How to Decorate a Home With Royal Copenhagen Plates in the Kitchen


Not everyone has an opportunity to hang history on their kitchen walls, but you can do just that when you pair your Royal Copenhagen plates with some creative thinking. You needn't be royalty, either--even though the company promotes itself as "purveyor to her majesty the Queen of Denmark." Assess your kitchen's features, figure out how your collection will display best and carry on a tradition that began back in 1715 when Royal Copenhagen produced its first plate.

Things You'll Need

  • Royal Copenhagen plates
  • Sketchpad
  • Pencil
  • Plate hangers
  • Paint
  • Architectural elements
  • Strip your kitchen down to walls and appliances to begin your kitchen-decorating project. Give the walls a fresh coat of paint in a shade that complements the cobalt and white color palette found on all Royal Copenhagen plates---white and yellow walls make particularly beautiful backdrops for this company's nostalgic Danish designs.

  • Choose one dominant wall in your kitchen as the setting for a dramatic display of Royal Copenhagen collectible art. This could be the largest wall, soffits running over the top of kitchen cabinets and appliances, the area bordering your kitchen's counter tops or perhaps an unadorned floor-to-ceiling space that's ideal for mounting a large collection of plates.

  • Assess your entire Royal Copenhagen plate library to decide whether it's wise to hang the entire collection or just representative samples of the Danish cobalt plates in your kitchen. Measure the area that offers the best opportunity for a plate statement and sketch out a few design arrangements before you pick up a hammer.

  • Create a "solar system" of plate art by centering a Royal Copenhagen issue in the middle of a large wall, preferably one that's devoid of appliances, cabinets and counters. Hang one plate in the center of the wall, aiming for a height of between 60 to 66 inches from the floor. Add a circle of plates around the original edition. Thread silk greenery between the plates to tie the arrangement together.

  • Hang your Royal Copenhagen plates on horizontal soffits or vertical walls by penciling in a center line down the middle of the space you've earmarked for the display. Mount plates vertically or horizontally. Break up the continuum by mounting a small architectural element in between the plates---a whimsical fork, decal or food label mounted on a square of wood. Aim for a 3-inch separation between elements for the sake of uniformity.

  • Use your Royal Copenhagen plates to enhance a piece of fine art--be it an oil painting, a relief sculpture or lithograph. Center the work on your kitchen's most expansive wall. Frame it with horizontal and/or vertical rows of plates to create a mixed-media arrangement. Use extra Royal Copenhagen plates to spruce up small spaces in your kitchen, which is exactly where this company's original plates were designed to hang hundreds of years ago.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your kitchen is roomy enough to support a bold statement, paint one wall cobalt blue and arrange your Royal Copenhagen plate collection on this wall only.

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