Globes are traditional pieces that many of us associate with studies and libraries. But thanks to GPS apps, they're effectively obsolete. Adding a globe to a space can bring in a classic look, especially to a home office, library or study. The exception is adding a globe to a child's room, as these can add color to the space and help with homework.
However, globes are another item that comes in a surprising amount of styles. When most of us picture a globe, we see the bright and colorful one that sat in many grade school classrooms. But accent globes meant for the home come in a wide range of styles, features and colors, which we'll explore below.
Globes have so many creative styles and features that it can feel overwhelming. Below are some key takeaways to help you choose a globe for your home.
- Start by assessing whether the globe is for educational purposes or just decorative.
- If it's educational, choose a style that's clearly marked and colorful to be able to make out the countries and landmarks.
- Decorative purposes can get more conceptual and focused on color alone.
- The main sizes that are most common are smaller accent pieces, larger tabletop globes and floor models. Which you choose will depend largely on how much space you have to spare and whether you want a smaller accent piece or a larger focal piece.
- Globes come with so many different types of features, it can be hard to choose. If you think a globe's design is neat and fits in with your overall room style, that may be reason enough to buy it. Go with your gut on this one.