Rather than leaping off the page maps will drawer the viewer in to carefully examine its nature. It’s that hidden and secretive quality of maps that makes them perfect as decorative objects.While during the ages of exploration maps were seen as hidden national treasures, now they are celebrated by interior designers as wonderful additions to the home. When viewed on a page the detail and context of maps is not always fully appreciated. On a large wall however, a map can truly engage someone to reveal its secrets.
Maps are also quite versatile in the home. In a study or hallway they can add a touch of class and elegance. They can also work well in a child’s bedroom as they can add colour and will be of great educational value. A child’s themed room would also be a good idea such as a ‘pirate’ room where X marks the spot for hidden treasures.
You can also pin point your travels or keep track of where you have been in the world.
Though these are some examples, the potential use of maps as decorative items can be quite diverse. Maps in your home will add something special and unique to your rooms.
Maps International offer a Bespoke Mapping Wallpaper service, where you can request the exact size to fit your wall and even change the design / colours of the map.
See Rosie Millard’s Top tips for decorating with maps for some creative ideas and places to find vintage maps.