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This Is Not Your Grandma’s Plate Wall |

This Is Not Your Grandma’s Plate Wall

Just like floor lamp–table combos and wood paneling, decorative wall plates are misfits in the modern design world. This is a situation 99 percent attributable to your childhood visits to your grandmother’s house. C’mon, what comes to mind when you think “plate wall?” Most likely, the totally outdated diamond of dainty blue-and-white china in your granny’s dining room. But we’re here to tell you that recently, there’s a different kind of dish display on the scene, one where dowdy floral patterns and stiff spacing are gloriously missing. Misfits no more!

This arrangement of Toast’s watercolor-esque ceramic plate collection is perfectly off-kilter.

Please note, there’s a recipe for this contemporary twist on the decorative wall plate setup. 1. Your plates must be unadorned—no fussy design details like flowers and fruit, thanks very much. (That’s not to say they need to be white—ceramics in solid colors, especially handcrafted ones with their natural variations—are very welcome.) 2. Said plates must be haphazardly hung—the more asymmetrical the layout, the better. Combined, these two things make for a plate wall that is guaranteed to feel in line with the rest of your furnishings. By that, we mean clean-lined, laid-back, and just the right amount of unexpected.

A plate wall in shades of gray is the perfect complement to this dusty blue Benjamin Moore kitchen.

Unlike the old-school plate wall, you don’t need family heirlooms or lucky flea-market finds to put a cool display together. A visit to Etsy would suffice, and even chains like West Elm and Anthropologie are selling artsy tableware that makes the cut. We know, it’s hard to believe how easy this is. Dare we say the future of plate walls is looking bright?

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