There’s one trend we can all get behind right now: hanging baskets on the wall!
Shop the house, get a crisp $10 bill and run into three thrift stores, raid your mom’s attic, and more than likely you can get your hands on enough woven baskets to create an inviting, playful vignette.
You might already know my favorite color is texture. Not only will you add texture to your home (something I find most homes can use more of –some roughage for your walls to stop the eye and cure diarrhea walls), but you will also get some really pleasing dimension which helps incorporate your walls with the furnishings in the room.
Have I mentioned that our home has the worst lighting in America? My apologies for weirdo colors but SEE what a basket collection can add even in the tiniest of hallways?
I’m still playing with it all–and trying out if I like baskets below the table to hide an ugly outlet that has always bothered me. And I’m still on the lookout for more baskets to add into this collection, it’s not quite wide enough compared to the width of the table.
So a bunch of disclaimers today because I have some opinions below and I’m kind of breaking them myself.
Baskets are a beginner nail hole makers BFF because they can hang on the thinnest of nails or pushpins, and you can mix them all around without needing to make a million huge holes in your walls.
Just try different size baskets on a few different nail holes if you already have them and see what you like.
I’ve got three tips when it comes to hanging baskets.
1. Start with a focal piece
For this grouping my focal piece is the super large, deep woven basket with an interesting pattern. I found him for $25 at The Depot, my favorite antique mall.
Listen, I would love for every single one of my baskets to be meticulously hand-woven by a specialty artist complete with beautiful patterns and colors, but I can’t afford that, so I’m keeping my eyes open for a few drop-dead gorgeous baskets, and the rest are from the 50 cent pile at the thrift store.
I hung the focal basket first and grouped everything else out from there. Your focal doesn’t need to be in the middle, but should be the first thing you hang to give a starting point for building your grouping.
And of course, laying out your baskets on the floor first and taking a quick pic with your phone is also helpful. That’s a bonus tip.
2. Baskets Want to Be Friends
Personally, I love the overlapping look, you don’t have to go to that extreme, but the things in your house make more sense when they relate to each other.
I see lots of forlorn baskets hung in isolation 18 inches away from their nearest neighbor, if that’s the look you are going for, great, but more often than not it comes off as disjointed.
When in doubt hang your baskets a little closer together rather than a little further apart, your baskets shouldn’t look like they are mad at each other.
3. Avoid Floating Basket Syndrome
There was a trend when our moms were our age to hang everything above eye level.
When you have a sofa or a surface and there is a huge gap in between the top of the piece and the bottom of the wall art, it starts to look like your art (or basket grouping) is floating away, trying to escape.
Remember, all things in your home are friends and want to hang out together, they aren’t trying to get away from each other.
This grouping has no fancy baskets, just stuff from the thrift store, nothing cost over $2.
Clearly I’ve gone entirely to the other extreme and start my groupings really low–in my defense, I was sitting down snapping this photo–when you stand up there’s a few inches between the top of the sofa and the bottom of the basket.
Know the rules, then break them, right?
Two more things, I pinned a few inspiring basket walls here.
I find a lot of inspiration from Simply Chi Vintage on instagram