How to use pottery to elevate your décor

Pottery can be used to elevate your décor
Ceramic plates and wall decor by Ed at ceramicwalldecor.com
During history, pottery has played a both artistic and utilitarian role. It was passed down through generations by acquaintances and bought and sold for amazingly high sums. For thousands of years, pottery and ceramics have been an important part of human culture. From prehistoric storage jars to space shuttles, pottery and ceramics played an important role in countless human efforts.
Pottery is the ideal antidote to homogeneous decoration in all shapes and sizes. It has staked its claim as a legitimate design accessory, whether displayed sparingly or spread over a coat piece.

How your pottery can be displayed

Pottery displayed in a stand
Photo by bigplastshop

Add plants to your home interior. A great way to add a little color and interest to the basic decor is to add an interesting piece of pottery in an unexpected location. Try to put your house plants in beautifully glazed pots instead of plain Terracotta.

Choose pots that emphasize the beauty of the plant, instead of competing with it. They should also be large and deep enough to properly grow the plant. Speckled or shadowed glazes in soft tones of jewelry are dressed enough to improve the look of a vignette without overpowering it.

If your pot does not have a drainage saucer, place it on a protective material such as a cork coaster made especially for house plants so that the plant's moisture does not damage anything below. You can mix pottery in your design even with a clean and modern aesthetic interior. Grouping pottery pieces together in a central location by color keeps it feeling less cluttered and more like a deliberate collection. By placing them on a crisp white background, they stand out and elevate the grouping to a piece of art that can be moved and changed at will.

You don't have to put together a large collection to make a statement of style. Several pieces of different sizes from the same color family attract the eye up to the top. The strong turquoise line stands out, although the shelves have a wide variety of hues.

Use an extendable duster once a month to keep your collection clean. If the pieces are not too fragile, wash them with warm soapy water twice a year and let the air dry.

Arrange in an artistic way. Give an anchor to smaller pottery pieces by adding them to groups of larger pieces. The mixing of shapes, colors and height may seem chaotic, but by keeping your groupings tight and purposefully positioned to one side of a tabletop surface, credence, bookcase, you create an installation that feels curated over time rather than bought at once to fill the space.

Placing larger items in the back and more voluminous pieces in the center will provide the basis for your display. To build support, medium- sized pottery can be added, the smallest pieces fill the gaps and round the vignette.

Work in your own decor style


Put a spin on the contemporary style or warm up an empty space with an unconventional collection. The blue wall covering this kitchen creates a bold background for the blue and white pieces of porcelain. The unused space above the cabinets is the perfect place for a small drama that customizes the kitchen.

The difference between ceramics and pottery is how it is finished. Pottery is usually regarded as any clay container, says Peterson. Ceramics are technically objects made of clay and glaze, which are permanently changed when heated. Porcelain is a strong, vitreous, translucent ceramic material that is glazed and fired at a very high temperature at low temperatures.

Group of ceramic jars
Four ceramic gray jars Photo by Tom Crew
For an eclectic look, try to use a variety of pottery in an arresting display of shapes and colors, either light or dark, against a monochromatic color, to add a twist to your space. Balance the feel of the collection by making sure that the scale of the surrounding furniture, lighting and art are greater than pottery. To prevent your display from flowing into a heavier territory, keep it restricted to a single shelf or flat surface. Modern fans of the mid- century draw on simple woods, soft lines, uncomplicated textiles and low- profile furnishings that are often associated with Scandinavian design. Pottery is also a significant part of the decoration. Bright colors, interesting shapes and an almost endless variety of styles make it easy to pick the perfect piece for this tidy aesthetic.

In true modern style in the middle of the century, this small and delicate grouping of similar shapes in vibrant colors places pride in the highest level. A hand- painted pottery is the perfect addition for those who prefer a rustic farmhouse style. To make most of the pieces in vivid shades, keep them massively together. The timeless style of this ancient hut offers the right counterpoint to the complex motif of the vases.

Elevate decor by grouping similar shapes
Photo by StillWorksImage
For a twist on the traditional style of the farmhouse, paint the back of a cupboard or a hut in a rich, dark hue. In a romantic vintage space, soft linen, feminine furnishings and accessories telling stories form the basis of an atmosphere reminiscent of a weekend breakfast. Cream- colored pottery keeps the appearance ethereal. Don't go too big with your pieces, but choose a variety of sizes to keep the décor from fading. Arrange your pottery behind glass doors, but in plain view, to add a little formality. Items still get dirty behind glass. Take them out and clean them with a soft cloth at least twice a year.

When it comes to adding pottery to your home, the choice is almost endless. It can keep your space from feeling impersonal. Whether you are a minimalist who prefers a single piece or a person who loves the look of many items grouped together, there is s pottery style for you.

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