Let’s cook it up: Interior design inspirations from iconic TV kitchens

The kitchen is the heart of the home, as the old saying goes. One reason is that it’s where food—a life essential—is stored and made. It is that magical place where ingredients from the grocery are turned into scrumptious meals that can perk you up and get you going throughout the day.

Like a normal heart, however, a kitchen should also be taken care of. A great way to make your kitchen feel alive is by redecorating and renovating it with aesthetically pleasing interior design.

Don’t know where to start with your kitchen refurbishment? These iconic kitchens from your favorite television series might serve as an inspiration.

Huge fans of these TV shows will easily recognize these rooms, may it be from the popping colors to how the furniture and appliances are placed. Convert your kitchen into these spaces reminiscent of beloved shows from the small screen to make your next interior design project as exciting as ever.

The one where ‘Friends’ cook

Most of the scenes shot in the sitcom Friends, which originally ran from 1994 to 2004, were at the Manhattan apartment of Monica Geller (Courteney Cox).

For those who have kitchens in a small space, take inspiration from Monica’s kitchen area, which has the traditional triangle that neatly connects the three key components of a kitchen: the sink, the fridge, and the cooktop.

Monica Geller’s kitchen in Friends (Photo: NBC)

A triangular space is ideal if there is one cook in the household, just like Monica who is a professional chef.

It also has blue shelves and lower cabinets that perfectly contrast with the brick wall. There’s also a portion that houses the plates, ingredients, condiments, and other kitchen needs.

The kitchen is also open to lounge and have snacks and conversations with a small brown dining table and four wooden chairs. 

An animated cookery

Those purple-painted cabinets, blue laminated countertops, and corn cob curtains would surely put you in a perky mood. 

Inspired by the iconic kitchen of Marge Simpson (Julie Kavner) of Emmy Award-winning animated sitcom, The Simpsons, it has a double sink, a four-burner slide-in range, dishwasher, and a single-door green refrigerator, perfect for a family of five or more.

It also includes a dining table and several chairs for those families who are always on the go and have no time to munch on breakfast and dinner in the dining area.

Truly memorable for its kitchen and so much more, The Simpsons has spanned 34 seasons (and counting) after making its premiere in 1989.

Living like a bachelor

In How I Met Your Mother, we have seen the character of Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris) live life like a true bachelor so it’s no surprise that his apartment would be reminiscent of that lifestyle.

Barney Stinson’s kitchen in How I Met Your Mother (Photo: CBS)

The kitchen of his sleek New York apartment features black cabinets and countertops, a marble bar table, martini glasses, and a silver refrigerator, truly perfect for single men who have just moved into an apartment of their own.

Add that elegant mix of black and dark brown to your kitchen, as well as polished chrome fixtures and appliances while making your potential friends and partner swoon over your cooking skills.

How I Met Your Mother made its debut in 2005 and had its season finale in 2014. It follows the adventures of Ted Mosby (Josh Radnor) and his love life as a single man in New York City.

Cooking in your golden years

Growing old and retiring with your best friends in one space truly sounds fun—and one of you might be the resident cook of the bunch. In the 1980s sitcom, The Golden Girls, the role was played by Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Getty).

Blanche and Rose talking in their kitchen in The Golden Girls (Photo: The Golden Girls on Facebook)

In the show’s seven seasons, we usually see Sophia cooking in the kitchen of their Miami abode, with help from her daughter Dorothy (Bea Arthur) and her roommates Blanche (Rue McClanahan) and Rose (Betty White).

To have the same vibes as our favorite Golden Girls, deck your kitchen with wooden furniture, especially cabinets and countertops, that beautifully contrast against the marble wall and yellow curtains.

Make some memories over a slice of cheesecake with your best friends in your golden years as you transform this kitchen into something The Golden Girls would be proud of. The show made its premiere in 1985.