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#21DaysofTrends: Ceramic Wall Plates

Some plates are simply too pretty to eat off, so why not use them as a charming decor detail by hanging them on your wall?

Micky Hoyle, Bureaux, supplied

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Ceramic plates grouped together and hung on your wall, a trend? Of course, in a way this can hardly be called a trend – after all, your grandparents have had a display of wall plates for years – but is this look kitsch, or is it cool? As with many other things, history repeats itself when it comes to trends. A look might become dormant and then all of a sudden, a noteworthy artist or designer does something and before we know it, that 'odd' idea becomes fashionable again. Rather than simply repeating the past, however, there is always a way to update a look and make it more of-the-moment.

With handmade ceramics seemingly everywhere these days, and the amazing talent evident in South Africa, it seems that some plates really are just too pretty to eat off. So why not proudly show them off where we can see them and embrace the rend for wall plates?

How to Hang Your Wall Plates in a Fresh, Current Way

Tone on tone

Choose a single colour, or plates in a series that form a collection or (even better) a single image when hung symmetrically together. 

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These series of plates, all of which are by Mia Widlake of Studio 19, are favourites of ours.

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Keep it Themed

A theme or pattern that gets repeated – or tells a collective 'story' – also brings this sort of wall plates feature bang up to date.  

Local artist Theo Kleynhans is well known for his ceramic plates, which are detailed in unusual ways with 9ct gold. This selection, photographed in a house featured in one of our print editions, creates intriguing narrative possibilities, with each plate suggesting new story ideas about the elements featured in the rest. 

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Add Some Colour

When you have a repeating theme that unites your wall plates display, you can feel free to introduce multiple colours or bring in added texture. These charming plates are by ceramicist Lisa Ringwood and are available from Ebony Curated

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