The 12 Best Ways to Display a Dish Collection

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Image: Habitually Chic

When I was a young girl, I deeply admired my great grandmother’s blue and white Wedgwood collection. I was entranced by the beauty of that perfect shade of blue combined with the relief of white details. It was perfection. Fast forward to today and my love of plates has continued to grow. I like to select a plate as a souvenir in each country I visit. Additionally, one of my assignments while interning for interior designer Celerie Kemble of Kemble Interiors was to design a plate for Tiffany and Co. You can imagine it was a dream come true.

I’ve been lucky enough to visit a number of countries and thus, my plate collection is a bit out of control. Now comes the question: how do I display my collection? Do I stack them? Show them off? Plates are a lovely way to decorate a home. Here are some of my favorite ways to use them, besides eating of course.

Dish Collection Grouping
Images: 1) Mark D Sikes, 2) Martha Stewart, 3) French Country Cottage, 4) The Collection

  1. Gather the collection together and group them in stacks. This creates a wonderful layered effect.
  2. Leave a cupboard door permanently open to show off the beauty of the collection.
  3. Collect a variety of dishes and group them in similar colors on shelves.
  4. Hang similarly sized, evenly spaced tea plates on a wall.

Dish Collection Wall Hanging
Images: 5) Lovely Pet Collections, 6) Habitually Chic, 7) Under the Cottonwood, 8) Eye for Design

  1. Hang dishes in vertical lines on a wall. These decoupage dishes are designed for non-practical purposes and are meant to be seen as art. Hanging them on a wall is the best way to show them off.
  2. Blue and white dishes create such a lovely collection. Set them against a black wall to soften the drama of the black.
  3. Group a collection of plates en masse as the focal point in a room.
  4. Organize the plates in a grid for a more organized effect.

Dish Collection Open Shelving
Images: 9) Media Cache, 10) Polished Pebble, 11) Bodie and Fou, 12) Blogspot

  1. Use a hutch secured with chicken wire to display a ceramic chicken collection.
  2. Use a dish cabinet with glass doors to secure the collection while showing it off at the same time.
  3. Use open shelves to display your collection. This is my favorite technique. It’s a dramatic image especially if you have an extensive collection like this.
  4. Build a built-in cabinet and display one plate per shelf. It creates a lovely grid.

What are some ways you have found to display your dishes?

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Brittany Watson Jepsen is an American designer and crafter who just returned to America after 2 1/2 years in wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark. Her motto is "a creative mess is better than tidy idleness" and she lives each day accordingly. During graduate school for interior design she spent one summer working for designers Jonathan Adler and Celerie Kemble and another summer studying textile design at the Danish Design School. She created her blog, The House That Lars Built, as a way to keep her designing and crafting. She currently runs her blog and her etsy shop, where she sells her home accessories and paper flowers.