Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Gotta love a tray. Yes a tray. That thing you plonk your TV dinner on when you’re too lazy to sit at the table. That tray you get out when you have too many cups to carry, or you need to get burgers from the kitchen to the barbie. It’s useful I’ll give it that. And I’ll bet you’ve got quite a few of them tucked between the cupboards, or heaven forbid on top of them.

But there’s so much more to the humble tray.

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Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: Edited Life Ash Wood Shoe Rack £59. Scalloped Bent Cane Tray, 30cm, £25. Darwin Slub Cotton Blend 3 Seater Sofa in Sandstone, £999. Clara Circular Cushion in Blush, £18.  Embroidered Leaf Cushion, £20. Reactive Plant Mister in Grey, £8. Concave Vase in Cream, £5. Artificial Succulent In Ceramic Pot £3. Wellness Reed Diffuser, Eucalyptus, £12. All from Dunelm.

It can’t really have escaped your attention that it’s one of the most used tools in a stylist’s deep and heavy tool box. Things look so much better grouped together on a tray. Not forgetting the rule of three, and that you should gather items of different shapes and heights, you can soon have a coffee table to rival any on Instagram. It’s the perfect place for a candle, some flowers, and your favourite trinkets. But don’t just stop there. Exactly how many things accumulate on the bedside cabinet? Around the bathroom basin, or even on the kitchen counter?

You can never have too many trays.

Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: White enamel soap dish that enables easy cleaning and drainage. Sits nicely on the side of the sink in a bathroom or kitchen, or perfect for use in the bath and shower, or for trinkets and keys, £10, The Nest Homeware.

Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: Mirrored Display Tray, £34.99, BTFY.

Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: Lavish Black Mango Tray – ideal for drinks perching on a footstool or use to display your barware with panache, £56, Beaumonde.

Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: Bistro Table – A versatile and practical table for indoors and out. Place it beside sofas, armchairs and benches. What’s more, the tray top is detachable and legs foldable making it easy to move and store, £30, Garden Trading.

Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: Wave Tile – part of a small collection of items with a multiple purpose. The user can stack and store the tray when not in use. It’s food safe, heat safe and dishwasher safe. Use it as a soap tray, serving dish, pencil holder – it’s uses are endless, £17,  Pangaea Home.

Tray Chic or Pondering the Usefulness of the Humble Serving Tray

Image Above: Silver Plated Tray, £67.95, Annabel James.

 

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