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Trend Alert: Mix-and-Match Wall-Hung Plates

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Trend Alert: Mix-and-Match Wall-Hung Plates

March 21, 2023

Hanging plates on the wall en masse is already a fairly established design trend, but recently we’ve been taking note of a more eclectic approach by way of mix-and-match styles paired together. As opposed to a group of plates by the same ceramicist or in the same color and pattern, designers and the design-minded are mixing styles from Delft, landscapes, Portuguese, French, English, and folk origins. In some cases—and a rising trend in particular—each individual plate is a mashup: part plain white china, part pattern.

Here are our favorite examples.

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Above: Collector, stylist, and cook Helma Bongenaar displays a collection of vintage plates in the kitchen of her Amsterdam townhouse. The plates are a mix-and-match look on the whole and also feature individual plates that are cut and re-fitted for a hybrid look: patterned and white plate combined.
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Above: Classic English antique plates, some featuring photographic portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, are displayed in a Notting Hill townhouse designed by London-based architects Found Associates. The look was originally featured in our first post on wall plates way back in 2011: Accessories: Plates as Wall Decor.
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Above: Three walls of a dining nook are decorated with vintage wall plates of various styles in a Connecticut House designed by Billy Cotton.
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Above: Anthony Watson and Benoît Rauzy of Atelier Vime group different colored 18th-century French plates in their townhouse overlooking the Rhone River in the village of Vallabrègues, Provence. Photograph from Atelier Vime. For more, see our post: Atelier Vime’s Just-Opened Emporium in a Restored House in Provence.
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Above: The Stuba rental apartment at The Herberge at Brücke 49 in Switzerland features a display of wall plates including some where two halves are combined. See more at Brücke 49: A Perennial Design Favorite in Vals, Switzerland, 10 Years On and Steal This Look: An Alpine Apartment in Vals, Switzerland.
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Above: A small display of three different-colored vintage wall plates in the kitchen of a holiday rental on the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Photography by Carley Rudd, courtesy of The Perfect Hideaway from A Romantic Monastery-Turned-Vacation Rental on the Amalfi Coast.
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Above: A dining room featuring vintage plates at Casa Modesta in Algarve, Portugal. Photo by Alex Reyto for The Perfect Hideaway, from Casa Modesta: A Family House Turned Rural Retreat in Portugal’s Algarve.
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Above: Photograph of a Slovakian home by German photographer Anja Schafer. Photograph courtesy of Anja Schafer.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the trend of wall-hung plates?

The trend of wall-hung plates involves hanging plates on the wall for decorative purposes to create a stylish and eclectic look.

How do I choose plates for wall hanging?

Choose plates of various sizes, colors, and patterns to create an interesting and eclectic display. However, make sure they complement each other in terms of theme and color palette.

What types of plates are ideal for wall hanging?

Any type of plate can be used for wall hanging, including ceramic, porcelain, and glass plates. However, plates with interesting patterns and designs are best for a statement look.

Can I mix and match different types of plates?

Yes, mixing and matching different types of plates adds to the overall eclectic look of the display. However, ensure that they complement each other in terms of size, color, and pattern.

How do I arrange the plates on the wall?

Arrange the plates in a clustered or asymmetrical pattern to create a visually interesting display. Use paper templates to plan the arrangement before installing the plates on the wall.

How do I attach plates to the wall?

You can use adhesive plate hangers, wire plate hangers, or plate racks to hang plates on the wall. Adhesive hangers are the simplest and do not damage the walls.

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