Decorating With Plates…A Budget Friendly Way To Spruce Up A Room

posted in: A Vintage Home | 2

Clever Ways To Decorate With Plates

Hi All,

Decorating with plates has been a favorite practice of homemakers for a long time. For those of us who have formal dining rooms, we love to dress up our holiday table with pretty plates and dishes. Sometimes we even leave the table set all the time so we can admire our plates on a daily basis.

mercury glass plate

We may also display them in a traditional china cupboard, hutch or glass front cabinet.

country kitchen cabinet


But did you know we can  do sooo much more with them? I love decorating with plates. Plates come in so many different sizes, shapes and patterns. I just adore transferware like this beautiful Blue and White American Frontier Dinner Plate.

transferware dinner plate

Transferware adds an elegant touch to a room and it comes in many colors like green, blue, red, brown and black. The easiest way to decorate a room with plates is to simply hang them on a wall with plate hangers. I bought these beautiful transferware cake plates from a yard sale. They look great framing the bay window in my cottage style dining room.

decorating with plates

Here’s a better view of the effect…

decorating with vintage platesAs you can see, I also have a couple of matching dinner plates displayed on my upcycled dresser / buffet right  in front of the window. Whether they are vintage or brand new, plates can add style to your room at a minimal cost. What country kitchen would be complete without a few adorable Rooster Plates!

country rooster plate

Hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf, rooster plates are a staple among many country kitchens.

Decorating with plates does not have to be confined to just dining rooms and kitchens. They can warm up any room. I painted this beautiful antique hospital bed for a client last year. I love how she displayed vintage rose inspired plates on a mirror above the head board.

antique hospital bed

Hanging plates on a wall is a cost effective way to fill up a blank space that needs a little something. In my master bathroom the space between the bottom of the window and the toilet tank was bare and barren. It bugged me. These small vintage plates filled the space wonderfully.

shabby chic plates

These vintage rose china plates look right at home in these living room pictures…..Vintage China Tea Set

decorating a living room with plates

You can also incorporate plates into your decor with a few creative projects as well.

This Upcycled Cake Stand was created by adhering a new ceramic plate and a vintage milk glass compote with Epoxy.

upcycled cake stand

This elegant Tidbit tray was created using the same technique. This time I used vintage china plates with glass candle holders.

upcycled china tid bit tray Add instant decor to a tablescape by simply placing a candle on a favorite small plate found at a flea market.

country red tablescape

I love decorating with plates. They have been slowly creeping into many rooms in my home. I already have a stash of them that will be finding  a new home when I complete my master bedroom makeover. You can find vintage plates at thrift stores, flea markets, yard sales and online at sites like, Ebay and mine (of course). They can usually be snatched up at budget friendly prices, making it affordable to start your own collection.

Well, blogland friends, thanks so much for visiting today. I hope you enjoyed it. Do you have any clever ideas on decorating with plates? I’d love to hear them!





Linking Today To:

Transformation Thursday

Show and Tell Friday

Frugal Friday

Metamorphis Monday

Tuesdays Treasures

Open House Party




Subscribe to Lisa's Blog via email and never miss a post! Learn how to decorate on a budget creatively, get crafty ideas and be inspired to tackle your own design projects!

Shop Lisa's Newly Listed Products:
Handmade Personalized Country Snowman Family Pillow Christmas Gift
Handmade Personalized Snowman Family Pillow
Warm the hearts of a special family this Christmas with an adorable personalized handmade country snowman family pillow.
$28.00 Add to cart
Arda Glassware Allure Bowl Whispy White
Whispy White Arda Glassware Allure Decorative Bowl
Add a touch of elegance to a table with this beautiful whispy white Arda Glassware Allure decorative bowl. It would make a great centerpiece.
$65.00 Add to cart
Vintage Metal Spring Set Industrial Decor
Vintage Metal Springs Industrial Decor
Add a touch of industrial chic style to your home or craft work with this set of vintage metal springs.
$18.00 Add to cart
Blue and White French Country Floral Toile Throw Pillow
Handmade Blue Floral Toile Throw Pillow
This gorgeous blue and white French Country floral toile pillow will dress up any chair or bed in your shabby chic inspired home.
$32.00 Add to cart
Pastel Cottage Ceramic Tile Coaster Set
Pastel Cottage Chic Ceramic Tile Coaster Set
This pastel cottage chic ceramic tile coaster set in pinks and greens would make a pretty gift or accent in your own home.
$22.50 Add to cart
Glittered Shabby Chic Cottage Rose Sign
Glittered Shabby Chic Cottage Rose Sign
Add a touch of romance to any room in your home with this hand painted shabby chic inspired glittered cottage rose sign.
$24.00 Add to cart
Shabby Chic Pink Embroidered Pillow
Shabby Pink and White Embroidered Pillow
This shabby chic inspired pink and white embroidered pillow would make a lovely accent for your cottage style bedroom.
$29.00 Add to cart
Vintage Inspired Shabby Chic Personalized New Baby Gift Pillow
Vintage Inspired Personalized New Baby Gift Pillow
This vintage inspired personalized new baby gift pillow would make a beautiful gift for a newborn baby.
$28.00 Add to cart

2 Responses

  1. I love plates and have decorated with them some in the paste, but you have lots of great ideas. I love the red polka dot table cloth…the whole setting looks so festive.

  2. Marilyn

    I love that last set of dishes on the red polka-dot tablecloth. Can you tell me the name of the pattern, please? (I’m visiting from The Shabby Creek Cottage.) Also, I love the aqua against the red. Beautiful!

Leave a Reply