To Plate, or Not to Plate, that is the Question

For years now I’ve been debating hanging plates in our dinning area. I keep going back and fourth on the matter for a couple of reasons, like: will the plates just look random, too unorganized, or too ‘crafty’ for my taste? Will the plates fall down and cause damage? The pros are: the plates are pretty, and I love adding character to my home.

Below is picture I based my kitchen off, which was designed like the one in Somethings Gotta Give (one of my favorite movies), read more about it HERE.

As you can see they have a few plates hanging over the door. But I was thinking of doing more of a collage of plates above my molding, do you think there’s enough room?

I like this example, and the plates I have collected thus far are similar, I just wouldn’t do as many.

Can you please help me make my up my mind? I’m sick of debating this every time I see a pretty plate!

8 Responses to “To Plate, or Not to Plate, that is the Question”

  1. Emi Says:

    My opinion is not to plate. I think there is enough room, but tend to favor the “less is more” mentality. One idea I have is a bit more expensive but safer, cleaner, and simpler: replace one of the cupboard panels with a glass face and display your plate “put away”. Here’s a link with lights on the top shelf of the glass cupboard adding drama and interest: (the pic on the bottom left). This is one of my dream kitchens. :)

  2. LB Says:

    It’s hard for me to offer any advice since you are one of my favorite designers; but since you asked, I’ll share my preference. If you keep returning to the plates, then I would trust you will not regret using them in your design. However, I would recommend limiting the number. Your kitchen is beautiful!

  3. Sarah Says:

    I think a few plates strategically placed would look lovely plus if you use those command strips instead of nails, you have nothing to lose as there won’t be any holes to patch up.

  4. john Says:

    Third opinion agrees with Emi and LB, you have a lovely kitchen – no need for addition plates!

  5. Liz Connolly Says:

    I like it as is no plates!

  6. Bri Says:

    Love the kitchen, but no need for plates. However, I say buy the plates you like. Use them for parties or even everyday use. I love eating off of pretty plates. It makes things a bit festive when you have a nice plate.

  7. Daisy Says:

    I can’t believe this is your kitchen!

  8. Laurie Says:

    I love your molding! And where did you get that pretty chandelier?