Tray Chic – The Glamorous Side of the Humble Serving Tray

Trays. Handy little items. We all have a stack of them in the kitchen somewhere. Maybe hidden in a cupboard, but most likely stacked up at the back of the counter. Or maybe if you were far-sighted with your kitchen design, stored in the tea-towel cubbyhole. They are invaluable for pulling out in times of need. The lazy TV diner. The drinks on the patio. Breakfast in bed. But I’m not going to write about those practical laminate coated trays here. No sir. I’m going to feast your eyes on the more glamorous side of tray culture. The kind of tray you hover over at the checkout. Is it too frivolous you ask. It’s expensive. Do I really need it you think guiltily.

Well, I’m here to say you do. You can never have too many of these decorative trays either. They are great for corralling stuff on the dressing table. The coffee table. The desk. And anywhere else you find yourself dropping bits and pieces before you decide where you really want to put them. But not just that. They can look fabulous. How many times have you drooled over artfully styled bedside tables on Pinterest and wondered if you could do that?

Buy a tray. You absolutely can.

Just a Few Favourites

The ultra glam tray


Left Hand Row: 1. Gold Pineapple Trinket Dish, £12, The Contemporary Home. 2. Bari Octagonal Mitred Tray Wall Mirror, £179, The Chandelier and Mirror Company.  3. Round Rose Serving Tray, £24.95, Melody Maison. 4. The Afra Copper Tray Set, £80, Persora.

Middle Row: 1.House Doctor Evy Tray, Set of 2, £52, Amara.  2. Ibride Bianca Goose and Goslings Tray, £110, Caroline McGrath. 3. Manhattan Mirrored Bar Tray, £39.50, M&S. 4. Star Glass Tray, £16, Sophie Allport.

Right Hand Row: 1. Black Tray £59.95, Decorators Notebook. 2. Classic Mirror Tray, Small, £19, Brissi. 3. Freya Marble Tray, £95, Sweetpea and Willow. 4. Simple Solid Brass Decorative Tray, from £25, Idyll Home.


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  1. Reply

    Karen - Making Spaces

    September 15, 2017

    Big yes to trays! Every time I see any in the sale I stock up. Great for projects and styling. And for moving crap around the house too. Some lovely picks here. Love the Black Tray from Decorators Notebook!!

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      September 15, 2017

      That’s a great idea to snap them up in the sales Karen. I’ll be stealing that tip. x

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    September 15, 2017

    Gorgeous selection Carole with some glorious examples.

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      September 15, 2017

      Thanks Jen. Have a lovely weekend. x

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    Candy Pop

    September 15, 2017

    I was excited when I saw this post pop up – haha! I’m very much a self-confessed tray addict, so thank you for sharing these beauties! Love the pineapple – very Abigail’s Party.. x

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      September 15, 2017

      Haha, so glad you like it. I’m an addict too but I don’t have nearly enough lol x


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