SCANDI SIM­PLIC­ITY

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THIS COR­NISH KITCHEN BY HOWDENS (HOWDENS.COM) HAS A REST­FUL PAL­ETTE OF WHITE WITH A WOODEN WORK­TOP AND FLOOR­BOARDS THAT THE OWN­ERS IN­STALLED THEM­SELVES. CLADDING ON ONE WALL WITH FINE MATCHBOARD­ING CRE­ATES A GEN­TLE FO­CUS AT ONE END OF THE ROOM SO THAT EV­ERY­THING RE­MAINS QUIET BUT EL­E­GANT.

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The Scan­di­na­vians have been lead­ers in the de­sign world for decades, with their pas­sion for so­phis­ti­cated styles and their sub­lime good taste. Char­ac­terised by crisp shapes, sin­gu­lar colours, light­touch dec­o­ra­tion and nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als, the aes­thetic is spare but warm. It’s a style par­tic­u­larly suited to kitchens, where func­tion­al­ism and sim­plic­ity hold sway. White and mono­chrome colours pre­dom­i­nate but other favoured shades in­clude soft mus­tard yel­lows, char­coal greys, wa­tery blues and ointment pink.

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