Dorset Stable ConversionShabby-chic Style Dining Room, Dorset
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Pick a themeWorried your choice of plates won’t work? Just as you might hang a group of pictures with matching frames or a single pictorial theme (perhaps every image is of butterflies or all are black and white family portraits), using a similar technique with plates will help you to create a mix that’s instantly comfortable and coordinated.
Stick to a single hueIn a busy room with patterned walls and floor, the key is to plump for a single block of plain colour for your plates. If you have a dining set with missing pieces that you don’t use any more, this idea is spot-on for you, or else start collecting china from the same colour palette and hang the pieces up in a striking group formation.TELL US...Do you like to decorate with plates and trays? Share your thoughts and tips in the Comments below.
Collect and displayGet to those car boot sales and antique fairs and start hunting for plates with a similar feel in terms of colour, style, size or era. A beautiful wall display like this – inspired by nature and different hues of green – could be yours for under £100.See quirky collectibles and how to display them
The dining room houses more of Henriette’s treasured antiques. She customised her grandmother’s chandelier with new silk shades that direct the light down, rather than up. The plates on the wall celebrate her favourite colour – green. ‘The collection started off with majolica pieces from Spain, but it’s grown over time. There are some Moroccan, German and Italian plates now – anything works as long as it’s green!’ says Henriette. The wallpaper is Marlowe Floral in Sterling by Ralph Lauren, which Henriette is gradually customising by colouring in the birds with green crayon. ‘I do it whenever I have a bit of time – I’m definitely not finished yet,’ she says. The table is an antique find that Henriette has teamed with chairs from Belgian company Massant.