10 Great Scientific Decor Ideas

In this listicle, you will find ten beautiful scientific decor ideas. Regardless of whether you want to make a gift to someone, or you are looking to decorate your home or office with some panache! Whatever the case, here are some brilliant sciencey ideas.

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1. Nikola Tesla Poster

image of a nikola tesla poster as scientific decor.
Title: Nikola Tesla, with his equipment

One of the many iconic pictures of Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla in his laboratory in Colorado Springs around 1899. Sitting and reading next to his giant “magnifying transmitter” high voltage generator while the machine produced huge bolts of electricity.

However, in reality, the image was staged with double exposure. First, the machine’s huge sparks were photographed in the darkened room, then the photographic plate was exposed again with the machine off and Tesla sitting in the chair. Regardless, even the deception is a great feat of science and therefore rightfully deserves a spot on this list of great scientific decor ideas.

Fun fact! While the machine was first turned on it blew out the Colorado Springs power company’s generator.

2. Vintage Butterfly Poster

image of butterflies as scientific decor

Papillons are Latin for butterflies. A butterfly scientist, a butterfly entomologist, is called a lepidopterist. Ever since I was a kid I have been a huge fan of insects, possibly because my brother and close relatives were either professional entomologists or hobbyists. It is easy to be a fan. Because of either the beautiful patterns on their wings or the amazing life cycle in the form of metamorphosis.

3. Sailor Knots poster

image of sailing knots as scientific decor.

There exists the mathematical theory of knots, it also belongs under the field of science that is called topology.

4. Functional Vintage Replica Brass Nautical Antique Telescope

image of functional vintage replica telescope as scientific decor

It’s not very large. But it might make a cute addition to your decor with a maximum height of 23 inches (0.63 meters) which is adjustable. A classic item from the age of exploration, where there still remained many unexplored places on Earth.

5. Brass Sundial Compass

image of scientific decor - working brass sun dial

A telescope is not complete without a brass sundial compass to accompany it. A compass points north because all magnets have two poles, a north pole and a south pole, and the north pole of one magnet is attracted to the south pole of another magnet.

6. Handtooled Handcrafted Brass German Sextant

image of working sextant -scientific decor

And what is a compass without a sextant? Well, quite a lot actually, but a sextant is invaluable if you’re lost without modern technology to back you up. It is the final piece in the set of the age of exploration.

7. Women in Science

poster of famous women in science scientific decor.

Got a daughter you want to encourage to follow a path of science? Then this poster Women in Science might be just perfect for you. Although Curie did not have many role models, it is human to want representation – to know that you too could accomplish great feats of science.

8. Periodic Table of Elements

Physical periodic table of the elements with actual elements scientific decor.

There are a few fundamental discoveries in science. The periodic table of elements surely has to be one of them. This periodic table includes some real samples of the elements in their inert form. Therefore it is also a great educational tool for students.

9. Periodic Table Throw Pillow

Periodic table of elements pillow.

Alternatively, you could get a throw pillow for decorative purposes. The elements are color coded which helps retention and makes this a much more fascinating gift than a standard throw pillow with no color coding.

10. Pharmacy Decor Set of 6 Unframed Blueprint Wall Art

scientific decor - blueprints for tools used in chemistry like a pestle and mortar

Last but not least is a beautiful dark blue set of blueprints for tools in a pharmacy. It includes a pharmacy druggist mortar; medicine bottle; dropper; filter; pill press and prescription scale.

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