Because decorative plates aren't usually limited to merely functional styles and shapes, they can come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, and styles. From circles and squares to more specialized versions, like oblong ovals, rounded squares, and more, decorative plates (as all art) can come in many forms.
When you're looking for a specific shape and style of decorative plate, consider the following:
- What would you like for your home to feel like?
From blue and white chinoiserie to stark, all-black plates, decorative plates can feel traditional, edgy, or neutral. If you'd like something more classic, select a round plate with a floral or landscape design; if you're going for a more minimalistic, design-forward feel, selecting a bold geometric design or a textured plate in a neutral color is a good idea.
- What other colors and shapes do you have in your room?
Step back and look at the edges and lines already incorporated in your home. Are there mostly soft and rounded edges, such as fluffy couches, round rugs, and circular clocks? If this is the case, selecting rounded decorative plates is a good idea, such as circles, ovals, or rounded squares. If there are lots of hard lines in your home, such as rectangular tables or bare window frames, select an angular plate: a long rectangle or a square, for example, to complement your home's existing feel.