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Finishing touches


Over the years, side returns of Victorian houses have typically been incorporated into the kitchen, but why not hive off a section and convert it into a private workspace instead? Home offices do not need to be vast to be functional – especially if they have an outlook that gives the illusion of greater space, such as a large picture window, and are flooded with natural light. Use a strong but soothing colour on the walls and add a bright contrast with a cushion or lampshade detail. Where floor space is tight, make the best use of the room’s height by running a long shelf just below the ceiling to store work clutter out of sight.


If your desk is in a dark alcove or corner, consider giving it a

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