Breakfast Nook Ideas

Large or small, breakfast nooks are a perfect way to make the most of extra space in or near your kitchen.


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A Modern Look

    A modern table-and-chairs set, pendant lighting, and wall decor put a stylish spin on a traditional breakfast nook. Keeping the walls white in both this space and the kitchen creates a cohesive look and ties the rooms together.

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Bright & Beautiful

    Natural light highlights the details in this breakfast nook. White walls and window details provide a beautiful backdrop for the dark table and chairs. Green seat cushions add a pop of color to the mostly neutral color scheme.

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Comfy Niche

    Like many others, this nook takes advantage of windows that provide natural light and great views. Low, comfortable benches keep the nook casual and comfortable.

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Little Details

    The little details of this breakfast nook tie the room together. The patterns on the seat cushions and rug add style to the room. The black pendant light and white table and chairs provide contrast to the nook. These simple details complement each other and create a cohesive look. A nearby china hutch stores overflow from the kitchen, such as infrequently used linens and dishes.

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Sleek and Chic

    A sleek white table, a dainty chandelier, and pretty fabrics transform a narrow nook into an intimate gathering spot. The beaded board on the wall of this nook links it to the adjacent kitchen. A strategically placed mirror opens up the nook and gives the impression that the space is bigger than it is.

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Corner Banquette

    Banquette breakfast nooks maximize space in corner areas. An L-shape bench provides seating on two sides of the table. Extra chairs can be added when needed. The bright yellow bench and flower centerpiece adds personality to the small space.

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Bay Window Banquette

    Bay windows are a perfect spot for a breakfast nook, especially when the space sports curved walls like this cottage nook. A built-in bench hugs the curves of the window to provide extra seating. In an oversized space like this one, consider a table with leaves, which gives you the flexibility to adjust your dining accommodations based on your seating needs.

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Mix It Up

    When creating a unique and fresh dining space, keep in mind that things don't need to match perfectly. This nook mixes a Victorian table with modern chairs -- a look that's just the right blend of traditional and contemporary.

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Super Storage

    Breakfast nooks result from the practical transformation of small, seemingly useless spaces. Previously an awkward corner, this space is now a convenient and purposeful area. Not just a place to sit down and grab a bite, the nook also boosts storage with shelves above and drawers below.

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Family Space

    In-kitchen nooks are great for casual family meals because the food can go from kitchen to table in seconds. Here, a white table and green chairs create a cottage-chic space for mealtime. Kitchen dishware that matches the seafoam green chairs unifies the two areas.

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Breakfast Booth

    Consider borrowing square footage from spaces adjacent to your kitchen to create a new breakfast nook. These homeowners turned an inefficient laundry room into a comfortable breakfast nook. Booth seating is a good option for small, recessed rooms such as this. The angled seating not only adds style but also makes it easier to get in and out of the booth.

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Window Seating

    It's easy to turn a window seat into a breakfast nook -- just add a table! While the chairs are optional, they come in handy when guests arrive. Corbels on both sides of the window turn this space into a quaint alcove. A chandelier adds the perfect touch of shabby-chic elegance.

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Nautical Niche

    Attention to detail allows a breakfast nook to fuse seamlessly with the design of the rest of the kitchen and the home. Subtle elements in this space, such as the lantern light fixture and the bowlike bench design, connect with the home's maritime theme.

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Colorful Nook

    A splash of cool colors and the addition of furniture turned a butler's pantry into this vibrant breakfast nook. The table and banquette bench were custom-built to match the homeowners' kitchen chairs. The room's accessories -- spoons, pitchers, and plates -- add cottage touches.

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A Repurposed Nook

    A breakfast nook provides an easy opportunity to recycle and reuse. Repaint a table from your basement, add some extra throw pillows from a guest bedroom, and you've got the key elements of a new nook.

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Accents with Flair

    When planning for a breakfast nook, a fun way to accent the space is with the flooring, such as this patterned border. Another forget-me-not accent is window treatments, which are also functional when a window gets a lot of sun exposure.

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Table for Two

    These homeowners gave their old nook a more period-appropriate look for their home -- a hutch. But they didn't have to completely disregard the idea of a breakfast nook. The table and chairs are tucked in next to the hutch and within the old alcove. An added benefit: The furniture is easy to move to access the hutch or to accommodate heavy traffic in the kitchen.

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In-Kitchen Nooks

    To unite your kitchen with an adjacent dining nook, use similar decor elements in both spaces, but also consider treatments to make each space unique. Here, the blue from the island is repeated on the cushions on the nook bench, and the dining chairs are the same style as the barstools. The beaded board of this nook runs up the wall, distinguishing the area from the rest of the kitchen.

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Blending Styles

    This breakfast nook uses clean, contemporary lines and bright, happy colors. A metal table and chairs get dressed up with the help of a vibrant tablecloth and pillows. For an instant update, switch out the tablecloth for a new one. New colors and patterns will give this nook a brand new look.

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