Color Choices

Coloring is a very important and fun aspect of working on your map.

Colors should match the geographic details of a map when possible. Here are come suggestions:

  • Mountains — use brown and green
  • Lakes and Rivers —  blue
  • Oceans — shade along coastlines (see below) with blue
  • Deserts — light brown, can shade with yellow and/or orange
  • Forests, or vegetation areas — green
  • Divider lines between regions — a bright color, drawn with a fine line.
  • Roads, routes or highways — dark colors such as Black, brown or red

TIP: Using colored pencils is the best way to add color. Areas can be filled in completely or shaded along boundaries.

Map Colored In