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5 Ways to Decorate a DIY Plate Rack

Y’all I added a DIY plate rack to our wall last Spring and I love it. It’s so much fun to decorate seasonally and provides great storage for some of my dishes and other collectibles.

5 Ways to Decorate a DIY Plate Rack will give you so many styling tips and show you that there are so many options. The good news is they all look beautiful. I’m sharing my DIY plate rack as well as 4 of my favorite Instagram accounts and their gorgeous plate racks.

The DIY Plate Rack

First, this is what my wall looked like last year. I wanted to build a plate rack here from the beginning but could not settle on a design. The options are limitless.

Blank Wall ready for DIY Wall Plate Rack. Farmhouse dining room with shiplap walls.

Then I finally came up with a plan to build the much desired plate rack. You can see all the instructions here on Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack.

If you are planning to build a plate rack, hopefully this will give you some great ideas.

Supplies needed to make your own Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack

Supplies used to build the Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack – See all the details HERE

How to Decorate A DIY Plate Rack

I love seeing plate racks with a single row of plates displayed evenly across the shelves. The minimalistic approach is very appealing. However, y’all know that I love to layer lots of pieces and my plate rack would need some depth.

I also love to display platters, bread boards, and other collectibles and the plate rack is the perfect spot for such a display.

Because I’m a more is less kinda girl, you can see that I like to keep adding to my plate rack. I hope it doesn’t fall off the wall. LOL

However, when planning your own plate rack, be sure to take into consideration your personal style and preferences.

If you like this project, you will love seeing this DIY Project too.

Start Decorating

When planning your plate rack, begin with your favorite pieces.

Here, you can see I used some of bread boards in varying shapes and sizes.

Next, I added my ironstone platters and plates along with my collection of milk glass vases.

Stack platters and plates with larger at the back, gradually building up until the smaller are at the front of the rack.

Using a variety of shapes and sizes will make your plate rack display more interesting. Here you can see square, rectangle, round and oval pieces all mixed together.

Adding a variety of materials and textures is another way to add visual interest. I used a combination of ironstone, wood, copper, milk glass and metals all on the same rack.

Add seasonal interest

Use dishes of a similar color will make the plate rack look more cohesive. I prefer using white ironstone most of the time. It’s easy to then add seasonal touches with a simple stem added a bud vase or small ironstone pitcher. For this neutral style, I added wooden spoons and vintage metal utensils to the pitcher and vases.

In addition to the plate rack itself, I added a wooden rod to hang additional items from.

Recently, I’ve been obsessed with copper and it’s a perfect place to display my growing collection.

One of my favorite finds is these S hooks for hanging things all around the house. I have 3 sets of them. LOL

How to Decorate other styles of Plate Racks

There are so many options and styles of plate racks and really it’s just a preference as to which one you like the best.

I love all these gorgeous designs and wanted to share them with you.

Space Saving DIY Plate Rack

Patty at The Foot Hills Farmhouse showcases her favorite vintage platters and dishes on this fun plate rack she attached to the side of cabinet.

DIY Wall Treatment Rack

Jenny at Fitzgerald Lane and her husband built the DIY Rack right on the wall and you can see how beautifully it is decorated.

Recipe Plate Rack

Jessica at Itty Bitty Farmhouse shares one of her favorite recipes at the back of her DIY Plate Rack. Isn’t this just the cutest idea. With the visual interest of the Recipe, the rack is filled with minimal items.

For the Love of Pigs

Jenn at Down Shiloh Road needed a space to display her fun collection of Pig Cutting Boards. By adding this DIY plate rack to the end of her built in cabinets, she can keep them pinned in for a fun display.

I hope you enjoyed all of the 5 Ways to Decorate A DIY Plate Rack. Be sure to check out of these fun accounts for more information about their DIY Plate Racks.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Thursday 26th of August 2021

I have a quite large plate rack on the wall, behind my door and it holds lots of baking molds, mugs and other things. I love all your ideas, as they help me decorate mine. Thank you for sharing. Fabby

Thursday 26th of August 2021

Fabby, I am so glad this was helpful. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cindy Rust

Sunday 14th of March 2021

Love the way you used the spindles on this plate rack! Anything spindle-related is my kinda project! Thanks for all the other inspiration!

Tuesday 16th of March 2021

Cindy, Thank you. I really appreciate your comments.

Kim | Shiplap and Shells

Friday 12th of March 2021

I love this Rachel! I'd love to share it tomorrow in the weekly wrap-up.

Saturday 13th of March 2021

Thanks so much Kim.

KariAnne Wood

Friday 12th of March 2021

LOVE THIS! You are brilliant friend! Is there anyway I could share this at Thistlekeeping tomorrow?

Happy day! KariAnne

Saturday 13th of March 2021

KariAnne, You never have to ask. Thank you so much.

Little Jordan Farm

Tuesday 9th of March 2021

Love them all..I did something Similar..I have a long one in my den I put photos in frames on. I need help with the top of my kitchen cabinets. Love love your work Stay well Tammy Little Jordan Farm

Wednesday 10th of March 2021

Tammy, Thanks so much for stopping by. I appreciate your input.