Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home

In this post, Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home, we’ll explore one of the secret tricks in the interior decorating book of voodoo. It’s the secret to corralling pretty objects and everyday essentials on tabletops, ottomans, and nightstands, while creating a layered look in one fell swoop. It’s the ART of LE TRAY and LE PRETTY CLUTTER as well as the modern key to almost every interior designed vignette’s success. Even wonky, rustic items like the one from a barn on my hotel silver tray (below) graduate to object d’art!

A silver tray with rustic objects and Diptyque candles in our Belgian style living room. Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed. Diptyque Candles: FIND HERE.

Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home

By the by, when I say TRAY, I am extending the boundaries of tray to encompass platters, boards, and even shallow woven baskets. It’s more fun this way, less rigid in a sometimes stuffy design world, and we can push boundaries a little on planet Michele…so we will.

White roses in our dining room. Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed. Diptyque Candles: FIND HERE.

Silver Trays in My Home

Clearly I have a thing for silver platters and trays. I own a bunch of ’em, and they have worked in different homes and styles as my taste evolves.

Vintage silver tray with bedroom essentials. Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.
Vintage English crocks on a hotel silver tray. Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.
Sonny Angels on a vintage silver tray. Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed. Like my Sonny Angels? FIND THEM HERE.

Mirrored Tray in My Home

Since this photo was snapped, everything you see in the pic was placed inside ANOTHER tray – this one silver leafed! Ha! Tray layering is alive and well in the heartland no matter what they’re saying on the coasts!

Mirrored tray with Diptyque essentials in our bathroom - Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed. Diptyque Candles: FIND HERE.

Black & White on Silver is a Favorite

Diptyque candles upon a hotel silver oval tray in our living room - Hello Lovely Studio. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Hello Lovely Studio. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed. Diptyque Candles: FIND HERE.

Tray Inspiration from Interior Designers

My designer friends in blogland undoubtedly know their way around LE Très Chic TRAY like nobody’s business. Interior designer Sherry Hart comes to mind immediately for her adeptness for curating, arranging, and zhushing like the reigning queen of ZHUSHVILLE.

Layered books and decor in a black tray upon an ottoman in a living room designed by Sherry Hart. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo: Design Indulgence. Interior Design: Sherry Hart. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.

Black Laquer Trays

Coral, books, and curiosities layered in a black tray on a wicker trunk in a beautifully designed living room by Sherry Hart. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo: Design Indulgence. Interior Design: Sherry Hart. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Coral and coral hued roses in a black tray in a room designed by Sherry Hart. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Design Indulgence. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.

Subtle Tray With Bold Coral Pop

Light blue upholstery and a modern acrylic coffee table with a tray layered with decor - design by Sherry Hart. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo: Design Indulgence. Interior Design: Sherry Hart. Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.

Rustic Bread Board is Très Clever

If you follow Angelina of Petite Haus, then you know she chronicled the construction of their lovely French farmhouse (in California). I have noticed she has this clever trick involving one of her kitchen islands.

A rustic wooden bread board on the island acts as a staging tray for seasonal decor. In this way, she celebrates the seasons and holidays by changing out the decor atop the “tray.”

Lovely French country and French farmhouse style converge in a French kitchen by Petite Haus with island and farm sink. Island is  painted Benjamin Moore Silver Song.
Photo/Design: Petite Haus. Island Cabinet Color: BENJAMIN MOORE Silver Song.

What I particularly love about this ‘every tray is a stage’ idea is how that board is a functional item in the kitchen that can be brought into service as needed. So very authentically French to have only useful items for decor!

Gorgeous French country kitchen with huge kitchen island painted Benjamin Moore Silver Song, farm sink, and marble countertops. Design by Petite Haus.
Photo/Design: Petite Haus. Island Cabinet Color: BENJAMIN MOORE Silver Song. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.

Beads & Books in a Tray

You can’t go wrong if you layer favorite books and interesting beads within a tray.

White tray vignette with books, beads, and greenery - design by Sherry Hart. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo: Design Indulgence. Interior Design: Sherry Hart. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.

Organic & Natural Woven Trays

Whether it’s a basket or a tray matters not to me–only that decorating maven, Leslie of Gwen Moss knows her way around adding gorgeous texture to a room. Boxwood spheres in a round woven tray on a weathered table? Boomchakalaka. (And the shiplap you see on the walls…pretty sure that creative renovator ripped those planks herself!)

Beautiful and rustic, a cottage style living room by Gwen Moss is layered with interesting textures and sweet pops of blue and pink. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo/Design: Gwen Moss. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.

The decor moment below thrills me to my beachy core. Oh, I love a relaxing bohemian exotic moment with neutrals (pink would ruin this for me!) and clean lines. The round woven tray holding succulents keeps things feeling orderly and geometrically interesting.

Bohemian luxe and laid back chic converge in a beautifully unfussy Colorado living room by Sherry Hart.
Photo: Design Indulgence. Interior Design: Sherry Hart. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.

Rustic Elegance in a Weathered Tray

This gorgeous vignette by interior designer Mary Ann of Classic Casual Home gave me pause with its varying textures and unexpected color combination. Design should be just like this: full of delightful surprises!

