Using decorative trays for pretty fall vignettes

September 04, 2020

Hello my friends! I'm slowly bringing out some fall decor -- the cozy vibe is making me so happy! It already feels so much warmer in our home. 

I shared my friend Marty's post about decorating trays on Facebook a couple weeks ago and was inspired by her pretty decor. I started thinking of ways I could incorporate some trays with my fall decor. 

I'm a lover of using trays while decorating -- they corral stuff while keeping it looking good. They're an ideal way to organize smaller items that look out of place by themselves. 

Last year I placed the items I reach for most in the kitchen in a tray on the counter: 
tray for cooking items in kitchen

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And they're a perfect way to organize remotes, coasters and more on a coffee table: 
two coffee tables to create large one
See how we used two coffee tables to create a large one for less!

cozy basement family room

I found a couple trays I loved at Target and got to work gathering some fall decor to display. I placed this large wood tray on the dining table: 

fall decorating using trays

Think outside the box when it comes to displaying flowers (real or faux) -- I had this decorative wood pot but can't put water in it. I used a small vase inside for the flowers and you can't even see it. ;)

The amber glass was from Target last year and I put a battery operated candle (on a timer) inside. You have to have some "glow" in fall displays! It's pretty much required. 😂

I loved this woven seagrass tray with handles for the kitchen island: 
fall decorating vignettes using trays

I like to hide my glass candles inside prettier containers as well -- I found that gray planter at Hobby Lobby and plopped the candle inside. (We put it on the counter when lit because of the branches.)

I'm trying to use a little less of the traditional fall colors this year so those pretty faux eucalyptus branches were perfect! They whisper the fall vibe instead of yelling it. ;)
simple fall decor in kitchen

There are three tips for decorating trays any time of the year: 

1. Vary the heights of items -- a vase with flowers or branches is perfect!
2. Use different textures and colors -- the woven tray, the small rosemary plant and velvet pumpkins add some interest. 
3. Decorate in odd numbers -- items gathered in odd numbers are just more appealing to the eye. 

These tips go for decorating just about anything! 

I also added my fall prints back into the frames and that's about it for fall decor in the kitchen: 
white kitchen with black accents

Do you use decorative trays in your decor? They are such an easy way to dress up a space! 

You can find the items I used for my fall trays here: 

Bleached eucalyptus branches
Similar wood rectangle tray
Round woven tray with handles
Wire coffee table tray
Round large wood tray
Similar small velvet pumpkins
Similar large velvet pumpkins

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  1. Thanks for the ideas and I love the softer color palette. Happy Fall and Stay Safe!

  2. I want one of each! Your creativity is is inspiring... I was especially taken with your vignette on the fabulous Target round wood tray, what a lovely collection of colors and textures in that vignette. I love using softer, non-traditional autumn colors, they're cozy and welcoming. When I spied this vignette on Pinterest I clicked to your blog hoping for more information. As soon as I read you procured the tray at Target, I clicked the link (thank you) and ordered the tray, I can't wait to get started on a similar (or,would you mind if I copied?) vignette.

  3. Completely inspired, thinking about fall decor now! Totally off topic, your kitchen floors- what brand and color? They are fabulous!

    1. Thank you! They are from Diamond Living in the color auburn, but unfortunately they were discontinued years ago. :(


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