‘Mix­ing Tex­tures Gave It Char­ac­ter’

CARO­LINE AND CHRIS MILLS ADDED EX­POSED BRICK, WARM OAK AND HINTS OF STEEL FOR A SU­PER-STYLISH SPACE

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The orig­i­nal kitchen in Caro­line and Chris Mills’s Six­ties home near Thatcham, Berk­shire, was small, dark and at the front of the house, while a con­ser­va­tory at the back basked in nat­u­ral light. The cou­ple de­cided to move rooms around, re­plac­ing the con­ser­va­tory with a kitchen-diner. ‘We re­ally wanted to have day­light from morn­ing un­til dusk,’ says Caro­line.

In­spired by the sim­ple style of con­tem­po­rary ho­tels they’d en­joyed on hol­i­days, the cou­ple chose soft-grey kitchen units and paired them with a tim­ber break­fast bar and black gran­ite work­tops, as well as some dis­tinc­tive distressed brick­work. ‘We wanted to have a feature wall and I think that the raw, re­claimed bricks lend a lit­tle hint of the in­dus­trial,’ ex­plains Caro­line. ‘The room is now what I call “Con­ti­nen­tal meets Scandi-chic”. It’s as light, prac­ti­cal and as stylish as we’d hoped for. We love it.’ TURN OVER TO FIND OUT HOW Caro­line and Chris cre­ated their new kitchen

FOR WHERE TO BUY ITEMS SHOWN, turn to Our SHOP­PING DI­REC­TORY Love their STYLE? caro­line and chris’s bricks came from their builder £. for a sim­i­lar ef­fect, try slim­brick’s re­claimed rus­tic tiles ££ or brick­ef­fect pan­els from pane­spol £££ Dif­fer­ent fin­ishes A COM­BI­NA­TION OF GREY-PAINTED UNITS, MID-TONED WOOD AND BARE BRICK HAS CRE­ATED A MODERNCOUNTRY FEEL IN THE KITCHEN

Shaker kitchen in Gull­wing and Oak, from £203 for a W600mm unit, Linda Barker range; oak is­land work­top, £2,500, J Rother­ham range; all Wren Kitchens

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