Forty for my 40s, no. 3
Here in London, I’ve noticed that a lot of people choose to hang maps in their hallway. Some are reproductions of pages from London’s A-Z; others are olde-worlde manuscripts showing the local area 100 years ago. Perhaps it’s something to do with needing to find your way around; a map in the hall is a good way to help visitors set off in the right direction towards the nearest tube station. And buying a map of the area is a marker of having properly ‘settled down’: we’re here, we’re staying, and we’ve bought the map to prove it.
We used to own one of the olde-worlde type of maps, but it came a cropper. A downside of townhouse hallways is that a lot of them are very narrow. Not much room for artwork. Our map was hung by the door and, one day, an over-enthusiastic toddler slammed the door open (yes, that is possible). Part of the door smashed the glass covering our map. Then, while it was waiting in the spare room to be repaired, rain dripped onto the print through the Velux window.
So, when Wallpapered.com offered to send us a replacement canvas map, picturing the Ordnance Survey area around our house, I decided to take them up on the offer. Our home just didn’t feel the same without a map in the hallway.
The maps are printed onto high-quality canvas, using UV-resistent ink, so there’s no worry about hanging it in bright sunlight. They’re available in a choice of red, green, sepia or a regular reproduction (ie multicoloured), and vary in price from £38 to £169, depending on your choice of size. The smallest is 40.6 cm x 30.5 cm, the largest a collossal 142.2 cm x 91.4 cm.
We chose sepia, to fit in with the chocolate and aqua colour scheme of our hall. The street and place names are printed in a clear, sans serif font; although it doesn’t look as floral as our old map (with its swirly, curly writing) the new version is a lot easier to read.
The map arrived ready to hang, and is now cosily nestled in our little hall, with coat hooks arranged around it. It’s the sort of thing that would make a great moving-in present for someone; and, if we ever relocate, the map will come with us – a reminder of happy days spent in this, our first family home.
Disclosure: we were sent a canvas map for the purpose of this review. All views are my own.