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guest room aka the giant world map room -how to work with it??

Nicole Collins
last month
  1. We got a new house and the guest room (prior family’s child’s bedroom) has a giant world map on the wall.
  2. We will use this as a guest bedroom or where I will sleep when my husband snores and I want to avoid smothering him 😂
  3. we want to keep the map.
  4. I personally hate bright colours - the rest of the house is entirely neutral, grey, white, beige, so instinct is to go neutral white walls (like photo with passport stamps)but I also feel that makes the mural pop even more. We can all agree the current blue is a hard no though!
  5. I want this room to feel serene and inspiring (I love the travel inspiration…just loathe the colours)
    ….so, what wall colours will offer the serene feel while still working with the massive map??

Comments (55)

  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    Sharon - great idea! I’m a notorious DIY fail, but I have crafty friends I could ask to do this for me!

  • everdebz
    last month
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    Your nightstand photo just posted - you could stencil heavily with an abstract, or a floral, etc..

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  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    Everdebz - these are really cool but likely beyond my DIY skillz 😳 if I give it a try, I’ll post my after photo!

  • freedomplace1
    last month

    I like the World map. But I don’t think I would find it to be restful to look at while in bed... Too much going on in the World - in terms of media, etc. - plus, if I traveled a distance to get to soneone’s place, I wouldn’t need to be reminded so strongly that I had just traversed the World. 😂 So if possible, I would put the bed with it’s back to the World map. I think the map would be a fabulous backdrop that way. And maybe mount a tv on the wall, where bed is currently. I don’t personally watch tv, but many people do, and find it relaxing. So if this is a guest room - think luxury hotel. And flanking the tv, you could put up a couple of these shelves, maybe, with a couple of small plants, maybe a piece of pottery or two; I love these luggage looking shelves that you posted.




    As far as wall color, with your current carpet, I would either go with something in the beige family or a green in the sage family, probably.


    I used a tile visualizer - just to show the general idea, because it’s easier for me, plus you can see a variety of different tones greens/sages, etc.






    It looks like there is some green in the World map - you can pick up that color.










  • roccouple
    last month
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    I think a ”coastal” palette, with light blue green or gray green walls, could work with the map (as suggested above). you could bring some driftwood color or driftwood art in.


    you can search for coastal palettes, eg https://www.hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams.com/color-collection/Coastal-Cool

  • arcy_gw
    last month
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    Is there any of the paint from the other three walls left? Just go with that...two 'features' in one room seems too much. If that map is truly on a frame I would hang it more centered. It's too low!! I realize there isn't a lot of footage above it..but it just looks odd as is IMPO.

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    Patricia Colwell Consulting
    last month

    Use the most neutral color from the map that you like I like pale sagey greens so maybe that and then awesome white bedding and a nice throw at the foort of the bed in maybe a blue I certainly would not go crazy with the travel theme I really dislike themed rooms .You need night tables , lamps , drapes all of which will make the space feel different than just the empty spce now.

  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    The map is a wallpaper type decal affixed to the wall and the moulding is framing it, so definitely not moveable unless we replace it…

  • blubird
    last month

    Strange choice for the map location. i wonder if PO used the map as a headboard in the kid,s room.

  • Beth Allen
    last month

    I would also pick a green from the map, maybe Canada's color?

  • freedomplace1
    last month

    I like @roccouple’s idea of adding a bit of relaxed Coastal vibe. One way could be in table lamps.





    Something like this rope and glass jug lamp would automatically add a bit of subtle Coastal, and also picks up on your rug color - so helps to tie the space together. Good price on these, as well.






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    Annette Jaffe Interiors
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    Maybe you could try a nice light blue paint and try looking at some coastal themes since you want to keep the map. Maybe even try the map as a headboard, since it looks like it might be able to serve well as one.

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  • everdebz
    last month
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    New day... thinking how it's not a den, and bed is delicate - shabby chic direction, not on frilly side. If a guest room, a good place to try stenciling - not shapely flowers too much! Here's feminine bed -- distressed wood would work in yours?

    What material is framing the map? could be repeated some in the room.


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  • Jj J
    last month

    I like the map as headboard idea.

