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 ideas for decorating with baskets.


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.

{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.

Faux fiddle leaf fig in an antique French market basket

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 idea for decorating with baskets?

Tidbits&Twine - Signature

Join the Community

Let’s keep in touch! Get exclusive artwork plus the latest news delivered directly to your Inbox!


  1. 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.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      So glad you liked the post!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      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. 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.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      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! :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Too funny! I’m going to pop over right now for a look!

  3. LOVE using baskets all around my house too…great images!!

  4. I love all those gorgeous images of baskets! I have several baskets but don’t really have them displayed beautifully like those photos. They’re a treat for the eyes!

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      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!!!}

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.