The Chicest Kitchens on the Internet This Year

If kitchens are the heart of the home, the ones we shortlisted for best of the year in 2016 still have a lot of love to give. We may be living in a rental apartment or a fixer-upper pre-renovation, but that doesn't mean we can't take a moment to daydream about our ideal kitchen—one that features floor-to-ceiling storage, designer lighting, and Carrara marble backsplashes.

While we see a lot of great kitchens every year, these ones have a certain je ne sais quoi that makes them stand above the rest—an intricate detail, a showstopping counter stool, or a clever color scheme.

If you're planning a kitchen renovation, even better. We rounded up all of our favorite editor-approved kitchens in one place to make your inspiration sourcing that much easier.

Ahead, visions of brass pot-fillers, waterfall islands, and wood fire ovens await. Look no further, these are the only spaces you'll need to inspire your own dream kitchen.

Sleek Melbourne kitchen
Lisa Cohen / Robson Rak Architects

What we wouldn't give to wake up to breakfast in this sleek Melbourne kitchen by Robson Rak Architects. Apparently, we're not the only ones—the house was shortlisted for the Australian Interior Design Awards and Houses Awards. The entire wall across from the kitchen island opens up to the backyard and dreamy lap pool—perfect for a morning dip. 

What we love: The long edgy pendant light and the bookcase tucked into the kitchen island.

&Tradition Raft Stool NA4 Barstool $606
Manhattan kitchen with marble wall and floor to ceiling cabinets
Brittany Ambridge / Gachot Studios

Across the pond in New York City, this sprawling kitchen by Gachot Studios defies the laws of Manhattan's small spaces. Featuring a four-seat kitchen island and an entire backsplash wall of white marble, it is both a chef's dream and an entertainer's delight.

What we love: The Lambert & Fils suspension light and floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets.

Lambert and Fils Dot Line Suspension light fixture
Lambert & Fils Dot Line Suspension Light Fixture $1,275
Rustic marble kitchen in Texas
MyDomaine / Casey Dunn 

In Brooklyn Decker's Texas kitchen, marble is king. The rustic style kitchen also features bright blue cabinets, a brass sink, and rustic beams. The layered vintage oil paintings above the cabinets add a sense of history and personality. It's a farmhouse at its best.

What we love: The marble-covered range hood and the suspended open shelving in front of the windows.

Noir The Finger, Brass $129
Light and airy California kitchen
DISC Interiors

This elegant tone-on-tone kitchen by Los Angeles–based design firm DISC Interiors is stunning in its subtlety. It's the home of Carly de Castro of Pressed Juicery. The blond wood and cream tones feel beachy and appropriate for its coveted Santa Monica location.

What we love: The La Scala glass pendant and the repetition of blonde and cream tones.

Lasvit Neverending Glory La Scala Pendant $Upon Request
Naomi Watts and Liev Scheiber's kitchen
Douglas Friedman/Trunk Archive / Ashe Leandro

The Manhattan home kitchen of Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber may have been our favorite for the entire year—and the kitchen is no exception. Designed by Ashe Leandro, the space features checkered black and white floors, duck egg lacquered cabinets, and globe pendant lights symmetrical to the three-bar stools below.

What we love: The vintage breakfast banquette and the built-in refrigerator doors.

Farrow & Ball Lulworth Blue $110
Park Slope kitchen with closed and open storage
Elizabeth Roberts

This Park Slope townhouse in Brooklyn designed by Elizabeth Roberts is a chef's dream. Featuring plenty of storage, both open and closed, the space also has a wood fire oven and vistas from every cooking station. 

What we love: The rolling ladder and the wood fire oven. 

Haleigh 8" metal dome rod pendant
Rejuvenation Customizable Haleigh Wire Dome Pendant $399 $319
Dark European style kitchen with marble backsplash
DeVol Kitchens

This dark and moody kitchen by DeVol is everything we imagine English country kitchens to be. Painted from floor to ceiling in deep forest green, it features shaker cabinets, open shelving, and a classic farmhouse sink.

What we love: The white marble against dark green paint and the oven nook.

Farrow & Ball Studio Green $110
Kitchen with marble and green accents
JJ Locations

Entirely unique and showstopping, this kitchen in a London townhouse is also home to many photoshoots through film production services company JJ Media Group. It seamlessly blends past and present with its contrasting lighting, herringbone floors, and waterfall island.

What we love: The repetitive green accents and the contrast between the modern pendants and classic chandelier.

Workstead Industrial Black Pendant $745
Kitchen with graphic backsplash
DISC Interiors

In another dreamy kitchen by DISC Interiors, the stark black cabinets and kitchen island are offset by light whitewashed floors and white and brass accents. To finish off the look, a patterned ceramic tile backsplash packs a punch.

What we love: The Lawson-Fenning barstools and the ceramic tile backsplash.

Lawson-Fenning Orsini Barstool $1,451
Kitchen with gray shaker cabinets
Oscar Properties

While we always have a soft spot for a Scandinavian eat-in kitchen, this one takes the cake. The cool muddy gray shaker style cabinets with marble backsplash and brass accents are complemented by a warm wood dining table and copper pendant—creating a separation between cooking and dining spaces.

What we love: The enclosed marble backsplash and brass ceiling flush mounts.

Poul Henningsen x Louis Poulsen PH5 Pendant $996
Kitchen with dark gray walls
Donna Dotan / Workshop APD

In this Manhattan kitchen overlooking the Highline, the lighting steals the show. Designed by Workshop APD, the seamless cabinets and marble backsplash blend in the background, letting the island and vistas shine.

What we love: The unique pendant light and textured dark gray walls.

Jason Miller x Roll & Hill Double Mini Endless Fixture $9, 000

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