The death of the plate wall

For quite some time I've been a fan of the plate display wall, thanks mostly to inspiration from the amaaazing blog Down and Out Chic!  She has so many great plate wall posts, lots to look at and like.  See this one, this one, and this one.  Here are a few of my fave walls:
In our suburban apartment I had a plate wall in the dining room, squished between a window and vintage wallpapered wall above a retro chair I made over.
I bought some more plates over time, and in our little bungalow I had a plate wall prominently displayed in the dining room, above a vintage dresser/sideboard and against my beautiful warm, pale grey wall.
Since then I have acquired two more vintage plates.  But in the new townhouse, I don't think I have room!  I have always done the plate wall in the dining room, but our current dining area is so small and is dominated by two skinny vertical 80's windows, there isn't the wall space!  What other rooms of the house would a plate wall work in?  I guess I'm stuck in the mindset that they go in dining areas, but maybe a living room or hall would work, too... even if I open it up to other parts of the main floor, I don't think I'll have room.  I think I'll have to pack the plates away and retire them for now... poor cool vintage plates!  Do you like the plate wall look at all, or think it's silly?

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  1. Well I would have to say I don't think it's silly because I have one LOL. Mine are blue and white plates and I have them on a wall in the kitchen. http://linda-living-the-dream.blogspot.com/2011/01/cup-of-tea-anybody.html There is usually another plate where the stitchery is...I just hung it there to take the pic!!

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  2. I've never thought about having one, but now I'm starting to get persuaded! Those pictures are adorable! I think they'd look awesome in a living room.

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  3. Kitchen or hall would look great!!

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  4. I love your plate wall inspiration :)
    I have plates in my girls' rooms and have no reservations about where a plate wall may or may not go. Some of the other places I've considered plates are above my fireplace and in the bathroom.
    Martha Stewart is an excellent example-I've seen her decorate with plates everywhere.
    Hope your plates find a home!

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  5. Anonymous2/12/2011

    My first thought was the kitchen. But really, why not anywhere? Bathroom? :) rachel

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  6. Kitchen, or (my favourite) in the hall. Imagine it like the first photo but small near the door and getting bigger as you get further away.

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  7. I have my plates hanging with my photos in my craft room.

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  8. I like them too... they are great!

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  9. LOVE IT! I am carrying this around in my brain now. :)

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  10. do you have a foyer type entry area? I feel like a plate wall would look cute in that kind of space :)

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  11. I read this awesome post on Apartment Therapy http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/dc/artwork/plate-collage-136868 I thought the plates down the staircase wall were to die for.

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  12. Yoy can display them in a plate shelf. Takes up less place.
    Links:
    http://lantligtistan.blogspot.com/2009/02/piff-pa-skanken-och-tallrikshyllan.html

    and

    http://mylovelythings.blogspot.com/2009/10/tallrikshylla.html

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  13. I have seen a plate wall behind a sofa in a family room. You can put it anywhere!

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  14. Don't put them in boxes! Have a fabulous tea party with strawberry sponge cake, cucumber sandwiches and a wonderful array of ecclectic vintage plates.

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  15. Anything wrong with the littlest room in the house? You could also just hang them one under the other on a skinny wall. Cherrie

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  16. Ooh this looks lovely! Whenever I hear wall plates I usually think of dark old lady houses, this is much better! :)

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  17. Oh wow, I thought I hated plates but actually you make them look really modern! I'm actually feeling inspired myself...

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  18. thanks for the mention! i love your two plate walls, especially the plate clocks. fantastic! xo

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  19. I had a collection framing a doorway once, kind of over the top of the door with smaller plates trickling down the sides.

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  20. Oh good! I'm glad you like them. Over the fireplace might work in our little place... okay, okay, I won't box them up yet!

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  21. Anonymous2/14/2011

    I've been wanting to do a plate wall for awhile but don't have the plates or the space. I have some Christmas plates that finally make a small collection and I use them in our entryway (also a townhouse) between the closet and bath doors (just over a foot wide). If you get really stuck you can switch some out seasonally in a really small space.

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