13 Ways to Bring Your Kitchen and a Plate Rack

When I think about a plate rack, my mind goes to state design. I have a tendency to go more contemporary in my own design taste, but I’ve a soft spot for plate racks. It is their no-nonsense nature that appeals to my pragmatic side. They simply make sense! In my view, they ought to be used for easy access to everyday dishes, not for particular dishes which are infrequently used and may therefore become cluttered. Rather than pulling piled dishes from a wall cabinet, keeping them within individual slots allows one to grab them and put them away with ease, and without repainting! Here are 13 ways to make them work on your kitchen:

Venegas and Company

Unfitted and over the sink. This is a fairly common place for a plate rack. Not only does this feel more open than a cabinet with solid doors, but it’s in the ideal spot for unloading the dishwasher and putting plates away. I love the size and scale of this one and the simple fact that it’s unfitted, or drifting at the center of the wall. This gives it the look of becoming something inherited or discovered instead of designed with all the cabinets (even though it was!) .

Kenzer Furniture

Unfitted and away on its own. If you’ve got a unique space and do not actually have the option of having symmetrical wall cabinets on each side, an unfitted dish rack cabinet is a superb way to acquire storage without having to force the symmetry problem. This solution allows you to have your cake and eat it too: the cabinet itself is symmetrical, but it’s not symmetrical to the general space.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Integrated with other wall cabinets. If you’re going to incorporate a plate rack to other routine wall cabinets, consider creating them glass so that the whole wall has a sense of openness and depth. Do not be afraid to show off your dishes, glassware and other kitchen things – it doesn’t all have to match!

Kitchens by Design

Adding an open shelf as part of a dish rack is a nice way to decorate a kitchen and keep it from looking too pragmatic.

Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Even contemporary kitchens may incorporate a dish rack cabinet. Here, it’s flanked between aluminum and glass cabinets. What is nice about having a dish rack over a sink like this is that all the wall cabinets may be the same height over the countertops, because you don’t need to be worried about doors opening to your head when you’re in the sink. Most of the time when you see a cabinet with doors within the sink, it’s raised a little to give you enough clearance.

Paul Anater

Contrasting with a accent color. Plate-rack cabinets are all easy ways to incorporate an accent colour into a kitchen; it makes it feel much more unfitted and accumulated. Flanked by two windows, this plate rack produces a visual centre and feel of symmetry, although the base cabinets below are not symmetrical or aligned with what’s on top.

Fitzgerald Studio

This dish rack cabinet combines many features we’ve talked about : It has a contrasting colour and is placed asymmetrically in the kitchen, but is light on its own.

Elad Gonen

Talking of asymmetry, I love the usage of this dish rack off to the side because it balances the hutch cabinet on the opposite end. Both do not fit, but there is a relationship.

Kayron Brewer, CKD, CBD / Studio K B

Bring it down to the counter. I adore this plate stand incorporates into open shelves and an uber-functional storage wall in which the cabinets sit on the countertop. It is a mixed-use storage wall which makes sense for a small section of countertop which won’t be used for substantially prepping or tasking. The variety of door sizes and open-vs. -closed storage produce much more visual attention than a bunch of cabinet doors which are all the same size.


You don’t have to restrict yourself to a plate rack ; you can get more out of the cabinet by producing an appliance storage space under and open shelves over.

Divine Design+Build

Carve out a niche. The little bit of unused wall space produced by the wall and fireplace oven are a perfect spot to create storage in the form of a plate rack. Here it’s being used for both function and display.

K & M Designs

I had to incorporate several examples of plate racks in which the plates have been made to face outwards. Just because those are on display doesn’t mean they can not be used for functional serving dishes. Just a little niche created by unused wall depth is a great way to get additional storage.

Plate racks do not need to maintain kitchens — they can maintain a butler’s pantry or vestibule place as well. Stealing space that might be otherwise overlooked looks fantastic and provides an present kitchen much needed additional storage.

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Add a Drop of Colour

If your living space feels a little too neutral, but you are scared of incorporating color or do not need to invest greatly in making colorful adjustments just yet, test the waters with a few accents that won’t break your bank. Here are a few simple, economical and flexible approaches to accomplish this.

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Use a huge vase to test a new color in your room. I enjoy the big dimensions and different shapes of the Morph Vase from HomeDecorators.

Erdreich Architecture, P.C.

Reupholster portion of a favourite accent chair. Recover only the chair if it could be removed, or add a fun pattern to the back of a chair. I love adding a blueprint to only component of a chair. The pattern adds a trendy vibe without being overpowering.

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Reupholster only the back cushions of your neutral couch. If you have loose back cushions, have them recovered at a colorful patterned or solid fabric. You’ll get a designer look without needing to get a new couch.

