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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Plate Wall

Growing up in the South, every house I ever saw had at least two plates proudly displayed on a wall.  Some people hang plates that were purchased solely for the purpose of hanging them on a wall.  My favorite plate walls, however, display plates that hold some special meaning.  Did Great Aunt Margaret leave you some plates that aren't really what you want to eat dinner on every night?  Why not hang a huge grouping of them on the wall? While traditional in nature, plate walls can be quite modern when grouped appropriately.

My favorite home ever featured in a magazine was Janet Gregg's downtown Charleston home in Cottage Living.  Her house is very small, around 1000 sf, but she made every inch count and did so beautifully.  Her dramatic plate wall surrounding a gilded chinoiserie mirror is truly so inspiring.  She used wall brackets, urns, and plates turned sideways to add a touch of the unexpected to her wall.
Cottage Living

And who can forget Charlottean Laura Vinroot Poole's swoonworthy Hermes Balcon de Guadalquivir plate wall designed by Barrie Benson?  I keep telling my husband he needs to buy me these plates, since we met and eventually were engaged beside the Guadalquivir in Sevilla.

Plates in a bedroom?  It adds a touch of country cozy to this otherwise modern bedroom!
Courtney Giles

This wall proves that there is power in numbers.  What a fresh approach for adding visual interest to a wall!
Viceroy Hotel

The symmetry of this plate wall is such a fun modern interpretation.
D Sharp Studio

On the opposite end of the spectrum, this free-form (yet meticulously designed) plate wall is a feast for the eyes.
Photo by Reese Dixon via Pink Street Design

If your style is more traditional, check out the work of Washington designer Kelley Proxmire.  Her rooms are absolutely BEAUTIFUL, and she loves to decorate with plates.  Here, a grouping of plates adorns a mantle.

Kelley uses them above the nightstands flanking this beautiful bed as well.

And of course, plate walls blend seamlessly into a country home.

This free-form cluster of plates adds a touch of the unexpected to this country kitchen.
House and Home

What a simple way to add some style to a dining room wall.  This wall of white plates is sophisticated and stylish.
Photo via Posh Pieces

Do you have a plate wall in your home?  Tell us about it!  And have a great weekend!


A Flair for Vintage Decor said...

My favorite is Janet Gregg' all feels chic and collected!

Julie said...

I don't have a plate wall, but after seeing how modern they look I am thinking of adding one! Great post!

Rene said...

Well aren't you sweet for posting my plate wall? The one labeled posh pieces is actually from my kitchen. It's nice to see that is has made its way around.

Enjoy your weekend.


Rene said...

Well aren't you sweet for sharing my plate wall? The one labeled posh pieces is actually my kitchen. I'm glad to see it is making its way around.

Enjoy your weekend.


Marisa said...

Down and Out is fantastic!

Milk and Honey Home said...

I have a plate is pretty...vintage plates mixed in with my current china and some Anthro. finds. But I am planning to change it to an asymmetrical setup. I LOVE that house & home image. Great post!

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

Thank you for gathering this great collection of different ways to create a wall of plates. Once again, you have truly inspired me MOS!

Betsy said...

Of course I have plates on my walls--however, they don't looks as chic as these vignettes. Hmm...maybe I need to do some re-arranging!! What a fabulous line-up.

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