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!
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.
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.
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!
Black & White on Silver is a Favorite
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.
Black Laquer Trays
Subtle Tray With Bold Coral Pop
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.”
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!
Beads & Books in a Tray
You can’t go wrong if you layer favorite books and interesting beads within a tray.
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!)
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.
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!
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!
Shopping Sources for Decorative Trays for Your Home
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Shiny & Black Tray
Pink & Gold Tray
Parisian Inspired Tray
Tray With Slate & Serving Pieces
Weathered Trays With Handles
Vintage Silver Tray
Classic Navy Tray
Round Marble Tray
Nesting Serving Trays
White Marble Bathroom Tray
Rustic Wood Tray
Round White & Glam Tray
Metal & Wood Tray
Marble Hexagon Tray
Beadboard Tray Set
Ready to Party Tray
Mirrored & French Inspired Tray
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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