Sunday, 18 November 2012

Wall Flowers: Decorative Plates in the Dining Room

Ever since I purchased the sunburst mirror for my dining room, I knew that wall wasn't quite completed.  The little plates on either side were really just too small and I needed something else.  It was reader Kimbydee (thank you!) who suggested a small, medium and large plate on either side and I decided to run with the idea.

I ended up finding some lovely plates from Anthropologie which brought some colour and pattern to the wall and duly hung them the evening before the Heart Home photoshoot.  I'm not sure they will stay in the order in which they currently appear - due to my rushing around the night before I didn't have time to mess around with them too much but they added the interest I was hoping for.


Now, I love so much of Anthropologie's tablewear so choosing which ones I wanted was the hardest part of the process!  The top plate I've loved for ages.  It's the Sissinghurst Dinner Plate.  It picks up the oranges as well as the accents of blues and yellows in the room quite nicely.


The salad plate I chose was the Spinning Vessels Plate.  Again, it was the colours that drew me to it and the fact that the pattern was so unusual.



The middle plates are vintage Chinese which I purchased from eBay early this year.

Here's what it looks like now with the addition of the Anthropologie plates.


The late afternoon autumn sun was shining brightly in the room and it cast some lovely shadows so I figured I'd take some pictures.  You can see better how they add depth to the wall.


I think I may need to rearrange my mantle now because I feel that the plates on the mantle are fighting a bit with the plates on the wall.  (Plates fighting with plates sounds a bit like it'd be a dangerous mess.)


I know some people hate the idea of hanging plates on a wall.  I suppose it's a bit 'old fashioned' but I quite like the contrast of all the round shapes with all the square ones on the gallery wall.   And the plates I feel are quite modern rather than the ones my nan might have hung long long ago.


What do you think of the change? Do you have any decorative wall plates?  Or do you still find them quite old fashioned?  I've seen some gorgeous plate displays in blogland so will be sharing the inspiration shortly just in case you aren't fully convinced!  Any suggestions for the mantle?  I'm thinking some smaller (square) picture frames to replace the gold chargers layered behind the other items but I love when you guys pipe up with options I may not have thought of so I'm all ears! :)

5 comments:

  1. I quite like a wall plate. My mum hasa row of plates hanging in her hallway - I think the simple layout and the fact that they're all the same colours (blue and white) stop them from being too old-fashioned. Our wedding photographers caught them in this shot and it's still one of my favourites.

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  2. i like the chargers! that effect you have created with the plates looks not old fashioned at all. i have always liked plates on the wall, and yours are so interesting and fresh.

    i bet that appointment for the shoot led to some awesome creativity--i know that is how it works for me when i am expecting company!

    smiles to you, lovely.

    michele

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  3. Funny, the first thing I thought of after "Oh, those colorful plates are fun!" was "Hmm, the plates on the mantle probably will be moving soon." I know we're both in agreement on balancing round with rectangles!

    I'm actually wondering if you need that much stuff on the mantle, with the multiple items on the wall now. You've got a lot going on with the gallery wall too. What about taking everything off the mantle and seeing how you feel about that? It would feel totally naked at first, but if it still felt naked after a week or two, maybe you could slowly add a few small things back. Not sure if you need any frames there with all the frames on the gallery wall.

    Just some thoughts ... take 'em or leave 'em! :P

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  4. I agree that there are too many circles going on, so replacing the chargers with rectangles would balance that out. Also maybe on one side of the sunburst mirror you could have the largest plate at the top and on the other side have the largest on the bottom - or is symmetry important to you?

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  5. Such a fun wall you created. I love decorating with plates. I have them on the wall in a few rooms in my house. Your mirror is gorgeous too btw.

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