Clusters of complementary (or clashing) plates make appealing freeform wall art arrangements, as in this roundup of photos. A great way to lend a higher purpose to discarded plates.
Above: Marimekko plates, via Purple Area.
Above: Plates from Knack Studio.
Above: A cluster of plates bearing subversive messages like “Thou shalt not pollute”; photo by Sean Myers.
Above: Fine Little Day plates.
Above: A horizontal line of plates makes a surprisingly modern design element.
Above: An outdoor wall at the Viceroy Hotel patio bar in Santa Monica.
Plates with words can make especially meaningful art. See Remodelista’s post Accessories: Plates with Words as Decor.