12 Ways to Decorate With Baskets

wall with african baskets on it
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    Storage You Won't Want to Hide

    If you glance around your home, it's pretty likely you've 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?). 

    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

    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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    Baskets As Works of Art

    wall with african baskets on it
    vtwonen / Instagram

    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 Instagrammer vtwonen requires a well-curated wall of baskets, but you can mimic the design by adding your own personal touch. 

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    A Well Organized Bathroom

    bathroom with metal baskets
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    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

    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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    Plant a Tree

    If you want to bring the outside in, what better way than planting a tree in your living room? Blogger The Picket Fence Projects used a thick woven wicker basket to house a gorgeous fig 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. 

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    Add Some Flair

    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. 

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    Create a Basket Shelf

    Baskets over a toilet in the bathroom
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    One of the biggest mistakes when decorating with baskets is forgetting to think vertically. Ditch your old over-the-toilet storage and swap in a few natural bamboo or wicker baskets to create a zen-like spa feel in your bathroom like this calming bathroom seen on Pinterest. Look for shallow baskets so they're not top-heavy once hung. 

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    Keep Your Counters Clean

    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

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    simplyshannahome / Instagram

    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 Entry Way

    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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    Guest Room Storage

    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 Millas Hem. Towels, guest slippers or even a robe will go far to remind your guests just how happy you are that they came to visit.