Ideas for choosing decorative plates and objects for your unique style
Depending on your personal style, there are many ways to incorporate stunning plates and objects for display in your home. From metal table chargers in a formal dining room to large decorative plates hung on the wall, to other decorative objects in our selection, there are a lot to choose from. If your home is transitional in style, look for unexpected shapes - geometric patterns and non-circular are popular options - and sculptural aspects. If your home is more contemporary or modern, try celebrating the materials in a decorative accessory: hand-blown glass and metallic finishes are perfect for these styles. If you lean more toward traditional or Victorian styled rooms, look for classic shapes. Remember, ceramic and porcelain are excellent materials for this style!
Creative ideas for displaying decorative plates
Decorative plates, chargers, and decorative accessories are keys to having a well styled home. It brings a thoughtful aspect to how you want to fill your shelves or adorn your tables, because decorative items are not utilitarian or entirely functional. You can incorporate table chargers into your home with a decorative plate stand on a sideboard, an artistic collection mounted on the wall, or a plate featured as a table centerpiece. You can also place decorative kitchen plates and decorative platters above a row of cabinets or display them on a shelf. Bookshelves are a great place to incorporate visual interest with decorative accessories!
Choosing between ceramics, mosaics, glass and painted glass
The difference between ceramics, mosaics, glass and painted glass is both in how a plate is created and the overall decorative look you are interested in. Decorative ceramic plates often have a more traditional feel, with glazing and decorative details that inspire a classic interior. A mosaic decorative plate will have pieces of glass or ceramic placed artistically together to create a whole new piece. It is a great choice for an artisanal or hand made look! Glass platters will have a beautiful transparent look that will celebrate color and figure in hand blown glass details. Painted glass will have a similar feel, with the added detail of surface painting.
Q: What’s the difference between chargers and decorative plates?
A: Chargers are generally used at the dinner table as a part of a traditional place setting. A decorative plate is used specifically as decoration; it may be displayed on the wall, on the surface of a buffet, or as collection on shelves. Both chargers and decorative plates are not used for placing food directly on them, but vary in how they are used.
Q: Are hand blown decorative plates made with a mold?
A: Some are and some are not. It depends on the design of the plate and creation process of each manufacturer. Look to the description and specifications of any glass decorative plate - it will often indicate if a mold is part of the creation process.
A: The non-uniform nature of glass, particularly hand blown, means that no two pieces are exactly alike. While the artisans will follow a pattern to get a uniform look and create a decorative piece that is standard, you will have details that are unique only to your piece. It is one of the reasons why hand blown glass is so appealing!
Q: Are painted glass decorative plates clear or opaque?
A: Painted glass decorative plates will look both clear and opaque, depending on the lighting. If the painting is placed on the bottom surface of a plate, it will look opaque. However, if a light or any illumination is on the other side of the glass, you will see the transparency of the glass shine through. It can bring versatility to your display, because you can choose which look works best for you.
A: Because of the sculptural nature of decorative plates, many manufacturers will include plate stands. As you search for the perfect piece for your home, check the product specifications or description, it will indicate whether or not it is included.
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