5 Ways to Decorate with Plates
by Kathy Wilson
Plates are a big collectible in home decorating, but you don't
have to have a china hutch full of rare antiques to appreciate
the beauty of plates in your home. Decorating with plates can
save you money, add charm and dimension to your rooms, and allow
you to display your favorite pieces as well. Here are 5 great
ways to use plates in your home decorating.
*Beautiful plates can be found in your own cupboards, so don't
forget to search out what you already own. You don't have to
have expensive plates to show them off. Look in dollar shops,
thrift stores, yard sales and discount shops for pretty little
plates that catch your eye and reflect your homes color schemes.
*Try making a large wall arrangement grouping with plates to have
big impact. This is especially useful if you collect plates all
in one color family. Try arranging the plates on the wall in
rounded arches to reflect the round edges of the plates. Add
other objects to the grouping for interest, but let the plates
take center stage. This is especially useful if you are looking
for a way to provide a focal point in a room, but want something
more interesting than that painting over the sofa. Easy to use
plate hangars can be picked up at any hardware store.
*Use plates to enhance the architecture in your rooms. Let them
follow archways or create an arch over windows with a row of
plates. Hang them over doorways to bring your eye up, or surprise
with an unusual placement lower down on the wall.
*Plates don't have to be confined to kitchen decorating. Use
them over headboards in the bedroom, in a pretty guest bath, or
gallery style along an empty hall.
*Don't forget that you don't have to hang plates on the wall
to appreciate their beauty in home decorating. Use a pretty
dessert plate to set a pillar candle on, as a soap dish in the
bathroom, or to hold a pretty handful of lavender potpourri. And
also know that other dishware form your cupboard can be used in
similar ways. Ceramic pitchers or casseroles, wine glasses, or
sugars and creamers can all be displayed and merchandised in your
Using everyday objects in your home decorating is a great way to
save money and appreciate beauty in ordinary things. So pick up a
couple of plate hangars, search those cupboards, and add some
charm to your home today!
Kathy Wilson is an author, columnist, and editor of several
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