12 Creative Ways to Display Dishes

12 Creative Ways to Display Dishes

 Are you hiding beautiful dishes in your cupboards?  Maybe you inherited family pieces and they are still in a box somewhere because you don’t know what to do with them.

 You have a treasure trove of items to use in your home. Let me show you 12 Creative Ways to Display Dishes and see if you can’t start enjoying your own dishes more!

My family on both sides is known for their enormous collection of vintage dishes.  Since I love to host holidays and change out my antique decor all year, I am the first person they think of when they want to pass it on.

 

If I hadn’t learned to only take pieces I truly loved, I would most certainly be sitting on approximately eight  massive sets of fine china. But, it is a wonderful thing to be offered something both sentimental and beautiful when it does happen.

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There are really two main ways to use dishes besides their intended purpose:

1) Organizing

2) Decorating

 

With that in mind, let’s look at some different examples from my house to show you how to incorporate dishes into your own home.

12 Creative Ways to Display Dishes

Let’s start with the practical side of things. . .

Organizing

ONE

Food Storage

 

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TWO

Soap Dishes

 

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THREE

Docking Station

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FOUR

Extra “Shelving”

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FIVE

Jewelry Storage

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SIX

Unsightly Kitchen Needs

(I keep my fresh garlic in this gravy boat!)

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And now onto the more whimsical use of dishes. . .

Decorating

 

SEVEN

Cuphooks

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EIGHT

Planters

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NINE

Wall Decor

** After trying several ways to hang plates, these adhesive plate hanger discs are my favorite. To layer your plates like this, use different length nails to hang.

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TEN

Candle Holders

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ELEVEN

Collections

**Group like colors or pieces, my favorites to group are cake stands, pitchers and soup tureens.  Also, notice the silverware on display, if you love the handles display them in a pitcher.

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TWELVE

Table Decor

**Display special momentos or seasonal decor.

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Hopefully, now you have some new ideas and inspiration for ways to display your thrifted, gifted, vintage and antique dishes.

And don’t overlook those odd piece like butter dishes and gray boats, not if you really love them.

 

 Using dishes can create much needed counter space, provide economical wall decor and save you money on groceries because you can buy in bulk!

 

P.S. For more interesting ways to display collections, check out this article from Country Living.

 

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22 Comments

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:23 PM

      Aww, you are so sweet!

  1. August 23, 2017 / 12:15 PM

    Beautiful Sarah! I adore dishes. Love everything you’ve done with yours… Especially the docking station. So pretty!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:26 PM

      Thank you,Cindy, the docking station is my favorite, too.

  2. Carol
    August 23, 2017 / 12:20 PM

    I have used some of my collectible pieces,for storage,you have just gave me more ideas! A wonderful article.Loved it….
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    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:26 PM

      Oh good, that makes me so happy!!

  3. Brenda
    August 23, 2017 / 2:18 PM

    Dishes are my weakness, so I enthusiastically read this article. May I say that I have loved your layering of dishes and use of them as decor in your bathroom from the first time I saw how you had done it.

    My plan is to hang some hooks for my favorite beautiful porcelain mugs. It is so often done in the old English cottage homes and I love this simple display.

    Thanks for a lovely article and for so many good ideas.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:27 PM

      Thank you for your sweet compliment on my bathroom wall! Your cuphook idea sounds just perfect. xoxo

  4. Carol
    August 25, 2017 / 4:42 AM

    What a great post. Thank you for all the great ideas.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:30 PM

      I’m glad you enjoyed it, thanks for stopping by.

  5. Tanya Hulbert
    August 25, 2017 / 7:39 PM

    Always looking for new ideas to display my collection of dishes. This was a wonderful list! Thank you!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:31 PM

      Thank you, Tanya, I know you love beautiful dishes, too.

  6. Sharla
    August 26, 2017 / 9:41 AM

    Beautiful post. I want to pin every photo!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:32 PM

      Oh my, you know how to compliment a girl. Thank you so much!

  7. August 27, 2017 / 1:43 PM

    Hi Sarah, I loved the candle holders. They are so practical but so cute at the same time! I want to get a pair like them! They also look like little viking mugs which made me laugh!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:32 PM

      Oh funny! Those are vintage silver baby cups from my family.:)

  8. August 31, 2017 / 6:22 PM

    Lovely collection – pretty dishes and silver make your home seem so genteel 🙂 and warm!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:35 PM

      I so agree with you, my dear. Dishes are some of the very decor out there.

  9. August 31, 2017 / 8:16 PM

    Love this post! I use my dishes in similar ways. They are very useful for things other than their intended purpose and I make sure they are not packed away but serving some beautiful purpose around my home. I have to tell myself this to justify my hoarding!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:36 PM

      Haha, yes, I hear ya! I’m glad you are finding creative uses for your stash.;)

  10. September 2, 2017 / 12:47 PM

    I loved the soap dish! It looks so elegant, clean and beautiful! That’s a great idea Sarah!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      September 6, 2017 / 3:42 PM

      Thank you so much, it’s the little things that make life beautiful, isn’t it?

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