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Quick Tip: Decorating With Plates

If you collect colourful and patterned plates, mix up your decor by adding unexpected elements to fill a blank wall.


Adding art or decor to walls gives any room a finished look and let's your personality shine. While art can be expensive, if you love collecting plates, this is one way to showcase your personality and make a house feel more like a home.

Sometimes it's nice to mix things up a bit and incorporate a few unexpected elements to fill up a blank wall. One of the easiest ways to add interest to a boring room is to hang up some colourful, patterned plates.

Whether it's plates that you have collected on your travels, or simply a selection of your favourite crockery designs, a grouping of plates easily fills up a blank space and adds colour, interest and texture to a room.

A dining room might seem like an obvious place to showcase your collection of plates, but you can choose plates that complement the room setting, or bring in something different that creates an eye-catching arrangement. Alternatively, choose a plate design that inspires you and let this provide you with colour cues for decorating a bland space.





Even a small, blank space is easy to fill with an interesting selection of plates. Filling blank walls with affordable art, interesting collectibles and your favourite plates adds so much personality and creates a cosy setting in a small room.

While you wouldn't normally find plates in any other room, plates can be used as wall decoration in any room. A guest bedroom has a symmetrical arrangement of plates above the beds. The plate designs mirror the colour palette and patterns used in the bed linen for the bedroom.

As an alternative to a grouping of plates, use plates to break up the monotony of a gallery wall. Most gallery walls are filled with squares and rectangles, adding a circular plate or two will create more interest and add impact.

Open shelves and cabinets with glass doors are perfect for showing off your collection of plates. Small plates can be arranged at the back of shelves, while larger plates can be hung on the wall. This is an easy way to introduce more colour and pattern into a monochromatic or neutral kitchen.

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