Dick Clark + Associates

White walls can feel stark. Bring in color and texture by hanging out a huge piece of art like this one called Second City. Large extended canvas art can be moderately priced and not as hefty as large glass-covered framed art.

KannCept Design, Inc..

Try something as simple as adding a colorful tray to the middle of your coffee table or ottoman. I like the colors of the Lacquer Wood trays at West Elm. For large coffee tables, then get two to put side by side.

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Pick a colorful ottoman as your coffee table. Or slipcover the one you have. Center it in the middle of your dialog area. It turns into the enjoyable pop!

Heather Garrett Design

Bring only a bit of color to your neutral drapes by adding a ring to the bottom of your strong neutral drapes. I enjoy going up 30 inches at an 8- or 9-foot large distance.

Economy Interiors

Add color to your chairs using a bold-hued pillow. Try out a 20″x20″ pillow cover using a feather insert. It stays in place better than a smaller pillow and adds nice big color through only one piece.

Melissa Miranda Interior Design

Add greenery. A tall indoor plant brings in a bit of lush color and odor. Request a plant specialist that will help you pick out the right plant so you know how to take care of it.

Brownhouse Design, Los Altos, CA

Drape a colorful throw over a couch back or chair for a color extract. Also consider draping down it the middle of the couch.


Paint a accent wall. It will add excitement to the space. Pick a wall that houses has dramatic artwork, showcases an important bit of furniture, or has an intriguing architectural detail you can highlight. In a long narrow room, the very best wall to paint would be the farthest short wall. The color will draw your attention to it, which makes the wall appear closer to you.

Bring in a fresh lamp base that has a vibrant color. Crate & Barrel’s Boka lamps have yummy color options. Or try spray painting your lamp base for a new finish from the color of your own choice.

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You can bring the floor to life with color, also. Utilize a large patterned rug so the color comes through in a larger scale.

Michael Fullen Design Group

Insert a garden feces in one of numerous colorful finishes and shapes you can get these days. Strive two side by side for more color and additional seating. They can be moved to wherever you want them.

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What Does Your Pillows Say About You?

Your cushions can say a great deal about your character, your design style, and the way you reside in your home. It’s possible to take a couch of the same style and put two distinct sets of cushions on it to create a very different look. Some people would rather have a clean and tailored look and a few favor a casual and dwelt in feel. What do your cushions say about your style style? Keep Reading to find out:

Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ

If you are a Modernist: You use bold patterns and colors that come together in a tidy and well-paired collection. The cushions with this contemporary couch revealed soften the space, but the patterns also bring a structured and geometric contrast against the delicate nature of the cushions themselves.

Dillard Pierce Design Associates

If you are a Traditionalist: Your cushions match your couch fabrics and coordinate in an alternating pattern. Typically, whether on a couch or bed, the cushions are organized in a totally symmetrical design. As you can see on the couch in this traditional space, the cushions alternate one following the other in a succinct pattern.

Jennifer Brouwer (Jennifer Brouwer Design Inc)

If you are a Formal Transitionalist: Your cushions are perfectly coordinating using a more contemporary flair in the designs and designs. The living room shown here has a strategic design of cushions, requiring some thought and planning, that led to a gorgeous collection of cushions that suits the space beautifully.

Niki Papadopoulos

If you are a Casual Transitionalist: You also have flawlessly coordinating cushions patterns. Compared to the formalist, the casual transitionalist has a more relaxed equilibrium.

This room, as an example, has one asymmetrical cushion that helps to create a more casual style. You can even observe the “karate chop” styling, where you “chop” the tops of the cushions with your hands to get a more lived-in look.

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If you are a Romantic: Your cushions have a softer and more textural border. The cushions on this couch would be the epitome of romantic, using their delicate flowing fabrics and unmatched sizes.

Kristen Rivoli Interior Design

If you are Bohemian: You have a more casual and comfortable approach. The cushions selected for the couch over express a relaxed style with an ideal mix of earthy designs and sizes.


If you are Eclectic: there’s likely a varying mix in both layouts, colors, and sizes in an eclectic area. An eclectic style has a more collected look that gives the look of a in-house house owner.

Amoroso Design

If you are a Minimalist: Your cushions are more functional. It is normal for minimalists to sum up their pillow collection using seat-back cushions and bed pillows.

Here, a bolster cushion and seat-back cushions are the only pillows in the room. And they fit the couch cloth, creating a clean and tailored look.

Beth Dotolo, ASID, RID, NCIDQ

Your cushions will say more than 1 thing about you personally and your styles can be mixed. After all, who would like to be put into a style box?

This formal and traditional pillow design was made a little more eclectic with the mixing of patterns and also the accession of the much less traditional skull layout.

The great thing about cushion collections is that you are able to express your style — and also alter it effortlessly. In my mind, cushions are the house’s greatest accessory.

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