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Decorating With Trays

Rattan trays, metal trays, tiered trays, wood trays…

Decorating With Trays Challenge

25+ Ideas for Decorating with Trays

Welcome to the June Decor Enthusiast “Tray” Challenge. We are sharing 25+ ideas for using trays in your home. See all the ideas at the end of the post.

Tray filled with summer decor

Just put it in a tray. The ultimate decorating tool. They add texture, storage and style to any space.

I’ve never met a tray that I didn’t love.
Summer items in a basket tray

Summer tray lantern with beach glass

This woven basket tray moves around the house and takes on many different jobs. This winter it was on the aqua ottoman, it kept magazines and books corralled. It was a great place to set your coffee cup too! Currently it’s on the entry table, holding a collection of beachy items. You can use a tray to show off any of your collections. Perfect for organizing your special finds.

Tray Baskets-in-decor

Tray Baskets-for-storage-in-decor

This galvanized metal tray is one of my oldest and favorites. It’s been around for over 17 years. I use it inside and out, here I have several plants displayed on the patio. Plants in a galvanized tray

Trays holding plants on the coffee table

Plants on the patio

A few weeks ago this metal tray served up some homemade strawberry ice cream!Summer Dessert Strawberry Ice Cream

And maybe it didn’t start out as a tray, but a clay saucer is the perfect way to serve a few drinks and use to create a flat surface over a woven stool.Refreshments on the deck - spray painting wicker with HomeRight Finish Max

Refreshing the deck with a variety of wicker - spray painting wicker with HomeRight Finish Max

Sometimes I create my own trays, like this one made from an old dresser drawer.Spring tablescape idea with no cost decor

And that one day when I bought 3 galvanized metal trays with little rope handles, I have them spread around the house to organize just about anything!Free tables cape

Fresh tulips and recycled wine bottles

Ok, now for the ultimate, a tiered tray! Yes technically it is a tray!Tiered Tray

S'moores Caddy


Click on on each link to see all the Tray Ideas:

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Artsy Chicks Rule

Restoration Redoux

Top This Top That

Our Southern Home

Be sure you’re following the Decor Enthusiasts on Instagram! Share your tray ideas with us on Instagram – use #DecorEnthusiast We will pick our favorites and share them on all our Instagram feeds on Saturday…

@oursouthernhome , @refreshrestyle , @christykjames

@artsychicksrule , @TopThisTopThat , @restorationredoux

Decorating With Trays

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3 Month Decorating Challenge - One space, three ways brought to you by a group of top bloggers!

Are you ready to participate with us? You can!!! We wanted to give you a chance to share your amazing decorating tips and projects and to ask questions and advice, so we have created a forum specifically to do that on Facebook. Visit the Decorating Enthusiasts page HERE to begin chiming in and sharing what you have done.

I hope you will join us for our July Challenge to be announced soon!


  1. Oh Debbie, you have beautiful trays and decor! My favorite is that galvanized metal one. LOVE it!!

  2. funny….I never met a tray lover that I didn’t love.

  3. I can’t decided which vignette I love more! Your photography is always gorgeous!

  4. All of these ideas are so great! I am seriously in love with that dresser shot!!!! Shared and pinned many! 🙂

  5. Great ideas. I love the galvanized tray the most!

  6. Debbie

    I love all of your trays! You do such a great job displaying them and changing them up.



  7. Your style is so fresh and pretty, Debbie! Now I want a woven basket tray. 🙂

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