Welcome to Food Network Fantasy Kitchen 2018

Step inside this inspired, stunning kitchen and start dreaming about how you might make over your own space.

By: Caylin Harris

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The Kitchen of Your Dreams

Don't adjust your screen — yes, this kitchen is that beautiful. The contemporary space pulls out all the stops with top-of-the-line appliances, stunning finishes and oh-so-much room for culinary creation. Designed by interior designer Shea McGee (with culinary insight from Chopped judge Scott Conant), this gorgeous kitchen looks like it came to life straight off your Pinterest board (and you can find out where to get everything this space here!).

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Stellar and Striking

When McGee started to design this space, she imagined a vibe that would work well in a home not too far outside of the city — a little bit modern, a little bit traditional, and a lot of style. The modern colors and finishes feel as warm and inviting for a large group of guests as they do for small family. And while the decor gets top billing, the function of the space was painstakingly plotted to feel effortlessly versatile. "We loved playing with texture in this space," McGee says. "From the subway tile to the herringbone floor to the tongue-and-groove finish over the sink, we made everything work together by using a neutral color palette."

Command Center

The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it's helpful to have a small desk area to handle any household business — and keep your counters clear of paper clutter (and yes, we snuck a tiny TV above the desk too!). "I love adding a little work area to a kitchen; right next to the fridge is always a nice spot," McGee says. "It's far enough out of the way that it won't be spilled or splashed on." And let's not forget to linger a moment on that sleek, counter-depth refrigerator. "Framing your fridge with cabinetry makes it look more seamless and higher-end," McGee says.

That's Amore

The kitchen of a Food Network fan's dreams would of course include a pizza oven. It's certainly a luxury, but you can replicate this exposed brick look with or without it. "We used a thin brick veneer that you can paint," says McGee. "It's fairly easy to recreate on your own. You can use tile that looks like brick, too!"

Two Tones Are Better Than One

Matchy-matchy is over! You wouldn’t want your living room to look like you just walked into a showroom and bought the set, so why should your kitchen be any different? "Two-toned cabinets help to break things up," McGee says. "The black cabinets on the bottom ground the space, while the white cabinets on top draw your eye upwards and impart an airy feeling."

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Heavy Metals

It might seem like a tiny detail, but cabinet hardware can really impact a kitchen's overall look. "We chose these pulls to warm up the black-and-white cabinets, while also paying attention to scale," McGee says. "Knobs would have been too small but these pulls offer balance." And she didn't shy away from mixing metals throughout the kitchen. "A great general rule of thumb: Match your cabinet hardware to the lights and then match the faucet to the appliances. Mixing metals gives your kitchen more longevity."

Simple But Stylin'

Subway tile is everywhere, but while it might look simple it really pops when you pair it with a charcoal grout. "Not only does it tie in the black-and-white color palette of this kitchen, but it also won't show too much dirt, which is perfect for high-traffic areas," McGee says. "Don't be afraid to keep staple ingredients on the counter either; just put them in a pretty container for a nice countertop vignette."

Double the Fun

For big family meal or holiday prep, having two ovens makes everything so much easier. Ambitious cooking projects suddenly feel more attainable — plus, who wouldn't love to gaze upon this shiny pair? "When you have a big focal wall like we did here, you need to be aware of the scale of appliances," McGee says. "We wanted to make a statement with this double range, so we opted to not use a separate oven and cook top."

Smart Spices

Your creativity can really shine in the kitchen when you've got a nice selection of spices to play with — but piling them into a cabinet where they're not all visible will thwart your efforts. In the Fantasy Kitchen we budgeted some space for a slim pull-out cabinet; inside, all spices are arranged neatly and are easy to find.

"From a functional cooking standpoint, identifying a singular place for spices is key," says Chopped judge Scott Conant. "There should only be one place to look and enough room to organize in a way that makes sense for you (for instance, alphabetically or by sweet and spicy). You want to be able to easily keep track of what you need to replenish or replace (labeling by year can be helpful). And I also think it's just aesthetically pleasing and looks impressive!"

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All About the Extras

Across from the ovens, on the back of island, we built in a few speciality appliances that take meal prep to the next level. Imagine the ease of prepping cookies or a cheese board with a handy place to chill ingredients right below your workspace? These refrigerator drawers also work well for drink storage and empower guests to help themselves when they come over. An icemaker and warming drawer don't hurt either, helping to free up space in the freezer and the oven for parties, explains McGee.

