Designer Charlotte Crosland’s top tips on home style

Interior designer Charlotte Crosland creates elegant but liveable room schemes. This listed Georgian house was one of her projects and we took the opportunity of a little look around for ideas, tips, and because, well, that’s what we like to do.

‘This was a Grade-II listed Georgian house so we had to work within certain details that were already there like ceiling mouldings, cornices and details on doors,’ explains Charlotte. ‘I incorporated these details in my schemes and added further patterns and details that would work with them.’

We like the way a glass coffee and side table, the chandelier and the mirror keep the light from the generously sized sash windows flowing round the living room, too.

‘The hall was very much the core of the house in this project,’ says Charlotte, ‘so the hall wallpaper was the first thing I put into my schemes and the rest of the house evolved around this by choosing the colours I used in all the rooms coming off the hall and stairs.’

Just sneaking into our shot here is the striped stair carpet – perfect for leading the eye up and making the most of the entrance to your home.

Now we’re suffering serious room envy. We love the floor-to-ceiling books, and with the generous proportions of a Georgian house, that’s plenty of books. Beautiful as this feature is here, it’s also a great idea for a home that’s not so well endowed with architectural detail, creating colour and interest.

We want to ask, though. How do you shelve yours: same colours together, alphabetical order, date of publication?

We’ve fallen for this kitchen-diner, and are noting that the ceiling spotlights have been complemented by pendant lights for the dining table and the breakfast bar, creating the ability to light individual areas of the room as they’re used – and looking rather lovely as well.

The schemes throughout become paler as you go up each floor so by the time you get to the master bedroom you are in a very light, fresh and relaxing room,’ says Charlotte.

A little contrast can help emphasise the qualities of your decorating scheme. The dark footstool at the base of the bed in this sanctuary accentuates the lightness of the remaining elements.


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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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