A Wall Plate Rack & 20 Minute Decorating

Tips for styling a wall plate rack that are easy and very quick. Suggestions for mixing textures, how to use color, and spacing ideas. 

wall plate rack in hallway

Welcome to 20 Minute Decorating…a collection of ideas that we present every month, and all of them can be accomplished in twenty minutes or less. Life, for everyone lately, has been unsettled and out of the ordinary. In order to bring some sort of calmness to our days, it’s important to do normal things. For me, that’s decorating and refreshing our home. The day we hung my new wall plate rack, I felt very normal…and very happy!

*Please make sure to visit the other pretty and simple 20 Minute Decorating posts at the end!

wall plate rack at end of hallway

Here is the story behind this wall plate rack…and it begins several years ago when I saw the idea on Pinterest. For some reason, I instantly fell in love. I’ve always wanted something at the end of our entry hall, and thought this would be the perfect thing. Every once in a while, I would look on Etsy or eBay to see if I could find a plate rack to fit the space. Nothing was ever just right.

wall plate rack

A month or so before my birthday this year, my daughter asked me what I wanted. As I’ve said before, many times I ask for things for birthdays or Christmas that I would never buy myself. It’s a good way to collect those special items that fall outside the “need” category. My daughter just happens to have the handiest boyfriend ever…so I decided to ask him to make me a plate rack. He not only delivered a beautiful plate rack, but he came and installed it on our wall! When it was finished, it only took a few minutes to gather my platters and cheese boards, and place them on the rack. After a bit of moving around and repositioning, I was satisfied. Here are a few tips, if you would like to recreate something similar:

  • Mix up the materials and textures. Use ironstone, wood, wicker, silver, or silverplate.
  • Stick to a limited color scheme. I knew I was going to use only blue and white, so each shelf, although different, looks cohesive. Use plain plates and platters, along with ones that have a design.
  • Fill the space. Layer and place all the items so there are no gaps. Position the plates and platters both vertically and horizontally.

back hallway with wall plate rack

The best thing about the location of this wall plate rack is that every time I walk down the hall, it’s there to make me smile…and I walk down that hallway at least 20 times every day! I can’t wait to add touches for fall, and of course, Christmas. 

I’m at the point in my life where I only want to bring new things into my home that I truly love. I am finished with buying trendy items that eventually end up at Goodwill. This wall plate rack definitely qualifies as something I love…and it will be treasured always.

summer flowers in pitcher

stairway banister and plate rack at end of hall

Wall Plate Rack Accessories

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plates and cutting board

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