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Ian's bedroom

My son's bedroom in our 1928 Dutch colonial.


I purchased this map mural in 1991 for $59.95 from Environmental Graphics. But I see they want $150 for it now! Wow. I wonder why the huge price increase. I also found this for $120. Search "World Map Wall Mural" on eBay too.


There are many wall mural versions of maps; this map is published by National Geographic. The size is 13 ' x 8' 8" and it comes in eight panels (four top, four bottom). You can make the map "start" and "end" on any continent you want for placement purposes. It also shows flight paths and distances.


If you read the note near the window on the right (yes, where it's peeling), you can see that I matched a couple of the blue colors from the map at a paint store and used those two colors for the rest of the wall color. The two colors are rag-rolled together (passé, but it works nicely given the different ocean colors). The left edge of the mural is behind the desk just beneath the left window.


When I first saw this map being used as wallpaper, I was in love. What a great way to introduce my little ones (at the time) to my love of geography and cartography! Now they're teenagers and the mural has held up nicely. The colors are great and it's absolutely the type of graphic I love--great images with typography.


I've seen it used in a small half-bath/powder room; an upstairs attic on the ceiling and all the walls and of course in childrens' rooms.

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Taken on June 15, 2006