Style It: Catch-All Trays

Style It: Catch-All Trays

Sarah Coffey
Jun 28, 2010

It's not a new concept that trays have multiple uses, but if you're like us, you usually have to see something in action before it inspires you. Arranged and photographed by professionals, catalogs are good resources for ideas on how to elevate something as simple as a tray from an ordinary object to high-style décor.

Most of these photographs follow one simple stylist's rule: group like objects together. Whether it's an arrangement of green bottles, a hodge-podge of dark red objects, or a collection of modern pillar candles, you can see the way that repetition creates order.

A few photos offer alternatives ideas, like hanging a tin tray on the wall and repurposing it as a magnet board or planting a wooden tray with a shallow bed of flowers.

For a captions, links, and a closer look, click through the images above.


  1. Rectangular Ceramic Tray from Emery & Cie, € 90
  2. Rectangular Ceramic Tray from Emery & Cie, € 90
  3. Pair of Dogwood Enamel Tin Trays from Etsy Seller DaisyChainVintage, $18
  4. Odyssey Tray from Neiman Marcus, $248
  5. Equestrian Braid Bar Tray from Ralph Lauren, $75
  6. Amenity Arroyo Collection Tray from Design Public, $80
  7. Found Soda Crate from Pottery Barn, $24
  8. Galvanized Metal Tray from Pottery Barn, $49
  9. Wood Candle Trays from West Elm, $4-9
  10. Hourglass Novelty Print Tray from West Elm, $34

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