While trays offer an easy way to corral items in a multitude of spaces, mix it up with pieces that elevate for some visual interest. This is especially effective in the kitchen and dining room. Cake dishes are great for this purpose and come in a wide variety of sizes and materials.
One thing you want to pay attention to is the size of the cake dish and the space you are working with. You don’t want the cake dish to overwhelm the space you put it in. Likewise, you don’t want the items that you place upon it to feel like they are lost in a sea of cake dish. It’s all about balance.
I added the cake dish next to our coffee maker for several reasons. First, it adds visual interest to the table that it sits on. The white helps break up the neutral color that is in the the wood and in the basket that houses the K-Cups. Second, it cuts down on the cluttered feeling that was happening next to the coffee pot. By lifting the tea bags, sugar, and honey higher, I was able to tuck the spoons I use for my herbal tea underneath, which freed up space on the little table. Also, what you can’t see, is a little jar of dog treats that lives tucked underneath on the other side of the cake dish next to the basket. So instead of having all of those things flat on the table next to the coffee maker, now they are arranged nicely and it looks more interesting. Finally, by having those items on the cake dish, it makes the whole area easy to clean, which is a win-win as far as I’m concerned.
You can find cake dishes at virtually any stores that sells dinnerware, as well as a multitude of online shops. Additionally, don’t rule out second hand and antique stores. Just make sure to give those pieces a thorough cleaning first.
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