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Boy am I a big fan of African baskets.. I can’t help collecting them any time I spot some I like.
These baskets are so versatile, what’s not to love? Here are a few ways you can begin to introduce some of this Afro flair into your decor…
African baskets as wall Art
When propped against or hang on a wall, African baskets, in their beautiful woven patterns, make eclectic wall decor. The baskets can be bright and colourful for a pop of colour or they can be muted in earth tones for understated charm.
I got these trays, which are mostly used in west Africa, from Maasai market. This is a great place to get all sorts of Afro poping decor pieces.
I just cleared the Calabash gallery wall for these Afro trays. I love how vibrant they are. Don’t you?
African basket tray for your table-scape set up
Next time you want to corral some decor items for your table-scape arrangement, swap out your shiny tray for an African basket. That’s what I did here. As you can see this table has held up pretty well since its coffee table makeover over a year ago..
African baskets for Storage
This particular basket is a favourite of mine. I keep some important documents in there plus stuff that I want easy access to. You might have seen this basket severally on the blog and most notably in the tutorial on how I used earrings to decorate a storage box
It is a modification of the Ethiopian messop. I got it a couple of years back at an African Art expo that I accidentally stumbled upon at the Jeevan Jee gardens in town
African baskets for potted plants
I like to dress up my potted plants in baskets. This is a look I really like and quite frankly I think most African baskets are more visually appealing than most pots in the market. I wrote about how to dress up your flower pot with a basket in one of my earlier posts. Would you use your baskets in this way?
I got the green basket below from Kariokor market. I got two matching baskets and I absolutely love the pattern on them.
There are many more ways to incorporate African baskets into your decor. You can use them as waste baskets, laundry baskets or even tuck a large one in a corner in your living room and store your throw pillows and blankets in it. The possibilities can only be limited by your imagination. I hope this post gave you some cool ideas.
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Leave a comment below and let me know which of the uses of African baskets above most appeals to you? What would you do different?