3 different ways to decorate a tray

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Décor trends come and go, but one thing here to stay is the tray. Decorating with trays is very versatile, making them easy to use in any room. It’s a piece that adds dimension and warms up a space. When you display things on a tray, you’re catering to a certain area of your home; the items you display will vary depending on the room. Trays come in varied materials: metal — silver, gold, bronze, rose gold — wood, iron, glass, marble, acrylic and even fun shapes like a tree stump. Don’t be afraid to mix materials such as a wood tray with iron handles, as it’s an effortless way to inexpensively enhance the look you want. 

Here are some tips on how you can use a tray in different areas of your home:

Guest Bedroom(s)

If you’re decorating a tray in a guest bedroom, it’s nice to display items your visitors may need. Putting out hand towels, soap or other items needed for an overnight stay will make guests feel welcome and comfortable. The tray can be displayed on the bedspread of a guest bed or it can be a more permanent piece that sits on a nightstand. You can use this idea in your master bedroom as well.  

What can you display?

  • Face and hand towels
  • Soap 
  • Floral or greenery
  • Knickknacks
  • Vintage items (i.e. clocks)
  • Photos

Bar Tray

The tray can be used to display things you use often or fun knickknacks you’d like to show off. Put things out to inspire you, such as a cocktail book.

What can you display?

  • Bar tools
  • Unique items (i.e. pictured is a vintage whiskey dispenser that my husband found)
  • Descanter, which is also useful storage for your liquor 
  • Coasters
  • Bar books

Living Room

The living room is most likely a place where you spend a lot of time, so use things that you find useful. You can change out the décor depending on the weather or season.

What can you display?

  • Knickknacks
  • Candles
  • Floral/greenery
  • Coasters
  • Books
  • Seasonal items

While bedrooms and bars seem to be the most popular places for trays, you don’t need to limit them to those locations. They can be a table centerpiece for indoor or outdoor seating, displayed on a hallway table or a large kitchen island. 


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Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick

Melissa Dowrick is a MSU graduate, M3 Group event planner and a dog mom of two. She loves fashion and fall is her favorite season. She embraces all the good things because life is too short to be unhappy!

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