Multiple styles combine in this kitchen by Nectaar’s Bec and George Douros

An expert blend of aesthetics combine to make one contemporary whole.

In association with Cosentino.

In one of two new Melbourne townhouses created by Bec and George Douros of interior design company Nectaar from the bones of the sprawling 1970s home George grew up in, this kitchen has piqued our interest not only for its naturalistic beauty but also for its tasteful amalgamation of multiple styles. Retaining a hint of the home’s ’70s origins, the backbone honours the existing textural brickwork but is perfectly comfortable alongside contemporary panelled cabinetry and high-tech Dekton surfaces by Cosentino for supreme long-term functionality. Updated with Dulux White on White, the pale bricks are at once enlivened and anchored by the cabinetry’s garden-green Dulux Spirulina, the marbled grey benchtops, and the black tapware and hardware. In what might be our favourite detail, skylights meet track lights overhead, offering task lighting when it’s needed and letting the sun shine in when it isn’t. All told, it’s a well-considered wonder that we just had to run past you.

QUIET CONFIDENCE Stain-, scratch-, heat- and UV-resistant Dekton Vera by Cosentino has a concrete look with pale veining for an industrial-meets-natural feel. At the rear of the kitchen, this hero material is cleverly continued into the cabinetry to provide hidden work surfaces and up onto the wall as a low-riding splashback.

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