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How to Decorate with Trays

Trays? As a decor item? Totally. Throw one on top of just about anything, and you've got a layered, well-decorated look. Here are a few ways to make it work in your home.

Photo: Mark Lund / The Nest

Pair with an ottoman

On top of an ottoman, a tray can actually make a really great coffee or side table. In addition to making things easier on you -- both coffee and side tables can be expensive and incredibly hard to find -- it’s a way modern look. Plus, when company comes, just pick up the tray for instant extra seating!

Tons of things look great paired on trays: candles, stacks of books, sculptures, etc. Not only does the tray protect whatever surface it’s covering, but it adds an extra element of interest. Trays are also great surfaces to rest drinks on -- they may even help you be a little less compulsive about the whole coaster and watermark issue!

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Nestpert: Grayson Handy, co-owner and creative director of Prudence Designs and Events and author of the new book Flowers for the Home: Inspirations from the World Over

-- Paula Kashtan