Period-Perfect Kitchens

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


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Period-Perfect Kitchens

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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

Instead of hiding everything away in cupboards and drawers, create a display area for practical items and interesting pieces. 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. VIA theROOMedit

Two kitchen islands create generous traffic corridors and distinct zones: one near the range for prep and another where the family can gather. Touches such as antiqued mirrored panels with decorative grillework for separate freezer and refrigerator columns upped the style. | Flooring: Lumber Liquidators | Countertops: pentalgm | Range: Wolf | Cabinetry: Signature Custom Cabinets Inc. | Refrigerator and freezer: Sub-Zero | Custom Vent hood: Amore Design Factory | Sinks, faucets, pot filler: ROHL | Island Pendants: Hudson Valley Lighting

This galley kitchen blends pro-style appliances, linoleum flooring, traditional flat-panel cabinets, and oil-rubbed-bronze hardware.

This island prep space doubles as a landing spot for items from the wide stand-alone fridge. To ensure smooth traffic flow around the sink, 5 inches was shaved off the countertop depth and the dishwasher was recessed 4 inches into the wall.

This open and airy 15-by-20-foot kitchen was self-designed by the homeowner

The cook space looks out onto an airy dining area and peeks into a corner pantry. The wall of hutch-like built-ins is a functional showpiece, with leaded-glass cabinet doors and a salvaged marble counter.

A deep farmhouse sink and faucet in stainless steel reinforces the updated traditional style of this kitchen space (while also hiding dirty dishes).