Spring Refresh with Decorative Serving Trays
This week I have teamed up with my friend KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms. We are doing a Spring Refresh in five different rooms with one favorite new item in each room. Today I refreshed the Living Room with wood decorative serving trays.
I bought these decorative serving trays last week and I love them! I carried them all over our home and realized I could use them in almost every single room. I decided to use the trays in the living room and I love how they add interest to my coffee table.
How to Refresh your Living Room with Decorative Serving Trays
Serving trays come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. I own some made from metal, plastic, straw, jute, and wood. I wanted some larger trays that are affordable and love this set that I found on Amazon Home.
These white decorative trays come in a pair. They measure 19″ square and 15 3/4″ square which are the perfect size for decorating anywhere in your home.
These two vintage white large and medium square serving trays are perfect on top of a table or cabinet, breakfast in bed, or for holding drinks and food.
The trays have cutout handles which allow you to carry multiple dishes and utensils with ease.
The vintage white finish complements rustic and farmhouse-themed decors.
How to Decorate Trays
The best advice I have before you start decorating or styling your home is to start with what you already own. When I start styling, I grab a basket and walk through our home looking for fun items. I usually end up putting a lot of things back but the “search” always amazes me that I can always find so many wonderful things to include.
This time I found vintage crocks, apothecary jars, English advertising pots, scrabble pieces, and flowers.
I am always careful not to over-decorate when I am styling. I like a simpler style. I almost always use an odd number of items, whether I think about it or not. Don’t ask me why, I just like them better that way!
I decided not to use a lot of color as I love the monochromatic look of our living room right now. It’s a simple, easy, and fun way to decorate.
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I love this view of the table. The trays are made of individual wood pieces and I love the design.
My friend KariAnne styled her living room with a tray as well. Here gorgeous blue and white tray can be seen in her blog post titled Look What I Just Got for the Living Room. Be sure and hop over to her blog to see what she has done.
One of the things I love about trays is that you can easily style them differently anytime you want! (Which means that in a few days these trays will look different. I can pretty much guarantee it.)
Frequently Asked Questions
So many things work on a decorative tray! I love ceramic vases, apothecary jars, candles, books, vases, flowers, and anything vintage.
I love to mix vintage and new items, that are different sizes and heights. I always use an odd number of items, and try to fill the tray, but not clutter it.
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Love your ideas. Another plus I’ve found to using a tray – it’s easier to unload all the stuff from the coffee table when the grandsons show up with their cars. My coffee table is apparently the perfect height for Matchbox car road scapes!
Loving the carriage house makeover. I’m saving your post about the dinner party to read when I have time to really absorb it!
Oh my gosh Debbie, I love it. Something that I have to look forward to!
I love your trays, totally my style. One of your bedrooms is my inspiration for our bedroom makeover. Thanks for what you share!
Beautiful arrangements and trays. Our coffee table is actually and ottoman used for grandkids’ play and our feet. I do have a table in the room though that is perfect for trays with decorations.
That’s what I love about decorating with trays, just pick them up and move them when necessary!