I must admit I have a weakness for baskets, especially oversized ones. The warmth of the material and its unfussy aesthetic make this simple storage solution the perfect addition to any room. And really, I mean any room. I noticed that I'd been adding baskets to my Pinterest boards for a while now, always finding new and inspiring places to use them. Here are a few of my favourites:
My new favourite spot for big baskets is the kitchen (this stunning kitchen is Anthropologie's Glen Senk and Keith Johnson's) — it's great for storing extra baking pans or towels. If you have a basket with a lid, it would be ideal to keep your bulk goods like potatoes or onions.
Baskets get the most use in a hallway or mudroom. Whether nestled beside a hutch or tucked under a bench, a basket will keep all your messy, muddy or wet gear neatly in one place.
Use one as a decorative planter or to hold fireplace wood — there are no wrong ways to use baskets, anything goes!
And in a bathroom, a basket is always better than a plastic hamper!
If you're looking for a good oversized basket, keep an eye out at HomeSense, which is where I found most of mine. Crate & Barrel also carries many shapes and sizes on a regular basis. If you're looking for a specific shape, take a look at Bacon Basketware Limited, which is a also House & Home favourite.
You can also give an old basket a quick makeover with an easy paint-dip treatment. Check out our DIY video here.
1. Elle Decor, photography by Simon Upton
2. D. Stanley Dixon Architect
3. Cityclectic Design blog
4. Design For Mankind blog
5. The Marion House Book blog
6. House to Home, photography by Brent Darby
7. Stellan Herner
8. Marie-Christine Design