One of our favorite places to turn for interiors inspiration is the silver screen. Think about it, with a substantial budget, they get to create kitchens that some of our favorite characters cook in. And of course because the movies are pure fantasy, they are going to be some aspirational kitchens.
Here are a few of our favorites — they span from the bougie Nancy Meyers kitchens to the more eclectic rooms you'll find in indie films like Amelie. Don't forget to tell us your favorite on-screen kitchens in the comments.
- It's Complicated: You know we had to start with a Nancy Meyers movie. It's a signature of her films that in addition to casting actresses we all want to be, she also shows us houses we all want to live in. This California kitchen is no exception, just look at all that counter space. (via Remodelista)
- Amelie: It might not be the largest kitchen, but what it lacks in floor space, it makes up in vintage charm. We can imagine preparing a classic Salad Niçoise and watching the neighborhood go by in this kitchen. (via Verbena Simple Living)
- The Big Chill: Given that one of the most memorable scenes from the movie takes place in this kitchen, we had to include it here. Basically, this is what we want all of our weekend-away with friends house rental kitchens to look like. Although, we'd rather be gathered under happier circumstances. (via Hooked on Houses)
- Under the Tuscan Sun: It might have started out as a ruin but the Italian villa in this movie ends up with a seriously beautiful kitchen. We would like a few more modern conveniences, but for that view and Diane Lane's life, we'd be happy to do without. (via Between Naps on the Porch)
- A Single Man: It should come as no surprise that we love this 1960s kitchen decked out by the designer of Mad Men. The exposed wood beams and bright green countertops are completely era-appropriate, and perfect for Colin Firth's character. (via Hooked on Houses)
- The Kids are All Right: While initially we were more charmed by the name of Mark Ruffalo's organic, farm-to-table restaurant WYSIWYG (which is short for what you see is what you get), the home kitchen of the couple played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore is just as stunning. What we wouldn't give for those barstools. (via Hooked on Houses)
- Something's Gotta Give: If East Coast beach house is more your vibe, then you'll prefer this Nancy Meyer's kitchen to the one in It's Complicated. But all the elements we want are still there — a huge island counter, a killer stove, subway tile, and plenty of square footage for age-appropriate drama to unfold. (via Btch Flcks)
- The Princess Diaries: We love the kitchen in the Thermopolis firehouse because it's a bit more realistic than many of these on-screen kitchens. No, we don't have a fire pole next to the range, but sometimes our homes get just as cluttered and chaotic. Plus, we're swooning over all that color. (via Hooked on Houses)