Many of us have dishes we stack away and use once a year.
Might they be serving some higher or happier purpose?
Although displays of Transferware on the wall used to be reserved for old English manor houses,
(which are beautiful!:)
dish and plate 'collages' have come a long way in recent years.
So whether your goal is creating a focal point,
displaying a collection,
or covering a blank wall
a grouping of dishes can truly invigorate a space.
I've seen this Cottage Living pic fifty times if I've seen it once and always enjoy it. The all-white, slightly haphazard-but-utterly balanced grouping is sophisticated...serene...and not stuffy.
This collection seems traditional, almost dainty. It fills out the narrow, tall space, plays off of the table legs, and draws your eye upward.
Although I normally prefer symmetrical arrangements
some of the most fun,
most creative displays
are the complete opposite!
These need not be huge displays either.
Sometimes a few carefully placed pieces are all you need.
A circular grouping is also appealing.
Of course, decorative wall brackets are great for displaying dishes. I've found good wall brackets to be fewer and further between in recent years...and the only ones available are often times supersized.
Aerin Lauder's East Hampton home features extraordinary displays...although most of these pieces are not plates, the brackets themselves are works of art.
So whatever your taste and collection may be, go check into those stacks you haven't touched since the holidays!
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