Decorating With Plates Simple And Easy

I love decorating with plates. There’s just something about their classic appeal that draws me in. It doesn’t matter if I’m thumbing through a magazine, a book or scrolling on-line, I have to pause and admire them.

Plate with starfish and sea glass on top of decorating books.


This post contains affiliate links for your shopping convenience. I may make a slight commission however that doesn’t affect the price you pay.

Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion book titled Plates, is one I still pick up often for ideas and inspiration. Her section on majolica is a favorite of mine. Someday when I start collecting majolica, I’ll be on the hunt for brightly colored oyster plates. Bucket list add on!

My approach to decorating with plates in our home is very simple, and basically falls into four catagories. As you scroll through see if any of these will work in your home.

Decorating With Plates

  • Lighten a dark corner
  • Fill up an empty space
  • Add a pop of color
  • Neutral decorating

I should point out that you don’t have to be a plate collector in order to decorate with them. Around the house I have plates belonging to family members long ago, hanging next to my everyday white dishes.

Lighten A Dark Corner With Plates

Tucked in a dark corner of my daughter’s room are a couple of white plates with small pink and blue details. At night, light from the lamp bounces off the plates and they look so pretty.


Decorating with plates in a dark corner.



Fill Up An Empty Space

Three white plates fill an empty space in the dining room. It’s also a welcome contrast to the all the busy china patterns in the china cabinet.


Decorate with plates to fill a space.


The same white plates replace three stacked dark framed mirrors on the living room wall.  I’m loving how this wall looks now. It’s much more open, yet the white plates still add interest while keeping the decor neutral.


Decorating with plates in neutral room.


Add A Pop Of Color

Last month in the post updating a bedroom with patterns, I finally figured out what to display over the headboard. The vintage plate in the center, repeats the same greenish blue hues in the bedding for a pop of color. Framing the vintage plate on each side are my everyday white dishes.


Green and blue vintage plate over the headboard.



I love decorating with sentimental pieces, and sometimes a since of humor. In the guest bath I have both. My dad’s childhood bowl depicting the Old King Cole nursery rhyme is displayed over a simple watercolor for a bit of fun.


Kid's artwork and plate on bathroom wall.


Old King Cole bowl with ABCs.


Neutral Decorating

One of the best ways to add interest while still keeping your decor neutral is with ironstone. I have a couple of little oval platters on my gallery wall. They break up all the square shapes but don’t compete with the art.



Decorating with plate on a gallery wall.


Ironstone is so versatile no matter what style decor you have, it’s a classic that goes with everything. Look for ironstone at tag sales, flea markets and antique malls. Fair warning, once you start collecting it may be hard to stop.


Decorating with plates on a gallery wall.


In this post I’ve only touched on decorating your walls with plates, but of course it doesn’t stop there. Don’t forget about plate racks, plate ledges, china hutches, bookshelves, tabletops and tablescapes. More on those to come.

Decor tip: Instead of using wire hangers, I use adhesive plate hangers, which are available in different sizes. They don’t harm the plate and can be removed easily by following the manufacturer’s instructions.



Be sure to follow Thistle Key Lane on Pinterest. The boards are up to date with seasonal inspiration that you can use right now!


Neutral decor with plates.


What’s your favorite way to decorate with plates? Do you have a favorite collection or are you just getting started? I love hearing from you!



©2019 Decorating With Plates post first appeared on Thistle Key Lane™


10 thoughts on “Decorating With Plates Simple And Easy

  1. kimberlymast says:

    Hi Michelle!
    I like all the ways you’ve decorated using plates. I especially like how you hung the two in the bedroom on the wall to the side of the nightstand. I’ve never thought of using plates in the bedroom, but that arrangement is perfect. I had also have never seen the disc hangers. I like those! Hope you’re having a great week!
    >>> Kim

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much Kim! I have plates displayed in almost every room except the kitchen LOL. Have a great weekend.

  2. Janet Lorusso says:

    Such pretty plates! I LOVE plates on the wall I have a plate (along with some framed artwork) over my bed too. And I have plates framing a mirror over a foyer table and in a few other spots around my house as well! I love your neutral gallery wall with the ironstone platters mixed in and those clipboards holding artwork are adorable!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you so much Janet. Next time I update the foyer I might have to add a few plates there too. Great idea!

  3. Candace says:

    Thanks for all the ideas, Michelle. Your plate displays are so beautiful! I love decorating with plates, especially blue and white ones. I hang them on walls, use them in the bathroom to hold my soaps by the sink, and to corral my salt, pepper, and olive oil next to the stove in the kitchen.

Leave A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.