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 silver serving tray shines atop the fluffy white linens in this bedroom showcasing a breakfast of fresh cantaloupe, toast and orange juice. The matching silver teapot and cream dish complete the set, and a vase of lavender adds a soft touch of purple.
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.
Frosted glass micro-block tile in a tortoise shell-inspired shade served as a springboard for the design of the 2012 HGTV Green Home guest bathroom. A red tray efficiently organizes necessities and adds a vibrant hit of color.
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.
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.