Friday, July 6, 2018

Decorating Your Home With Classical Lidded Garden Urns.......Inside And Out!

For an old world classical French air try adding architectural elegance to your garden, entrance, porch or patio, and by all means, your interiors. The perfect way to do it is 
 by incorporating a classical lidded urn into your decor. These weathered, or faux French limestone works of garden art have moved indoors and whether you use them atop pedestals, or in tabletop vignettes, the style is worthy of an old French estate.

While typically considered an urn these days, this is not what I am talking about. These planters have been brought indoors for sometime now.

No, I am talking about an actual lidded urn. 

like this......

....and this!!

The definition of an urn is a vaselike receptacle or vessel, often with a cover, that usually has a somewhat narrowed neck above a rounded body.This blog post's goal is to encourage you to rethink the classical garden urn and it's place INSIDE your home. Throughout history garden urns and planters, together with statuary, have been the most coveted free-standing garden ornaments. Utilized correctly, they can be used to beautifully define the spaces in your interiors as well.

I hope you enjoy the images of these beautiful lidded garden urns used in interiors,(as well as a few from the outdoors). Either way they will boost your curb and interior appeal tremendously.

Classical lidded garden urns are the most elegant decorative ornaments to be incorporated into gardens throughout history. An now they are a most stunning way to bring the outdoors in. This fabulous sunroom door is flanked by a matching pair.

Lidded garden urns have been used from early Greek and Italian gardens to formal English and French landscapes. By 1880, urns were more fanciful, with the sorts of Rococo embellishments such as cherubs, shells, and flowers. All the things that characterized flamboyant 18th-century French furniture.

In the early 18th century the spreading popularity of French-style formal gardens created a booming market for statuary, urns and vases. Even then it was on trend to bring them inside. You will see them in chateau and palace interiors.

You can find classical lidded garden urns made from several materials such as concrete, plaster, iron, wood and today's composites. There are also many shapes, sizes, ........

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..... and colors to choose from.

Randall Tysinger Antiques, High Point, NC

Tara Shaw

Inspired by ancient old world architecture, the classic lidded garden urns are designed with elegant detail that will definitely give your home a unique accent.

Kelly Wearstler's garden patio.

Of course we all know how fabulous these lidded urns look in gardens and outside entertainment areas.

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Classical lidded urns make grand and stunning focal points. Think outside the box and don't be so concerned about scale!!

French home of designer David Hare

This room could certainly use an extra large lidded garden urn but any size is a great addition!! They are perfection when used alongside tapestries and other old world design elements.

Lisa Farmer - Eye For Design

I love the vertical appeal of using a lidded garden urn because I like making ceilings look as tall as possible. When displayed on a pedestal or something similar the shape automatically pulls the eye upward. This lidded urn found at auction (and decorated for Christmas) is in one of my bathrooms and sits atop a cabinet that contains washcloths, soaps etc. It is big for this bath but I like decorating against scale. 

This Furlow Gatewood interior has elements of Gustavian with French Rococo and chairs which look to be Directoire. In the middle of all this is a wonderful lidded urn.

A classical lidded urn on display in a garden room will instantly give it a sophisticated appeal.

They certainly add a bit of history to your interiors, reminiscent of old European manors and estates.

I love how this classical lidded garden urn seems to float in the air when displayed on an acrylic pedestal. So chic.

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Yes, they are beautiful outdoors. However the textural old world beauty of the lidded garden urn is as elegant when brought inside.

Use other classical pieces alongside your lidded garden urn for a tone on tone vignette. This style vignette looks great in French, French Nordic, and Gustavian interiors where neutral creams and whites dominate.

Adding one to a tabletop display is sure to bring compliments.
Frank Babb Randolph

A lidded garden urn, tucked into a niche, is enjoying the spotlight in this lovely neutral space. I love the pop of melon.

You'll love the classic elegance and beauty these lidded garden urns bring to an interior. The wedding of stone accessories and crystal chandeliers can't be beaten!!

Suzanne Kasler

The weathered concrete lidded urns are lovely but metal ones also have strong appeal.

When you bring them indoors leave the chippy paint and weathered garden look!!

So many of the planters we see are urns that have lost their lids.

The beauty of the classical lidded garden urn accompanied by an elegant plinth makes a huge neo-classical statement in this dining room.

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Unique lidded urns in this interior by designer Tara Shaw.

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An elegantly designed urn will bring a European style to any home entrance.

There are many different styles of these lidded urns to choose from.


The same lidded urn that could accentuate your backyard living area can also complement your interior decor.

Gorgeous lidded garden urns as well as other interesting architectural objects.

Since lidded urns are decorative and time honored they seem to work well in every room of the house.

Hal Williamson

Greystone Mansion

If you want an antique, look for lidded garden urns at auctions, antique malls, Etsy, and architectural salvage sources. You can also find reproductions at home decor shops and on Etsy and Ebay. 

Brimming with antiques and architectural salvage, this is the home of Master plaster artist Peter Hone. No blog about classical lidded urns would be complete without taking a look at some of his.

Peter Hone Home photographed by

Timothy Corrigan

It is fun to remove the lids of these garden urns and use them as elegant vessels for indoor floral or greenery presentations.

Lisa Farmer - Eye For Design

I have a concrete urn in my living room that I remove the lid and fill with greenery at Christmas. You can see the top to the right of the urn behind the holly. I started buying garden pieces to bring inside years ago and have enjoyed this lidded urn for at least fifteen. I hope you find one for yourself!!

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