Serving breakfast in bed, having a quiet nosh in front of the telly, or setting up a candlelight dinner for two? Decorative trays make it easy to create a place setting and bring it to the intended person. Even if you are just planning an evening in for yourself, a pretty tray creates a mood of elegance and charm for your personal enjoyment. You don’t have to wait for guests to bring out that special set of china. You deserve the opportunity to enjoy your pretty things without the work of entertainment, as well as the fun of sharing them with others.
Leaf Shaped Decorative Tray
What we like: Detail makes it look expensive
What we don’t like: Metal will rust over time
Not so great for: Nibbles or other food items
Perfect for: A botanical themed room
Crafted from iron for long-lasting durability, this unique tray is in the shape of a leaf. Featuring intricate stem detail and other realistic accents, we think it would be an amazing addition to a botanical themed room. Leaf prints and other botanic themes are huge at the moment, and this tray is a subtle way to hop on the trend without having to change much.
Plus, the antique bronze finish gives it stunning vintage appeal. Although you can use this tray to hold wine glasses during a party, it would also look great in your bedroom. Utilize its width to store necklaces or other jewelry and prevent any tangling.
Rustic Decorative Tray
What we like: Handy two-tier design
What we don’t like: Not food safe
Not so great for: Using as a fruit bowl
Perfect for: To use as an entertaining tray
This decorative tray would be an ideal addition to any farmhouse-style home. Made completely from solid wood, the weather-worn finish gives it heaps of rustic charm. It would be an excellent option to use as a nibbles tray when entertaining due to its two-tier design - just make sure to place your nibbles in bowls first, as it is not food safe.
Available in three color choices of brown, black, or white, we love the versatility of this tray. Its distressed finish will blend in with most existing décor schemes. Easy to transport from room to room due to the turning handle, the dainty feet will prevent any surface scratching.
Hexagonal Decorative Trays
What we like: Two trays included
What we don’t like: Mirrored surface will get dirty more quickly
Not so great for: If you don’t like high-maintenance items
Perfect for: A bedroom or bathroom
If you have a vanity that doesn’t seem to stay organized, this set of two decorative trays is the perfect solution for you. Both featuring a hexagonal design, one large and one small, these trays have a gleaming metal outline and a mirrored glass surface. However, the mirrored surface will get dirty easily, meaning we don’t recommend them if you hate high-maintenance items.
We think they would be a great option for storing your perfume bottles. Alternatively, add some understated luxury to your guest bathroom by placing hand soaps or towels on your trays. You can choose from four color options of silver, black, gold, or gold/black.
Glam Decorative Tray
What we like: Metal handles add a glam finish
What we don’t like: Manufactured wood finish may chip over time
Not so great for: Larger or wider items
Perfect for: An entryway key tray
Combining old-school glamour with contemporary glitz, this tray has ten color options to choose from. Plus, you can pick from a gold or silver finish. The high gloss finish will gleam in both natural and manufactured light. Additionally, the classic rectangular shape is a mixture of style and functionality.
We recommend placing it in your entryway – you can keep your keys there ready to go and create a modern luxe vibe. Sturdy enough to support glasses, you can also use it as a cocktail tray. The useful pads on the bottom will protect your furniture surfaces, whether that’s an upholstered ottoman or a wooden console table.
Retro Decorative Tray
House of Hampton®
What we like: Vintage-inspired design
What we don’t like: Pricey for a decorative tray
Not so great for: Ultra-modern or contemporary spaces
Perfect for: A retro-style bedroom
The unique design of this tray has more than a little retro appeal. The standout geometric pattern and gold-rimmed handles have a timeless glamour to them, whereas the bow detail adds a charming accent touch. As this tray has a round shape, we think it would be the ideal finishing touch to a retro-style bedroom.
You can display trinkets or lipsticks on its glossy surface. Or, throw it back to the 1920s and embrace your inner Gatsby by using it to serve drinks. Measuring eighteen inches all the way around, it will hold a good amount. However, as this tray is crafted from glass and metal, it will rust over time.
Bishopston Serving Tray
With two rope handles, this handcrafted, rustic 20” x 11.5” wooden tray blends seamlessly with a farmhouse, classic country, rustic, or southwestern aesthetic. Available in natural wood and white finishes, use it on top of a tufted ottoman to hold books, magazines and other accessories or as a stylish breakfast-in-bed tray. Alternatively, place a vase of flowers or candlesticks on it for a dining room table centerpiece.
Beck Coffee Table Tray
Versatile and undeniably chic, this polypropylene tray is inspired by contemporary aesthetics. A 2” x 18” sided square, this tray can function as a coffee table accent or a side table snack tray. It’s also perfect for holding guest bathroom towels or soaps. The texture gives off a leather-like vibe, and the contrasting colored handles can easily complement other fixtures in the room, such as lamps. The felt bottom prevents it from sliding around when used as a cocktail tray on a square ottoman.
Snyder 2 Piece Serving Tray Set
These two mirrored nesting hexagonal trays are so versatile they can be used anywhere in your home. With multiple trim options, including black, silver, gold, and rose gold, these beautiful trays are an excellent accent piece in your dining room, vanity table, powder room or bar cart. One measures 14” across and the other measures 11” inches enabling them to hold candles, perfumes, bar supplies or a vase of flowers.
Crofton Round Wood Coffee Table Tray
Place this multifunctional 2” x 16” round wooden tray on your bedside table as a jewelry and technology station, use it in your bathroom as part of an artisanal soap and perfume display, or showcase natural accents in your home, like seashells, pinecones, or sea glass. You can even let it take center stage on your kitchen island as a fruit bowl. This versatile brown wooden bowl is lightly whitewashed for a classic-yet-rustic effect.
With an elegant, antiquated feel, this silver-rimmed mirrored tray strikes the perfect balance between shabby chic and timeless class. Display your hand-picked hydrangea bouquets or a charming arrangement of seashells and candles on your coffee table, on a dresser, or your kitchen island in style on this eye-catching rectangular tray with distressed details. The tray comes with hangers so you can hang it on the wall to add character to your guest bathroom.
Dublin Silver 4 Piece Coffee Table Tray Set
Three elegant, silver-and-brown finished 4” resin balls are paired with a matching 15.5” x 6.5” tray to help you complete the look of any contemporary room. An eye-catching textured, raised metallic surface with iridescent, geometric patterns makes this tray the focal point of any space. Adorn an entryway table, dress up a vanity, or add some glamor to your dining room table with this on-trend tray and matching orbs.
Hargrave 2 Piece Vanity Tray Set
This stunning, two-piece tray set evokes the French countryside with its versatility and its cottage aesthetic. Crafted from solid wood and finished with a whitewash, the first tray is 20” x 12” x 3.5”. The smaller tray is 10.5” x 17” x 3”. Use one as a serving tray for lemonade and watermelon on the deck and the other to corral items in your kitchen to prevent clutter.
Calion Coffee Table Tray
Use this metal tray to enhance your modern farmhouse aesthetic. Its oval shape, smooth handles, and galvanized zinc finish make it perfect for carrying beverages to guests, presenting appetizers, or displaying potted herbs. Measuring 26¾” x 11⅘” x 4½” this utilitarian tray is a perfect kitchen accessory. It also serves as an excellent storage solution for powder room hand towels or use it on top of a leather ottoman.
Bring out this understated serving tray when you’re offering guests lemonade, tea, coffee, or snacks. Available in an assortment of colors, this functional tray blends easily with any décor and given its simple design, it looks fantastic with a rustic table. You can also place it on your outdoor furniture to hold potted plants. It’s made from medium-density fiberboard with a semi-gloss finish and is easy to clean.