Tray Chic: Turn an Everyday Item Into Decor
20 ways this functional carry-all can become a thing of beauty too
Becky Harris January 23, 2011
Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe... More
I’ve been trying to come up with ways to make my home “new to me” without spending any money. Pieces from storage spots are being worked back into rotation, I’m switching up my artwork, and I’m pulling out inspirational design books. One such book is all about David Hicks, king of the tablescape. He often utilized trays as part of his compositions and he was a master at it. Let’s take a look at how Houzz designers are using trays.
Streamline your the items on your nightstand and add a splash of color.
Add some shine to your kitchen island with a tray like this round blue metallic one.
Upholstered ottomans need a hard surface sometimes. Create a coffee tablescape with your coffee table books and a small vase of flowers.
Use one to corral items in your bathroom or on your dressing table.
Hang a tray in an art arrangement. A tray with a pretty coral design becomes wall art in a group of framed pieces.
Speaking of stands, a tray on a stand can make a great temporary bar.
Add a dash of color to a room. This tray plays off the glossy red door.
Show off your shells and other found objects.
Add candles and a glass fruit bowl to the ottoman when you have guests over.
In fact, there's no limit to the objects you can add to your trayscape. This designer has even thrown some horns into the mix.
Hunt down a circular tray for a circular ottoman. Here the silver tray is a nice contrast to the seagrass texture.
Add a natural element to your palette with a wicker tray.
This regency arrangement is enhanced by the avocado tray. It lets the white shell stand out in contrast.
Keep all your remotes in one place. A small floral arrangement helps balance out this pile of technology.
Keep a group of items organized on a buffet. These decanters and glasses look so much better rounded up on the tray.
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