Courtney Warren is a Texas-based interior designer whose work has been featured in Real Simple, Better Homes & Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Apartment Therapy, and Today.com. She is a frequent consultant on Fox 4 TV’s Good Day program in Dallas, was ranked in the top 3 percent of interior designers in the US by Houzz.com, and starred in the Dallas episode of TLC’sFour Houses. She delights in helping overwhelmed clients create beautiful spaces—and will never turn down a warm chocolate chip cookie or Diet Dr Pepper.
I wonder where the idea of displaying plates as art came from? For sure, those who collected rare blue and white china hundreds of years ago put their treasures on display. Later, maybe folks who couldn’t afford art put up their pretty dishes for decoration, first on plate racks and then–“Hey, why not directly on the wall?”
And then there’s us, with that china from Aunt Madie we’re trying to decide what to do with. Or maybe you’re that person who can’t say no to endless patterns of flea market and thrift store crockery!
I cannot lie–I love decorating with plates! It costs very little and it’s such an easy, creative way to add instant style to nearly any room in your house.
Need inspiration? Start with something as simple as a piece of art and some white plates!
For this glam-styled Airbnb project, the black painted wall provides a striking background for Audrey Hepburn and plates that mimic polka dots. I used the photo print as the center point and grouped the plates symmetrically around it. Ta-DAH!
How about a rustic version of the same idea: in this staging job for a realtor, I used the board and wreath for the center, and more white plates and other decorative pieces around it. What could be simpler? But it’s a lot of bang for your buck!
What could be more natural than plates in the kitchen? Yes, for eating on. But I mean to decorate with! I mounted these cuties right on the backsplash. Similarly inspired? Just use Command strips to avoid damage to your tiles.
Now, the beauty of white stoneware is the infinite variety of shapes available. Whether new or a garage sale find, you can just mix it all up! I balanced out the visual weight of the wall clock in this dining room with a grouping of white platters.