Grouping Plates

Okay all you creative and talented home decorators out there, I need your help.  I've got a blank canvas and I need to breathe some life into it.  The full scoop on the dining room is coming tomorrow at the February After Party (are you linking up a before and after project??  Hope to see you there!)  In the meantime, I have one wall in particular that I'm tossing around ideas for.

While the rest of the world is painting just about everything gold, I painted a gold mirror white.  Remember this mirror from my foyer, about 5 versions ago?
 Well here it is now in it's very vanilla surroundings!

I'm not afraid of gold or color, I'm just so sick of the things I've had for years, and need a change!

On the other side of the room are two vintage travel posters that I want to pull some colors from for curtains.
{Excuse the poor quality of these photos; my camera battery was charging so I took these with my phone and edited them.}

I've been thinking about hanging colorful and white plates on either side of the mirror, in a free form fashion.
{house to home)

{elle decor}

Dining Room contemporary dining room
{Leslie Goodwin Photography}

Eat-in Kitchen modern dining room

Melanie Gore traditional bedroom
{Melanie Gore}

Two Story Cottage eclectic dining room
{Two Story Cottage via Houzz}

Dining Room eclectic dining room
{uploaded by Joi to Houzz}

Connecticut House eclectic living room
{Dufner Heighes Inc.}

{sunset magazine}

What do you think?  Should I bring a pop of color to the plain jane mirror wall with a mix-and-match of plates in varying sizes and patterns, or are you so over this look?

Please share your thoughts on this subject.  I can't make decisions in my own house - just the houses of friends and family!  

And come on back to share a before and after tomorrow - you can jump in even if you didn't link up a "before" at the beginning of the month!  The more the merrier!

Have a great day,


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i always think they look great in other peoples's homes, but it's not for me... i love the look of the clustered ones and i love the dining rom with the modern chairs and the striped couch! but like i said, i just can't do it because it doesn't feel right for me, but you need to do what you want!

Andrea said...

I say go for it. I think it would look awesome!

Dana Frieling@ Make Them Wonder said...

I think plates are overdone. What about a grouping of clocks or other mirrors? You could buy cheapo round mirrors and paint their frames different colors?! That being said, if you LOVE plates then do plates. It's YOUR house and you need to love it!

Cathy Wall said...

I love the plates, it can be a very eclectic look with a mix of found pieces or very traditional with one color of tranferware, I say go for it! Here is how Kelly over at Eclectically Vintage did it in her DR: http://www.eclecticallyvintage.com/4/category/my%20dining%20room/1.html

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

I really love plate walls, and I am no help-- but I also want to say a few things:

I love that color that's going on in that room. I adore those posters!!! And I love that mirror. It's HAWT.

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

I will never get tired of plates on the wall. You can't beat them for interest, availability, and affordability. I definitely think you need some color around your mirror to balance the bright colors on the other wall. It's going to look great!

René said...

You know I love me some plate walls. Especially random and colorful ones. Will definitely add a fun punch to that space.

Carrie @ Hazardous Design said...

I'm so under this look! I'm always finding pretty plates at thrift stores and antique shops. It is a great way to fill a lot of wall space for very little money. I say the crazier the color and pattern, the better!

Privet and Holly said...

I have plates on walls
all over the place, so
I'm biased : ) Our MBR
has a plate wall with a
bird theme, which is
lovely and peaceful and
relatively easy to find
when scouting thrift,
antique or junk stores!

xx Suzanne

Ange said...

Hmmmm.....I'm still sad the mirror isn't gold. ;) Anyways, I personally don't like the plate look in my home but if you do, go for it! It's your home! What if you did some different size and color mirrors? Just a thought...I think I'm as stumped as you. I'll be back tomorrow to see what you did or didn't do. I'm teasing you but I will be back!

pam {simple details} said...

I love the look of plates! Sometimes, I think trends feel overdone on blogs, but I don't know anyone with an awesome collection of plates! I think the texture and interest would be perfect!