I love pieces that have a story or history behind them, so ceramics have always been cool in my book. I mean, some even date back to the beginning of civilization itself! Talk about history…
What makes ceramics even better is how they serve two purposes – function and fun. Sure plates and pottery have practical uses, but displaying your ceramics on your walls or tabletops is another great way to show off your style and passions in your home.
So if you’re a diehard ceramics collector or just have a few pieces you’d like to display, this post will help to show off your ceramics in the coolest light.
If you integrate your ceramic collection into your home, you’ll admire it at every turn. Try to move beyond the bounds of display: Prop plates on tabletop easels. Break up a dense display of books by mixing pitchers on shelves in an interesting pattern. Arrange pottery on shelves that circle the perimeter of the kitchen. Perch creamers on shelves in front of a window. Or nest a row of bowls in the space above cabinets. You get the idea…
One simple line of items in a high- traffic area is eye-catching, but for more eclectic displays, don’t be afraid to think outside the line.
Grouping 2-5 pieces on a smaller wall or displaying your collection in a diagonal line across your dining area can also have a cool impact. Try to come up with clever materials or ways to hang or prop your collection. Colorful ribbon or rope is a good start. And if you have a massive ceramics collection, dedicate an entire bookshelf to it.
By keeping the objects in a narrow range of color or of a similar period or style, your disparate pieces will come off as a cohesive whole.
Hang plates or bowls similar in tone or mood as a large display in a hallway or smaller collection over a side table. Painting the back wall a bold complementary color will further unite the display. Or if your ceramics are bold, keep the wall a neutral color.
And finally, collections don’t have to be untouchable dust collectors. Instead, make daily use of them.
Fill a pitcher with a bouquet of flowers, or an antique bowl with bright red apples. Reuse old pottery for art supplies or use your ceramic dish ware for special dinner parties. If you put certain pieces to use, you’ll enjoy them on multiple levels.