Island Dreams

And let's talk about this island, shall we? Think of this massive island like version 2.0: a twist (and major upgrade) on the traditional. McGee designs islands to offer more storage and surface area — and this one truly has everything, from extra cabinets, to extra open shelving and tons of space for cooking and entertaining. "It offers extra seating too, " says McGee. "When you pick out stools, consider something minimal but comfortable that won't take up too much room."

Look Mom, No Hands

With a kitchen this stacked, you're bound to get messy as you pursue whatever culinary adventures you please. "We installed a hands-free faucet so that you can wash up without worrying about touching the hardware," McGee says. "Everyone knows that anytime you're handling food you feel like you have to wash your hands a thousand times."

Surface Style

The Fantasy Kitchen's island is so large, that we had room for not one, but two (!) counter surfaces, and each serves both the kitchen's form and function. "Wood was a nice warm accent to the matte quartz," McGee says. "Butcher block is such a handy surface to have in the kitchen; to have it built-in is a real luxury. You'll love how it wears over time and gets a beautiful patina."

When Oversized Is Just Right

A major designer pet peeve is pendant lights that are too small for a space — but this pair does not disappoint. "In a kitchen this large it was important to have larger pendant lights over the island," says McGee. "If you're wondering how big the lights should be in your kitchen, tape out the size of the lights using painter's tape on the island. It will show you how they'll look in comparison."

Extra Easy and Breezy

What's better than one dishwasher? How about two! McGee explains that doubling up can help extend the time between unloading. Plus it's awesome for the dishes that pile up when you're entertaining. This sweeping wall (complete with a picture window and even more cabinetry) also features some lovely open shelving. Far enough away from the grease of the cooking area, these rustic shelves display your prettiest kitchenware — a sweet bonus you can pull off when you have tons of other traditional storage to hide away utiliarian items.

Key Details

Fuse together form and function: Not only do colorful and eclectic kitchen accessories warm up your space, they also showcase your personality like you would in other areas of your home. "Whenever we style a kitchen, everything we add serves a purpose," McGee says. "Using a combination of cutting boards, salt and pepper shakers, and recipe boxes on open shelving or counters adds warmth — especially when there's a lot of white or stainless steel."

Pattern Play

There are few patterns more versatile than herringbone; the pleasing design works in a modern or traditional home. "We love taking a simple material like skinny plank wood and taking it to the next level with a sophisticated pattern like herringbone," McGee says. "The wood floor flows nicely into the tiled floor of the pantry — if they were both the same it wouldn't work." While the two patterns are bold in their own ways, their neutral tones actually compliment each other while clearly delineating the two main areas of the kitchen.

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Wine Time

A wine fridge that will keep your reds and whites for months is a special bonus in this already bountiful pantry. "You have to think about your priorities when you're designing a space, and if you're big into wine, this fridge makes total sense," McGee says. "Not only does it keep your collection at the correct temperature and humidity level, it also has ample storage."

Room For Extras

The beauty about having more than enough storage space means you'll likely have room for an extra window, too. "Natural light in a pantry always looks great," McGee says. "It's great when you can layer the light in a room, so you have different levels for different moods." This sun-streaked wall is smartly designed as well. "Instead of taking up valuable counter space, we put the microwave in the pantry and build it into the cabinets," McGee says.

We're Floored

The cement tile floor in the pantry sets a clear tone for the space. "We chose the tile first and then used it as a jumping-off point for the rest of the room," McGee says. "The geometric shapes offered clean lines and kept the pattern from being too busy. We even pulled the gray color from the tile to use on the cabinets to help tie it all together."

Every Single Thing Within Reach

This pantry is so expansive, it feels like there are miles of shelves for everything you could possibly want to store. Shelves all the way up to the ceiling means that you'll always have room for all of your snacks and staples — and we've got a solution for ensuring you can reach the back of the highest shelf. Forget rickety step stools and opt for a rolling, library-style ladder, which adds function and panache to the space.

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Space to Spare

Turn around in the pantry, and you'll see that McGee snuck in yet another prep area with even more cabinets. This hidden counter is great for keeping party extras — or empty platters and bottles — out of sight (and out of the way) while guests enjoy themselves in the main entertaining space.