For the love of a map – kid’s room design


If you have followed me since before my house renovation, you may remember how I had designed my son’s room the first time –

Kid's room with deep blue walls and a cosy reading nook

If you are new here (hello! 👋) you can click on any of the images above to check out all the details about it. A lot of love and DIY had gone into this room shortly after we had moved into this house when he was just 2 years old. The room was dearly loved and the cosy understairs reading nook became everyone’s favourite corner. Then last year the big renovation happened and the entire house was gutted. I may have cried to a little to see the end of this room as it was. 💔

(1) The chimney stack in this room was removed and (2) the understairs nook became a lot smaller as the loft stairs were changed for better access to the loft room. (3) The lining paper covering the walls was stripped and (4) the room was fully skimmed, becoming a blank canvas.

Disclosure: This room project is in collaboration with Wallsauce, who create gorgeous high quality made to measure wallpaper murals. This post contains some affiliate links so I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase through my links. Thank you for helping to support this blog!

My son has always loved maps, spending ages poring over them. He has a great collection of globes and his geography is already better than mine. During the renovation, when he and I would discuss the new incarnation of his room, he was single minded about having a large map or a map wallpaper. I was only too happy to oblige! A map wallpaper is a wonderful addition to any child’s room: it inspires imagination, is educational and always looks great. Even I would love a map wallpaper in my office!

He is now 7 years old (going on 14 though, ha!) so we wanted his room to have a bit more of a grown up feel but still exciting for a child. The perfect map needed to meet several criteria for us – up to date geography (it’s crazy how many world maps being sold still show Zaire), clear names of countries and cities, the ability to specify our dimensions, UV resistant as his room gets a lot of sun, and lovely colours that were different to the ubiquitous blue maps (because we like to be different, haha!). When I came across the Classic World Map Mural from Wallsauce, I knew it was the one. The colours are gorgeous and it ticked all our boxes. I selected the Premium ‘Paste the wall’ Mural which was a wonderfully thick paper that was a dream to hang. The map is beautifully detailed and everything is very clear to read.

Close up of map

The room is not very wide, the width of the wall is less than 2.5m, so we had two choices with the map mural – (1) cover the entire wall up to the ceiling but that would mean that a fair bit of the sides of the world map would get cropped, or (2) have the full map design but this would not reach the ceiling. My son wanted to ensure that no countries in the map were cropped off – he wanted the full map – so it had to be option 2. Wallsauce have an excellent feature on their website which shows how the mural will appear when you specify your dimensions and how you may want to crop the design if you wish. This helped me to understand how tall the map would be for the width of our wall and figure out what to do with the wall above the map.

World Map Wallpaper Mural from Wallsauce

I added a picture ledge at the top of the map (actually 3 pictures ledges side by side) which gives him space for art, plants, souvenirs from travels or whatever he wishes. I’m sure he’ll enjoy faffing with his shelf and making it his own!

I teamed the map wallpaper with Farrow & Ball’s Blue Gray colour for the other walls. Ironically it doesn’t look blue at all, but is very much a gorgeous green in this room!

Classic World Map Wallpaper Mural from Wallsauce

Once the map was up, if he suddenly went quiet, I knew exactly where to find him!

Kid's room with world map wallpaper mural from Wallsauce. Design by First Sense Interiors.

He has finally been able to move back into his room after 9 long months! Renovations always seem to take longer than you think, don’t they? But he is so chuffed with his room that he says it was totally worth the wait. This makes me a very happy mum! 😊

Kid's room with map wallpaper and custom built wardrobe. Design by First Sense Interiors

The small understairs nook has been turned into custom storage making full use of the depth of the space. You can see the making of this wardrobe in my instagram story highlights. It was painted in the eggshell version of the wall paint.

Custom wardrobe with a pull out hanging rail and extra deep drawers

There is a hanging space with an 800mm pull out rail and 3 super deep drawers. The nook became a lot smaller after the loft stairs were changed, but as a full depth wardrobe, it provides a great amount of storage! My kids think it’s a very cool wardrobe and find it very amusing to hide themselves and their toys in there!

Anthracite triple column radiator

Along the wardrobe wall we have an anthracite triple column radiator with traditional thermostatic valves, keeping the room wonderfully toasty! This wall is looking a little blank at the moment but we have plans for shelves and art… all in good time!

Boy's bedroom featuring a world map wallpaper mural. Design by First Sense Interiors.


World Map wallpaper mural
Farrow & Ball Blue Gray paint
Low wooden single bed
Stripe bed linen
Honey brown Icelandic sheepskin
Apple crate (used as bedside table)
Child’s guitar
Oak effect picture ledge
Airplane patent print
Mini plant pots
Wardrobe pull out hanging rail
Wardrobe knobs
Black curtain pole
Blackout (room darkening) curtains
Anthracite column radiator with thermostatic valves

We still have a more to do in this room: he needs a desk and chair, a new ceiling light shade (as the previous paper shade got burnt during the reno!) and on the radiator+wardrobe wall, we will be adding shelves and art. But anyone with experience of big renovations will understand that there are multiple rooms requiring multiple jobs, which all have to be prioritised according to most need, and so the little finishing jobs can take longer to get to. We’ll get there. 🙂 In the meantime, I would love to know your thoughts on this map room! Pop me a comment below or find me on instagram.


  1. 9 February 2020 / 9:49 am

    Wow, great way to teach kids geography and world’s map. I love these images. This is way you are my creativity inspiration.

    • Meera
      10 February 2020 / 10:02 am

      Thank you for your lovely words, Maria! 🙂

  2. 9 February 2020 / 2:03 pm

    I remember seeing a map wallpaper years ago in one of those sky mall magazines. My Mum wasn’t having it, though. It’s a brilliant idea. And I’m happy that the famous nook has now reincarnated in a handy wardrobe (a little Narnia magic!)

    • Meera
      10 February 2020 / 10:04 am

      Ahh I could never say no to a map wallpaper! I would’ve loved it myself. Haha, the wardrobe is amazing, we’re so pleased with it! The hanging part is also doubling up as a secret den… I found some toys, a torch and a cushion in there this morning! 😂

  3. Jane Wallace
    11 February 2020 / 5:20 pm

    The map looks fabulous, I’m not surprised he is so delighted and in the future he will win all those pub quiz rounds about capital cities.

    The pull out rail in the under stairs cupboard is such a great idea for anyone wanting to incorporate a stairs to an attic conversion without losing a bedroom.

    • Meera
      14 February 2020 / 11:02 am

      Thanks so much Jane! I hope this will be a room he loves for a long time 🙂

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