13 ways to decorate with antique urns

Explore our extensive collection of Antique French garden urns

1. Laissez-faire

Antique Medici urn filled with books in living room

Medici urns have the most beautiful proportions, so they are easy to enjoy just as they are! 

19th century white French Medici garden urn by the fireplace

2. Floral arrangements in urns

Flowers in antique white Medici Urn with handles roses hydrangeas

Antique urns laden with fresh flowers always make an impressive display. As they are usually made from cast iron or reconstituted stone, they are stable and can support a huge amount of flowers and foliage. 

Pink flowers in weathered French urn

3. Moss planted in an urn

Moss planted in large Medici garden urn

Fluffy moss bulging out of a weathered antique urn is a lovely way to add a fresh touch of greenery.

4. Plant succulents in urns

Succulents in antique french garden urn on a window

For a low-maintenance display, waxy succulents look stunning in antique French urns. As they are so easy to propagate, it doesn't take long to have an urn overflowing with plants.

Succulents planted in mini garden urns table decoration

5. Plant spring bulbs in an urn

Black French garden urn planted with yellow crocus and moss

As bulbs don't require much water and can be planted shoulder to shoulder, an urn makes the perfect home for a colorful display of your spring favorites. 

Purple tulips planted in a French garden urn

6. Pairs of urns indoors

Pair of French Medici urns on rustic dining table

Double the impact by using pairs of Medici urns around your home.

Pair of white urns antique ironstone display in kitchen

7. Pairs of urns in the garden

Pair of French urns at top of garden stair French garden

Add rhythm to your garden or terrace by using pairs of urns, both empty or overflowing with plants. 

Pair of black garden urns with boxwood buxus formal garden

8. Use urns to accentuate stairs

French garden urns on outdoor stair planted with purple flowers

Like finials, the sculptural quality of urns make them a beautiful accent on a stair - both simple and elaborate. 

White French garden urn Medici urn lawn and stone garden steps

9. Elevate an urn on a stand 

Weathered French antique garden urn with ferns on wooden stand

If your urn has to compete to be seen among tall plants and shrubs, try mounting it on a pedestal.

Black French garden urns planted with buxus boxwood formal French garden

10. An urn in a garden bed

Weathered stone urn in garden bed purple and pink French garden

A Medici urn placed in among flowers in the garden brings a touch of formality and enables you to play with different heights. 

Moss covered garden urn

11. Flank a doorway with a pair of urns

Pair of garden urns in a doorway symmetrical entry

There's nothing more chic than a pair of urns either side of a doorway. 

Pair of garden urns beside a doorway entrance purple flowers

12. Display a collection of urns

Group of antique urns planted with moss

Mix different sized urns in a collection to create a pretty seasonal display. 

13. Create a bold focal point in the garden

Large garden urn focal point white roses French garden Medici urn

A large antique urn can hold its own in any space and is a lovely way to emphasize an axis and create a focal point. 

Explore our extensive collection of
Antique French garden urns


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  • C Anne

    Great! Inspirational.
    Thank you.


  • Sallie Bill

    I find so very interesting all of your posts and enjoy returning to them again and again for inspiration. Thank you for sharing your ideas and expertise through Chez Pluie.

  • Nikki

    stunning photos and inspiration

  • MElonie


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