10 Unconventional Map Decor Ideas

Yesterday Misty rounded up globe decor, and today we bring you maps. Decorating with maps and globes seems like just the thing to do when summer hits. Not only are maps easy to afford, they are visually stimulating and stirring to the soul. We love maps because we can see where we’ve been and dream about where we’re going.

“Map” is a general term for many types of infographics. There are traditional maps that show countries and cities, there are maps of the sea, subway maps and even maps of buildings (also known as blueprints).

We think the most important thing to remember when shopping for map décor is to remember that maps aren’t just relegated to the wall. You can find map motifs on bedding, accessories, throw pillows, furniture and more.

1) Get crafty We love this felt pillow depicting a modern map. Not all maps have to be store bought (or even accurate) to make a great visual impact.
2) Use an untraditional frame We're pretty big fans of anything framed in an embroidery hoop, and these maps great a fun wall decor item when combined with hoops.
3) Go oversized and nautical You don't have to be the captain of a ship to incorporate a giant framed nautical map into your space.
4) Choose furniture with maps This cute coffee table was a craft project featured on Craft; totally a doable do-it-yourself project.
5) Textiles make a great place to feature maps We love maps that add texture and softness like Soft-Maps by Emily Fischer.
6) Go for maps with vibrant, graphic visuals A great example is this Modern Art Metro Maps
7) Use plush maps Pillows with maps on them are both functional and informative.
8) Use maps with more maps Using the same fabric print over and over again in a room can have dynamic effects, and so can using more than one map-themed piece of decor.
9) Illuminate your maps We love the idea of using maps as a light fixture, like this great pendant lamp with map shade.
10) Remember maps can be of many things We love this post about using blueprints in decor (they count as maps!) and their bold blue backgrounds really catch the eye.

More map ideas:
Roundup: Map Decor
Always in Style: Decorate Your Walls with Maps
DIY Map Coasters

Where do you like to show off your maps in your space?

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Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.