When it’s time to choose accents for your home’s decor, select items that provide both form and function. A decorative tray, whether placed on a dining room buffet, a living room ottoman or a kitchen island, adds a stylish accent while providing a useful surface.
Practical Uses for Decorative Trays
Trays come in all different sizes and materials. Each can double as serving trays for everyday use or large gatherings.
• A wooden tray brings a warm vibe to living room coffee tables or bedside tables. Use it to hold other decorative accents, tissues or remote controls. It also comes in handy for holding snacks and drinks as you relax in the evenings.
• A mirror tray or a silver tray is a sophisticated way to serve treats to guests. For a special teatime with family and friends, present drinks and desserts on a lovely tea tray. It’s pretty enough to leave on display when it’s not in use.
• Today’s TV trays are beautifully designed. Choose from a variety of tones, including honey-colored or distressed wood. Select an option with handles for easy carrying. For small spaces and apartments, a folding tray table is a good bet. You can store it in a closet and out of the way when it’s not in use.
Here’s a tip: For a decorative tray that can’t be cleaned easily, such as one made of wood, place protective coasters or mats on it. This will help prevent stains and allow you to get more years out of it.
Put Them on Display
Decorative serving trays work double duty as design accents. Place an ottoman tray or a coffee table tray in your living room, and instantly add a decor element. Choose a material that complements your décor—for wood, go with a tone that matches your floors.
Display serving trays on a dining room buffet or a kitchen island. Aluminum trays also make for a unique wall hanging in homes with a farmhouse feel or rustic decor.