Decorative trays have become a large part of decorating a tabletop. Since ottomans became more of a multi-purpose piece used as coffee tables, we have seen the tray become a regular feature when styling the tabletop. Metal, wood, glass, wicker. Square, round, oblong, rectangle. Decorative trays come in a variety of shapes and styles to fit any décor. Here are a few styling tips for decorating with trays.
Left photo courtesy of BHG
Think of the tray as a surface, just as you would think of a blank coffee table. Arrange accessories on the tray as you would a coffee table. Vary the height of objects arranged on a tray to add visual interest. Experiment with different objects, varying sizes, shapes and textures for the most appeal.
Books are a great way to add height to objects displayed on a tray. Stack a few books and place an accessory on top or simply use books as a decorative object. Decorative boxes are perfect for varying the height of a tray display and add interesting texture as well.
Arrange candles of varying heights on a tray and use rocks or seashells around them. This can be a display by itself or combined with other accessories. Decorative balls, available in many sizes, materials and patterns, can be nicely contained on a tray, therefore providing a different shape to the arrangement.
Put a collection of small potted plants on a tray to include a natural element to your tabletop. Include a potted plant or vase of flowers among other elements to bring a touch of color and texture to the mix.
Left photo, findinghomeonline.com. Right photo, Kieran tray from Homedecorators.com
Tiered trays are wonderful accents to use in the bathroom and kitchen. Not only decorative, they provide great open storage in a small amount of space. In the bathroom, display decorative soaps and rolled-up washcloths and hand towels on a tiered tray. In the kitchen, a tiered tray can be used for seasonal displays, collections or for often used spices and small utensils.
Decorating with trays is fun and can help keep coffee table arrangements tidy and interesting. Trays add a whole new dimension to your table and tiered trays are perfect for storing and displaying items in the kitchen and bath. So, serve it up on a tray for more flair in your decorating.