Tips for picking the perfect illustrated map

Written by
Danielle Amato

If you’re thinking about buying an illustrated map, finding a piece that truly reflects you and your home is really important. That’s why we’ve put together a short guide on finding the perfect fit.

We might be a little biased, but we think an illustrated map is a fantastic way to brighten up your home. Maps have become so much more than functional pieces of paper, helping us to find our way from A to B. Now, they’re fragments of memories on our walls, a way for us to relive the amazing times we’ve had either in our adult lives or as a child.

If you’re thinking about buying an illustrated map, finding a piece that truly reflects you and your home is really important. That’s why we’ve put together a short guide on finding the perfect fit.

What does your map mean to you?

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The most important question to ask yourself is why do you want a hand drawn map? No matter what part of the world you want to showcase, there are so many different styles of illustrated map out there and finding that special one should be determined by your personal connection to a place.

For some, that personal connection is remembering all of the amazing places they visited on their first romantic holiday. For others, it’s the little details that remind them of home. The stores, the side roads, the trees – all the quirks you’ll only have picked up on after spending a long time in one place.

A great tip when looking for maps of your hometown Is to find out where the artists are originally from themselves. A number of map illustrators pay homage to their hometowns through hand drawn maps and celebrate the things that make where they grew up so amazing. Often this means you’ll find little details that other illustrators from further afield may not have picked up on.

Considering size and space

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Art should be prominent but not overbearing and that’s something to keep in mind when picking an illustrated map. When determining where to hang your map, don’t forget to consider the size of your space.

A smaller room will often benefit from just one illustrated map as a focal point – you should avoid cluttering the walls in order to open up a smaller space. Conversely, in larger rooms you may want to consider having a collection of hand drawn maps (three is always a good number). By doing this, you’ll avoid losing your art to the room and ensure it still creates the impact you desire.

Of course, whether you choose to stick with one illustrated map or not will depend on the size of the piece, as well as the size of your room. It’s so important to always check the exact measurements of any wall art before buying if you want to find the perfect place for it.

If you’re finding it difficult to imagine the scale of your map, cut a piece of paper or card to size and use this as a guide. Whilst all the cutting and measuring may seem a little extreme, it’s a really simple and effective way to make sure you get the most out of your map.

Colour is important

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It might not be something you’d consider from the offset but if you want the map of your home town or favourite place to be an ideal fit for your home, you’ve got to think about the colour scheme.

It’s likely that an illustrated map is going to be the focal point of a room, so it’s important to find a map with a colour palette that makes a big impact against the colour of your wall, whilst still complimenting the overall scheme. If the thought of interior design or matching colour palettes fills you with dread, there’s plenty of help to be found online. A simple Google search such as ‘green colour palettes’ or ‘colour palette matcher’ will unearth a whole host of awesome how-to and help guides.

Better still, if you’re redecorating you can even use your illustrated map as the inspiration for a new look. Many designers take a piece of art or random items as a starting point when redecorating their space. Your art and your room should work together as one.

 

Can’t find what you’ve envisaged? Why not commission your town and create a bespoke illustrated map that reflects everything you love about your favourite place?

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