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How to Style and Use Trays

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How to Style and Use Trays

Trays are such a versatile and useful home decor item. You can use them as a base for layering items or use them as a place to confine cutter. When used correctly, trays are a great way to make a space feel more organized and add a layer of interest.  Here are a few of our favorite ways to use trays through our home. 

Minimize Clutter

Trays are a great way to minimize clutter in your house. Instead of stuff being spread out over an entire counter, they can be contained on a simple tray. Bathrooms are a great place to use trays to contain clutter. Because of all the items that get stored in a bathroom, it is easy for bathroom countertops to feel cluttered and messy. There are certain things that get used a lot (like soap, lotion, candles, and toothbrushes) so it doesn't always a make sense to store these things in a cabinet. If you have the counter space in your bathroom, a small tray is a great way to display frequently used bathroom items. 

Grounds Items

Trays are also a great way to ground items. Sometimes items can look like they are floating or lost when they are just sitting by themselves on a table or stand. For example, a vase looks much more complete when it is styled on a tray with a candle or other complimentary item.  

Adds Dimension

Dimension is one of the most important elements in design and home decor. It is what makes a space feel complete and interesting. One of the easiest ways to add dimension to a room is by adding layers. For example, putting a bowl on top of stacked books will help to add dimension and interests. A tray is also a great way to add dimension to a space. You can place a tray on a stand with a few items. Or you can incorporate it built-ins with other interesting pieces. 

Protect Surfaces

A few years ago, I noticed that our coffee maker was leaving stains on our butcher block countertop. So, I started setting our coffee maker on a granite tray. Not only does it look nice but it also keep our counter cleaner and stain free. Instead of coffee grounds being spread over the entire counter, they are confined to the tray. 


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