Serving Up Style: Ideas for Decorating with Plates

Serving Up Style: Ideas for Decorating with Plates

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Carrie McBride
Feb 14, 2015

Decorating with plates may remind you of grandma's house and, true enough, they work perfectly with a vintage aesthetic, but they are so versatile that you can make them work in any setting. Spice up a whole wall or just a little nook with a bit of color or pattern. Here are 18 examples, in a variety of homes and styles, showing how adaptable plates are as decor.

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Plates liven up the unused space between two rooms. As seen on Flower Patch Farmgirl.

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These plates help tie together the mix of modern and traditional in this Lisbon apartment designed by Tiago Patricio Rodrigues on Apartment Therapy.

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Corners, where art is often not hung, is the perfect spot for a plate display. As seen in Kathryn and Anthony's Eclectic Australian Home on Apartment Therapy.

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Vintage saucers and plates fill up this large wall and add character. As seen on House to Home.

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Using all plates of one color is a nice, modern twist. As seen on Liz Marie Blog.

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If you have awesome plates like these Fornasetti ones, you may as well show them off. As seen on Lonny.

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Plates mounted inside a shadow box is a fun twist on the idea. As seen on Better Homes & Gardens.

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Customize the look of your plates with decals. Find the tutorial on The Painted Hive.

Perhaps the queen of decorating with plates, Yvonne of Yvestown uses them expertly around her Dutch home. Above are three examples.

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A collection of pheasant plates serve as art in this dining room. As seen on Design*Sponge.

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An array of plates hung in the entryway emphasizes the height of this entryway. As seen on A Pop of Pretty.

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Try adding a plate to a gallery wall for added visual interest. As seen in Baby E's Nursery.

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What better place to use plates as art than...the kitchen! As seen in LonAnne's Vintage and Modern Texas Charmer on Apartment Therapy.

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A door as a backdrop for hanging plates adds rustic charm. As seen on Finding Home.

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Traditional Swedish Christmas plates picked up cheaply at flea markets adorn the outside of this playhouse. As seen on Dos Family.

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