  • arcy_gw
    last month

    The headboard idea really does make the most sense, unfortunately the best place in that room for a bed us under the window, some would then insist on a lower head board but that could be 'fixed' with full length drapes filling the wall. Used as a headboard will be the only way to make that map look intentionally well placed. Right now it looks like it slipped off it's nail. Unfortunately it makes for poor room flow and wastes space between the window/bed if it's a room where children may hang out.

  • everdebz
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    Or, a blend-in pillow - I keep thinking of quilt, and in soft colors - the blue accent wall as you said might not be a fav... so everything else can be same hue, but softened:

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  • Stacey
    last month

    I would remove it. Hard work, but worth it.

  • everdebz
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    Your thought about postage and its background neutral - do you like soft aged? like flax, burlap, sepia? you can add that I think.

    Someone posted idea to 'age' the map with a craft product...

  • everdebz
    last month
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    On a chair? one item with lotsa pattern:
    You said it that changing the 1 blue wall will be easier. :)

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  • partim
    last month

    I'd take it down. I'm not a fan of many world maps simply because, like this one, they distort the sizes of the North and South parts of the globe. For example:

    Examples of size distortion

    Antarctica appears to be extremely large. In reality, it is the second smallest continent, being just smaller than Russia.

    Greenland appears the same size as Africa, when in reality Africa's area is 14 X as large.

    Alaska appears to be the same size as Australia. Australia is actually 4½ times as large.

    Etc.

  • everdebz
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    Is a bohemian style suitable? have fun at Etsy, World Market. It's unique, and something like art - make it work for a few years, is my thought:

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  • everdebz
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    subtly overlaid with text and postcard images... fun for me to shop.

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  • everdebz
    last month

    Cheaper at Home Goods? color of carpeting is ok. Jute lamp shabby and/or coastal.


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  • happyleg
    last month

    You could center the bed Is on the blue wall or the other side of the room and the Is map on the blue wall

  • happyleg
    last month

    You could put the bed under the window too it's 2 get a nice drape that has some of that blue color and it or stick to the wrong color

  • btydrvn
    last month

    Long post.. not to repeat.. but painting trim to match wall may help…

  • btydrvn
    last month

    Trim around map

  • elaina stanley
    last month

    I took your map photo into a color pallete making app and this is what it gave me. i think the color 3rd or 4th from the right would be beautiful amd subtle on the walls.


  • debc25
    last month

    I also snored until I was diagnosed with Sleep Apnea. Now I use a CPAP, sleep a lot better and so does my husband. My sleep apnea was causing atrial fibrillation and putting me at risk of dying or having a stroke. Suggest your husband check with his physician about a sleep study. Other than that, I'm not much of a designer.

  • emspenc
    last month

    Agree the map looks like it slipped off of the picture hanger. I like the idea of painting the walls the same color as the map frame trim to make it more cohesive and intentional. I think it is the best option.

    If not, another option would be a very pale yellow and use blue accents in the room. The map already is the statement piece so I would not overwhelm the room with other stamps or luggage on the wall. It will overwhelm the room. Maybe some subtle artwork hung elsewhere in the room.

  • Gargamel
    last month

    Unless you are absolutely in love with that particular world map, why not take it off the wall and get a new one (lots of nice ones on-line) and put it where it works a bit better

  • Dennis Peterson
    last month

    I agree with using the map as a headboard. It’s definitely a statement piece but could be cool. I’m guessing the room is not very large and you’ll be minimizing the amount and bulk of furniture. If centering the bed with the map doesn’t allow ample distance from the window wall, maybe off-center the bed and balance it with a night table and table lamp at the North and South America side. I also agree that a shade of blue blending with the oceans on the map is appropriate. You could decide the paleness of the blue to your liking/comfort.

