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5 Simple Ways to Decorate with Trays

The following post is from Myra of My Blessed Life: 5 Simple Ways to Decorate with Trays

One of my favorite decorating accessories is the tray. It is functional and can be used in an immense variety of ways.  Trays are made from a multitude of materials – melamine, sisal, wood, mirrored glass, brass, silver, and even an old vintage soda box or drawer.

If you love a deal and you enjoy do-it-yourself projects, look for trays at thrift shops and yard sales.  Many times spray paint and decoupaged scrapbook paper will make over a tray to perfection.  Trays are a wonderful accessory to collect because they are versatile, easy to store, and wonderful to decorate with, says Superior West Management.

Here are 5 simple ways to decorate with trays…

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Do you struggle with keeping the television remote in the same place? Or are your bathroom toiletries all over the counter?  Enlist the help of a tray to corral everything in one location. Your coffee table and bathroom counter will thank you for keeping them clutter-free!

source: honey we’re home


Create a coffee bar or breakfast area in your kitchen and display canisters, mugs, and more within a tray on the countertop.  Using a tray gives the illusion that things are neat…even if the items within the tray are not perfectly organized every single day.


Vintage trays or sentimental family pieces make beautiful wall art. Whether hung as a gallery wall collection or a single tray, hanging trays on the wall can add visual impact as well as create an interesting conversation starter.

source: pottery barn


What is more fun than being served breakfast in bed?  Trays make eating in bed {or in the living room} more enjoyable.  It is a thoughtful touch when entertaining friends or family to serve treats and drinks from a tray.  Again, I love how a tray keeps everything {including potential spills} in one place.


Trays add visual layers and texture; so, use them liberally in your home decor. I’ve mentioned a few places that trays can be used – on the coffee table, on the bathroom counter, and in the kitchen. While trays should be functional, that’s not all they do. Design a simple vignette on a table or buffet and include a candle, a stack of books, and a glass vase on a tray.

There are endless options for decorating with trays. I hope I’ve inspired you to do some organizing, displaying, hanging, serving, and styling with trays in your home!

Do you use trays to decorate your home?

Myra has a B.A. in Interior Design and is currently self-employed. When she’s not spending time with her little man, thrifting, creating, shopping or working on a project, Myra enjoys date nights with her husband and blogging at My Blessed Life.