11 Home Decorating Ideas With Baskets

Brightly-lit living room with gray couch, tall houseplant and tan basket near window

The Spruce / Michelle Becker

If you glance around your home, you've likely got a few baskets tossed here and there, but they're likely an accessory you don't spend much time thinking about. Sure, they do a good job of organizing your craft supplies or carrying your picnic lunch to the park, but they're often overlooked as statement pieces in their own right. It's time to rethink that notion. Baskets are cheap, lightweight and look great when proudly displayed in a room (after all, when was the last time you showed off your Rubbermaid storage?). 

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    Storage You Won't Want to Hide

    Baskets next to a fireplace
    Photo from Minzuu

    There are endless weaves and materials to choose from, which makes it easy to match them to your personal style. Using a wicker basket to store throws is a common practice, but have you thought about using one to store wood for your fireplace, like in this stunning living space as seen on Minzuu? Another unexpected idea: Try storing coffee table books or photo albums next to your sofa instead of on your coffee table.

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    Hang Air Plants

    Air plant in a basket
    Photo from Freepeople

    Hanging plant baskets aren't a new thing, but we love this modern wire basket for displaying an air plant. Because air plants don't need soil or much watering, they're the perfect choice for an exposed basket display. Line up a few small plants like this one from BLDG 25 in a row over a desk or sink for an instant refresh. 

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    Organize Your Bathroom

    Bathroom with metal baskets

    Wicker baskets in a bathroom could attract mold and mildew, so we love this bathroom seen on Pinterest that uses modern wire baskets instead. This spa-like bathroom uses simple rose gold and black wire baskets to keep everything in order. Roll guest towels, organize face products or store those fuzzy slippers you love hopping into after a bath. Because this type of basket features a wide "weave," it's important to keep things tidy.

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    Utilize Wasted Space

    Wire baskets above a cabinet
    Photo from A Beautiful Mess

    The awkward space above your cabinets is often left to gather dust and nothing more. Put it to work by adding a few storage baskets for things you rarely need. Because this space often gets greasy from stove use, we recommend a wire or fabric basket you can easily clean. If you don't want to climb to get your kitchen items, A Beautiful Mess shows how you can make this extra space a little less awkward by displaying vintage bottles or cans in baskets. 

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    Add Some Flair

    Basket with pom poms
    Photo from I Heart Organizing

    Already have a few baskets lying around? Blogger I Heart Organizing added some bright pom-poms to make even a simple basket look like a statement piece. More ideas: Weave in faux flowers, paint a neon handle, or clip on a fun brooch to spice up an old basket and make it more display-worthy. 


    This No-Sew Basket is Totally Customizable

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    Keep Your Counters Clean

    Kitchen basket
    Photo from Hi Sugarplum

    Organizing your kitchen counter is a task no one wants to do, but we all feel much better once it's taken care of. This enviable kitchen styled by Cassie of Hi Sugarplum uses a low, wide basket to keep all of those random spices and oils in order without hiding them from view. This shallow basket also works well in a coffee table to organize candles, pens and other useful but cluttery knickknacks. 

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    Hunt for Vintage Baskets

    Baskets on a shelf

    For another take on using baskets as art, this farmhouse look from simplyshannahome's drool-worthy Instagram is a stunning way to display a gorgeous vintage basket. Troll your local flea market or thrift store and you're bound to run into a few hidden gems like these. Because they're often too fragile and delicate to use as storage, display them on a shelf over a dining table or a kitchen breakfast bar instead.

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    Clean up Your Entryway

    Baskets in an entryway
    A Beautiful Mess

    Your entryway is the first thing guests see when they walk into your home, so make it count. A well-organized entryway can be a challenging thing to achieve, but this basket idea from A Beautiful Mess is a great way to keep umbrellas, gloves, tote bags, and other necessities out of sight but at your disposal.

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    Provide Storage in the Guest Room

    Bedroom basket storage

    The Grit and Polish

    No guest room linen closet? No problem. Make your guest feel right at home by displaying extra pillows and blankets in an attractive basket as seen in this cute display from The Grit and Polish. Towels, guest slippers, or even a robe will go far to remind your guests just how happy you are that they came to visit.

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    Hang Baskets as Works of Art

    Dining room hanging basket

    Reena Sotropa

    Who says baskets have to be used for storage? If you want to incorporate a more global decor style into your home, traditional African baskets make for a great gallery wall above a sofa or in an entryway. This eye-catching design from Reena Sotropa requires a large basket on the wall, but you can mimic the design by adding your personal touch. 

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    Plant a Tree

    Tree planted in basket

    Cathie Hong

    If you want to bring the outside in, what better way than planting a tree? Cathie Hong used a thick woven wicker basket to house a gorgeous tree. Baskets are lighter than standard planters, making it easier to move very large plants like this one around as necessary. Just make sure to plant the tree in a plastic planter first to catch the water.