No room for a full bar? No problem! Flip a clear cylindrical stand upside down, fill it with something seasonal, then top it off with a small tray. Next, with a sturdy foundation to start with, layering spirits and glassware on top of the tray to create a makeshift tabletop cocktail bar.
Clear your island and use simple, inexpensive items to reset your kitchen style. In this kitchen, designers with homebuilder Lennar add a few pops of color by piling bright red apples on a three-tiered tray from a discount home decor store. The red apples contrast with the arrangement of green succulents nearby.
A patterned carpet adds a pattern to the solid finishes of this home theater and ties the color of the neutral walls and brown leather seats together. Wall paneling and a tray ceiling add depth and dimension to the design without overpowering the simple, cozy space. A clear path to the large screen is lighted with recessed lighting and shaded wall sconces.
A color palette of muted gray, cream, black and vibrant yellow tells a modern mountain design story in the living room from the HGTV Dream Home 2014. A leather ottoman serves as a coffee table in the space, but can be cleared and double as seating when entertaining guests. Raised wooden trays offer a flat spot for electronics, food or drinks.
A hand-carved solid birch mirror in a black finish hangs above an ebony hand-rubbed buffet table, drawing the eye up to visually heighten this neutral dining room. A modern polished nickel chandelier illuminates the crisp, clean table settings in the neutral space. White dinnerware complements the white wainscoting and tray ceiling, while clear glass vases hold fresh hydrangea bloom centerpieces.