Artful Arrangements

Who says plates are just for eating? If you’re tired of boring framed prints and dusty shelves adorning your walls, spice them up with a bit of creativity. A collection of plates or trivets, old or new, may be just what you need to add a pop of color and interest to your space. Interior Designer Suzanne Rice shares some of her go-to arrangement ideas and display tips for creating a classic but contemporary look.

  • You may want to paint a darker accent wall if you are using light-colored objects or opt for a light-colored wall if featuring colorful plates.
  • To determine your arrangement, lay the items out on the floor or table first to decide on spacing.
  • The simplest way to get the hangers in the right spot on the wall is to put paper under the arrangement on the table, attach all the hangers and mark each object hanger location. Then use painters tape to attach the paper to the wall. I like to use large format floor cover paper. Once on the wall, tap nail holes through the paper to mark the proper location of each hanger.
  • If you want to be more creative with your hanging techniques, I have used old silver platters and attached plates to them by drilling through the silver before hanging the plate on it. My favorite is hanging saucers on two piano knockers (precisely known as hammer, shank and flange) from my dismantled piano of late. Just be on the lookout for free pianos!
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