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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!

bathroom map from lonny

MARIANNE: I’m hot and cold on maps. I don’t care much for the wallpaper and the accessories don’t float my boat, but I think I will always love an old schoolhouse wall map.

GRANT: Hmmmf. Can globes be included? I’m very whatevs about flats, but I’m especially drawn to spinner collections.

globes and map
CAMILLE: I’m still a fan, especially when used in unexpected ways:

map floor

Or to spark a little explorer’s imagination:

kids room map

ABBI: I like a map when it’s functional, like this interactive map on Young House Love that tracks their travels:

interactive map

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.

paris map

Did you grow up in Wyoming and now keep a panoramic map in your living room? You’re good to go.

wyoming map
But maps for maps’ sake? I’m not a fan. Unless it’s a map of the brain:

brain map

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.

national park map

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:

scratch off map

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:

18 Responses

  1. txskimom says:

    Where could I find rolled (not folded) maps of Galveston Island, Texas? If any one has a suggestion, I would love it. Thanks!

  2. Lori says:

    Maps let me dream. My mind starts imagining far-off places and making goals of traveling, or they can remind me of where I've been. It's like a journal of sorts, even when it's not marked with flags of destinations crossed off your list of to do's.
    That having been said, the first pic with the powder room wall map is a bit much. Little space, huge map? meh.

  3. Ann says:

    I love vintage map decorative theme, it's so classy and they look great on almost everything. Recently I both these https://www.etsy.com/listing/104846351/retro-spac
    and I absolutely adore them :)
    Thank you for great ideas!

  4. Alex Lee says:

    There's a surprisingly unique interior design idea. You just took the whole idea of "country chic" quite literally.

  5. Kahli says:

    Gave my husband's brother in law a beautiful and large reprint of an antique world map. They had it framed, and then hung it on a burgundy accent wall with a very apt quote (that I con't remember right now) custom made wall decal. Nothing else on the wall. It is actually pretty classy.

  6. Sara says:

    I'm a geographer, so no arguments from me! :) Especially love the vintage-look.

  7. Beezy says:

    Geographer too – I love maps and have always loved maps – for me they are not a trend but they need to be used wisely. I have a wonderful map of Grand Canyon geology – but it means something to me and I am not going to mix it with other random maps. It is part of an entire SW US theme of photos, maps and artifacts from trips I have taken.

    I also have a London A to Z that I plan to use for some small items like a pnecil cup and book shelves for travel based books.

  8. […] an experienced traveler, I never tire of the map and globe decor trend. Every time I go to an antique store, I scour through the bin of old maps to see if I can find any […]

Briana MowreyBriana is a writer and senior editor for HGTV.com. Her self-described design style is "mid-century modern magpie." She lives in a Brooklyn apartment with her husband, their spoiled dachshund, Chauncey,...


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