Flea Market Decorating Styles

6 Decorating Styles You Can Do Using Flea Market Finds

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Flea market decorating lends itself to a variety of different decorating styles. It's particularly well-suited for those that typically feature antique and vintage pieces. Here are some flea market decorating styles to consider:

1. New Orleans Style Decorating

Give your home and garden that special New Orleans look by furnishing it with French antiques, low country primitives, exotic accents, garden ornaments, and religious memorabilia.

You can find nearly everything you need for New Orleans style decorating at the flea market.

2. English Country Cottage

The cozy English country cottage look is ideal for flea market decorating.

Look for charming wood pieces that are either stained or painted -- and don’t worry about a few chips, nicks, or dings. Combine the wood furniture with upholstered pieces covered in cotton solids, cheerful stripes, and floral chintz.

Finish your English country cottage space with a few bits of porcelain, some plump needlepoint pillows, and a few vintage paintings, perhaps portraits, hunt scenes, or landscapes.

3. Beach Style Decorating

For beach style decor from the flea market, look for pale painted or scrubbed wood pieces. Mix in upholstery covered in white cotton, natural linen, or ticking stripes. Add a few shell-encrusted accessories and a lamp made of driftwood and you’ve got the relaxed beach house look.

4. Shabby Chic® Decorating

Rachael Ashwell made the shabby chic look popular with the release of her book bearing the same name. That was back in 1996, but the look is still going strong.

To get the shabby chic look from the flea market, look for white or pastel wood furniture with plenty of chipped and peeling paint.

Look for upholstery you can slipcover in simple white and pastel solids. Finish the room with a crystal-laden sparkly chandelier.

5. Cottage Style Decorating

Cottage style decorating features old wood furniture (painted or natural) in casual shapes. Upholstered pieces may be covered with florals, stripes, or solids, but they’re never overly fussy. Hooked rugs, old quilts, turned-wood lamps, and white ironstone dinnerware are the perfect flea market accessories for the cottage look.

6. Retro Style Decorating

Popular for several years now, a retro look is completely possible using just flea market and other secondhand goods.

Search for low slung, mid-century modern upholstered furniture. Add Danish Modern tables, chests, and chairs. Finish your retro modern look with a few funky lamps with laced fiberglass shades, a sunburst clock or mirror, and a Sputnik inspired chandelier.