Decorative trays... Objects of beauty in their own right but also useful commodities to group like items together into a pleasing decor arrangement. They have a place in bedrooms and in bathrooms alike, they perform an aesthetic function in the kitchen when stood upright to add texture, and then the classic serving tray does what it does best in sitting and dining rooms, i.e. serve drinks and nibbles to whoever’s in waiting. So the question begs, where would we be without them?
Senior Creative Buyer Jessica Harding shares her selection of the best decorative trays to consider for your tabletop.
Best Marble Trays
Ideal for so many interior styles, marble is decorative and decadent. Choose from sumptuous slabs of Italian Carrara, Brown Saharan and striking Nero Marquina.
An oval milky marble base topped with curved brass handles. The Collie Tray is a stunning addition to any countertop.
An elegant combination of marble and brass looks as much in place serving canapés as it does on a dressing table.
A combination of Bianco and Rosso marble, this tray is colour blocking at its finest and is an example of how trays are an decoration on their own.
BRAND: Greg Natale
Best Gold Trays
Add some instant glamour to your home with our selection of golden trays. Top with flowers or your favourite candle for a warm glow.
A stunning pairing of black mirror and gold, the Giacomo tray exudes a cool and contemporary feel.
With its delicate geometric pattern cut out of its vintage brass base, this tray looks divine as a catch-all in an entry way.
Opulent and glamorous, use this tray as a statement accessory in any space. Top with a candle for a warm glow.
BRAND: Liang & Eimil
Best Shagreen Trays
A notoriously luxurious material, opt for a shagreen tray if you're looking for unique texture on your coffee table.
Ideal for displaying your treasures on your coffee table, this Chelsea tray comes in a divine chocolate brown - perfect for pairing with a neutral palette.
BRAND: Posh Trading Company
Flawlessly composed, this shagreen tray is rimmed with a brass finish to compliment its sleek silhouette. Consider using it in a bar display with your favourite crystal.
BRAND: Hex Luxury
Inspired by Art Deco designs, this tray has an irresistibly masculine energy. Its contemporary twist is visible in the gold detailing on the corners.
BRAND: Forwood Design
Image Credit: LuxDeco
Best Mirror Trays
Display your treasures or perfume bottles on a sleek mirrored tray for an elegant accent in your bedroom.
With its sharp corners and sumptuous mirrored finish, the Pelagos tray is a statement in itself. Use it as a display for your favourite products in the bathroom.
Divine in its simplicity, the Galleria tray has an elegance all of its own. A combination of smooth curves and luminous gold make this a true show-stopper.
BRAND: Liang & Eimil
Inject texture into your space with this exquisite hammered surface. An essential LuxDeco accessory that looks at home in both modern and classical interiors.
Best Round Trays
Juxtapose a square coffee table with a simple round tray - a timeless addition to any room.
An excellent base for mixing and matching styles, this round tray is covered in luxurious calfskin leather.
Available in two sizes, the offering tray makes a stunning centrepiece. It's the unique hammered texture and the vintage gold finish that make this piece so divine.
Elegant and simple, this is the perfect way to greet your guests with champagne and canapés.
Best Leather Trays
Leather trays are classic and elegant, not to mention they only get better with age.
Featuring an intricately braided leather surface and sleek leather handles, this piece is almost too beautiful to use.
With its heavenly orange leather and its delicate curved handles, this tray can give any surface an instant makeover.
A truly unique statement, keep this tray somewhere that it can't be missed. Top with flowers, jewellery or candles to embrace its elegant feel.
Best Large Trays
Perfect as a base for a coffee table, layer on your favourite books, candles or even a sculpture.
Place atop a fabric coffee table to create balance. Complete with coffee table books and a small sculpture for a curated look.
BRAND: Laura Hammett Living x LuxDeco
A statement making octagonal tray that combines black shagreen and gold detailing. The perfect place to keep your whiskey decanter or your favourite cocktail combinations.
BRAND: Forwood Design
A sophisticated statement - this large tray features an elegant ripple effect that that sparks interest from all angles.