Displaying China as Wall Art

Displaying China as Wall Art –

In my twenties, I had to come up with some ingenious decorating ideas as I branched off on my own.  Like most, I was on a minimalist budget just barely getting by and the choice between an awesome lamp or groceries for the week arose more often than I care to remember. Accessorizing my home was always low on the priorities, but ingenuity taught me several great lessons.

A beautiful way to decorate on a budget | {Home-ology} modern vintage

So what’s the most valuable design trick I came away from that experience with? It was the notion of taking what you have & using it to the best possible advantage. Not a new idea, but one that doesn’t get used enough. Taking advantage of the vast array of implements your kitchen has to offer is a great place to start. From the everyday china & serving pieces to the silver & crystal, it’s all fair game. I mean, really, how often do you use most of that stuff? And placing it in a prominent place as part of your styling is an uber practical way to store it!

And my absolute favorite trick is to use my china as wall art. China has a timeless look that never goes out of style. From modern to classic, cheap to chic, there’s a platter out there for your wall. And if you don’t like what’s available in your cupboards, try your local thrift for a few .50 cent plates instead.
A Blue Willow platter, ca. 1700, passed down to me.
To be quite honest, I’m not a huge fan of artwork. I’d much rather have an eclectic mix of items making a statement on a wall than a collection of fine art. And although budget issues aren’t as big an issue for me now, I still like to mix up the good stuff with some funky finds – just to keep it interesting. I just love a good juxtaposition of stuff!
Here are a few great examples of what I’m talking about. These first few pic’s are from a blog I found, appropriately named martha moments. It’s a great blog itself, and this particular post is a good read on the subject of displaying plates.  You’ll enjoy stopping by to visit. I love these plates from Anthro.


And don’t you love the bright pop of color done here? Beautiful.

Over the top, yes?  I like!

This designer is using her china as a true art form.

Oooh!  Isn’t this house to die for?  Sorry, I digress… darned webternet.

Want to create a cohesive design for your home but are a little short on cash flow? What better way to do so than to place your oft’ unused serving pieces on the wall – things such as the bread & butter plates or saucers, the silver platter or even your flatware. The possibilities really are endless. Best of all,  it’s a design trend that can grow as your budget grows.

Happy hanging!