This neutral transitional living room space features neutral floor-length curtains, two couches angled for conversation, and a large wooden coffee table with an entertainment tray and candles as a centerpiece.
This spacious living room features neutral and brown tones paired with pops of orange, as seen in the throw pillows. A large entertainment center serves as the focal point for the space, while tile floors, a double tray ceiling and arched windows complete the look.
Covering a plain or dated tray with fabric is an easy way to tie it in with your decor. Your trendy new tray can then be used to corral coffee table necessities or as a cocktail tray when entertaining.
In a room with wallpaper that shimmers, dinner easily becomes a luxurious experience. A midcentury buffet table offers additional storage space for wine glasses and serving trays, which makes entertaining a breeze.
Elegant draperies, columns and an arched soffit help define this dining area as a formal space to entertain guests. The space's tray ceiling is painted a dark shade of salmon to match the dramatic window treatments.
Filled with abundant character, this living room offers comfort and visual appeal. By adding pattern and texture through the curtains, throw pillows and area rug, the room's style really takes flight. The blue accent wall and tray ceiling take this space from ordinary to extraordinary, making it a fabulous, fun space for entertaining or lounging.
The comfy sofas in this traditional living room are upholstered in plaid fabric, adding interest to the neutral space. The coffee table was custom made so the center trays could be used for entertaining, and the bolstered sides could withstand the wear of a footrest.
The dry bar includes a built-in under counter refrigerator with drawers for bottles of water and other beverages, and closed storage for entertaining essentials. The bar top offers room for serving trays, as well as eye-catching sculptures and framed photos that personalize the space.
A coffee table can make a statement in a room, such as this tufted beauty. When using an ottoman, designers suggest finding one with a thick enough top that can safety hold a tray with a vase or drinks when entertaining.
A small lounge doubles as a guest room in this SoHo New York apartment. Bold artwork and accents give the neutral space an element of surprise, while a silver-plated tray with bar accessories adds style to entertaining guests.
Designer tips can work in any kitchen. Just ask designer Egypt Sherrod, who installed these creative table trays as great wall decor for this simple kitchen she helped design for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit group working to create soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Inexpensive trays, which can be found at stores like HomeGoods and Pier 1, make for interesting wall art and go with the universal theme of eating and entertaining that is the heart of every kitchen.
In one corner of the space, designers created a soothing entertainment space for the homeowner. A set of shelves provide storage for a small bar tray, a record player and a record collection, while the walls showcase more of the homeowner's art and some of her own photographs.
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.
This traditional wet bar is made for entertaining. A whimsical wallpaper pattern that features popular liquors and cocktails, sets the party mood. A silver cocktail mixer, pitcher and serving trays along with a copper ice bucket for chilling champagne sit atop an ample countertop, ready for quick access. The handy wine storage cabinet above and simple sink below make this the perfect work station for any party host.
White is a classic tone often used in shabby chic designs. HGTV fan rnhey wanted to create a light, airy dining room ideal for casual year-round entertaining, so she used this fresh hue as the base for her entire design. The upholstered cane-backed chairs, freshly painted table and vintage marine life prints are reminiscent of relaxed summers and shabby seaside homes. White beadboard walls allow the sand-colored curtains and accessories to act as complementary accents rather than simply appearing in the background. For an elegantly shabby look, combine your rustic pieces with more contemporary counterparts. The white table and rattan chairs feel ultra casual, while the symmetrical prints, pleated draperies and dark wood serving tray deliver a perfect hint of refinement.