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10+ Reasons Why Trays Are the Most Versatile Piece of Decor

Jan 12 2015 - 12:38pm

If there's one piece of decor every room should have, it's a tray. Bringing both a functional and a decorative element to a space, trays can be styled in a variety of ways, often without breaking the bank. To prove it, we found over 10 functional ways to take trays beyond the ordinary. From setting the mood at your next party to creating a stylish minibar, trays are the final touch that brings everything together.

Source: Natalie Franke [1]

Perfect on Your Bar . . .

What's a bar without a tray? We love the idea of using one to keep barware neatly displayed and organized. This tray also serves as a base for all those gold accents, too!

Source: Natalie Franke [2]

Or as Your Bar . . .

No bar cart? No problem! This studio apartment [3] used a tray as a minibar instead.

Photo: Lisette Mejia

Styled Onto a Side Table . . .

Isn't this cute? A neutral tray is perfect to display a standout piece like this bell jar.

Source: Janis Nicolay Photography [4]

Or as a Side Table . . .

Who needs a nightstand when a tray will do? Complete with a stand (pictured here [5]), this tray table displays everything from flowers to jewelry perfectly.

Photo: Lisette Mejia

At a Dinner . . .

Take your centerpiece to the next level by styling it on a tray. It adds a little something extra and is an idea that can be used for both formal and causal occasions.

Photo by Sargeant Photography [6] via Style Me Pretty [7]

Or a Party . . .

If you want to really impress your guests, serve up cocktails on a tray. It's an easy way to make the occasion feel special without any additional work on your part.

Source: Natalie Franke [8]

To Organize Your Room . . .

Get your closet organized by using trays to hold your favorite accessories. It will instantly turn fashion into decor [9].

Photo by Bryce Covey Photography [10] via Style Me Pretty [11]

Or Bathroom!

Give your bathroom toiletries a glamorous touch by putting them on display. Try a mirrored tray if you're looking to showcase perfume.

Source: Edyta Szyszlo for The Everygirl [12]

Styled High . . .

If kitchen storage is limited, make the most of the space above your cabinets. It's a great idea for a vintage collection.

Photo by Sargeant Photography [13] via Style Me Pretty [14]

Or Low . . .

Try trays on your coffee table (of course!). Use this guide to style everything right [15].

Source: Chellis Michael Photography [16]

Pretty Much Anywhere!

Get creative, even when it comes to your desk. As you can see, the beauty of trays is that they can be used almost anywhere!

Source: Style Me Pretty [17]

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