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‘Utility rooms really do have to work, so the trick is to combine function and longevity with decor that feels authentic rather than over-dressed,’ says Helen Parker, creative director of deVOL. ‘There’s no need for decoration unless it’s useful or relates to the room’s function, so I’d advise against putting up pictures or displaying ornaments – just let the room dictate its decoration. If you are a gardener, nothing is prettier than packets of seeds, terracotta pots, jam jar vases and baskets for gathering flowers.’

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