Mix in a few wood sliced, wooden cutting boards, or marble pie boards to use as serving platters. Not only do these options increase the amount of serving dishes at your disposal, but they are visually interesting.
Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."
The natural wood floating shelves in this space help to add warmth, but also lend themselves to the farmhouse design. These shelves give the homeowners a great place to store bowls and platters and to display unique items they have on hand.
A neutral palette and luxurious tufted chairs soften this dining room, making it an inviting space for entertaining. Porcelain platters hung above the buffet add textural interest and are a lovely stand-in for artwork.
A floral loveseat and red armchair create a cozy sitting area in this Tuscan kitchen. A collection of green plates and platters surrounds a distressed bucket with various wood farming tools for an unusual but fitting wall decor piece.