Charming Decorative Plates for Sprucing Up Any Room in the House

Published: 18th April 2011
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Decorative plates can spruce up lots of rooms in your home other than your kitchen. There are so many lovely and fun patterns available these days that ornamental plates can be found to suit every decor at any season of the year.

One plate that complements a cozy bedroom is the Primitive Wood Quilt Star Plate from the Hearthside Collection. This lovely plate is made of heavy wood and is adorned with a folk quilt star that was designed by Kathy Graybill. Hand-painted and antiqued to give it an aged look, it complements a country or cottage bedroom perfectly. The colors are subtle, so they will be a welcome addition to almost any color scheme.

The 4-1/2 inch Primitive Schoolhouse Plate will look good in a play room or child's bedroom. It's a mini plate that exhibits an old-fashioned schoolhouse and trees on the front with apples, ABC and numerals around the rim. Placed in a child's room, it will quickly become a treasured keepsake that will be handed down from one generation to another.

Add a touch of American folk art to your study or library when you hang the 4-1/2 inch Primitive Americana Sheep Plate on the wall or display it on a shelf. This is a miniature plate, so it will fit in any nook or corner, and the Americana sheep design against red and white stripes is charming and fun. The rim is circled in blue with gold stars, so the entire design gives the impression of the American flag. Show your patriotism by hanging this amusing decorative plate in a prominent place in your home.

A wonderful gift for a man or woman is the "Grow Old With Me" Plate, a Donna White Design that is hand-painted to look aged. It's romantic and old-fashioned and yet has a contemporary flair that will look good in any room in the house. Put this country-style bit of decor in the bedroom or the den, or hang it by the front door for a romantic reminder every time you or your partner enter and leave the home.

Fruit always makes fun decor for the kitchen or dining room. Hang the 4-1/2 inch Primitive Pineapple Plate above the kitchen sink or above the door between the kitchen and dining room. Anywhere you place this rustic little plate, it is sure to draw attention. The pale gold pineapple is drawn in a charming manner and the rim features a star and squiggle pattern for additional fun.

Another great design for the kitchen is the rooster, and the Small Primitive Rooster Plate is a great choice for your country or rustic kitchen. This mini plate features a handsome rooster in the center with a fun folk pattern that circles the plate's rim. Whether your home is designed in country or rustic decor, this lovely plate will look wonderful hanging on the kitchen wall or above the pantry door.

Another fun quilt pattern for a plate is the 12 inch Painted Wood Quilt Pattern Plate. This one features a flower design in rustic colors. While it will look lovely in a bedroom, it's also a suitable design for the family room or even the powder room. It can be used as an inspiration piece for a color scheme, allowing you to quickly create a lovely tableau in any room in which you choose to display it.

When the Christmas season rolls around, the kitchen is often forgotten when it comes time to decorate the house. But you can use decorative plates to add to your seasonal decor. The 6-1/4 inch Primitive Nativity Scene Painted Plate features a traditional religious design that suits the Christmas holiday perfectly. Put it up with the rest of your holiday decorations and enjoy it all through the season.

Another fun holiday design that can be displayed all winter long is the snowman. Hang the Primitive Snowman with Star Mini Wood Plate as soon as the weather turns cool and then leave it up through the first spring flower. This wooden plate is hand-painted with a fun snowman that features a heart on his chilly chest and a star in his twiggy hand. This is another finely made decorative plate that will be handed down through the family for generations to come.

The 4-1/2 inch Primitive Saltbox House Plate will suit many decorative styles. From country to traditional, from Spanish Colonial to French Provincial, this mini plate is an appropriate addition to the front hall, living room or den. It features a simple saltbox house surrounded by trees in the center of the plate. Stars, hearts and graceful squiggles adorn the rim, giving this plate a lovely look.

Home is where the heart is, and you'll be able to carry your sense of home with you no matter where you live. In an apartment, condo or house, you'll love the feeling you get when you hang a treasured decorative plate on a wall in your home.

Mike Colman is a freelance writer who writes about home decorating ideas including the use of decorative plates.


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