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5 Ways to Decorate a DIY Plate Rack

A wall plate rack will add instant character to your kitchen or dining areas. Here are 5 Ways to Decorate a DIY Plate Rack to give you styling tips and show you that there are many creative 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.

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

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.

5 Ways To Decorate a Plate Rack. 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.

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Supplies used to build the Easy DIY Wall Plate Rack

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 I love to layer many pieces, and my plate rack would need some depth.

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

Because I’m a more is less kind of 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 plate rack, be sure to take into consideration your personal style and preferences.

DIY Plate Rack and Antique Hutch filled with Vintage Collections for Easy Ways To Decorate a Plate Rack

If you like this project, you will love seeing How To Build a Farmhouse Kitchen Island.

Start Decorating

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

Here, I used some of the breadboards 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 ones at the back, gradually building until smaller ones are at the rack’s front.

5 Ways to decorate a plate rack for Country Chic Farmhouse Style Decorating.  Breadboards and Ironstone Platters.

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 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.

How To Decorate a DIY Plate Rack with Vintage collectibles and fresh flowers.

Add Seasonal Interest

Using similar-colored dishes will make the plate rack look more cohesive. I prefer using white ironstone most of the time.

It’s easy to add seasonal touches with a simple stem to a bud vase or small ironstone pitcher. I added wooden spoons and vintage metal utensils to the pitcher and vases for this neutral style.

Antique Hutch with ironstone and large vintage basket filled with fresh flowers.  DIY Plate Rack on wall.

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

I’ve recently become obsessed with copper, and it’s a perfect material for displaying my growing collection.

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

Decorate a DIY Plate Rack with layers of wooden bowls, cutting boards and vintage copper.  Hydrangeas in ironstone pitcher on hutch.

How to Decorate Other Styles of Plate Racks

There are so many options and styles of plate racks, and it’s a preference for 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 the cabinet.

Decorate a DIY Plate Rack built onto the end of a cabinet with vintage and antique dishes and platters.

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.

Decorate a DIY Plate Rack built onto the end of a cabinet with breadboards and ironstone.

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.

Paint a recipe on the wall behind the DIY Plate rack and decorate with minimal dishes.

For the Love of Pigs

Jenn at Down Shiloh Road needed a space to display her fun collection of Pig Cutting Boards. Adding this DIY plate rack to the end of her built-in cabinets allows her to keep them pinned in for a fun display.

Create a plate rack on the side of a cabinet with pig cutting boards displayed.

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

Check out these posts for more tips on decorating with vintage and thrift store finds.

Other Ideas for Kitchen Decorating & DIY Ideas

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5 Ways To Decorate a plate rack with vintage copper and breadboards, ironstone and other collectibles.
5 Ways To Decorate a plate rack with vintage copper and breadboards, ironstone and other collectibles.


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

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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!

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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.

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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

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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

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Wednesday 10th of March 2021

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