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.
The black and white pattern on this serving tray brings a mediterranean influence to the style of this simple and pretty display. The orange book cover adds a pop of color to bring dimension to the small set up.
Adding live greenery can bring a freshness to your coffee table tray, says Kathy Story of Clairebella Studio. She also tries to match the decor on a patterned tray with the tray’s theme, such as putting a pineapple candy dish on a tray with tropical leaf print.
The design wish behind this living room: Create a peaceful space that feels contemporary and yet honors the apartment's original details, like the exposed brick wall and the marble fireplace. Muted colors help those elements shine. The coffee table is made of a vintage Moroccan brass tea tray.
Layer conversation pieces onto a coffee table tray to keep your design interesting and functional. “The triangle tray is a solid brass catch all. The books were chosen to bring a bit of saturated color into the center of the room while anchoring the bright pink with a more grounded, subdued toned book beneath it,” says designer Caitlin Murray.
Designer Michael Habachy topped a coffee table purchased at a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams warehouse sale with a gold-studded tray by L'Objet and coffee table book, magnified by a Ralph Lauren crystal lens. Habachy used these items in a condo at The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.