China patterns look great grouped as a dishwall display and massing dishes maximizes the impact.
We plan to move sometime during the next year and even though we own a house with plenty of storage space, I’m going to have too many dishes. Way too many. So I’ve been thinking about repurposing my pale green Limoges which I’ve had forever but rarely use by creating a dishwall display — hanging them in a group on a kitchen or sunroom wall.
While hanging dishes is no secret, the way it’s done can make a huge difference between a weak and a strong showing. That occurred to me the moment I saw the photo [top] of a paneled library in Asia where the walls were completely covered with a collection of amazing blue and white Chinese export dishes. While the example is based on an extraordinary set – with huge chargers and dozens of pieces – it could be done to great effect on the right size wall and even part of a service for twelve, which is what I have.
Another idea came to me via this photo of the dining room in Stanley House, a London mansion, decorated by the great English design icon Nicky Haslam. While the style is elaborate and historical the concept feels ripe for modernization! Wall brackets (incorrectly called sconces) are difficult to find and anything old or elaborate is bizarrely expensive.
My idea is to update by using brackets like these contemporary block brackets and others in a variety of modern styles (or something funky and antique-y but not old-world serious). Woodworking sites sell all styles and sizes and here’s where a can of spray paint or leftover latex and a sanding sponge can facilitate some amazing transformations. Either the brackets and the dishes can be as modern or antique as your décor and vision require.
(Source: World of Interiors, wall-shelf.cn)
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