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.
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.