Baskets make wonderfully creative and functional decor when used to organize and store items around the home. Baskets can also be used as purely decorative accents, enhancing rooms with color, texture and rustic or primitive forms.
Baskets in the Kitchen
Wire baskets turned upside down can be made into rustic pendant lights in the kitchen. You may need to cut a few wires on the bottom of the basket to make an opening large enough to fit the light socket through or pick up a few additional pieces of hardware to make it work. A simple pendant light sold without a shade works perfectly. Spray paint the basket and light hardware, including the cord, in your finish or color of choice.
Install hooks on the side of a kitchen island to mount a wire basket. Fill it with cutting boards for quick and easy access when preparing meat and vegetables for cooking.
A rustic old wire basket makes a charming centerpiece holder on a farmhouse-style kitchen table. Fill it with vintage bottles or mason jars serving as vases for flowers. A vintage picnic basket on a hutch or island can be used to display table linens, vintage cookware or a collection of cookbooks.
Accenting the Living Room
Rattan and wicker baskets add interesting organic texture in the living room, blending naturally with earth tones and neutral color schemes. Large water hyacinth baskets make storage containers in bookcases, providing a place for items not worthy of displaying and keeping clutter at bay. A tall wicker basket near the front entry provides quick, easy access to umbrellas.
Large, oversized rattan lidded baskets make unusual end tables or coffee tables with convenient hidden storage inside. Stack a trio of lidded baskets from large to small near the fireplace or under a sofa table.
Match the color of the baskets to the furniture for enhanced emphasis of texture, such as placing white wicker baskets under a white console table. Drape a pair of vintage fishing baskets over the front newel post of a hickory or walnut stained stair rail.
Line wicker baskets with fabric to tie them in with your living room decorating scheme. Match the color of sofa accent pillows with fabric-lined baskets under the coffee table for an attractive, unified display.
Woven baskets of varying sizes and neutral colors of tan, khaki, brown and beige bring earthy, organic texture to walls when hung as wall art. Mount them over a bed or sofa or fill an entire end wall in a hallway with a large collection.
Hang an assortment of baskets with handles from a coat rack to store loose odds and ends or fill them with dried reeds and flowers to impart a cheerful, country feel.
A grouping of ethnic tribal baskets mounted to the wall makes an impressive display. Handwoven African baskets or Native American baskets featuring colorful geometric designs brighten the wall and become a focal point of interest.
Baskets for the Bathroom
Wall-mounted wicker baskets in the bathroom are stylish holders for rolled towels, but groupings of odd numbers make the most appealing displays. Add interest by hanging a small, medium and large basket holding washcloths, hand towels and bath towels, or fill each basket with different colored hand towels. Hang rectangular baskets both horizontally and vertically and use them for assorted items such as toilet paper and glass jars filled with cotton balls or cotton swabs.
A small woven basket by the sink is perfect for holding hand soaps. Mount an oval magazine basket on a side cabinet near the toilet for handy access to reading material. Linen-lined woven baskets on bathroom storage shelves keep lotions, liquid soaps, shower gels and bath beads neatly contained but easily accessed.
A tall, lidded rattan basket in the bedroom serves as an attractive laundry hamper. You can also find low-profile lidded baskets for under bed storage.
Oversized seagrass baskets placed at the foot of the bed provide handy storage for extra pillows and blankets. Toss accent pillows used on the bed in one of the baskets at night to keep them off the floor.
Large woven or wire baskets make excellent containers for books or toys in kids’ bedrooms. In shared rooms, paint wire baskets in each child’s favorite color and hang them low on the wall or from coat-hook knobs for easy access and cleanup of toys.
Line or completely cover woven baskets with bright, colorful fabrics featuring bold patterns such as polka dots, stripes, hearts or cute little critters. Place the baskets in storage cubbies or bookcases for attractive display items that keep books, arts and crafts supplies and toys from cluttering the room.