I’ve always had a thing for trays and lately I can’t get enough of them, especially the brass ones I’ve recently purchased. Today I’m sharing some very simple tips for decorating and styling with trays. They’re versatile, they can be used anywhere you want to corral or showcase something beautiful, they’re even perfect used as a display piece. You’ve seen me use this gorgeous greek key inspired tray on my tablescapes in my two recent Fall blog tours, which you can find here and here.In this image, I’ve used most of the same accessories as in the first photo, except with a rectangular tray. I recently picked up this gold leaf tray and I love it. I like to move some of my trays around the house and rotate them, to keep things fresh and fun. See more of how I decorate with my favorite blue and white pieces here.
In our small bath (and it is very small, I might add) which is located in the main hallway and is used by guests, I have a few pretty toiletries gathered in this silver tray. So simple, it always adds an elegant touch in the bath and is the perfect display atop of the toilet. Here’s my greek key tray again (I actually have two of these beauties), this time in our master bath.Although I’m not using a tray here, these pretties are the perfect base to elevate something otherwise utilitarian, like a soap dispenser. Even the beautiful ones look better on a tray or a beautiful dish!Atop my favorite upholstered stools, I’m using my new gold leaf tray again, to showcase some of my favorite design books.
Here in our bedroom, this one holds my perfume bottles and special pieces that have been gifted to me. If I wasn’t using a tray to show them off and give them importance, my dresser would look messy and junky (I’m a bit of a collector so, you can imagine all the little things I have around the house). This is the perfect tray, especially because it’s white and it blends so well with the dresser.It’s always pretty to set the bed using a tray, although I do admit, this is not something I do every day! I think I may start to though, it adds a romantic touch to any bedroom.
In this shot of a floral arrangement from my recent Fall tour, my new favorite piece grounds this tablescape. This mirror acts as a tray on my Winter tablescape from last January. You can see more of this table, as well as others where I use mirrors as the focal point here. I use the dining room as an office at times, since I don’t have my own space, and I think it’s fun to set it up as I would, if I had my own desk. Again, a beautiful display is made more beautiful when it’s grounded with a tray.In the living room on our ottoman I like to use an oversized one for displaying more my collection of design books and objects.Here in the kitchen, on the top shelf of our recently built open shelving (which you can see more of here), I love the way this simple silver tray complements the water bottles that it would be otherwise serving to guests.
Remember, when you’re finding ways to style and decorate your home with trays, the possibilities are endless. If I had more counterspace in the bath for instance, I’d have a luxe pile of plush towels. Or, even in the laundry room, displaying pretty jars and containers on a tray makes those everyday house hold items seem far more beautiful. Below are a few more tips and tricks to help you style your home with trays. Have fun and be creative!
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