‘Mixing Textures Gave It Character’
CAROLINE AND CHRIS MILLS ADDED EXPOSED BRICK, WARM OAK AND HINTS OF STEEL FOR A SUPER-STYLISH SPACE
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
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