Kitchens are the gathering place of a home. You can set a perfect table but the stories and the laughter are usually loudest in the kitchen as food comes out of the oven and wine bottles are opened. So keeping a kitchen’s fresh look is something to be prioritized. Our Los Angeles designer, Taylor Tanimoto, recently helped revive a Sherman Oaks kitchen with some fun, functional, and beautiful upgrades.

Before: The original kitchen was not in its prime. It was a standard galley kitchen that had a doorway to a very small dining room and on the opposite side it had a stairway to the backyard. It had limited counter space with a tiled countertop and for a family with children, this was cramping their style. The kitchen also needed some modern amenities such as a trash and recycling drawer, a proper pantry and a place to hide the stacked washer/dryer.

After: We knew we needed to give this space some breathing room. We opened the wall between the kitchen and dining room and the entire space expanded. We enclosed the outdoor stairway and created a small but separate laundry room. With kids on the go, we added counter seating for serving quick meals while cooking or cleaning up. We made an appliance wall with a full pantry, 48” refrigerator, and double ovens which made it possible to have a lot of countertop space near the sink and stovetop. We used Thermador appliances which gave the space an open and contemporary feel.

The overall look is bright, modern, and accessible. The sky blue cabinets make for a clean and fresh kitchen while the brass accents throw in a little glam. The backsplash tiles are Walker Zanger Vibe in White Gloss while the countertops are marble. The built-in bench seating for the dining room table creates plenty of room for kids to pile in during meals. For window treatments, we used multi-color roman shades to coordinate with the geometric backsplash and bring the space together. We loved working on this family-friendly design to give this kitchen a new life!