This Natural Kitchen Exudes Warmth


When you’ve got a view worth bragging about, the last thing you want to do is overpower it with a cluttered and distracting interior. At least that’s what these homeowners believed when they built their home in a majestic area on the south coast of New South Wales.

Nestled into the hillside of a craggy coastline with north-facing views over the Pacific Ocean, this architecturally designed home makes the most of its picturesque surrounds with a clean-lined and quiet interior design. With the home offering durability and a natural colour palette befitting its coastal conditions, the homeowners were clear in their brief that the kitchen needed to withstand the wear and tear of many guests, provide casual seating that makes taking in the view an inviting prospect, and make a subtle colour statement that reflects the natural environs.

Incorporated into the open-plan living layout desired by the owners, the kitchen is framed by white silk-lacquer-finished cabinetry with fingerprint-resistant technology. Reflecting the natural light that pours in through floor-to-ceiling windows on either side, the cabinetry resists the framing effect by blending with the walls to give the kitchen a sense of “floating” atop its cliffside location.

Timber-veneer highlight cabinets and an island benchtop ground the space with a natural texture and warmth, as well as adding a little colour variation. Neolith Estatuario abuts the wood veneer on the other half of the island, adding texture and functionality with beautiful movement from the grey veining. Surrounding the cooktop, a 6mm-solid, scratch-resistant, stainless-steel benchtop offers the durability and low-maintenance elements the owners were looking for. White toughened glass was used for the splashback, which not only reflects the view but is cleaned up with a simple wipe when the cooking is done.

To maintain the clean lines and open feel of the kitchen, a butler’s pantry was installed behind the main kitchen. Featuring a wine fridge, second dishwasher, additional sink and plenty of prep space, this utility area helps keep the mess out of sight and the main kitchen free from clutter when the party gets going.

Designer Dean Welsh for ThinkDzine

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