In design, and in many other avenues of creative expression, trends or popular styles are cyclical — they have their moment, they fade into the background, and then eventually they can be the new hip thing again. But maps are one of those elements of interior design that have always been relevant (and often useful).
Their impact on a space will always be varied and eclectic given the multitude of places, time periods, and styles which they reflect, making maps uniquely unpredictable design elements. Given their detail or the cartographer’s stylistic personality — and chosen color gradients — you’d be hard-pressed to find a map that’s an unforgettable facet of a room. Black and white, neutral hues or the entire color spectrum; immensely detailed or minimally outlined; hundreds of years old or fresh off the printing press: these countless variables make maps ever the versatile styling piece. Let’s look at how they work in 17 different spaces. —Kelli