Decorative trays – new, vintage, metal, wood, glass, wire – are perfect for corralling collections, creating tableaux and setting the stage in a visually appealing way.
Use a tray to tell a story, suggests Mary Carol Garrity, best-selling author, decorating expert and owner of Nell Hills.
Use it as background for other objects, or on the bed.
Add interest to a hutch or buffet by arranging glassware and bottles of after-dinner drinks on a tray.
Pull your mother’s silver coffee service out of the closet and pretty it up with a stack of teacups and spoons on your kitchen island.
Organize makeup and fragrances.
Hold TV remotes, readers and the newspaper.
Gather like objects into a collection.
Arrange them on the wall as art.