Flea Market Décor

Fix It with Flo­rals

Learn how to in­cor­po­rate flo­rals into your vin­tage-in­spired home.

- BY VIC­TO­RIA VAN VLEAR PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY CAR­LEY PAGE SUM­MERS

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!”

 ??  ?? If you find a vin­tage flo­ral fabric you want to use, try re­cov­er­ing a stool or ot­toman in the print.
“Just re­move the seat or top, and sta­ple on some new fabric (as I did here),” Ack­er­man writes.
If you find a vin­tage flo­ral fabric you want to use, try re­cov­er­ing a stool or ot­toman in the print. “Just re­move the seat or top, and sta­ple on some new fabric (as I did here),” Ack­er­man writes.
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 ??  ?? Ack­er­man is a fabric de­signer and cre­ates col­lec­tions based on her for­mu­las of which pat­terns work well to­gether. “When de­sign­ing a col­lec­tion or a room, I be­gin with a ‘hero’ or ‘fo­cal’ print,” she writes.
Ack­er­man is a fabric de­signer and cre­ates col­lec­tions based on her for­mu­las of which pat­terns work well to­gether. “When de­sign­ing a col­lec­tion or a room, I be­gin with a ‘hero’ or ‘fo­cal’ print,” she writes.
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Bloom Wild: A Free-spir­ited Guide to Dec­o­rat­ing with Flo­ral Pat­terns by Bari J. Ack­er­man, pub­lished by Abrams, © 2020; abrams­books.com.

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