I’m not sure when I first fell in love with the idea of decorating with pewter plates, but I’m pretty sure it was around the time I saw this photo!
The patina is what I really love about pewter. I still love decorating with vintage silver, but there is something about the character of pewter that is so interesting. And it doesn’t involve polishing (definitely a plus!)
By designer Elle Scrase via Decorpad.
Though pewter plates is probably the most common way of decorating with pewter, vintage pewter in any shape or form is great. Pitchers are especially charming!
Hydrangeas in a crusty antique pewter pitcher. Love this! Via Farmhouse 5540 blog.
You might remember this photo from my post on vintage baskets, but it was too good not to use again! Here vintage pewter lids are displayed like art in this wonderful shelf styling.
What’s great about decorating with pewter is you can add some gleam to the room, without it being too shiny. Silver is always a classic, but when you don’t want that much shine, this is where pewter comes in. And it seems especially appropriate in fall. To me, less shine seems to go with the season and the darker colors and cozy feeling.
And the other great thing about decorating with pewter? It’s not such a big trend that it’s everywhere (at least not yet!) It’s around, but it has yet to catch on in a big way and I love the idea of having decor that is not in every house you see! Granted, pewter can sometimes be slightly more expensive than silver plate. However, I’ve usually found that the vintage items are substantially less expensive than the new. And as you can see, you don’t need a lot of pieces to form a “collection.” In the first photo, there are only five charger plates over the range and it looks fantastic!
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