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.