Granny style is usually not to be emulated, but these plate collections made me reconsider the classic decor that I'd previously written off as too country kitsch. The circular shape of plates is pleasing to the eye, and with their bright colors, interesting arrangements, or sleek materials, they might just be the inexpensive quick-fix I've been looking for to spruce up one lonely dining room wall...• 1 The bright variety of colors and loose arrangement of plates make this Marimekko grouping an modern eclectic hit. If it weren't for the stark white wall, I might be a little overwhelmed with all the color and variety, but as is, the contrast balances the color while simultaneously allowing it to pop.
• 2 I love the simplicity of this grouping of metallic charger plates, set a a bit off center. They add just enough bling to the neutral room.
• 3 I admit feeling a bit claustrophobic when I first saw this picture. However, I love the vibrancy of this closely spaced cluster. Also, keeping the plates in the same color family allows for a interesting variety of sizes while still retaining some cohesion.
(Images: 1: Marimekko, 2: Better Homes and Gardens online, 3: Living Etc.)