Decorating with Plates


The last few weeks my husband has been working crazy hours at work.  This has resulted in very long evenings for me being by myself battling if I want to eat a bag of Doritos {my nemesis} in front of the TV or get a project done. 

I cannot say I was super successful most nights, but one very late but inspired evening, I finally put together a pretty floral plate wall.  


I found a few plate walls on Pinterest {check out my gallery wall board} that I wanted to try to replicate.  I loved the idea of plates with a design {besides just white}, clustered nice and tight, and in a non traditional setup. 

I love that they appear to be floating up the wall.  To put it in my sister in law's words, I took otherwise "traditional plates and made them into a modern work of art."  Love her. 


I have been really wanting, but struggling, with incorporating more color, still keeping things feminine and shabby chic, but with a more modern and earthy flare. 

I think this wall got it.


Luckily, I have been collecting pretty dishes over the past few years that I did not have to shop specifically for this wall.  All but two of these plates are now on the walls.

I used to only want vintage inspired china but found that even when thrifted they were kind of expensive.  Plus I didn't like hand washing them after parties. 

I kept a few of my favorites but am now sticking to new ceramic designs that can go in the dishwasher when they are not decorating the walls. 

Spring is a great time right to stock up on floral pieces.  Most of mine are from places like Marshall's, TJ-Maxx, and HomeGoods.


What I love the most about these plates is that I can fall in love with a design but only have to buy one plate.  I am always changing my mind and liking new things that this allows for a low risk investment.  Our everyday dishes are white, so these mixed plates are easy to incorporate.


I also think it is important to find dishes that work well together.  Event though they are mismatched they seem to belong together.  There are a lot of pretty plates out there but I stick to the colors I naturally gravitate towards which are aquas and pinks, as well as bright pastels.


What's on your walls these day?

18 comments:

  1. that is beautiful! and the plates are just gorgeous- it looks like a work of art!!

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  2. looks great! I've always loved the arrangement you found inspiration from. I'm glad you tried it on your wall. I love the blue plate with pink flowers. :o)

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  3. That's really pretty! I love the plates!

    And I still need to find something for my wall! I've been very picky about it :(

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  4. Love love love it!!!!

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  5. this is spectacular!

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  6. This is so beautiful! I love how they climb up the wall. And I can relate to what you mean about being able to buy many different plates. I am always drawn to so many different patterns, but when you're buying your china, you don't set your table with a 12-piece setting of mismatched items. Well, I guess you technically could... But they look much nicer as wall art! :O)

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  7. I love it! The way you put them on the wall is amazing!

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  8. I've been waiting for you to show your plate wall and it is gorgeous! Your place looks fabulous!

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  9. So cute! Love it!! Although I would probably use teacups as I tend to collect them. (don't even want to think about how I would dust them?!) Great idea though, taking the ordinary and spicing up a blank wall.

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  10. it looks gorgeous Ash!!! Love it :)

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  11. hi,I like your creative idea..I,m from malaysia..

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  12. You did a great job! Great grouping of plates, and love the way they float up the wall!

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  13. Wooo so beautiful, good creativity in your blog We really appropriate your Idea because is really unique way to decorate our home.

    Double glazing Huddersfield

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  14. I love pretty plates! I have a bunch up in my kitchen.

    Love that butterfly pillow too!

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  15. I love it!!! You are super creative. Question...what did you use to hang them...love the "floating" effect.

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  16. I love it!!! You are super creative. Question...what did you use to hang them...love the "floating" effect.

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  17. i'm absolutely smitten with this space - that ladder display has me totally swooning!!

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