Hi there, friends! Today I’m sharing my latest addition to our dining room, which has had bare walls ever since our renovation. A few weeks ago you may remember that I found a landscape at Marshall’s, and so I used the colors in that painting to create this plate wall.
The best part of creating a plate wall is the hunt. I spent an afternoon wandering shops for a mismatched assortment of plates that would coordinate with each other. I happened to already have the brown toile plate, the blue floral plate, and the modern beige and white floral plate, but I wanted more color.
I found the green leaf plate at Tuesday Morning,and the striped one at an antique store nearby. The piece de resistance, however, turned out to be the smallest of the lot. Check out this little guy.
I used a free-form arrangement for a more eclectic look.
I love the colors, and the fact that the plates add some much-needed height to this corner where our bar cart sits.
Here are some more plate walls to inspire you:
Ready to create your own plate wall? Here are my tips:
- Choose an assortment of all-white plates and platters in different sizes and shapes OR
- Go with a mismatched assortment of decorative plates for an eclectic look OR
- Try a collection of plates that share the same color scheme or theme (i.e. all vintage florals, or all graphic blue and white) OR
- Hang them in a grid pattern for a more orderly, symmetrical appearance; OR
- Hang them in more of a free-form shape on the wall for a whimsical look!
As for the best way to hang the perfect plate wall, here’s what I’ve learned:
- Once you’ve chosen a collection of plates to hang, attach plate hangers to each one.
- Trace each plate onto newspaper and cut out the patterns.
- Lay the patterns on the back of the plate and mark the spot where the nail should go.
- Play with the plate patterns to find the arrangement you like best for the spot you’ve chosen to hang them (take into consideration the amount of wall space you have to fill and any objects like lamps that you’ll need to work around.)
- Once you’ve settled on an arrangement, tape the paper patterns to the wall with painter’s tape, then hammer nails at the spots you marked on each pattern.
- Finally, hang up the plates on top of the patterns to make sure they look right before tearing down the patterns.
Here are some other ways to decorate with plates, as well as some related posts you might like: