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What are Some Ideas for Decorating with Baskets?

Sheri Cyprus
Sheri Cyprus

Decorating with baskets is both a pretty and a practical way to add style to your home. Baskets can suit any decor because there are many different types, styles and colors to choose from. Plus, decorating with baskets also provides excellent storage options in every room.

Frosted transparent baskets can hold a lot of shampoo bottles, hair accessories and the like. These baskets can be used in any bathroom to hold clutter tastefully. Wicker baskets can also be used in bathrooms and can provide a spa-like look when they hold rolled-up towels or elegant bath and shower products.

A basket made using the wicker process.
A basket made using the wicker process.

Wicker baskets also provide a stylish way to store onions and potatoes in a kitchen cupboard. For a great way of decorating with baskets in the kitchen, match the wicker colors to the room's wood tones. Or, alternatively, use a contrasting tone such as a light wicker in a kitchen with dark cabinets and floors or dark wicker if a kitchen's cupboards and floor are light. Any type of color scheme goes when it comes to decorating with baskets, as long as care is taken to limit the colors.

Fruit baskets feature a variety of fruits.
Fruit baskets feature a variety of fruits.

Limiting shapes of baskets in a room can help pull the space together and give it a cohesive look. A jumble of different baskets rarely works unless the style is very country or very eclectic. Contrasting colors often work well as a color scheme when decorating with baskets and this may also allow for some variation in shapes as well. For example any types of yellow-toned baskets in a purple room can look stunning, as can red baskets in a green room.

Rectangular-shaped baskets with deep sides are popular today because they can be placed on any bookshelf to add interest to the bookcase and serve as storage bins that can easily be slid out from the shelves. Rectangular baskets also work well inside bedroom or kitchen drawers to organize small items. Baskets of any shape and size can hold fruit, yarn, toys and just about anything on any surface while giving the home a cozy lived-in look.

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@clintflint - I quite like using baskets for flower arrangements as well, which I occasionally give as presents. All you have to do is get some floral foam and line the basket with plastic or some other waterproof material (I usually use an oven liner). You don't even really need the waterproofing if you are using artificial or dried flowers.

I've also got a friend who does a lot of decorating with origami paper art and she sometimes uses baskets as a means of collecting lots of little bits and pieces together for a gift, or for her own convenience.


@croydon - Well, decorating with baskets isn't difficult if you have that kind of style in your home. It's a matter of filling them with whatever you've got handy, whether it is potpourri or marbles or shells or even candy.

But if you've got a lot of them underfoot you might consider using them as gifts. People appreciate a gift basket that has been personalized and all you would really have to add is a card and a ribbon, as well as the presents.


If you've got a lot of baskets you might consider putting your pot plants into them (possibly you will need to cut away the handle if the plant is very big) or arranging them outside with stones or shells.

Or you could take them to a thrift shop if you really don't want them lying around your own place. I know that my mother tends to keep every basket she is ever given and she never seems to use them for anything.

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      A basket made using the wicker process.
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      Fruit baskets feature a variety of fruits.