Martin Scorsese's anti-trend cabinet hue is a masterclass in timeless kitchen design

The filmmaker's kitchen will be just as in style in 100 years – and experts say his color choices are the key to eternal success

Martin Scorsese
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Often, the most timeless looks are the most classic. When you opt for a design that's been around for a while, it's a relatively sure bet that the style will survive the test of time. 

This is certainly true in Martin Scorsese's kitchen, where classic details like subway tiles, stainless steel appliances, and white cabinets unite to create a space that will never go out of style. When the filmmaker took to Instagram to share an adorable shot with his dog, Mac Scorsese, we couldn't help but feel distracted by his traditional kitchen backdrop. It's a trove of timeless details that point to one central lesson:  When it comes to anti-trend decorating, keep it simple.

To create the look, Martin starts with a classic base: white kitchen cabinets. 'White kitchen cabinets are practically synonymous with timeless style,' says Jennifer Ebert, digital editor at Homes & Gardens. 'This kitchen cabinet color is perfect if you want a traditional shade that will never go out of style but still crave a contemporary feel.'

Jennifer Ebert
Jennifer Ebert

Jen is the Editor (Digital) of Homes & Gardens. Before starting this position, she had completed various interior design courses at KLC Design School, as well as working across Ideal Home, LivingEtc, 25 Beautiful Homes and Country Homes & Interiors as an interiors writer.

The matte finish of the cabinets furthers the endless appeal of Martin's timeless kitchen

'White matte kitchens create an atmosphere that is clean and spacious. All that matters is light and space,' adds designer Artem Kropovinsky.

'Matte's elegance comes from its simplicity. It adds polish to all the other design features, like the shiny subway tile backsplash. These finishes are practical, too. They mask smudges and fingerprints.' 

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Artem Kropovinsky

Based in New York, Artem Kropovinsky, founder of Arsight, has a decade of extensive and considerable global design experience. Prioritizing minimalism, sustainability, and authenticity, Artem, alongside his team of professionals, works on projects in the US and worldwide.

White subway tiles and stainless steel appliances enhance the depth of Martin's kitchen and help to add dimension. The shininess of these finishes gives the room a modern kitchen feel. Artem says, 'We think white kitchens are always on trend. They are simple, spacious, and suitable for a modern residence. This look allows you to mix classical lines with modern finishes.'

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If you're looking to create a space that will never go out of style, look no further than Martin Scorsese's kitchen. It demonstrates the power of opting for a classic look rather than design fads.

Sophie Edwards
News Editor

Sophie is a London-based News Editor at Homes & Gardens, where she works on the Celebrity Style team. She is fascinated by the intersection of design and popular culture and is particularly excited when researching trends or interior history. Sophie is an avid pop culture fan. As an H&G editor, she has interviewed the likes of Martha Stewart, Hilary Duff, and the casts of Queer Eye and Selling Sunset. Before joining Future Publishing, Sophie worked as the Head of Content and Communications at Fig Linens and Home, a boutique luxury linens and furniture brand. She has also written features on exciting developments in the design world for Westport Magazine. Sophie has an MSc from the Oxford University Department of Anthropology and a BA in Creative Writing and Sociology from Sarah Lawrence College.