This inviting dining room features a color palette of cool blues and soft greens that perfectly complement the warm wood table, dining chairs and sideboard. Overhead, a tray ceiling dresses up the space, while traditional wainscoting and columns impress below.
Layer garland with a collection of colorful ornaments in your favorite tray to create an irresistible holiday centerpiece. Janell Beals dresses up a vintage-inspired porcelain tray with bold accessories and uses a mixture of silver, blue and gold hues for a twist on the traditional red and green.
This traditional master bathroom features three French doors framed with soft blue draperies and floral waterfall valances. An elegant chandelier hangs from a gold leaf double tray ceiling, while an upholstered pintucked bench is positioned just below, giving the space an elegant look.
Trays should be balanced both visually and physically, says Atlanta interior designer Steve McKenzie. “Something with height adds interest — vase with a flower, pretty julep cup with your collection of vintage stir sticks,” he says.
Picture the glamorous dinner parties you could have in this gorgeous dining room that mixes white and Tiffany blue with crystal and mirror accents. Its unique oval shape finishes in a set of double doors at the far end.
This modern master bedroom features a tray-style ceiling with a visually interesting hexagonal chandelier. The space also includes a brown accent wall with a large abstract painting hanging above the head of the upholstered bed. Large windows provide a stunning view of the city, and two navy blue armchairs form a small sitting area at the foot of the bed.
Inexpensive painted trays, which were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and are still made today, can bring a farmhouse motif to a kitchen, breakfast nook or adjacent area. Small silhouettes often are bargain-priced at vintage and antiques shops, or you can make your own by printing silhouette-style clip art and placing it in small wooden frames. Pick three or four types of objects, such as silhouettes, blue-and-white serving platters, trays and resin horns, and arrange them in a composition, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques."