Plate Display Ideas
Plates are an inexpensive and colorful way to decorate. So take yours out of the cupboard and try some of these great ways to display them.
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A simple plate rack is elevated to work of art with color-coordinated pieces of simple china. Place dishes you use often on the rack to make it as practical as it is beautiful.
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For collectible plates you don't use, why not go for major artistic impact? Install plate wall-hangers and group the plates in a large cluster for a jaw-dropping display.
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Sometimes the simplest display is the best. Here, rich wood sets off the lustrous green of these plates.
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Plates are a great way to add color to an otherwise neutral room. Try grouping brilliantly colored plates together for a true style statement.
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The Great Wall of China
Display your entire collection with this easy formula: paint a wall in a complementary or contrasting color to your china collection. Mount unfinished wood shelves (have them cut at your home improvement's lumberyard) and fill in with your collection.
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Here, an arrangement of blue-and-white plates and platters gains interest from a range of blue tones and a variety of sizes, framed in a vintage-look pine cupboard.
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Take advantage of glass-front cabinets to display treasured pieces of china. Teapots fill this small cupboard with color and shape.
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Plate hangers are inexpensive, readily available in hardware stores and antiques malls. Clip the hooks onto collectible plates and platters to hang them up in an attractive display over a mantel.
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Painting the interiors of shelves and cabinets helps set off prized collections. Black-and-white china gets a shot of interest when arranged in front of the coral-hued backdrop.
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Circle of Transferware
In this room, pink transferware plates are hung in an arrangement that is circular, creating a large presence on the wall for a very modest expense.
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Have leftover wallpaper or fabric? Covering the interior walls of a cupboard not only gives you a lovely surprise when you open the door, it highlights the china and glassware as well.
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Removing cabinet doors is a simple way of opening up your kitchen landscape. The downside: you'll lose storage space since items will need to be neat and uncluttered. The upside: your view can be updated whenever you wish with new colors and arrangements.
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Extend the height of furnishings underneath by hanging platters on the wall overhead. This small cupboard, elevated on a small table, looks almost regal with the addition of three platters lined up on top.
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Along the Wall
Plates play a big part in this attractive galley kitchen. Look for their charm in the glass cabinets, over the door, vertically on the refrigerator wall, and lined up along the serving counter.
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Shape and Size
Are you stuck with a boring white kitchen? This room shows how interesting it can be with the addition of one contrasting color (here a warm wood tone). The shallow wood cabinet acts like a window over the sink, with a view of sculptural china shapes.
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Over the Top
A high cabinet lends a cozy feeling to the sofa below. Glass doors and a lighted interior allow a collection of colorful plates to accent this neutral room.
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Solid green and white plates hold their own against a strong background of stripes. When working on this kind of arrangement, be sure to group related items and distribute various color on all shelves.
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Four saucers stand upright to bring more color to the sink area in this cottage style kitchen. More blue-and-white china is seen on the shelves above, making blue the strong accent color in the space.
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Stock a blank wall with style using a shallow three-shelf plate display rack. When the shelf is painted with the wall color, it blends in and appears more like an architectural element.
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A lovely pine hutch can be a great storage and display piece in a dining area. Avoid cluttering the shelves, opting instead for studied arrangements of colorful dishware. For interest, include other items like candlesticks and plants.
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In the Pink
Part shelf, part window treatment, this plate display spans the width of a window with color and style. Mixed plates, platters, teapots, and smaller pitchers combine to make an eye-catching display.
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A set of plates can become art when hung in precise alignment. A dozen black-and-white dishes bring attention to the focal-point windows and echo the fabric colors.
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A Scene in Green
Green relates each of these plates to the others, but it is the woodland theme that underscores the theme of the display. Perfectly housed in a vintage pine hutch, the arrangement is accented with small creamers and a lamp.
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Over the Top
The rule of threes, or odd numbers, is evident in this mantel display. Five plates arch over three fern prints. Each corner of the mantel includes an arrangement of a sconce plus two other items.