Elevating Plates: 13 Creative Plate Wall Displays

by Grace Bonney


I love a plate wall. Great plates feel like works of art to me, so elevating (literally and figuratively) them to the level of traditional wall art has always felt right. I love when plate walls are simple and traditional and follow standard symmetrical shapes (we have two in our home, below), but I’ve loved seeing the way modern designers and homeowners have turned the tradition on its head by embracing more whimsical wall designs and mixing in everyday plates and other objects. Today I’m celebrating 13 of my favorite, from minimal monochrome designs like the one above to patterned neon styles. xo, grace

Image above: I love the way this minimal plate wall adds just the right amount of detail to this monochrome kitchen. Photo by . Below: We have two plate walls in our home upstate. This one is a mix of platters and plates handed down to us from both of our families. 



‘s design for The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica has one of my favorite plate walls of all time. The dark blue/grey paint lets simple white plates shine.

Boligreportage fra Lisa Grues hjem i Fiolstræde.

Lisa Grue’s home contains not one but two (see below) plate wall displays.

Boligreportage fra Lisa Grues hjem i Fiolstræde.


works nicely with her collection of pastel plates.


This Salt Lake City home uses a soft grey wall as a backdrop for a collection of vintage plates.


uses blue and white plates to play off of the room’s blue and white tiles.


artfully combines traditional and modern ceramics.


This Texas home‘s plate wall adds pattern and detail to the dining room’s minimal feel.


Amy Merrick’s Brooklyn home has one of my favorite plate walls of all time: a celebration of Blue Willow (and Blue Willow-style) plates.


Elisabeth Dunker’s home has a soft blue and white plate wall display that matches the home’s pastel tones and mixes new and vintage plates.


Last but not least, Lisa Congdon’s old SF apartment was the plate wall that launched a thousand more plate walls. I love the artful flow of the plates.

Suggested For You


  • if anyone lives in philly, the clay studio has a gorgeous wall of handmade plates. and they’re for sale! lots of talent on their wall.

  • The Oyster House in Philly displays plates to great effect, injecting some color into a neutral color scheme. What’s more, the plates are vintage dishes meant for seafood that suit the culinary offerings wonderfully. See pics here: and here: .

  • I’ve been wanting to put up a plate wall in our house for a while now! Do you have any suggestions of good places to get mountings for the wall?

  • Plate displays, when done well can be such a fun home decor flair. I love finding uniquely shaped plates and creating DIY patterns on them. Mixing the patterned with solid plates makes an even more drastic impact, great idea!

  • Great feature. I looked at the Oyster House site and it’s beautiful. The plates displayed give the space so much soul and charm. And I love seeing pics of Grace’s beautiful home.

  • I love this!! I’m such a fan of a plate wall but haven’t done one in our new home… thinking it might be dated but these chic examples have me climbing back into my plate closet for my favorites!

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