West LA Kitchen 4 photos

An interesting project. A very small kitchen that badly needed updating. The client wanted a contemporary feel, but the kitchen needed to stay true to the character of the 1947 home.

Photography by J. Tom Archuleta.

West LA Kitchen

The original all-wood cabinets were in great shape, so we kept them (always reuse what you can) and sprayed them white to open the space.
2 x 8 subway tiles are traditional but have a slightly more contemporary feel.
Absolute black granite counter tops break up all the white, and add a horizontal line that visually widens the room.
All new appliances are stainless except for the dishwasher, because if it were stainless that wall would look much smaller and choppier.

Photography by J. Tom Archuleta.

West LA Kitchen

For this feature wall we used a mix of 3 types of Stikwood: white, gray & reclaimed wood. It turned out beautifully, and the Stikwood Company has been using this photo in their email ads.
The counter is on locking castors to make it movable and also raise it to 36", standard counter height.
photography by J. Tom Archuleta

West LA Kitchen

White wooden blinds are very functional for light control and blend in, leaving focus on the Stikwood.
Under cabinet lighting is excellent for featuring artwork. I like to place small art pieces against the backsplash to use the light, if it doesn't interfere with function. They give this room personality.
Photography by J. Tom Archuleta.

West LA Kitchen

Clean, contemporary halogen mini pendants provide strong light for working at the sink. The white wooden blinds also give good control over lighting. Both blend in visually, leaving the focus on the Stikwood wall treatment.
The new appliances are all stainless except for this dishwasher. I went with white because if it were stainless it would make this kitchen wall look choppy and much smaller.
photography by J. Tom Archuleta