In this home, art is a statement of sentiment as much as an aesthetic statement. This map of Paris is a constant reminder of a honeymoon spent in the City of Lights. Reflected in the map is the presence of another piece of art—this one a gift from from one of Brian’s old friends that gives an edgy, modern look at the couple’s traditional kitchen.
A large map of the world is appropriate wall art for a family who loves travel. Track lighting above the map draws the eye to that section of the room. Sliding barn doors match the wood flooring and coffee table and allow for the option of privacy or open connection to the adjoining room. A cushy leather armchair is an inviting and fitting design choice.
A plush red leather chair with matching ottoman sits diagonally across from a double bookshelf filled with books. A framed art print of Marilyn Monroe hangs on one wall, while the ceiling has been treated to look like an old world map with a grand chandelier in the middle.
Use removable adhesive photo strips rated for 5 to 15 pound items to ensure the artwork will stay put on a gallery wall without using nails. Be sure to allow the strips to cure according to package directions before hanging artwork. The mix of pattern and color in the displayed art adds vibrancy perfectly suited to a lively dorm room design. Mixing framed pieces with unframed pieces adds shape and dimension.
Since the theme of this nursery is "global exploration," an oversized world map print makes for the perfect piece of wall art above the crib. Crib sheets with a pattern of colorful buntings adds a sense of cheer and whimsy.
Passport-style party invitations are a stylish way to invite friends to join your next adventure. Gather the following materials for this project: brown card stock, printed map pages, scissors, felt-tip pen, stapler and downloadable invitation cover art template.
A bright kids' room features a play station made by cutting down an old kitchen table and adding a mixing bowl to the center for art supplies and pencils. A fresh coat of green paint and child-sized chairs decoupaged with maps complete the space.
This fun, functional kids room features a travel theme, with passport stamp bedding and a giant wall map that serves as art. A metal bed and sturdy iron bookcase can stand up to the rigors of an active child. A modern chair adds style and ties the space to the rest of the contemporary home.
Rich hardwood floors adorn a living room sitting area defined by a sisal area rug. A leather Chesterfield sofa sits across from two blue armchairs, arranged near a fireplace that's great for warming chilly days and nights. Eye-catching art in the form of a vintage-style wall map and prints of books add character to the room.
In the hallway leading to the bedroom, even more art awaits. Much like the map of Paris in the kitchen, large metallic lanterns are mementos from the couple’s wedding. Tanika kept the Moroccan pieces for use in the home, pairing them with a 200-year old, hand-painted Chinese chest. The oversized Scrabble pieces set above, also began as part of the wedding decor, spelling out the couple’s initials. The combination of modern metallics with vintage global wares is a hallmark of Tanika’s style and one of the secrets to her beautiful home.
Not every home is blessed with the grand volumes of a loft space, but you can use space-saving tricks to make rooms feel more expansive, as designers Jamie Hamilton and Greer Nelson of Oliver Simon Design did in this project. “We loved the idea of an antique map in this dining room because it was a small space but we still wanted it to be bright and interesting. Not losing valuable space to framed art on the walls meant that every inch was used in the smartest way possible. The custom barn door was also a space saver, and a bright hit of color adds good bang for the buck.”