How to style a flat round basket


I'm trying to style a flat round basket to place in the corner of my kitchen bench. Any ideas or pictures of how others have done it. I love farmhouse look. White and off white. Im attaching 2 pictures. One is what I've got but it's not right. Something is wrong. The other picture is a sample of one I've seen that I like. I'm wanting to place some wooden spoons in something but the the coffee jar in my picture doesn't seem to work with the wide white canister I put an attachment of flowers in. The salt n pepper grinders I'm going to paint white and then distress them. I've tried to fill in the background of my picture so not to confuse my basket with what's around our. This is not where I plan to put my basket. Thank you.

q how to style a flat round basket
q how to style a flat round basket
  16 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Dec 04, 2021

    Here's an image from Pinterest:

    For your clear jar, you could paint it or decoupage a farmhouse style motif. Or fill it with something white/off white like beans or rice, then add in your wooden spoons.

    Also, tying a pretty farmhouse ribbon or bow around the jars would give you an accent.

  • I think you need items with more variation in height. When I look at your sample picture, that's the first thing I notice.

  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Dec 04, 2021

    You've done a great job of putting the bones in place, Marion. I would put something inside the glass jar so the spoons can stand higher to create visual contrast and probably paint it white too. This tutorial will show you how to paint glass so it doesn't peel off - Tie a little twine around the painted glass jar to finish it off. You should also use odd numbers to create interest on your tray. Psychologically our minds try to resolve the "odd number mismatch" which draws our attention inwards. So see if you can find another object that fits the color scheme and that's shorter than the salt and pepper shakers. In fact, you can probably use that ball of twine as the fifth object. Play around with your faux greenery. It may look better in the flower pot with the leaves draping down.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Dec 04, 2021

    Hard to tell by the photo what is the pink looking ribbon thing? to me that is distracting and is a little too much- here is info to help you

  • Dee Dee on Dec 04, 2021

    Looks great however I would paint the clear jar either white or bring in a pop of color Like RED. Add some Christmas berries for the holidays. Is that pink ribbon necessary. I would get rid of that. Also I hope the second photo is not really placed on the stove top, that is a fire waiting to happen.

  • Betsy Betsy on Dec 04, 2021

    Hi Marion: It took me a while to see the clear glass jar. I think I would paint it white and maybe put a sticker on it, like a chicken. I love chickens :) If you're not going to use the wooden utensils, you can paint them, and distress them, too. Also, whatever the pink thing is, it's a bit overwhelming. I'd either get rid of it or do not so much of it. Pink isn't really a 'farm' colour. I don't think I'd paint everything white, it may look washed out, unless you stencil or use stickers. The salt and pepper shakers are fine as they are. As for the little white crock, you can get a sticker saying "Coffee" or "Cream" or something, to break up the solid white. You can even paint your basket with spray paint, or put some dried moss on the bottom. If you can find some flowers that look like dandelions or the like, you can put them in a bean can, with the label still on (mod podge it first). Just MHO :)

    Happy crafting

  • Mogie Mogie on Dec 04, 2021

    I think that clear glass jar would be a good place to add some color. What you put in the jar depends on what colors you want to stick with or even what colors you want to bring in.

    Have a friend who did something similar but she had a mirror cut to size and placed that in the bottom. It added depth but it also made the basket more strudy.

  • Marion Harvey Marion Harvey on Dec 05, 2021

    Thanks all for your feedback. I appreciate your input. The "pink ribbon" is actually not ribbon but me trying to edit out the background with paint on my phone. The picture is not the greatest...sorry all 😟. A lot of ideas had played in my thoughts to begin with so its great to hear that I was on the right track. Just how to decide now whether to paint the jar or place black or white burlap around it and stencil a word in the opposite color. And then tie a wooden heart around the bottle or neck with twine and glue some jute twine around the screw part of the bottle. Was looking into painting the handles of the spoons white. Im just in a kurfuffle over what to do. I think these things make me anxious until I'm happy with the completed project. Ill try to revisit here with my project to show how it went. Thank you again peoples 😊

  • I think the dilemma you’re finding is that the basket you have is much larger than the one in your sample image. Upping the sizes of items in your basket will help as it looks like a proportional issue.

  • Deb K Deb K on Dec 05, 2021

    Hi Marion, you almost have it there, but I would (chalk)paint the glass jar white to have it match the rest, you can still use the tray you have, but paint it with white chalk paint and distress it a bit, the flowers you have are fine, but you could splash a bit of chalk paint on the bouquet & the sprays to lighten them up. Hope this helps you a bit. 🙂

  • Janice Janice on Dec 06, 2021

    If this is to be used/displayed in the kitchen, I often add a colorful napkin or tea tower before adding the other items. Place it diagonally to add some extra texture. Usually I've found that varying heights and sizes of the items also adds interest including the use of odd numbers of items such as 3 or 5 rather than 2 or 4.

  • Annie Annie on Dec 06, 2021

    To get the farm house look, Use some canning jars perhaps... Find some salt and peppers that will be more like farm animals.... Some colorful gords perhaps......

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Dec 07, 2021

    I would remove the greenery and weave it on the outer edge of the basket. Spread your items and add a napkin holder with color in the center. Then see if you need more added. Consider a few flowers as well.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Dec 12, 2021

    Paint would be a marvelous upstyle, braided jute handles and wrapped edging might be considered