I've been obsessing over plate walls for quite some time. We have an awkward wall in our kitchen that has an oddly placed phone jack, light switch and thermostat (for an electric baseboard that doesn't exist anymore--just add that one to the list of "why the hell would you do that" questions I have for the previous owners).
While I love the symmetrical looking plate walls, I am really obsessed with the eclectic and random ones like this:
The only problem is that I am neither eclectic nor random. After months of searching for plates, I was finally happy with my selections. Please dont ask how many trips to Home Goods I made. The number is embarrassing.
To hang the plates I bought these adhesive plate hangers at the container store. Unfortunately, I ran out of them and had to improvise with epoxy and "D" ring hangers. In hindsight, I should have just used the epoxy and D rings for all of the plates; they are just as secure (maybe more so) and much cheaper....
I started off by making a template of the wall so I could account for the phone jack, switch plate and thermostat. I wanted to cover the phone jack, and camouflage the thermostat (I couldn't cover it because it protrudes too much from the wall)
On the table I thought the layout was perfect...on the wall, not so much. See what happens when you try to over plan eclectic and random?
At this point I contemplated cutting out all the plate shapes, but I was becoming impatient so I decided to wing it...
I think it turned out pretty well. I still want to add more for balance, but I'm going to live with it for a while until I find the perfect plates.