4 Design Ideas That Will Make Your Kitchen Feel Brand-New

Rose Hansen

“Everyone touches the kitchen,” Pamela Shamshiri says. Before the workday starts, you’ll find the Iranian-born principal designer in her ‘office kitchen’ preparing a Persian breakfast spread: feta cheese, eggs, and “lots of things to nibble on for hours.” The enviable space, tucked inside a 1920s Spanish Colonial building on Sunset […]

“Everyone touches the kitchen,” Pamela Shamshiri says. Before the workday starts, you’ll find the Iranian-born principal designer in her ‘office kitchen’ preparing a Persian breakfast spread: feta cheese, eggs, and “lots of things to nibble on for hours.” The enviable space, tucked inside a 1920s Spanish Colonial building on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, is the heart of Studio Shamshiri—a widely-admired multidisciplinary design firm opened by Shamshiri and her brother, Ramin, in 2016. As much a storyteller as she is a designer, Shamshiri’s narrative-driven and research-heavy approach comes to life in both residential buildings (like Anne Hathaway’s historic Californian country home) and commercial properties (like the eccentric, more-is-more Maison de la Luz hotel in New Orleans). After a year of near constant cooking and working from our dining tables, our kitchens are starting to feel as tired as we are. An expert in breathing life into any space, we enlisted Shamshiri to school us on mixing metals, balancing form and function, and incorporating natural materials like wood and slate.

1. Commit to Color

PHOTO BY SHADE DEGGES

When updating an existing kitchen, a bit of color works wonders. In this Manhattan home Shamshiri added new fronts to the standard developer cabinetry and painted them an unexpected shade of mustard. Want something similar? Try Backdrop’s Pablo Honey.

Get the Look:

Backdrop Pablo Honey Paint

$59.00, Backdrop Home

Cone Pendant Light

$171.00, All Modern

Wooden Counter and Bar Stools

$195.00, Food52

2. Lean into Wood

<cite class="credit">PHOTO BY YOSHIHIRO MAKINO</cite>

PHOTO BY YOSHIHIRO MAKINO

“We’re moving more and more toward wood,” says Shamshiri, who finds the naturally occurring grain of bleached walnut or oiled oak to be timeless. In this La Jolla, CA, home, Shamshiri complements wood cabinets with green slate countertops and metals like copper Waterworks faucets and a stainless steel Wolf Dual Fuel range.

Get the Look:

Crue Kitchen Faucet by Kohler

$622.00, Kohler

Brighton Floating Wood Shelf

$149.00, Pottery Barn

Turkish Hand Towel

$17.00, Olive & Linen

Villa Single Copper Sink

$1274.00, Rejuvenation

3. Skirt the Problem

<cite class="credit">PHOTO BY TREVOR TONDRO PHOTOGRAPHY, INC. </cite>

PHOTO BY TREVOR TONDRO PHOTOGRAPHY, INC.

Traditionally used to mask plumbing or storage in country kitchens, sink skirts “can hide a lot of things,” Shamshiri says of the vintage Indonesian fabric she hung beneath the kitchen sink at her L.A. office. DIY’ers can use a tension rod and a sewing machine.

Get the Look:

Zellige Tile

$30.00, Wayfair (per square foot)

Hammered Copper Tray

$50.00, Amazon

Handwoven Indonesian Fabric

$79.00, Etsy

4. Mix Your Metals

<cite class="credit">PHOTO BY STEPHEN KENT JOHNSON</cite>

PHOTO BY STEPHEN KENT JOHNSON

Top-quality equipment doesn’t have to sacrifice style. For the Ojai, CA, home of Anne Hathaway, Shamshiri went with a handcrafted La Cornue Château 120 range with a pale gray finish and mixed-metal trim. But she’ll often go even bolder, choosing bright appliances by Lacanche. (We also love Smeg.)

Get the Look:

Mauviel 10” Copper Frying Pan

$350.00,

Backdrop Skywalker Paint

$59.00, Backdrop Home

Barber Wilson Swing Arm Pot Filler

$932.00, Amazon

Emery Pot Rack Bar

$189.00, Rejuvenation

Originally Appeared on Bon Appétit

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