Maps chronicle centuries of exploration and discovery. Decorating takes a similar approach. We chart our own adventures and favorite places through the items we put into our home. This creates a "map" of items unique to each space.
The way you decorate your home is a telling and personal guide to your life and style but giving maps literal representation in your home has just as much impact.
Because maps have such a graphic quality, e.g. their sweeping lines, color blocking, and typographic elements, pretty much any kind of map or combination of maps will work well decoratively.
Here are some rooms that utilize maps beautifully.
Martha Stewart Living featured a story about "tourist textiles" -- handkerchiefs, scarves and tablecloths printed with maps that were popular among road-tripping Americans in the mid-20th century. Travelers would collect these mementos abroad and bring them home to remember their destinations by.
The textiles were so popular that many of these remnants of Americana still remain today in antique shops and vintage stores. If you happen to own any tourist textiles I encourage you to look into this gallery for inspiration.
There are numerous ways to incorporate maps into your home through do-it-yourself projects. Here are some of my favorites.