As Seen On TV: How to Imitate HBO's Big Little Lies Kitchen

Kitchen Design and Style

Did you catch the latest episode of HBO’s hit series Big Little Lies? Those feisty and meticulous women of Monterey, California, are back and recovering from the effects of last season’s intense finale. While we work through the tangled web they weave, there’s one thing we can all agree on, their homes and kitchens are to die for! If you’ve admired the home of Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) and thought, "I want that kitchen," rest assured, you’re not alone!


white kitchen with island


Kitchen Design Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Madeline’s home is amazing for many reasons. It’s got a great view of the beach, which is only steps outside the door. It’s spacious and lavish, and it’s impeccably well-kept. Sure, we know that in TV Land homes are unrealistically perfect—but we can dream! Actually, we can do better than dream by mimicking the style and design of her beautiful kitchen, which was shot not on a set, but rather in an actual home.

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, we’re going to show you how to accomplish this kind of stunning TV-inspired transformation. And when your friends admire the big impact your kitchen upgrades will have made, there’ll be nothing little about their praise.


Big Little Lies Kitchen
Original Kitchen from Big Little Lies Kitchen from Scene Therapy



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The traditional coastal white kitchen design style

From the scenes shot in this kitchen, we clearly see that this space is the hub of activity for this blended family. The large kitchen island is a space for everyone to come together, and it is even used more often than the traditional kitchen table. The beachy vibes are maximized with a light and airy white kitchen design, which allows all the natural sunshine to come through the nearly floor to ceiling windows.

Let’s take a closer look at how to incorporate some of these elements into your design.


Big Little Lies Kitchen
Photo still of HBO's Big Little Lies Kitchen from Scene Therapy


Granite kitchen countertops—for all your extravagant deception

Stone in the kitchen is quite popular, which is why granite leads the list of features. These countertops can be an expensive remodel item, but their impact is undeniable. The show's kitchen has sleek and shiny black granite countertops, creating attractive contrast against the white kitchen cabinets.

If you want to replicate this design, you have choices. There is granite, which depending on the size of the area you are covering, can become pretty expensive. Another way to go is to select a less costly and more durable line of black quartz countertop, which is also a flattering complement to white cabinetry. Both Corian and laminate countertop option are also available in designs that mimic natural stone products, for those looking to save on the overall cost of their kitchen remodel.


quartz and granite kitchen countertops


Tell no lies with timeless white kitchen cabinetry

It’s no surprise that the Mackenzie house has a white kitchen design. It’s an eternal look that fits any style. This transitional kitchen incorporates old and new elements, blended for a sophisticated design. To get this kind of look for yourself, think about refacing your existing cabinets. It’s a more affordable option, especially if you’re going with a lot of extras, like a new backsplash and countertops. Choose popular shaker cabinet doors, which come in multiple white colors to choose from, including frosty, winter or satin. Be sure to include plenty of storage space as well. 


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Big and little kitchen appliances to consider

This kitchen wouldn’t be complete without elegant stainless steel appliances. It's a cook's dream, from the wall ovens and refrigerator, to the hood and range. And yet, it is still inviting as a gathering space. As Madeline's character oozes sophistication and demands perfection, even under all the deception, her kitchen is till the heart of her home.

When choosing the right appliances for your kitchen, think about what works and fits in the space. Wall ovens are a popular design choice because they mean no more bending down and straining to get something out of the oven below the countertop.

The Mackenzie household has two farmhouse-style sinks, one in the island and another at the perimeter counter. These sinks are perfect for any design style, and are also highly functional. They are big enough to handle all your pots and pans with ease. Think about adding a one of these, or a butler-style kitchen sink, to your remodel. 


white kitchen with stainless steel appliances


Seriously, accessorize your kitchen

Remember to always accessorize—it’s good advice in fashion and decor. This beach abode has roman candles, fresh flowers and a rustic beach sign behind the stove. These little items create a homey and inviting space. The simple subway tile backsplash in white allows accessories to shine.

Home decorations from the show tend to be more easily imitated on a budget than the major appliances. If you’re going for a coastal feel, think linens, wicker and splashes of blue, turquoise and green. A backsplash could be a smaller project to tackle if you’re not ready for a full kitchen overhaul. This is a great place to add some color or texture in the space.


accessorized white kitchen


If you’re inspired by this or other TV or movie kitchen designs, reach out to a Kitchen Magic consultant today. Set up a time to discuss your options and work through your plan. We'd love to help you!

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