We live in a lovely rented flat in Bristol - and we absolutely adore it. BUT - the walls are difficult. Their either egg-yolk yellow (nothing wrong with that - I love yellow!) or textured cream, neither of which make taking good-quality photos easy. As so many of my products are personalised, I like to take photos before I send them off and have been desperate for a good-looking location to do this in with no hassle. That wasn't yellow, or drab.
A cheap, easy-to-do and even easier to undo solution was to paper a wall in old maps. I love the result so much that I wanted to share it with you - and thought it would make an easy up-date to a room in anyone's house! How about a chimney breast, or at the back of some shelves to add a whimsical touch?
I opted for some very light-toned ones (OS maps from 1965) as the colours are less intrusive than the brighter options. You could use a selection of maps with a mish-mash of colours for an eclectic look, match tones or even use maps that link up to show a wide area. Whatever you choose, make sure you're happy to cut them up before progressing to step 2!
Step 2: Cut off the excess. It's up to you how much of the map you use - the margins are often quite interesting, showing keys and scales. Likewise, the covers can be beautiful too. As I wanted my map wall to be subtle, I removed these. I've kept hold of the covers though - who knows what they'll become next!
Step 4: Apply double-sided tape to the corners of the map. I want to make sure that the wall is left in good condition after I leave, so have used it sparingly. If you're serious, wall-paper paste would probably work!
Step 6: Line up the next map and continue!
Now - my double sided tape gave up after about 24 hours, and my intention was for it to be a LITTLE longer lasting than that! I've used gold push-pins for now - it actually looks quite nice - but am thinking about using a staple gun. What do you think? Good or bad idea?