Use heavy-duty vintage baskets to create rustic-inspired storage for magazines and loose items. They offer a balanced complement to rustic or antique furnishings, such as distressed-wood bookcases or old-fashioned pantries. When a basket has an unusual shape, such as a pendant, transform it into a cage-style shade for a hanging light fixture. Wide, shallow baskets are useful as decorative trays for serving drinks, organizing kitchen utensils or displaying items on a coffee table.
Round, shallow baskets can make an attractive statement as simple, decorative wall arrangements, while a wall collection of baskets in different sizes and shapes offers an eclectic appearance. Add a supportive base and casters to a large vintage basket with a lid to create a mobile end table. Large baskets are also practical for under-table storage, and you can add aesthetic appeal by using them to store throw pillows or quilts.
Use a vintage basket to display an arrangement of fresh or dried flowers, such as hydrangeas. Depending on the size of the basket, set it on a table as a centerpiece, or attach a ribbon to create a hanging indoor or outdoor display. To set up a floral arrangement on the floor, place a planter inside a lined basket of similar shape and size. Incorporate vintage baskets into bathroom decor as country-inspired storage for rolled towels.