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If space is tight, a din­ing nook works well – cre­ate an L-shaped cor­ner by com­bin­ing two nar­row benches and plac­ing chairs around the other sides of the ta­ble. Up­hol­stered benches feel smarter than their in­dus­trial wooden coun­ter­parts (try Swoon or Oka), while the more plump cush­ions you can squeeze in, the more homely it will feel. You could con­sider sofa-style seat­ing in­stead of chairs – West Elm has com­pact pieces for this very pur­pose. For light­ing, choose an ad­justable wall light that won’t crowd the space.

both made up in fab­rics, from £70 a me­tre, Manuel Canovas Blind and cush­ions,


Neu­tral fab­rics can be livened up with printed cush­ions£630 as shown,

from a se­lec­tion, Raj Tent Club Mir­ror,

Cush­ion,£55, Soho Home

£60, Jenny Blanc at

Beige Shadow matt emul­sion, £43 for 2.5L, San­der­son

Wall light, £275, Alexan­der & Pearl

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