When function gives way to form, a plate makes perfect sense on a wall. These tabletop wares are often as exquisite as fine art. Grouped together, plates can bring visual interest to an otherwise unnoticed space or provide an accent to quiet architectural details, such as a simple doorway, a plain crown molding, or an empty alcove.
Arrangements might consist of heirlooms, flea market finds, or new purchases. It's the location and composition of the plates that matter, plus how well they work with the wall color. Hang them over a mantel, along a hallway, or around the walls of a breakfast nook -- where you can enjoy them while eating off their counterparts, on loan from the kitchen cupboard.