Baskets are one of my favorite go-to items and I use them all throughout my house.  These hard-working, multitaskers are not only a practical storage option, but they are also decorative and instantly add texture and warmth to any room.  Handled, woven, metal, lined, colored, lidded – there are so many options when it comes to choosing baskets that you’ll no doubt be able to find something that fits your needs and your decorating style.

Here’s a look at 18 of my favorite uses for baskets.

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1. Crafts

Craft supplies are often abundant and can easily become disorganized, but a few beautiful baskets can keep everything within reach and beautifully displayed.

TIDBITS & TWINE Craft Room Organization
{via Two Peas in a Bucket}
TIDBITS & TWINE Craft Room Wire Basket
{via The Nest UK}

 

2. Collections

When grouped together, baskets collections can add so much visual interest!

{via Cote de Texas}
{via Cote de Texas}

 

 

3. Vignettes

A shallow basket is a great way to hold items when creating a vignette.

TIDBITS & TWINE Coffee Table Basket
{via Bolig Pluss}
TIDBITS & TWINE Basket Vignette
{via Heather Bullard}

 

4. Bookshelves

I love the use of repeating baskets across the bottom of a bookcase to add weight and anchor the piece to the floor.

TIDBITS & TWINE Bookcase with Basket
{via Amy D. Morris}

They also look beautiful mixed in with other decor on shelves.

TIDBITS & TWINE Bookshelf with Baskets
{via Pinterest}

 

5. Wall Art

Isn’t this basket wall from Melissa at The Inspired Room gorgeous?  What a great way to create wall decor that can be taken down and used as needed!

TIDBITS & TWINE Hanging Baskets

 

6. Buffets

Baskets can be used at indoor and outdoor buffets alike to hold dishes, flatware, napkins or even food!

{via Williams Sonoma}
{via Williams Sonoma}
TIDBITS & TWINE Kitchen 2014
{via Tidbits&Twine}

 

7. Mail

A small basket hanging on the wall of the entry, office or kitchen is a great way to store the day’s mail for review later.

TIDBITS & TWINE Mail Basket
{via Mothology}

 

8. Magazines/Books

Keep your favorite books within arm’s reach by storing them in large baskets.  Tucked away under a console table or sitting by the side of a sofa – either way is beautiful!

TIDBITS & TWINE Baskets with Books
{via Pottery Barn}

 

9. Flowers

Baskets are such a charming way to display flowers, fresh or dried!

TIDBITS & TWINE Dried Lavendar Basket
{via Secret Garden Cottage}

 

10. Bath Towels

A basket keeps extra towels on hand for guests…and makes a cute display!

TIDBITS & TWINE Basket with Towels
{via K Sarah Designs}

 

11. Plants

When used with a liner or interior pot, baskets can become containers for indoor plants, enhancing the natural look and feel.

TIDBITS & TWINE Basket with Fiddle leaf fig
{via Bonesteel Trout Hall}

 

12. Toiletries

Keep all of your essential accessories organized with a few storage baskets!

TIDBITS & TWINE Basket for Bathroom Storage
{via Better Homes & Gardens}

 

13. Toys

Oh how I wish I had a wall this big to hide away all of the toys in decorative metal baskets when not in use.  :)

TIDBITS & TWINE Basket Toy Storage
{via Pinterest}

 

14. Laundry

Used to sort clothes or store laundry room essentials, baskets are great for keeping things organized.

TIDBITS & TWINE Baskets in Laundry Room
{via Pinterest}

 

15. Kitchen

Baskets work well in the kitchen whether holding fruits, flatware, dishes or tea towels.  What I wouldn’t give for a pantry like this one!

TIDBITS & TWINE Pantry with Baskets
{via The Vintage Wren}

 

16. Odds & Ends

This step basket is a great way to collect the odds and ends from downstairs that really belong upstairs, saving you from making multiple trips.

TIDBITS & TWINE Stair Basket
{via Ballard Designs}

 

17. Umbrellas/Canes

Placed in an entryway, a tall basket can help you keep track of your {dry} umbrellas as you race out the door!

TIDBITS & TWINE Umbrella Basket
{via Ballard Designs}

 

18. Decorative Accents

Whether visually filling an empty space in a room or acting as part of the decor, baskets make great accent pieces!

TIDBITS & TWINE Accent Basket
{via Heather Bullard}
TIDBITS & TWINE Basket with Maps
{via Rooney Robison Antiques}

 

Additional Tips & Tidbits

  • While sizes and shapes can easily be mixed and matched in a room, be wary of mixing materials.  If your goal is to create a neat and tidy look, too many competing textures can end up looking cluttered.
  • If you do want to use baskets with a variety of textures, try looking for ones that are roughly the same size and shape so that there is a common trait among them.  {This tip doesn’t apply to collections, which can contain a wide variety.}
  • To update the look of a basket, consider embellishing it with ribbon or painted numbers.
  • You can easily personalize a storage basket with names using clothespins or ribbon to attach names to the basket.
  • Do be careful when storing clean linens in baskets, as some baskets tend to shed and will get your linens dirty!
  • If you’re displaying a collection, remember to group it together to create greater impact and keep it looking tidy.
  • Flat woven baskets that don’t get used often will tend to show dust more than other types of woven baskets.  Try using compressed air to dust those hard-to-reach spots!

 

What’s your favorite use for baskets?

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15 comments on “Decorating with Baskets {18 Everyday Ideas}”

    • Hi Judy – I have always loved pictures of baskets for some reason and the ones I included in the post are some of my favorites! Glad you liked them, too!

      :) Kim

      {BTW – just checked out your soaps – beautiful!!!}

  1. I love all these great ways to use baskets. I have always loved them. They look great and are very utilitarian. Do you like to leave normally natural or do you always buy painted ones? I like them both very much.

    • Debbie – I had to stop and think about about your question and I’ve just realized that I don’t own *any* painted baskets! Hmmmm…it might be time for a shopping trip! :)

    • Marty – I only recently bought my first basket tray and it’s quickly become my favorite! I might need a few more…. LOL!

      :) Kim

  2. Keeping your favorite books within arm’s reach by storing them in large baskets is a great idea. Having your things nearby is a good way to be able to have them when you want them. Looking into different types of baskets, such as a Tonga one, would probably give you the opportunity to add something unique to your decor.

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