There is an art to styling your space. Even if the furniture is right the room won’t feel complete or personable without a little styling. It adds another layer of interest to your furnishings and space. The first step and base layer for styling just about any table or countertop is a tray. It helps to add texture to your surface, groups and contains unrelated items, and organizes your vignette. I use this tool in every room I design. On dining room tables to anchor the centerpiece, coffee tables to portion off the accessories, bathroom countertops to carrel products, dresser or vanity to hold perfume bottles and tools. I could go on, but you get the idea.
The tray is a simple idea with so many design possibilities. I normally select one that counters the surface it’s sitting on. For instance, on a marble tabletop I might select a stained or raw wood tray, or if my surface is painted I would look for some type of metal tray. With so many designs and sizes to choose from, I’ve combined some of my favorite styles below for easy sourcing. The grouping is a mixture of materials and styles at different price points to suit all of your styling needs.
I own a few of these trays, have specified the majority for projects, and are lusting after the rest. My eye on that ace of hearts. If you are still on the hunt for holiday gifts, one of these would be sure to delight. They also make great hostess gifts for all of your Christmas parties. Need ideas on how to use your new purchase? The images below are a little inspiration to help put your tray to good use, and if you still need help check out this book. The designer/author is one of my faves.