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Go global without leaving home: 6 ways to decorate with maps

Maps can be used for more than geography homework or dreaming up new travels. They can also be transformed into conversational home décor with just a few dollars and a little creative spirit. Check out these clever ways to incorporate classic maps into your home.Map wallpaperBring a drab hallway or entryway to life by plastering it with colorful maps hung simply with push pins. The Inspired Room
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Maps can be used for more than geography homework or dreaming up new travels. They can also be transformed into conversational home décor with just a few dollars and a little creative spirit. Check out these clever ways to incorporate classic maps into your home.

Map wallpaper

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Bring a drab hallway or entryway to life by plastering it with colorful maps hung simply with push pins. The Inspired Room has a charming example.

Map-covered coffee table

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It takes just a few dollars and a coffee table salvaged from Craigslist to create a map-topped piece of furniture almost too pretty to put your feet on. Visit The Painted Hive for the details.

Map-lined tray

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This easy project idea gives a simple serving tray or bar cart a major "wow" factor, using an evocative map and some Mod Podge. Find how how to make it on Valley & Co.

Map pendant light

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While it looks intricate, this pendant map is actually easy to make, using a basic paper lantern as the base. Head over to Paisley Sprouts for the instructions.

Map-covered marquee letter

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Make the marquee-letter decorating trend totally your own (not to mention totally affordable) with a large map-covered initial. Ambrosia Creative has the tutorial.

Vintage map lampshade

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An ordinary white lampshade can become the focal point of an entire room—plus a wonderful reminder of a treasured vacation or beloved hometown—when covered with a vintage map. Check out the tutorial for this creative piece on Pretty Handy Girl.

Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on FacebookGoogle+ and Twitter.