Jennifer Aniston's mid-century modern kitchen champions this retro cabinetry style – and experts approve

The Friends actress has revived a kitchen classic in her Los Angeles home – and we can't get enough of its pared-back, minimalist style

Jennifer Aniston
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With its sleek, pared-back style, it's easy to see why mid-century modern decor continues to impress designers – but a look inside Jennifer Aniston's kitchen suggests it's equally sought-after among the most recognized figures in Hollywood.

The Friends actress, also known for Murder Mystery and Just Go with It, shared a look inside her California kitchen – complete with handleless light wooden cabinets that bring a mid-century modern aesthetic to the otherwise contemporary space. 

Using warm wooden hues, much like those in Jennifer's space, is one of the easiest ways to get the mid-century modern look – but going handleless only emphasizes this aesthetic further. These kitchen cabinets reinforce an authentically retro feel – creating a space that is as good-looking as it is hardworking and multifunctional. And, of course, designers are impressed. 

'While the handleless look has been around for a while, the move over the last year towards minimalism and open plan living has been a big factor in its status as a major kitchen trend in renovations,' says expert Sinead Trainor. 

'People want to create larger open living spaces where they can socialize, work, cook, and study without feeling restricted or confined to a cluttered room. Continuous, uninterrupted lines help to create this smooth transition between spaces and an open feel throughout.'

Sinead Trainor

Sinead is the kitchen category manager at LochAnna Kitchens – a manufacturer that specializes in a range of styles (including handleless cabinets like Jennifer's.) They specialize in modern and European looks, working with the highest quality lacquered Italian painted timbers from the UK. 

As Sinead explains, mid-century style kitchens are 'all about sleek, integrated and pared-back designs' – so their appeal is unsurprising. 

'The uncluttered, handleless design doesn't pull focus from the cabinetry itself and adds a sense of openness to any room, from a grand open-plan living space to the smallest of kitchens,' she says. 'Ultimately, the handleless trend is about creating a space representative of your individual style, especially if you prefer continuous straight lines.'

So, whether we're working with small kitchens or larger spaces, likely like Jennifer Aniston's, these cabinets have their place. And, as the expert reminds us: 'Handleless cabinetry is truly here to stay.' However, inspiration from the actress's morning routine doesn't end there. 

We're also drawn to her appliances – not least her coffee maker – which is another star of the show. We're shopping for her Terra Kaffe TK-01 Espresso Machine (and more) below.

Megan Slack
Head of Celebrity Style News

Megan is the Head of Celebrity Style News at Homes & Gardens. She first joined Future Plc as a News Writer across their interiors titles, including Livingetc and Real Homes, before becoming H&G's News Editor in April 2022. She now leads the Celebrity/ News team. Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and an expansive collection of houseplants.