I’m so excited about this post today! We are going to be talking about WORKING WITH TRAYS! Yes, trays are very exciting!!! But just don’t think tray, as in, plastic tray… think wooden crate, round low basket, acrylic box, silver plates with interesting edges, and even a great cutting board! Learning to use trays to make gorgeous vignettes takes a flat surface from boring to beautiful! Trays corral items and let them tell a little collected story. Trays are boundaries for objects that would look cluttered if not put in a tray. Trays are like magic!
Creating vignettes used to be very hard for me. But with a little practice and a few tips… they are easy to whip up now! So today I’m sharing tips and tricks for creating a vignette in a tray!
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Today’s vignette is very neutral and tactile and low. It has a modern, rustic, industrial feel. These tips will work for almost any tray vignette… so you can create your own!!!
Grab a tray. Any tray… round, square, rectangle, wood, woven, plastic… and let’s begin! I used a big Cudahy Meat packing crate turned tray. I Mod Podged a typewriter key burlap print to the bottom of it. To see the tutorial, click HERE. I love its rustic and worn look!
Now let’s layer some items from our homes in the tray! Shop your house… see what you can find. You don’t have to be fancy or elaborate. If you pay attention to many of the trays in magazines and on line you will be shocked to see how simple they are and the simple things they use in them!
So our #1 tip is LAYERING!
One no-fail way to layer is to stack books and add thing on top of them. This gives our vignette height and interest.
I layered two small stacks of books that I covered in burlap. I topped the books off with a rusty pedestal bowl filled with pinecones, a large deer shed and a burlap ball. Here’s another tip… grouped items look better in odd numbers. Three is the magic number! Three things grouped together lets your eye wander between them and our eyes think that is very pleasant!
To see an easy and detailed tutorial for covering books, click HERE. And since we are talking about burlap, let’s talk about TEXTURE.
#2 TEXTURE Texture is the visual feel of a surface.We can “feel” rough, slimy, bumpy, smooth, shiny, course, sticky, prickly and so not only with our skin, but with our eyes too! A great vignette in a tray combines several textures.
Can you see rough, bumpy, prickly, smooth and hard in this picture? And can you see varying HEIGHTS? The next tip is to vary the heights of things in your tray! All one or two levels is boring!!!
This tray vignette is relatively low,yet there are many different heights within its composition. When we vary heights our eye bounces from one thing to another! Again, making eyes happy!
I think it’s also important to add something ORGANIC to a vignette. Something living or plant-like instantly makes a tray vignette come to life!
I used pinecones because they are organic and neutral… and prickly and can mounded up high!
Now let’s add a little SPARKLE or bling! Every tray deserves a little spark! I’m adding a woven lantern, a gift from my sister! It is neutral, tall, rough and nubby and gives off the most beautiful mosiac-of-a-glow!
Now that I have said all that… the most important rule is… YOU NEED TO LOVE IT. Tips and tricks are just time-tested ways people have found success in making a tray vignette look fabulous! The real tip is to create something you love!
Can you think of all the possibilities? Lots of tray options and lots of things to put in it to make your home styled like a pro… and the pro is YOU!
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