The magic of cinema allows moviegoers to escape their reality and take a vacation in someone else's for two hours or so. This radical lifestyle swap might come with superpowers, high-tech gadgets, or, if you're lucky, an amazing kitchen. When you're watching a film and an amazing open concept kitchen with a counter-to-ceiling backsplash, an eight-burner range, and a proving drawer shows up, chances are you might find yourself experiencing a bit of kitchen envy.
Thankfully, with the help of sites like Pinterest and Instagram, you can inject some movie magic into your own home kitchen. From a recreation of Julia Child's legendary setup to the lower floors of Downton Abbey, inspiration can be found in this list of the best movie kitchens of all time.
For Julie & Julia, set designers had the monumental task of recreating arguably the most important kitchen in American culinary history: Julia Child's kitchen. This is the kitchen where Child tested and developed many of the recipes for her books following Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Vol. 1, and it served as the backdrop for several television shows.
The full kitchen was donated to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, in 2001. The kitchen was designed by Child's husband, Paul, and featured elevated counters to accommodate Child's height.
In Downton Abbey, we see the likes of Mrs. Patmore and Daisy scuttling about a fairly large kitchen that's somewhere between a commercial kitchen and something one might find in an open concept layout. The large double-length table is a perfect work surface for pastry, butchery, and plating; however, with electricity being just a recent addition, the kitchen itself might lag behind its modern equivalents when it comes to the speed and readiness of chilled items.
An interesting feature is the stove and oven setup. This type of device operates by radiating and storing heat that comes from a gas line or radiator located elsewhere in the house, rather than producing flames directly from a gas line. This is a much more common feature in European countries, but it has been made more popular thanks to companies like AGA.
Diane Keaton's kitchen in Something's Gotta Give is her character's love letter to herself. She wanted a house filled with life and love and she certainly got it.
Hardwood floors, black countertops, and white cabinetry are this kitchen's signatures, collectively establishing a sense of place and purpose within the heart of the home. A six-burner commercial gas range with dual ovens would make any home cook salivate, and the multiple kitchen islands and ample counter space make this kitchen a dream to entertain in. The dark fixtures on the cabinets are a perfect accent to the dark countertops, and the full subway tile backsplash against the stove adds a much-needed source of brightness by diffusing the ambient light.
Practical Magic? Practical kitchen. The Owens sisters' hearth-style kitchen is a tangerine dream of a breakfast area - and incredibly pleasing to look at. Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman's characters literally work their magic in and about the kitchen (and let's not forget about the midnight margaritas). The tiled hearth is home to an AGA range that basically screams at viewers to come and cook with them.
The continuation of the backsplash up and all along the length of the stove wall and up to the windows offers a dramatic, easy-to-clean statement for any home cook looking to brew up something magical. The large kitchen table serves as both a dining and work surface and seems to be showing years of loving wear and tear.