Using Trays in Interior Design

May 17, 2022
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Using Trays in Interior Design. I can’t think of a more useful item to have in your design back pocket than a selection of trays – plastic trays, metal trays, glass trays – they can all work wonders for you! Trays not only serve a function, like carrying the wine, chips and salsa out to the patio, but trays can be used in a variety of ways in interior design. They are easy to switch out, based on the occasion, can come in so many patterns and styles that they are easily matched to your décor. For some great ideas on how trays can work for you, please read on…

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.”

Henry David Thoreau
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1. Use Trays To Contain The Mess- Using Trays in Interior Design

We all have it – that messy stuff of life that we use every day. We use these things so often that we don’t want to keep putting it away every day. That “messy stuff” doesn’t have to make your house look like a mess, however, when you use tray to contain it. In our upstairs bathroom, for example, we have a vintage, round, silverplate tray with a “liquor-proof” surface (circa 1965 and both water and stain proof). Atop this tray we have jars for Q-tips, make-up squares and dental flossers. The tray also houses my hairspray and body lotion and Bruce’s hair brush and shaving cream. It’s all the things we need, in one place. It looks neat and makes cleaning off the sink a breeze.

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2. Use Trays To Center Décor Items: Using Trays in Interior Design

The coffee table, the dresser-top in the master bedroom – they are design opportunities waiting to happen. It’s a chance for you to show off your personal style – to curate a small collection of treasured objects. On my dresser top I have a round, modern, brass tray and it houses my collection of vintage perfume bottles. In the living room, it’s a rectangular tray that is centered on the coffee table. It has a stack of three books on poetry, an aromatherapy candle, a succulent in a beautiful cache pot, and a piece of coral I found in Hawaii. It’s style and personality in one-fell-swoop.

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3. USE TRAYS AS WALL ART: Using Trays in Interior Design

Some trays are stunning, especially the antique, hand-painted ones. They deserve to be treated as art, because that’s just what they are. A single tray can make a real statement when hung on your wall. And an odd number of trays, grouped together, can deliver a punch of color or a style wow. Using trays as wall art can also be a chance to highlight a collection that you have curated over time – from your travels, perhaps or ,on a theme that you love – turtle… angels. Another plus for using trays as wall art is that, with mounted trays, you can fill a rather large wall space for a relatively modest budget.

A Final Thought…

So think trays the next time that you think interior design… beautiful, hard-working trays… you’ll be glad you did.

Yes….trays add a nice touch to interior design, especially in Fall

And Now For A Little Music Before We Go…

“Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

Albert Einstein


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