A rustic box becomes a stage for a chic vignette with pink, beads, and candlelight - design by Classic Casual Home's Mary Ann Pickett. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo/Design: Classic Casual Home. Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.

Rough Luxe in a Leather Tray

Trays need not visually sedate you! I love how designer Cindy Hattersley created drama, energy, and height with antlers and branches rising skyward from a leather tray. I could move right into this comfy space!

Coffee table with tray and flowering branches, antlers, and candlelight in a stunning rough luxe living room by Cindy Hattersley. Come discover more inspiring trays for layering and vignettes in Adding Tray Très Chic to Your Home.
Photo/Design: Cindy Hattersley.Interior Design Inspiration & Ideas for Decorating the Home…certainly lovely indeed.

Shopping Sources for Decorative Trays for Your Home

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Shiny & Black Tray

Pink & Gold Tray

Sweet Pink Tray with Gold Handles…certainly lovely indeed.
Pretty in Pink Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Parisian Inspired Tray

Vendome with Mirror
21″ Vendome With Mirror Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Tray With Slate & Serving Pieces

Charcuterie/Cheese Board Set
Charcuterie/Cheese Board Set…certainly lovely indeed.

Acrylic Tray

16″ Acrylic Multipurpose Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Weathered Trays With Handles

Rustic wood tray set of 3
Rustic Tray Set of 3…certainly lovely indeed.
Set of 3 Rustic Wood Trays…certainly lovely indeed.

Vintage Silver Tray

vintage silver round tray
Silver Tray Options…certainly lovely indeed.

Classic Navy Tray

Round Marble Tray

12″ Round Marble Cheese Tray…certainly lovely indeed.
Round Marble Cheese Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Nesting Serving Trays

3 Nesting Serving Trays…certainly lovely indeed.

Handwoven Tray

Telford Rectangular Handwoven Serving Tray
Handled Handwoven Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

White Marble Bathroom Tray

Small White Marble Bathroom Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Rustic Wood Tray

Wooden Serving Tray
Wooden Serving Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Round White & Glam Tray

Caspen Round Cut Out Pattern Serving Tray with Metal Handles
Serving Tray With Handles…certainly lovely indeed.
Caspen Round Cut Out Pattern Serving Tray with Metal Handles
Round Serving Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Metal & Wood Tray

Wood Metal Accent Tray
Wood Metal Accent Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Marble Hexagon Tray

6″ Italian Marble Hexagon Tray…certainly lovely indeed.
Hexagon Marble 6″ Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

Beadboard Tray Set

Wood 3 Piece Serving Tray Set
3 Piece Wood Tray Set…certainly lovely indeed.

Ready to Party Tray

Mirrored & French Inspired Tray

Vendome Mirrored Tray
20″ Mirrored Vendome Tray…certainly lovely indeed.

When French Country is Très Chic

Know where the above tray would look exceptionally très chic? Inside the charming French country property below…treat yourself to a French farmhouse tour!

Oh my goodness, what a timeless and tranquil place to rest your head!

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Peace to you right where you are.

-michele

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8 Comments

  1. Connie
    March 12, 2019 / 8:11 am

    Ooooo what lovelies this morning! There are so many gorgeous options but I think my heart stopped for a second or two when I saw the beautiful high gloss pink one with gold handles!

    • michele
      Author
      March 12, 2019 / 10:22 am

      Wouldn’t it be fabulous in a neutral office with pink roses on the desk!?!

  2. March 12, 2019 / 10:08 am

    Yes, it is quite amazing how everyday items can look chic collected on a tray. Sometimes I think I may have gotten in a rut, and wish someone else with a fresh eye would come to my home and simply “shop” it. Then rearrange what I already own in new ways. I bet they could make many chic new tray displays. You’ve inspired me. Maybe I can do it myself!

    • michele
      Author
      March 12, 2019 / 10:21 am

      Now there’s a job I would personally love – personal house shopper & styler (zero special orders/deliveries/cost for materials!). You’re already sensational at styling, Celia – I love what you did with that guest room with the rustic wood walls, iron beds, and baskets at the end for pillows! Simple and perfect. 🙂

  3. March 12, 2019 / 12:26 pm

    This is such an elegant post today! Le tray does seem to magically elevate ordinary objects. I like your silver trays and also that fabulous pink one!!!
    So dainty, chic and French!
    xo
    Holly

    • michele
      Author
      March 12, 2019 / 2:06 pm

      Yes! Elevating the ordinary is at the heart of all brilliant design! 🙂

  4. Joanna
    March 12, 2019 / 4:11 pm

    Oh, the hardscape and landscaping of that French Country home. I drooled over the trimmed boxwood and the pool, both swimming and reflecting. Oh, be still my heart. I love a trim, manicured garden and work hard to keep my small property under control. The inside is a little dark for my liking. I love a light filled home with soft white walls and high ceilings. I think I could lighten that chateau up, if given the chance to live there. But, oh the gardens!
    Yes, trays and baskets, even cake pedestals give collections a tidy look. They create little vignettes all over our homes – bathrooms, night tables, coffee tables… I love Cloches too. They elevate simple objects to works of art.
    Blessings,
    ~Joanna

    • michele
      Author
      March 12, 2019 / 6:33 pm

      You’re so right! Cake pedestals and cloches – they deserve their own post – you’re awesome and as enchanting as those French country gardens over which you swoon! xox

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