Vintage patio: How to give a brocante look to your patio?

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Vintage decoration is nowadays still very popular. So much so that we find it even on our patios and balconies. All of this creates a warm and bucolic atmosphere.

How about giving your exterior a flea market vibe? By finding a few items or second-hand garden furniture, your patio, garden or terrace will reveal its ultra-trendy vintage potential. If you’re asking yourself which vintage patio furniture you should choose, what’s the secret behind a beautiful vintage garden decor, or how you should design your outdoor space to give it a retro feel, we have you covered.

Vintage patio: which furniture to find?

At flea markets, it is not uncommon to find old decorative objects or antique furniture somewhat altered by time. However, they can be used in their original state to enhance your patio or create a vintage garden. A rusty wrought iron table, a set of old rattan chairs (ideally from Maison Gatti or Maison Druker for their Parisian flair), vintage wooden furniture or cushions in faded colours will give an outdoor terrace an authentic touch. You can also recycle wooden school chairs, wine barrels, or antique mirrors so that your patio can tell a story. All in a soft, warm, and relaxing atmosphere.

Glass cloches are an additional decorative element that will earn you nice comments from your friends. These antique decorative objects will bring with simplicity a unique touch to your balcony or patio. For example, it is possible to give a second life to a glass cloche, by transforming it into a terrarium. There are many tutorials on Youtube that can guide you. When it comes to knowing where to buy glass bells, it is possible to find them relatively in flea markets, or online – like on Etsy for example.

Furnish as you see fit

When it comes to giving your deck or balcony a retro flea market feel, there are no hard and fast rules to follow. You can combine genres and eras without fear of making a mistake. From a color perspective, white and green are probably the most common colors used with antique metal garden furniture. But there is nothing to stop you from adding touches of color to contrast with your retro garden furniture. The mix of genres will give your outdoor space a delicious French decor and bohemian look. Take inspiration from decorating magazines to shape your patio, and especially take the time to hunt for each object. Some large annual antique fairs offer an incredible amount of vintage outdoor furniture and decor.

Vintage patio: where to find vintage outdoor furniture?

Whether you live in a big city or in a remote town or village, there is no shortage of flea markets and garage sales. Associations or waste disposal centers are full of treasures waiting for one thing: to live their second life!

And if you can’t find what you’re looking for, marketplaces like Craigslist, Ruby Lane, or Vinted offer an extensive selection of second-hand objects that are still functional and sometimes very trendy as vintage is still highly popular. Instagram is also a fantastic resource to spot online flea markets and vintage shops.

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