Tray-mendous!

I absolutely love using trays in my decorating! They can add more dimension to your styling and are great for grouping smaller items together, giving them a more organized, purposeful and cohesive feel.

With so many different materials and sizes to choose from - big, small, metal, glass, wood, mirrored - they can tie in with any style or room of the home. The options are endless, and I love how easy it is to switch things out or move things around! Here are a few of my favorite spots:

Ottomans

Trays work great, especially on larger ottomans. Mine’s often filled with a stack of magazines and catalogues, and is a great place to set a glass of wine while relaxing on the couch :) For a more formal look, I love mixing different books and decor items. It adds a little more visual interest, while keeping things consolidated so it’s still a cozy space to rest your feet!

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Centerpieces

Nothing pulls a centerpiece together better than a great tray! No matter the shape of your table, a perfectly placed tray with beautiful items can create an interesting centerpiece that’s really pleasing to the eye! Plus, they’re easy to remove for cleaning or if it may block your view across the table during a dinner gathering.

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Mini Bars

Who doesn’t love a good bar? A designated spot for a bar display can add a little retro charm guests are sure to notice! The challenge is keeping things organized, accessible and simple. The good news? The tray does all that for you! I like displaying a mix of bottles and bar accessories, along with adding a little extra personality with other decor. Mix it up and have fun!

Dressers

For dressers, I love using beautiful books, flowers (real or faux!) and other small items such as candles and clocks. These pieces have a classic feel that work great in any bedroom, and most other rooms too!

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Bathrooms

I love trays in bathrooms for both the pretty and the practical. Use them to gather miscellaneous items such as perfume, makeup and other essentials. You can also use them to display flowers, candles or other small decorative items. I love how they can help create a spa-like feel, especially when paired with bright, white towels and calming colors.

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Nightstands

Sometimes even the tiniest of trays can make a big impact. This candle and small vintage tray look simply charming when displayed on a nightstand.

 Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

Photo by Full Bloom Home Staging

There are so many great ways to incorporate trays into your decor, and also into your everyday life! Use one for breakfast in bed or happy hour on the patio. It’s sure to make that important time feel even more special.

What a difference a tray makes!


Written by Amanda Elmgren, Lead Designer of Full Bloom Home Staging