Maps have a place in any room in your house. They can be used to add sophistication or emphasize curiosity. Find an artistic map to match your personality, or choose an educational map for your children. Record your travel destinations and save travel mementos to create a personalized travel map, or plan for upcoming adventures with a pushpin map.

Here are seven ways to start using wall maps in your home.

  1. Create visual focus. A large wall map can serve as the visual focus of a room. Decorate your space with an elegant world map to add a touch of sophistication to any room. Adding a nice frame to your map will make your visual focus pop even more.
  2. Dream big. All travelers know the feeling of staring at a map and dreaming about their next big adventure. Plan where you want to travel next, the route you might take, and what adventures you’ll experience. Now all you have to do is turn your dream travel into your next trip!
  3. Record your travels. Mark all the places you’ve traveled to on your wall map. Use different colored pegs for each trip, or use lit pegs to add a sparkle to your map record. For an interactive record, use a scratch map that allows you to scratch off each country as you travel there.
  4. Decorate an entire wall with world map wallpaper. This can add to the ambiance of your space, and will create visual focus for any room. Map wallpaper runs from traditional to artistic to childlike, so you’ll be able to find a wallpaper map for decorating theme.
  5. Make art. Consider adding an artistic wall print or wall map. These artistic pieces provide a fun twist on the traditional map. Art maps can show your artistic and worldly taste. If your style is more comic than sophisticated, consider a humorous art map.
  6. Educate your children. Add a map in your children’s bedrooms to make learning a part of their environment. Consider an interactive magnetic map, or a large, colorful map to make your kids excited about learning. For older children, consider a decorative wall sticker map or a travel map to inspire.
  7. Save your mementos. Use a corkboard map to save mementos like ticket stubs and postcards. Add photos to your world map to memorialize your travels. As a crafts project, add photos around your map to create a border. Or, cut photos into the shape of each country you visited, and paste them on top those countries for a personalized photomap.

Where do you hang maps in your home? What are your favorite map craft projects? Let us know in the comments below.