how to decorate a tray

How to Decorate a Tray

Tray styling isn’t really difficult but I can’t even tell you the amount of times I get asked this question — “How do I decorate a tray?” Hey, no shade! But I’m going to give it to you straight with the hottest tip of all — don’t overthink it and definitely don’t overdo it.

You might be rolling your eyes, thinking, “Yeah, sure. Easy for an expert like you but that STILL DOESN’T HELP ME!”

First of all, I’m no expert — I just love curating beautiful things so much that I decided to make a career of it. Crazy? Maybe… but here we are! Loving every crazy minute of it haha

Use this rundown on how to decorate a tray to make things easy peasy, lemon squeezy. You only need three or four items of varied heights and textures. These are:

The base piece AKA the tray… then again, no tray, no styling problems, right? *wink*

An eye-catching statement piece such as the fern shown here.

A smaller decoration or filler piece. In this case, I used a candle but we often suggest a cream and sugar set or something along those lines.

Something small for added dimension. This isn’t always necessary and will depend on what you use for your filler piece. That said, this added detail can really finish the look. In this example, I used a tea towel but a string of beads works great as well!

Adding functional pieces to your styled home décor means you’re not just cleaning another random thing. (I mean, if you’re a “I clean the house and even dust” kind of person. I am admittedly not. Cringe? Maybe. But I am who I am!) Another quick rule of thumb is less is more and you really don’t have to go out and purchase accents just to style your tray — shop your home! We love seeing you in the store, but I guarantee you already have items that can be used. No need to buy new stuff if you already have it!


Now that you know how to decorate a tray, we’d love to see your completed style! Drop a picture in the Bumbleberry Home Instagram DMs and if you still have questions, ask them there too or put ‘em in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!

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