"Baskets not only hide a multitude of sins, but they are also a great way to add texture to a room," interior designer Judith Balis says. Available in a wide range of shapes, styles and colors, baskets can be used to add attractive storage to almost any space.
When decorating with baskets, Balis likes to maintain some consistency throughout a room. "The baskets can vary in size and shape, as long as they're made out of the same material," she says. "This keeps them from adding to the visual clutter." Design by HGTV fan housetweaking.
Baskets on Bookshelves
If you have a large bookcase, fill the bottom shelves with baskets, Balis recommends. "They can help to add visual weight if you have numerous small items and keep everything in balance," she says. Design by Judith Balis.
From utensils and gadgets to canned food and fresh produce, baskets are great for storing all kinds of kitchen items. Best of all, attractive baskets can be displayed proudly on countertops or open shelving, keeping your kitchen essentials close at hand.
Here designer Abbe Fenimore places a decorative basket under the center island to provide a home for extra paper towels. This simple and smart solution keeps the paper products within easy reach, and allows you to keep track of your supply.
Ideal for keeping toiletries and other items out of sight, a few well-placed baskets can take a bathroom from cluttered to calming. You can also use baskets to store magazines or towels or to display decorative soaps on your vanity. For a small bathroom, Balis recommends stacking baskets with lids on the floor. "Not only are they a great way to stash extra rolls of toilet paper and toiletries, but they can also add visual interest to a room with limited space," she says. Design by HGTV fan leal6.
Elegant Office Storage
Forget the typical metal file cabinet — in this charming office nook, HGTV fan Tetbury stores files in a large wicker basket. The 19th-century French purses displayed in the built-in corner bookcase add a decorative touch and echo the look of the wicker basket.
Toy Box Alternative
In kids' rooms, designating baskets for toys, books, art supplies and clothes makes clean-up easy for both you and your little ones. Consider labeling each basket to help children learn where their belongings go.
Baskets are great organizers for closets. Here two large pullout blue braided utility baskets are placed under the built-in bench offering a way to gather and store larger items.
Bulky blankets and extra sheets can take up a lot of room in a closet. If you're short on space, store these items in a basket underneath or at the foot of your bed. HGTV fan em-80 adorned this bedroom with a set of three matching baskets, stacking two of them next to a reading chair to create a makeshift table.
Woven Wall Hangings
Baskets don't always have to be functional — for a purely decorative addition, try filling baskets with flowers, shells or wicker balls or using them as wall hangings. In the HGTV Dream Home 2010, interior designer Linda Woodrum added three-dimensional texture to a smooth wall surface with subtle, yet stylish, hand-woven bowl baskets.