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    Ginger House Interior Design
    last month

    The fact that there’s a sliver of wall at the top of the map and not the bottom is what feels wrong and off-balance. If you’re up for reframing it, run the molding-frame all the way up to the ceiling and fill in the top with some flags, stamps, or similar. Then at least it would be balanced top-to-bottom. I like the idea of the map as a headboard. Put you headboard-less bed right up against it. Then go with everything else travel-related on the other walls. The map is a great jumping off point, but it’s bold so you need to go bold everywhere. It’ll look great! Check out Portland designer Max Humphrey’s page for inspiration. He used maps all the time and has great success mixing patterns and textures. https://www.maxhumphrey.com

  • carol beachlady
    last month

    Lots of comments today. Pick up some paint color sample jars. Since you need for this room to be a peaceful refuge for yourself, as well as a guest room, then consider a pale blue - either going to grey, or going to green, or the nice sage/mossy green other people have suggested. All walls the same color. Take into consideration the furniture you are painting. Please - no "travel" themed decor - or "beachy/nautical" decor. These are too trendy and will get old real fast. You want something timeless. I would center the bed under the window, with full length drapery panels to frame the bed. Use a wicker/bamboo blind over the window. Add some color to the bed with a throw, or some large pillow shams. When the 2 night stands are in place, with a pair of lamps, the room will start to come together. I notice the carpet is tan - cover over some of this color with a lightly-patterned area rug, picking up the new wall color. I am guessing the larger chest will go at the other end of the room - put a lamp here also well, and with the addition of a comfy chair, a guest can read and relax.

  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    So many great suggestions- thank you so much! The size of the room combined with the hanging of the map makes the flow awkward- the room feels most spacious with the bed under the window, but that isn’t great feng shui (I have black out curtains and will hang them to see if that creates a pseudo headboard wall both in white and in the wall colour). I will paint the map trim the wall colour if I keep the bed under window as I think that’ll help too. The map as the headboard keeps the boos colours behind you while your sleeping and the iron bed means you can still see the map which I like for our kids. I’ll keep looking for a rug, throw, pillows, chair/bench and lamps. Wall colour is SW Eider white but it reads a strong purple undertone in the room, so combined with the SW mink colour of the bedside tables, minky is accent theme 🤷‍♀️😂

  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    And I think the bedside tables are too small and dainty for either bed orientation and I’ll look for something wider and more of a rustic rectangle wood shabby chic finishing as suggested by everdebz.

  • everdebz
    last month
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    How nice new paint... the stands I posted were 'washed' and not rough/ rustic. A distressed wood piece opposite wall maybe chalk painted into aged softness.

    I like those 2 you have - they're same height as the mattress which seems right.

  • everdebz
    last month
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    It doesn't matter, but I find it odd how the bed has 'see through' showing the map. If bed stays there - balance large color [of map] -- consider a chalk painted on opposite wall of map.


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  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    Everdebz - I’ll move it back to the original wall tomorrow and see how that feels looking at the map instead.

  • April
    last month

    Is the map laminated? If not I would put paint a stain over it to subdue the colors and make it looked aged. That would mute the color tone. And you would have the soften look you are wanting.

  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    last month

    April - it’s just a wall paper, so I’ll look into the stain option as it would be a lot less expensive than covering it with a more muted tone if that would work - I was looking at this one today

  • everdebz
    last month
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    Just t idea to 'bridge' map's water /green colors... and style of bed. Reversible other side is subtle.

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  • Sharon
    last month

    The new paint looks nice. I do like the bed positioned where the map is the 'headboard' for 2 reasons. As you mentioned, you won't see it when in bed for sleep; and you can see out the window. I am a fan of maps and globes for casual learning and familiarity with geography.

  • Tara
    last month
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    I would take the framing off and blend the map into the wall with a color that matched the background of the map, so it looks more like a mural than a painting. You could start a relatively brighter blue to match the map then fade it out to something much lighter at the edges of the room.

  • everdebz
    26 days ago

    Hi... :)

  • Nicole Collins
    Original Author
    26 days ago

    Update…I can’t make the map work to my liking so I’m going to remove it - will share a completed photo in a couple weeks

  • housegal200
    26 days ago

    Serene approach if map can be moved up. Hang white sheers entirely across window wall and pulled back by day.

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  • everdebz
    26 days ago
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    Ok! ... and I doubt it could be repurposed for play room... I've seen wall maps with bright chairs, etc... not even the entire map, either.

  • arcy_gw
    25 days ago

    I think your pic of the bed up against the map looks fabulous, present end tables included. I do see how the room is awkward and I would say under the window, visual on the bed as you walk in is best other than for the map. But it's your home and if you aren't happy no one will be!!