Movie kitchens feed a different type of desire than movies do. We keep returning to the big screen to appreciate the stunning kitchen sets that appear in some of our favorite movies. Kitchens, more than medicine cabinets or bedrooms, satisfy our obsessive curiosity in the day-to-day lives of fictional characters on the big screen.
The kitchen serves as the heart of the home. The gathering place for family and friends, both in real life and on the big screen. There is always something to appreciate in a beautifully designed kitchen, whether it is cozy, unconventional, futuristic, or trendy. Continue reading to see our top five selections for film kitchens design ideas.
1. Gone Girl
The kitchen in Gone Girl is the perfect example of real-life luxury in a home setting. It is both chic and bold. A single oven, warming drawer, wine fridge, and soft natural light give this room a grotto-like feel that is just on the edge of being creepy, but in a cozy way.
Rosamund Pike’s Amy Dunne takes center stage, surrounded by a kitchen designed to reflect the character’s demeanor – calculating, finessed, and exact when it comes to the painstaking planning and framing of her demise… and also dinner plans. The light-colored walls around the rest of the room look great against the dark kitchen island.
Synopsis: Former New York writer Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) and his beautiful wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) paint a picture of a happy marriage for the public. But when Amy goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick is the first person everyone looks to for answers. The ensuing police pressure and media frenzy shatter the Dunnes’ image of a blissful marriage, raising enticing doubts about Nick and Amy’s true identities.
2. Knocked Up
The dark hardwood floors and all-white fixtures make the kitchen from Knocked Up one of the more stunning kitchens seen in films during the 2000s.
With several dishwashers, a giant gas range with a hood, numerous ovens, two farmhouse sinks, and a great island that doubles as a breakfast area, this is everything someone could want in a home kitchen. The white fixtures aid in light diffusion, removing the harshness that one might expect from a kitchen that is already incredibly bright. Above all, this kitchen feels friendly and open to anyone who might come across it.
Synopsis: Alison Scott (Katherine Heigl), a rising journalist, faces a major setback when a one-night encounter with reckless slacker Ben Stone (Seth Rogen) results in pregnancy. Rather than raising the child alone, she decides to give Ben an opportunity to prove he is a good father. However, he is hesitant whether he is ready to be a parent, and they both wonder if they would be compatible long-term partners.
3. Love, Actually
In Love, Actually, Liam Neeson’s character makes great use of this metal-heavy galley kitchen, even though it is in a small space.
Stainless steel work surfaces and a compact two-burner stove emphasize function above design in this widower’s apartment. Open shelves and a big kitchen island make it easy to get things done, and the cool colors calm down what would otherwise be a chaotic space. Keep in mind that the fronts of the cabinets behind Neeson are also made of stainless steel.
Synopsis: The characters are falling in love and falling out of love. Some are with the right people and some are with the wrong people. Some want to have an affair and some are in mourning. Love begins and love ends. They have many dates. They are all teasing each other about love. At all ages and social levels, love is the main theme. All through the movie, there is a mix of romantic love and love between brothers. The majority of this film was shot in London around the Christmas season, and the characters all arrived at Heathrow airport on a positive note.
4. It’s Complicated
This kitchen in the middle-aged romantic comedy/love triangle starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, and Steve Martin celebrates the love of food and sharing it with family and friends. So, yes, the kitchen is wonderful.
What did you learn from the movie? “Putting food on display is the best way to respect it,” says Hairston. “Let the food you cook be the main event. Choose cake stands, clear glass containers, and lids to keep your treats out in the open and easy to get to.
Large islands and breakfast nooks are great ways to add a place to talk to people in the kitchen. Putting all the useful things in the kitchen, like the stove, sink, fridge, dishwasher, etc., in a “work triangle” will help you get the most out of them. On the other side, leave a space for people to sit down. Look for upholstered bar stools or dining chairs in light, neutral colors to create a cozy space where people will want to stay for a while.
Synopsis: Jane (Meryl Streep), who runs a successful restaurant, is no longer married to Jake (Alec Baldwin), but they are still friends. When an innocent meal together turns into an affair, Jane finds out that she is the other woman in Jake’s life, even though he is now married to someone else. Adam, the architect she hired to remodel her kitchen, is still hurting from his own breakup. He starts to like Jane, but soon realizes that he is now part of a love triangle.
5. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
This action comedy starring Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie has a kitchen that stands out for being sleek and modern. After all, they fell in love during this movie! (Even though it didn’t work out perfectly in the end.)
Lynn says, “Moving the stove and sink to the center island makes for a very flexible work triangle.” “It frees up the counter space around the edges for other things and gives you more options with other appliances. For example, the double wall ovens in this kitchen are very popular with clients. It lets them run two ovens at different temperatures at the same time, and it looks good on the wall. The stainless steel accents in this kitchen give it a modern look.”
Synopsis: John Smith (Brad Pitt) and Jane Smith (Angelina Jolie) are a married couple who seem to have a boring life. But each of them has been keeping a secret from the other: they are both assassins who work for agencies that are at odds with each other. When both of them are sent to kill Benjamin Danz, played by Adam Brody, the truth comes out. When they are finally free of their cover stories, they learn that they have been ordered to kill each other, resulting in a sequence of explosive attacks.
The “heart of the home” is the kitchen. Kitchens are the most important places in movies. They are where the characters’ lives happen, so we should pay more attention to them if we want to understand a story better. “The kitchen is one of the most important places in movies because it helps develop characters, show how they fit into society, and tell a story. And now that you know that every detail is meant to show how the characters feel inside, you’ll never look at that kitchen island the same way again.”