If you watch my videos or have seen pictures of my home, you know i have several (okay a lot) of tiered trays scattered around. They are an awesome way to spruce up your decor without changing everything. That makes them perfect for seasonal decorating.
Most of the time people get these trays home and instantly wonder what the heck to do with them. So lets break it down into some easy tips for styling your trays and I will show you the formula i use each time I start a new tray. Here’s the thing. There is no right or wrong way to style a tier tray. When it looks good to you, it’s perfect!
I have purchased all my tiered trays at Hobby Lobby (on sale of course) but lots of stores are beginning to catch on and carry them.
Start with an empty tray. This may seem obvious but if you have been using one then its tempting to just take some things out and work with some elements still in it. Trust me, it is so much easier to start with a clean slate. This way you get a brand new design instead of reworked one.
Then choose an anchor piece. This can be just about anything that will create a focal point. A small pitcher, sign, or plant works well if you are stumped for ideas. I usually keep my anchor piece on the bottom tier.
Next, add some greenery. I use faux because I can’t keep plants alive but by all means, use real if you prefer and can keep them alive! Use greenery on each level and alternate from one side of the tray to the other to create balance. I find adorable small greenery at IKEA, Marshalls, and Hobby Lobby.
Now let’s have some fun and use some stackable items and play with the height. Stackable teacups or mugs are always fun and the small farmhouse stands we make are perfect. Anything you can sit small parts on will work. So use your imagination!!
In this next step, I like to add fun mini elements to my tiered trays. These metal milk cans are staples in my trays as are colored glass mini bottles and jars. Small clay pots that have been chalk painted and distressed are great accents as well. Look around your home and you are bound to find some inspiration. You will see that I like using repeating items on opposite sides of my tray so make sure you have two of all your items or something with a similar scale and color. This helps your eye flow over the whole tray and gives an overall balance to everything on the tray.
You want everything to look cohesive. Take a step back and admire your handiwork. Adjust where necessary.
Tiered trays are an awesome addition to your decor so try it out and let me know what you think.
Happy decorating Ya’ll!