Wherever you find your plates, among family heirlooms, in antique shops, at flea markets and yard sales, in faraway places or your own cupboard, wherever you hang them, decorative plates are sure to generate interest and start conversations as well as add unexpected elements to the overall aesthetic of a home.
Beautifully painted porcelain plates go back to 7th-century China. It wasn’t until the 14th century that merchants (such as the famed Marco Polo) brought plates back to Europe. They were highly prized as collectibles and appreciated as art.
From that time on, decorative plates were “in” then “out” then “in” again. They are now cutting-edge trendy, whether your home’s décor is Victorian, traditional, mid-century, ultra-contemporary or anything in between.
You surely will enjoy creating your own “art installations” with your plates, but beware, searching for the plates can become addictive! Beautifully addictive. Just keep in mind, plates that you love will always be more valuable to you than any you might acquire because they are valuable to others.