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Charlotte Moss’ Exclusive Tips: How to Combine Design Styles Like a Pro

Designer Charlotte Moss, who blends her traditional sensibility with modern-day aesthetics, has been a staple in the industry for years, garnering attention from top shelter magazines & A-List clients. Check out these must-know tips we snagged from Charlotte on how to make traditional elements work in your home today:

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ON MAKING TRADITIONAL FEEL FRESH

Charlotte effortlessly mixes traditional with contemporary elements in this sitting area. The embroidered pattern on the drapery as well as the paisley and floral prints are more classic choices while her color combination of Kelly & lime green with a pop of hot pink makes the space feel fresh. “I usually go for mix and contrast, so if I use bolder colors, I’ll add a piece of mahogany furniture,” explains Moss.

Tip: “To create a traditional room that still looks current, use bold color, more contemporary art and edit the accessories–that is, fewer being better. What I think enlivens and enriches any traditional interior is the mix of antiques with new furniture.”

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ON DECORATING WITH A CANOPY BED

Charlotte believes it’s wise to “find your starting point and build on it,” like she did in this cozy bedroom. The canopy bed’s floral fabric is the focal point and statement-maker, so everything else in the room is carefully chosen to complement, not compete with that fabric. For example, the pastel bedding pulls from colors on the trim of the canopy fabric and the neutral colors of the modern textured walls and traditional table lamps blend together seamlessly to play as a canvas for the bolder elements.

Tip: “The bed is a pretty personal item, so in terms of choosing a canopy bed, I think you must be guided by your personal preferences. My over arching tip in design is to listen to yourself and trust your instinct. It generally never lets you down.”

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ON USING TRADITIONAL DRAPERY

The traditional drapery in this study really makes the room feel grand without overpowering it. Charlotte chose a fabric that had a softer color and clean pattern in order to keep the room feeling crisp, light and airy, opting to accent with pops of red in the floral chaise and leather-upholstered chair.

Tip: “When decorating with traditional drapery styles, don’t smother the window, the view and the light. Good quality fabrication is key. When in doubt, or on a restricted budget…go simple.”

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