Decorative trays come in all shapes and sizes. The only requirement that it needs is to be constructed with a flat plane made from sturdy material with raised edges to keep the objects from sliding around. One way to reflect your style in a tray is by picking a unique shape and color.
A rectangular shape is the most traditional shape and offers the clean, minimal lines reflected in most modern homes. Some trays come in round and geometric shapes as well as novelty styles like pineapple or your home state. Choose a shape that fits your accent items without crowding, but one that also reflects your taste and style.
In terms of color, you can use your decorative tray to complement the room's décor or as a unifying element by gathering all the colors of the room in one place. Your tray can also act as an accent piece on its own. Try displaying the tray vertically on the wall or a stand to showcase the design. Or place it in a central location such as the center of a coffee table with minimal accessories to let the piece shine.
The tray's effect will change depending on what objects you place on it. It's fun to play with texture, whether it's through finish, metal, pottery, or fabric. Combine a wooden tray with a Himalayan salt candle holder and an artfully stacked arrangement of books. Or try a metal tray with a glass scented candle and a small potted succulent.