it) style statement. With walls this busy, keep the furnishings and accessories simple, pulling from just a few colors in the map.
2. As a mural. Create an eye-catching accent wall with one of these designs from Wallpaper Murals, where you can even purchase a stock photo of your choosing and have it printed at mural size, or choose a collection of inexpensive large-format posters from All Posters.
3. As framed collections. This is the ideal use for a set of maps handed down from Grandpa or scored at a flea market. Choose one style of frame for a more unified look, or, for an eclectic approach, vary the collection with frames of different sizes and styles.
Love the look but still want your fix of original art? Try artists like Melissa Barbieri, who was recently profiled on the nattily nautical Shorely Chic blog, and who creates amazingly detailed and textured pieces.