With GPS devices and navigation apps like Google Maps becoming the prevalent method of finding our way when we travel, paper maps don't quite get the respect they used too. Ever had to refold a state or provincial road map? A large paper map is more than a bit unruly when you're walking a city or (worse) driving cross country. But despite their growing impracticality in the shadow of digital navigation tools, paper maps do have a certain visual appeal.
Colorful and richly designed, yet accurate by necessity, maps really do demonstrate an incredible attention to detail. Whether it be a map of the places you've been, or the places you want to go, maps have always been a tool of imagination and memory. Old neighborhoods or future destinations, as practical as paper maps once were, they're also kind of romantic. Looking to bring some color and richness of detail into your home? Explore and celebrate the wonderful culture and history of maps with these decorative options for your home.
Design site 2Modern Blog recently shared these fantastic custom decorative maps made by City Prints. Available options include U.S. and European city maps, University campuses, and amazing custom illustrations of your favorite sports arena.
Vintage Art Prints on Etsy offers custom and classic art prints of a location of your choosing. Available on white or "aged" paper Vintage Art Prints offers a choice of custom maps of the town, city, continent or country.
Fans of urban living we'll likely enjoy the wide selection of subway map art prints available on Zazzle. New York, London, Toronto, Paris, get to know the amazing transit systems of the most beautiful cities in the world.
In addition to great art prints, you can also find other great decorative options that use maps as they're in inspiration. Check out this spectacular selection of map pillows on Etsy, or this relief map rug by dutch interior design studio, Laurens van Wieringen. In the lighting department, the New York Transit Museum store offers this neat NY Transit map lamp.
For the more scientifically minded, the United States Geological Survey also offers purchasable printed topographic, geologic, hydrologic maps of state, country, national parks and more.
Whatever your aesthetic tastes, maps can help bring a classical, vintage or modern decor look to life with options from every era and in so many illustrative styles. And lets not forget the practical application of maps.
Pick up a map of a city you would love to visit to keep you inspired, and so you can know every nook and cranny of a city before you get there. If you're into hiking, or cycling, a topographical map of your area will help you map out new trails to explore. Always a classic option, a map of the world or globe in a child's room is a perfect way to introduce and teach the countries of the world. Looking to bring a small piece of the world into your home? Save the GPS for your real world travels, and celebrate the beauty of maps with your next home decor project.
(images: As linked above)