shelves with a green background
Courtesy of Southern Living

Striking Display

If you long for color but want a more subtle result, opt for a natural favorite: green. Here, it is used to highlight a collection of black tole (hand-painted tinware) trays.

You can find trays in antiques stores, secondhand shops, and at garage sales. Pieces with weathered finishes work well for this look. Trays add a patterned background for highlighting other items. Lean the trays against the back of the bookcase, or set them on plate stands.

TIP: Black and green make great partners. The look is elegant yet inexpensive.

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