Period-Perfect Kitchens

Kitchens with classic style and timeless appeal with ideas you can incorporate in your own.


Period-Perfect Kitchens

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A second oven, along with a microwave, in this kitchen island comes in particularly handy when entertaining.

Bring back the closed kitchens says TOH articles editor Deborah Baldwin. Why? When entertaining, if the kitchen is total chaos, you can shoo guests out.

  • Mary Henry
    Mary Henry

    Yes!!!!!! Open Concept is sooo overated. Love alone time in my kitchen

For an avid cook and gardener, there are two sinks in this kitchen. One is a large farmhouse sink with a pro dishwashing faucet to speed produce prep. The other is an island sink to handle overflow.

Jenna of Jenna Sue Design Co. built the decorative wood beams on her kitchen ceiling out of inexpensive whitewood.

This 1920s cottage came with a 1940s enameled O'Keefe & Merritt stove.The owner added the painted hutch and custom cabinets, just 16 inches deep to maximize floor space. An open shelf replaces upper cabinets, which would have "suffocated" the 6-foot-wide room.

Upper cabinets with glass on both sides let the light in and connect the kitchen to the breakfast nook beyond.

The pantry of Southern Living's 2015 Charlottesville Idea House, with interior design by Bunny Williams, features open upper cabinets that let guests know they can help themselves.

In the 2009 romance It's Complicated, Meryl Streep renovates her kitchen and—suddenly—open shelves are everywhere.

Perfect color for a coastal kitchen.

A soft color palette, furniture-style cabinetry, vintage accessories and a timeless white marble countertop are key elements of French country-kitchen style.

Granite countertops, "leathered" for a matte finish, and subway tiles with black grout add a rustic, comfy touch to this farmhouse kitchen.

Timeworn furniture, a turn-of-the-century pendant lamp, cast-iron sink and cherry-red Aga stove add vintage character to this farmhouse kitchen.

  • Anita Zaccaro
    Anita Zaccaro

    This is stunning!

Cabinets with brushed-on milk paint, tile with a crackled ivory finish, plus honed granite and a flea-market table give this new kitchen a softly aged look.

In the 2003 crowd-pleaser Something's Gotta Give, Diane Keaton plays a successful playwright who likes to cook. Set decorator Beth Rubino met the challenge and set off a stampede for Keaton Kitchen Wannahaves. We still haven't seen the end of white cabinets, soapstone countertops, and nickel bin pulls.

In the 1991 family drama Father of the Bride, Diana Keaton strategizes in a kitchen big enough for the entire wedding party. Could giant islands have started here?

A bold black-painted wall makes a dramatic background, while highlighting the rich golden tones of the vintage multi-drawer dresser and utilitarian shelves. Add a carefully curated selection of vibrant accessories to lift help the mood.

From Kelly at SmartSchoolHouse.com, fun, easy, and quick DIY decorating ideas to add farmhouse decor to your rental apartment kitchen.

This kitchen reflects the homeowners' love of Craftsman design. The art-tile backsplash is a nod to the blackbirds they spot in their yard daily. The pegged wide-plank oak floors are a seamless blend of old and new.

Ceramic tile in a gray, white and black geometric pattern creates a 3D illustion in this handsome kitchen.

Custom panels help this built-in refrigerator melt into the surrounding all-white kitchen.

Butler's panty in soft gray by Heidi Piron.

Spring-green cabinets give this kitchen a spritely personality. Honed Carrara marble tops the island; the rest of the counters are honed Absolute Black marble.

Craftsman-style kitchen design with pegged wide-plank oak floors are a seamless blend of old and new in this 82-year-old gem. See the full remodel here. | Photo: Mark Samu

Now here's a sink to build an entire kitchen around!

  • J Kr
    J Kr

    towel bar by sink!!

A shepherd's-crook faucet, apron sink, and paneled dishwashers complete the room's traditional styling. | Faucet and sink: ROHL