Designing with Maps

Good Day World!
I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, especially the mothers!!  ;)

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This post has been in the works for some time now, I've been collecting lots of images featuring interior design and decor using road maps and world maps!  Today, after some more (crazed) image scavenging on the internet, I was finally satisfied with my compilation of photos.  Each image depicts the gorgeousness of maps when used as a design feature, whether through framed art, posters or wallpaper.  Whether you showcase'em in your foyer, living room, dining room, bedroom or kids' room, maps definitely bring a sense of sexy worldliness to any space they inhabit.  

So scroll on, because all of the spaces in this post highlight unique and creative ways for incorporating your very own maps into the design of your home!
  FYI, my next post will feature various forms of artwork made from maps and it's goooooood stuff so stay tuned!  In the meantime, what do you think of this post, do you have any framed maps in your home?  Do you have any creative ideas for incorporating maps into interior design?  I'd love to know, drop me a comment or shoot me an e-mail at!

(All images via a Google image search or



  1. I love looking at maps, they always make me daydream of what these far away places that I have never even dreamed of visiting could be like.

    I even wrote to our local paper once to suggest that they print a small map in their story to identify the location of the subject matter. They wrote me back thanking me for suggestion, but I have never seen it implemented. Too bad, cause I think everyone could benefit from learning a little more geography, especially when they are reading about some place that they have no idea where it is in the world.

    What a great idea to incorporate into design space. Love it..thanks.

  2. LOVE this post. I have a slight obsession with maps and decorating with maps.....and I've written on this topic as well. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. This is a GREAT post! I love these pictures.

  4. So glad you all love the post, I had a feeling it would be a hit, the images are stunning! I'll keep the map themed posts coming Heather!


  5. Wow some really great ideas! My favorite is the one of Italy!

  6. I absolutely love your blog! Thanks for bringing all these fabulous images and words to us. I have wanted a world map wallpaper for my daughter's bedroom since she was born. Now I know it can be done!

  7. vintage maps and globes are my thing! i sometimes worry that i'll become a crazy old lady with cats galore and stacks and stacks of random maps throughout my house. but o'well! i see posts like yours and i sink further into my hoarding! ;)

    if you're still on a map high, i have some different map-themed decor shots in an blog entry:

  8. Besides pictures of Earth and Water, I really like having pictures of maps on walls. Like mirrors, it opens up the room, even if only by way of imagination. I plan on putting a large, antique map on the wall of my bedroom (which will be turned into a study). Thank you for the pictures.

    I live in Tampa, FL. Maybe we can connect one day!

  9. Wow, I found your blog through a search for kitchen wall ideas, your plate posts show an amazing collection of plate grouping ideas. And your collection of map pictures!!! Earlier I was searching world map posters for my son's new apartment's kitchen wall. Until I saw your post, I completely forgot about an old school map I bought years ago, it would be perfect! All I have to do now is remember where the heck I put it! Argh! I may not get to sleep tonight.

  10. I just featured your incredible collection of map interiors on my post about the beautiful, cheap maps and vintage prints available through the US Department of the Interior. Thanks for culling together such an amazing sample of images!

  11. Hi Audra, thanks for your comment! It was a labor of love collecting all of those images, there are so many wonderful ideas out there huh? I love your post on the maps available from the US Department of Interior, I'm going to check that out!



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