Trays are all the rage

How to style a serving tray.

One of the biggest trends in home design this year is styling serving trays. What does that mean and why do it? It’s simple, really. It adds character to your room, it’s an affordable decorating option, and it’s fun to do. Here’s how to get started:

#1 Understand Your Personal Style

Personal style is important when styling a tray. It shows your guests who you are, and it also tells the vibe of your home. While figuring out your design aesthetic, think about the trends that catch your eye.

Are you French farmhouse or more modern? Clean or eclectic?

#2 Pick a Tray

Once you settle on a signature style, it’s time to pick your tray. They come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns—and we have tons of styles to consider. Here are two trays, along with a tutorial on how to tastefully accessorize them in a few different aesthetic styles:

#3 Organize into 4 Quadrants

The most difficult part of styling a tray is visualizing the look and feel that you want to portray. It’s easier to style when you break them out into quadrants or categories. These 4 tips will guide you on how to visualize and choose the appropriate accessories:

  • Quadrant 1: Reading Material – Grab a few reading materials—old books, new books, or even magazines.

  • Quadrant 2: Nature – Add your favorite flower, topiary, or terrarium.

  • Quadrant 3: Personalize – Whether it’s your favorite antique or an old knickknack, add it to your tray for a personal touch. We added vintage forks and spoons for uniqueness and charm.

  • Quadrant 4: Conversational Piece – This quadrant speaks for itself, literally. Add a unique item that will spark a conversation with your guests.

Here are a few examples:

Farmhouse and Fruits: Some fresh apples and wood carvings will make your guests’ look twice.

Modern Minimalist: A gold geometrical figure adds a unique design element to catch the eye.

Artsy and Abstract:  Spice things up by adding different heights and stacked levels for a balanced look.

#4 Style It Your Way

However you choose to style your tray, make sure it’s the style you want, made of things that you like. Also, don’t forget to try placing your trays in unique locations. For instance, on your bed, coffee table, or kitchen counter. The more the merrier!