BRIANA: Maps. Ma-ah-ah-mah-ah-ah-ps. Wait. They’ve been plastered on walls and are now all over accessories. So, are they sophisticated or stuffy? Do they make you feel classy or like you’re in a classroom? GO!
ABBI: I like a map when it’s functional, like this interactive map on Young House Love that tracks their travels:
LILI: I only like people using maps in their decor when they actually mean something to the people who live in the space. Did you go to Paris on your honeymoon and now feel a kinship with the City of Lights? Great, have a map of it in your living room.
Did you grow up in Wyoming and now keep a panoramic map in your living room? You’re good to go.
But maps for maps’ sake? I’m not a fan. Unless it’s a map of the brain:
KAYLA: I particularly love maps with a meaning too, like this national parks checklist. It marks all the national parks in the country and comes with colorful tree stickers, so each time you visit one you can “pin” it.
JESSICA: Love looking at maps, love the song “Maps”, but just can’t see myself incorporating a map into my decor. I would make one exception:
It’s a scratch-off map, covered in gold foil so you can track all the places you’ve been. Personally, I’m not sure I could resist scraping off random countries just to see what color they are. Definitely a product for people with high levels of self-control.
LIZ: I like map decor the same way I like Sriracha sauce; they both used to be all exotic, but now they’re just a ubiquitous way to spice things up. So I’m not going to jump out of my chair because someone used a map as wallpaper, but I wouldn’t turn down Jessica’s gold-leaf map, either.
You’ve navigated our feelings about maps — now tell us how you feel: