The Art of the Plate Display

   Handmade ceramic succulents and a coveted resin pig's head in our office.

Handmade ceramic succulents and a coveted resin pig's head in our office.

I consider one of my design signatures to be plate displays and I will often incorporate one or more into my projects. They can bridge the gap between a piece of furniture and an expanse of blank wall. They can be used instead of a piece of art or a mirror in a space that needs something with color, texture or a bit of the unexpected. I think of a plate display as art and an opportunity to add personality and color. They are a contained way of adding a collection. I believe that they are timeless when done well.

   An assortment of new and vintage plates add color and reflection to this dining room.

An assortment of new and vintage plates add color and reflection to this dining room.

The dining room image (shown above) has just such a combination of plates, sourced from Crate and Barrel and Anthropology, a split set of vintage Spode found on a hunt a couple of years back, vintage white ware, along with silver pieces found on the hunt. I love that they aren’t a “set,” that they, like real life, come from various periods and sources. It feels curated but still organic and comfortable.

   This eat-in adds both a traditional element as well as a bit of fun and whimsy along with a pop of color.

This eat-in adds both a traditional element as well as a bit of fun and whimsy along with a pop of color.

The fun is in determining what you are trying to achieve, curating that look that is perfect for the space, sometimes using color, sometimes tone-on-tone, in different sizes and shapes, or all exactly the same. It’s a way to add what is needed for the intended space such as contrast, excitement or a quiet elegance.

Here are a few of my current favorite, curated finds: