Flea Market Décor
Fix It with Florals
Learn how to incorporate florals into your vintage-inspired home.
FLORAL PATTERNS ARE BEAUTIFUL,
but they can also be intimidating. Certain combinations look garish instead of gorgeous, so many of us simply stay away from adding them to our homes. But author Bari J. Ackerman is here to share how to add tasteful florals in her new book, Bloom Wild: A Free-spirited Guide to Decorating with Floral Patterns. “Forget your worries about what goes with what, looking too granny or looking too wild, and get ready to dive in,” she writes. Here are her tried-and-true tips for getting the most out of floral patterns in your home.
STEP 1: FIND WHAT YOU LOVE
The first step is to explore the world around you to help determine what you love. “Begin by exploring the immediate world around you,” Ackerman writes. Visit your local park, museum, bookstore and flower store, and notice what catches your eye. Is it a certain color or color combination? Is it a specific species of flower or shape of the petals? How about the size of the flower? Take all these elements into account when you start looking for floral patterns for your home.
STEP 2: MIX AND MATCH
Ackerman designs both floral prints and fabrics and has reached several formulas in her design process. She has three different kinds of prints that go well together. “I think of the prints as a ‘hero’ (the main event), a ‘ditzy’ (small flowers) or a ‘stripe’—and a great floral design mixes all three together,” she writes. When deciding on a floral pattern, start with your “hero,” a large-scale floral pattern that will be the focal point of the design. Large-scale art is a beautiful way to add florals to a room. “There’s not much measuring or planning involved as there is with gallery walls, and less effort too,” Ackerman writes. “One strong picture hanger, and you are done!”