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Using dishes as part of your decor can be a great way to infuse color, patterns, or shapes into a room.  But I think it is easy to get stuck in a rut of thinking of only a couple ways to display them.  So to give you guys some other ideas – here a ten great ways to display dishes.

1.  Use an unconventional piece

This old barbershop rack is a great example of a way to use something unconventional as a great display piece.

The Old Painted Cottage traditional kitchen

2.  Use some modern bookcases

I love the use of these Ikea bookshelves to create functional and decorative storage.  Not to mention that a couple of these won’t break the bank either!

Nina van de Goors Home eclectic living room

3.  Use an open rack

These white racks are classic and are a great way to display some of your favorite heirlooms.

Kitchen  kitchen

4. Use just a hutch 

Don’t have room for a full hutch and buffet?  How about mounting just the top piece straight to the wall?  I love this idea!

More portfolio photos

5.  Mount a vintage plate rack

I love this little plate rack!  The hooks for mugs are the perfect little touch.

beach vintage eclectic kitchen

6. Leave them out on a rolling cart

This cart is completely functional but also makes a great display piece!

Lola Bs traditional dining room

7. Just mount them on the wall

Yep – probably one of the more traditional ways to display dishes – but you don’t knock a classic!

romantic home eclectic bedroom

8.  Hang shelves from the ceiling

This is a great way to use some “dead” space in a room, create a divider, add storage, and provide a beautiful display place!  Great use all around!

Knollwood renovation modern kitchen

9. Fill up a cupboard

Sometimes just a simple cupboard can be the perfect place to display some dishes.  I love how the top of this piece had the panels on the doors replaced with some chicken wire!

dreamywhitesonline.com  dining room

10.  Use open shelving

Low open shelving can sometimes make the most beautiful and functional display space.  I love how this wraps around the wall here.

Weyand Residence contemporary kitchen

So there you go!  Ten great ideas on how you can display dishes in your home!  What about you?  Do you have any dishes displayed in your house?  Can you think of any other ways that you can do it?  It took me a while to think up ten, I would love to know if you guys could think of some others!

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10 frugal friends said ...

Holly @ Roller Coaster Life said... @ April 26, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Love this!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said... @ April 26, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Love all of these ideas. I need to copy a few. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Living A Bona Fide Life said... @ April 27, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Love all of these pictures, some great ideas!

Pink Overalls @DIY Home Staging said... @ April 27, 2011 at 9:21 AM

I love this post. Something for everyone. You've given some great home staging ideas because dishes can be inexpensive and yet very decorative in just the right way. Your photo choices are excellent. You really did your homework on this one. Kudos.

Tammy said... @ April 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM

I love the #5 kitchen and I really like the #9 hutch. Great ideas here.

Dana @ Cooking At Cafe D said... @ April 27, 2011 at 1:15 PM

I use vintage china saucers as a base for 3" short round candles. Both pretty and functional.

I also use china tea cups and bowls as candy dishes. And, I have a sugar bowl that I use to keep spare change in on my desk.

A teammate of mine had a great idea of using vintage plates as clocks. I like that idea. Here's a pic. http://www.etsy.com/listing/68135362/simplicity-clock-a-vintage-inspired?ref=tre-4db255a890996d914788b0bb-12

Love your ideas!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said... @ April 27, 2011 at 6:57 PM

I just saw a hutch without a buffet at Goodwill and wondered if anyone would ever buy it, what could you do with it without a buffet? Now I know!

Vintage Beachgirl said... @ April 27, 2011 at 7:02 PM

Love your ideas! Some I've never seen before. I wish I could find a vintage record rack or an old chicken feeder to display mine but I'd gladly settle for the barber shop rack in photo #1. I would love to have the rack in photo no. 5, any idea where it came from?? Thanks for your great ideas!! Take care, VBg

Kimm at Reinvented said... @ April 27, 2011 at 7:03 PM

So cool Jess! Love the inspiring pics. :)

Rebekah said... @ May 3, 2011 at 6:45 AM

So ispired by this! I especially love the open cupboard -- reminded me of Anthropologie! Thanks for posting =)

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