Hi Guys! Hope y’all are enjoying the respite from the bitter cold.
No Dear Laurel today.
This idea just popped into my head.
I have no idea why, but I love to mix things around and I believe that some of you have requested this topic.
Today’s post focuses on decorating with plates on the wall.
Now, I have to make a confession which may come as a huge surprise.
I know bupkis about decorating with plates. lol
I mean, I have NEVER specified a plate for a wall, nor recommended it to a client.
However, that doesn’t mean that I don’t think that decorating with plates on the wall is a bad idea. I don’t.
If it’s done right.
But, if it’s done wrong, it’s pretty icky poo.
Well, what’s the wrong way to hang the plates, Laurel?
You know, it depends.
Oh, stop rolling your eyes at me! It does depend! And, one reason is that what would be glorious for some of you, would feel busy (aka: cluttered) and crazy-making for others.
For instance. This asymmetrical design, IMO, is not working in this traditional Tudor style home. They look like they’re trying to escape. Could be. ;]
In fact, I have never seen an asymmetrical pattern with plates that I thought looked terrific.
The exception might be if incorporated with a somewhat asymmetrical art wall. But even there, I prefer things to be more balanced.
While the basic idea of this is fine, I think it’s too crowded. Plus, there are too many elements on the table. I love the oyster plates, just not on this wall.
I’m not going to put in any more don’ts because I live in fear these days that I’m going to insult someone I know like I did in this post.
The photo came down shortly after the post went up. I was mortified!
However I came across this article on Remodelista and surprisingly almost every one is a don’t. Please know that I am not dissing this blog. As a matter of fact, I link to it at least once or twice a month. I love it, normally, but this is an old post and it might explain why this one is not up to snuff. It is not nearly up to the high level they currently share. But then, many of my old posts aren’t either.
So, let’s get into some great ideas for decorating with plates.
I am trying to include something for everyone. So, even for the folks who break out in hives if there’s too much going on, I think that you’ll find some images you’ll like.
Okay, just a little warning: The clutterphobes might need to look away for a spell.
However, if you’re into a little Boho/funky, chic, cooler than cool when it comes to decorating with plates, well there’s no better example than John Derian.
Yes, yes I know, I know! Now, please settle back into your seats. We have a lot to cover.
Well, one of his shops. I really should make a field trip one of these days
One more fun composition by John Derian. Some of you may recall that I went to Provincetown on Cape Cod last summer. And damn. I had no idea that John has a shop there. Oh well. Next time, for sure!
haha! I definitely do my research!
Greg Irvine is an Aussie chap and you must check out his instagram.
Don’t worry. I won’t move on until you come back. :]
Wasn’t that fun?
“If I lived in ugly surroundings, I’d just curl up and die.” ~ Greg Irvine
Switching gears completely. And clutter haters, it’s safe to stop wincing now. At least, for the time being.
Above is the lovely, lovely work of one of my favorite designers James Farmer. These are via his instagram
I’ve not met James, but I sure do hope to one day. Not only is he incredibly talented, but I daresay that he’s THE happiest human being on the planet.
I mean, not only is he smiling in EVERY photograph, he seems to be laughing, in every shot.
See what I mean?
This is not to be confused with a book with the same title by another favorite designer and architect, Gil Schafer
In case you don’t know, titles of any kind are not copyrightable. Both are terrific books! If you are interested in more terrific design books, click here.
The next three images are by James Farmer and each represents a beautiful use of decorating with plates
All photos by Emily Followill
Love the composition and colors mixed in with the artwork. Perfect
And this kitchen! Sublime!
A formal, but not stuffy dining room.
Love these Majolica oyster dishes. And I do spy Barbara Barry’s Indo Day fabric that is also on my kitchen Roman Shade.
This is the work of the late Charles Faudree whose work seems to have taken on an almost cult following. And for good reason. It’s beautiful.
Some of my favorite walls that use plates for decorating also include artwork, corbels and sometimes lighting.
And no one combines all of that together better than Furlow Gatewood. Every room of Furlow’s is like a master class of decorating.
Another wall designed by Furlow Gatewood. Image from the Peak of Chic
An amazing dining room by Anouska Hempel
I love this tone on tone with creamware and Majolica plates, it looks like
Another tone on tone beauty!
Laurel. Where are all of the blue and white plates?
You want blue and white plates?
Here ya go!
The only thing bugging me a little (aside from the freckled countertops) is that the shelf is off-center and then the symmetry is broken on the right, but since I can’t see the entire room, I will reserve [too much] judgment. The rest is lovely, I think. Love those Staffordshire Dogs. If you love them too, you can see some that are available for sale.
If you’ve got it… Right?
If interested, I believe he has more images of this amazing room on his insta linked above.
No one does classically inspired compositions better than Suzanne Kasler. This gorgeous home, designed in collaboration with Les Cole.
Lovely display of lovely blue and white plates with a giant turkey platter!
Below, are two images from a magnificent project by Cathy Kincaid
Here, we can see the opposite side of the same dining room. It is quite apparent that this is a designer who puts her ALL into her work.
Otherwise, if you’d like to get Mark, click the top link. :]
Well, there it is. I hope that you enjoyed all of these fine examples of decorating with plates.
Oh, and if you’re interested in learning how to put the plates up, please check out this fabulous post in Driven By Decor.
You can also do a wall elevation with your graph paper and map out your arrangement of wall plates ahead of time.