How To Style A Tiered Tray For The Summer

Here is a guide on how to style a tiered tray for the summer. It is so much fun and adds interest to any room.

Tiered trays are perfect to decorate during the seasons. The beauty of tiered trays lies in their versatility of them. You can easily make your own tier tray by upcycling old plates, cake stands, or thrift store finds. A mismatched collection of plates can add a touch of whimsy! You can see my post on How to Make Your Own DIY Spring Tiered Plate Stand. However, if you prefer a uniform look or something larger grab a tiered tray set from your favorite home décor store or see the ones under Shop My Favorites below.

As the days get longer and the sun shines brighter, it’s time to bring those summer vibes indoors! Tiered trays are a fantastic way to add a touch of seasonal cheer to your kitchen, living room, or any sunny spot. But with so many options, how do you style yours for the summer? This guide will walk you through everything you need to create a delightful and inviting tiered tray vignette that screams summertime fun!

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Tiered trays are often used for decoration, and dust, dirt, and cobwebs can build up over time, making them look dull and uninviting.

Regular cleaning keeps them looking their best and enhances the overall aesthetic of your space. Start by emptying everything from your trays.

Grab a damp cloth to give the tray a good wipe down. Cleaning them before you switch out your decor allows you to start with a clean slate and create a fresh, new look for each season.

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You should also wipe down any of the items that will be added to your tray. If you had items in storage, these items also could collect dust or even have smudges and fingerprints.

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Gather the items you will want to use. It’s a good idea to have extra items in case something doesn’t work.
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Here are some tips to add visual interest when decorating your tiered tray:

Play with Height and Dimension: Use a mix of tall and short items. It will make the tray interesting and draws your eyes in. Place taller objects like plant, canister and/or a birdhouse on the bottom tier, with smaller items like small water spritzing can, sign, seashells or candles on higher tiers. You can elevate shorter items using small books, coasters, or a decorative box.

Mix and Match Textures: Combine smooth surfaces like ceramic canister or birdhouse jars with textured elements like a small woven basket, stack of measuring cups, seashells, strand of glass beads. It creates a look that’s pleasing to the eye.

Natural Touches: Don’t be afraid to incorporate natural textures! Use real or faux succulents, dried pods, feathers, woven raffia ribbon, or driftwood pieces to add a touch of organic charm.

Add Color: Bring in a bright and cheerful color palette that evokes summer. Think beautiful sunshine yellows, beachy blues, and juicy watermelon pinks or corals.

Use a few pops of colored items to draw the eye in. This could be a bowl of faux lemons, ribbons, faux flowers in a small vase, or a string of colorful fairy lights.

Create a Cohesive Look: Balance out bold colors with neutral tones. Whitewashed wood pieces, natural twine, or seagrass baskets provide a calming base for your summery pops of color.

Bring in all of the large pieces to anchor your tiered tray. After the larger pieces are in, it will be time to fill in with the smaller items.

You can see that the other large pieces are anchored so that both sides can appear to be the front of the tiered tray. It is important that everything is not the same height. A variety of heights adds visual interest.

You can see that the other large piece are anchored so that both sides can appear to be the front of the tiered tray.

You don’t want everything the same height. A variety of heights adds visual interest.

Adding a touch of whimsy can be fun. Don’t be afraid to add unique items that reflect your personality. Vintage postcards with summer themes, a tiny stuffed animal, summer-themed figurines, flip flops, seashell painted with a beach scene can add a whimsical touch. Although it’s not for everyone and is completely optional.

You can see how the bright yellow with the black and white ties in perfectly with the theme and items in the tray. A little Rae Dunn honey jar and sweet small sign adds charm.

It is perfectly fine to mix faux and real plants. The touches of green always make a space brighter and cozy. Try incorporating both faux and real plants in your home décor. It’s fun to mix it up!

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How great do the green plants look in the styled tiered tray? Amazing!

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Don’t overcrowd your tray. Leave some negative space to allow each element to breathe and create a sense of balance.

Take a step back from your creation and make adjustments as needed. Fine-tune the placement of items until you achieve a visually pleasing arrangement. You want the tray to be interesting from all angles.

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By following these tips, you can transform your tiered tray into a visually captivating centerpiece that celebrates the spirit of summer!

So there you have it! With a little creativity and these easy tips can help you transform your tiered tray into a charming centerpiece.

Remember to have fun with it and let your personality shine through. The summer is all about relaxation, enjoyment, and celebrating the warm weather. Now get out there and style that tray for the summer!

Hope you have a wonderful day, sweet friend!

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    1. Thank Elizabeth! Isn’t he just the cutest? I just could not resist. As long as the grandchildren are little, I will put out fun little items.

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