Plate display is a centuries old form of décor — what’s new is the unusual locations.
No longer is the dining room or kitchen the only place for plate display. One case in point is the arrangement of white ironstone and black transferware above a headboard. Those dishes contrast nicely with the bedroom’s charcoal walls. Plus the crisp hotel-style linens, a zebra rug and gingham chair repeat their colors. Provided plates are carefully mounted and secured there should be no fear of them tumbling down in the middle of the night.
Découpage plates and trays by John Derian are displayed en mass in this modern bathroom. The pieces become frameless art that add color and visual interest to an otherwise dull space.
I’ve had a collection of decorative plates hanging over the vanity in our master bath for years now. Several were painted by my maternal grandmother and one of her friends. Another was a wedding present to my parents and the largest is a Christmas present to me from Mr.Shops. When a friend, who happens to be a decorator, saw them he was appalled. He told they were inappropriate for the bathroom and that I should move them to the dining, “where they belong.” Really?! The plates are still above my vanity where I enjoy seeing them several times a day.
Are these unusual places for plate display? Maybe to some, but as long as the collection delights the homeowner they are refreshingly offbeat.
(Sources: Decorpad, Nirmada Interior Architectural Design)
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I love the examples. I am thinking very hard about putting up my mom’s plates in my office. It just seems like so much work to hang them!
Thank you, mbwife. An easy way to hang plates is to use the paper pattern technique I used when doing the LR picture wall at DD2’s house – https://www.atticmag.com/2011/01/informal-picture-wall/