If you thought serving trays were just for serving tea and biscuits, think again! Decorating with trays not only helps you stay organized, but can be a great way to add definition to a group of trinkets or an empty wall space. Check out these 10 creative ways to use a serving tray, and then tell us how you’re rethinking this traditional houseware!
1. As a Coffee Table or Side Table
2. As a Shadowbox
Hang a tray with deeper edges on your wall and use it as a shadowbox to showcase your memories or favorite tiny items. Use Barbwire and Barnwood as inspiration and then create your own trinket nook with our Rustic Divided Wooden Tray.
3. To Define a Collection
Show off a collection of your favorite items—black and white photos of your family, colored bud vases, a set of metallic boxes, whatever you’d like! Get this look instantly with our Metallic Ceramic Jars with Tray.
4. As a Message Board
Paint the inside of a serving tray with chalkboard paint and use as a message board or to label dishes when entertaining! Get inspired by The Red Chair’s Blog guestroom chalk tray and then make this look your own with one of our Vintage Chalkboard Decorative Trays, in blue, white, or red.
5. As a Bathroom Organizer
Keep your hair and make-up items from taking over your bathroom with a strategically placed vanity tray. Or, showcase just the basics like home-2-me did. Get this look with our Silver Embossed Alligator Tray.
6. As a Centerpiece
Expand an existing centerpiece or define a collection of items as one by combining them in a tray. Get this look with our Glass Bottle Vase Runner Set, tray included.
7. As a DIY Wine Cork Serving Tray
8. Under a Dish Rack
9. To Enhance Your Tablescape
Add depth to your tablescape by coordinating your charger plates with a serving tray under your main dishes as well. Get this fabulous, sea-blue look with our Blue Ella Tray.
10. As a Magnet Board
So, how will you rethink “the serving tray?” Go ahead. Shop all serving trays and “serve up” your ideas below!