Wo­ven won­ders

Bas­kets have many uses

Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - Tracey Strange

The world of in­te­ri­ors is cur­rently ob­sessed with all things wo­ven, braided, cro­cheted or knit­ted. Rel­a­tively in­ex­pen­sive, dec­o­ra­tive and — above all else — use­ful, bas­kets have come out of the closet and into the liv­ing room. Here’s how to make the most of them.

Use them as stor­age. A bas­ket’s charm lies in its cosy util­ity but they are so much more than mere hold­ers for toys, fire­wood or ex­cess toi­let rolls. Small, shal­low bas­kets are great at cor­ralling cos­met­ics and can be tucked away tidily once you’ve fin­ished ap­ply­ing your makeup. Far nicer than plas­tic, wicker adds re­laxed­ness to a home of­fice and will make a child’s room feel snug. Bas­kets with lids can be used as side ta­bles or used to store shoes in an en­trance­way.

They can turn over­stuffed cup­boards into spa­ces that would im­press de­clut­ter queen Marie Kondo. And their use­ful­ness as catch-alls for keys and knick-knacks is un­lim­ited. Make them part of the decor. Shal­low bas­kets make great tray al­ter­na­tives. Pop a shal­low one on the cof­fee ta­ble and use it to stash, for ex­am­ple, a dis­play of books, a can­dle or a vase of flow­ers. (The re­sult will be far more re­laxed and sum­mery than a stan­dard tray.) And they make great planters for your fig tree, as­sum­ing the pot it’s grow­ing in has ad­e­quate drainage. Use them as art­work. Bas­kets are also cur­rently em­ployed — some might say over-em­ployed — as sub­sti­tutes for framed prints on gallery walls. But as fad­dish as the trend may seem, it fits as seam­lessly into farm­houses as it

does chic apart­ments.

Use them as shelves. Mount­ing bas­kets to the wall with brack­ets in lieu of shelves is a novel way of up­end­ing your stor­age ideas. Use them to stash books, small toys or bath­room bits and bobs.

So much more than re­cep­ta­cles for un­wanted stuff, wo­ven bas­kets are once again a decor must-have.

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