Welcome to Chapter 3 of our series that we are titling “Rethink the (fill in the blank here)”. In case you missed our first couple of chapters they were: Rethink the Mirror and Rethink the Hutch. Today we are filling in the blank with “Tray”. Yes, today we are “Rethinking the Tray” and although that may not sound like a headline grabbing concept, stay with me and keep scrolling, this whole tray thing is a good one.
Trays although often overlooked can be one of the most functional and useful items in any room. Yes, you can’t sit on them like you would a couch and yes you can’t cuddle under them late at night like you would with a cozy throw but trays although often underused deserve more than just a supporting role.
If you haven’t been able to tell from the pictures in this post, we are big fans of using trays in all of our reveals and guess what? They can basically be used in every single room of the house and can help corral and keep things organized while being stylish.
But enough about the why and let’s get into the how. Let’s start with the most obvious place for a tray, the coffee table. Coffee tables often become a catchall for just about anything and everything in your living or family room: magazines and books, remotes, candy, flowers, the occasional plate of leftover food. So to help combat that and get you a little bit more organized we have pulled together the combos below. We measured (and measured again) to ensure that everything that you see below will fit on the tray that we have coupled it with.
#1 is basically the setup that I have in my living room and I love it. The tray is large enough to hold some coffee table books and the small planter could be stacked on top with the candle and coasters on the other side of the tray. #2 gives you a little bit of extra storage with that box and also a pretty place for a fresh cut bloom in that bud vase . #3 is for the minimalists that just want a few simple well placed accessories and #4 has a box big enough to hold a few of your remotes to keep them hidden away (which is always a good play in my book).
Moving into the bedroom, the tray can be used on top of your nightstand to help keep things organized or if you have a smaller scale nightstand you could place it on top of your dresser or credenza to help corral a few items. When it comes to nightstands I personally love having a a place to put my rings and jewelry at the end of the night as well as either a small bud vase or candle to enjoy. So for each of the below combos we included a little dish for rings or jewelry and a small vase or candle to make your nightstand setup feel a little more lovely.
#1 is great for those of you that have a smaller scale nightstand and want to keep things light and bright. #2 has a place for a photo as well as a large vase if you love having fresh flowers on your nightstand, but if your thumb isn’t so green it also is pretty enough as a sculptural accessory. #3 leans more modern and graphic what with that two striped marble vase . And #4 is giving me major boho vibes. Fill that planter with a large leafy fern, light that sage and enjoy some hippie vibes.
Up next is the bathroom, which if you are like me is one of those places where the tray is totally necessary. If you have a vanity that allows for a tray then it can help to corral some of your everyday essentials and also keep things looking visually tidy even if it might not be. I love the way Scott uses his above in his bathroom. Which is a good case for the tray on tray concept. He has a larger tray which holds everything and then smaller trays or bowls which keep things even more organized.
I’ve used them in just about every bathroom we have done and I love how much they help to ground multiple items that would typically be scattered across your sink.
#1 has a little bit of a modern glam vibe going on. Get yourself a few pink peonies for that vase and a bar of pink soap to put in that dish and you’ve got yourself quite a pretty vanity setup. I love the ring dish from #2 and that pink toothbrush is obviously something I wouldn’t mind brushing my teeth with every morning. #3 is calling to all you scandi-philes out there. And #4 is bold and simple and would look so great styled out on a modern vanity.
1. Tray / Canister / Vase / Soap Dish | 2. Tray / Canister / Vase / Cup / Toothbrush / Ring Dish | 3. Tray / Canister / Vase / Toothbrush Holder / Toothbrush / Candle / Stone | 4. Tray / Canister / Ring Holder / Dish / Cup / Toothbrush
Next up we have the office. By a show of digital hands how many of you constantly find yourself looking for the everyday essentials that you need at your desk and then end up rummaging through a junk drawer nearby for a pencil, paperclip or another office supply that you no doubt have lost somewhere else at some point?
These combos will help you not only keep your surface more organized but also will give you a place for all the everyday office essentials so that you don’t have to rummage around anymore looking for what you need. #1 is a classic neutral combo that could work on just about any style desk. Also – everyone needs rose gold binder clips right? #2 has quite a bit of versatility with that tray as it is a few different trays in one and they can be stacked as seen in the photo or they can be separated for even more storage. #3 is something I could see Ms. Kelly Wearstler having on her desk – not sure what she would do with the hourglass? Maybe that is as long as she gives everyone for meetings? Nevertheless I love the graphic black and white and gold combo. And #4 is neutral yet still warm what with those darker elements mixed with the light wood and white vase.
1. Tray / Vase / Box / Clips / Pens / Tape Dispenser | 2. Tray / Cup / Pencils / Box / Stapler / Tape Dispenser | 3. Tray / Cup / Pencils / Scissors / Vase / Hourglass / Clips / Tape Dispenser | 4. Tray / Cup / Pencil / Vase / Moon Dish / Clips / Eye Dish / Push Pins
And last but not least the place where you make those drinks for your cocktail-hole. The dining room or bar setup.
While you could style out a tray with a bunch of pretty alcohol bottles or garnishes like you see in a few of the sample pics. For our roundups we decided to pull together a few combos based on the type of drink that you might make at them. So, let’s finish up this post with a cocktail chat.
#1 is calling out for some vodka, olives and a very dirty martini with this setup. #2 is a simple place for you to decant some of your favorite wine. #3 is speaking to you winos again but this time in copper and rose gold tones. And #4 is for all you whisky drinkers out there. I also love the glasses that can be flipped both ways to use as two different sizes.
1. Tray / Cocktail Shaker / Martini Glass / Mixing Glass / Spoon / Strainer / Bowl | 2. Tray / Carafe and Glass Set / Coaster / Wine Key | 3. Tray / Carafe / Wine Glass / Coaster / Wine Key | 4. Tray / Carafe / Cocktail Glass Set / Whiskey Cube / Coaster
So which of the combos is your favorite? And if you have any questions on any of the above suggestions or how to use trays let us know below.