The Art Of Plate Display

PLATES ARE FOR MORE THAN SUPPER

I hesitate to refer to hanging plates as finding a space filler, however they do the job masterfully.

Perfect accent for a narrow space

Perfect accent for a narrow space

Long, narrow spaces should not be orphaned. I must admit though, I would prefer the space to remain vacant rather than cluttered with odds and ends.  Enter the plates!  They are individually interesting as well as collectively.  The narrow space becomes intended.

Interesting break between windows

Interesting break between windows

Composing the arrangement is all about the balance. Done correctly, this arrangement becomes a singular work of art.  Lighting adds another layer of depth.

Soft illumination gives this tone on tone depth

Soft illumination gives this tone on tone depth

An alternative to books on the shelves

An alternative to books on the shelves

Displaying plates in confined spaces such as shelves and hutches give equal impact to the room as does individually hung on the wall.

 

Symmetrically pleasing

Symmetrically pleasing

Beautiful color contrast

Beautiful color contrast

Abundance

Abundance

A composition of plates vary in style, pattern and size.  A collection of identical plates on a grid gives a different impression than one of varying sizes, patterns and color.

Grid pattern

Grid pattern

Another grid

Another grid

Smart use of the breakfast niche

Smart use of the breakfast niche

The blue and white plates are most popular used for display.  They are a good example of the lasting attraction of traditional elements when decorating

Charles Faudree

Charles Faudree

The late Charles Faudree had a passion for blue and white porcelains.  He had a magnificent collection which followed him from home to home over the years of his multi residences.

 

Charles Faudree

Charles Faudree

Blue and White

Blue and White

Blue and White in the breakfast room

Blue and White in the breakfast room

Beautiful blue and white in the great room

Beautiful blue and white in the great room

The displaying of plates often solves the dilemma of what to do with that awkward space in high ceilinged rooms.

Adding interest in high spaces

Adding interest in high spaces

Display plates in unexpected places.  Bedrooms, powder rooms and hallways make good canvases.

Eye catching in a powder room

Eye catching in a powder room

A bedroom

A bedroom

In a petite kitchen

In a petite kitchen

Variation

Variation

Adding interest to a foyer mirror

Adding interest to a foyer mirror

I am quite fond of plates displayed among books.  In cases or on table tops, they are good companions.

Charming

Charming

Lovely

Lovely

Very creative to let one plate rest on the surface

Very creative to let one plate rest on the surface

Surrounding art

Surrounding art

Unusual layering

Unusual layering

The manner in which plates are arranged can be as creative as you are.  The photo above took creativity to a new level by layering the plates as they are hung.  This adds depth to the composition.

Closely clustered

Closely clustered 

When perusing flea markets and antique shops, keep an eye out for a few plates which appeal to you. Once you have the amount and space, arrange them on the floor.  Tweak here and there.  Now this is a bit unorthodox, but I do not measure. I trust my eye to space by beginning in the center of my composition.  It helps to have a companion to hold the plate while you stand back and guide.  The weight of plates vary, therefore the spring hangar will have some give.  To have them hang evenly to the eye may mean the nail holes are somewhat off measure.  It isn’t difficult and once you’ve given it a go…you will become quite skilled.  Another day, another decorating skill under the belt because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

 

 

 

 

 

 

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