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.
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.
This living room serves as a study and features gray sponge-painted walls arranged in gentle angles to form a round space. The white tray ceiling includes recessed lights to supplement the natural light coming in from the windows.
This bedroom has pale yellow walls that contrast a white tray ceiling with intricate molding. A neutral chaise lounge sits at the foot of the bed while a cowhide rug adds a rustic appeal to the space. A floor mirror leaning against the wall next to the bed and a glass chandelier make this room an elegant place to relax.
Marble bricks create a dynamic backsplash for this bathroom; the look is carried through in the thick marble countertops. A pretty round tray gives purpose to assorted toiletries and keeps them from turning into clutter.
This spacious traditional white kitchen is a mix of efficient and elegant with its marble-topped kitchen island, upholstered barstools, large clock hung above the stove and gold chandelier hanging from the tray ceiling. The cabinetry includes both open and closed storage.
The metallic headboards in the guest bedroom of the HGTV Design Star cast house are custom-made from pattern-printed hides, batting and blocks of wood. A rattan serving tray is prepped for an afternoon in bed with a book and cup of tea.