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Breakfast Room Banquettes

Banquettes offer terrific space-saving benefits for small homes, nooks of space, or cramped corners.

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    • Informal Seating

      Relaxing the color scheme in a banquette signals a break from the formality of the dining room. Here, classic stripe fabric on the seating coordinates with the yellow wallpaper and dotted seat covers.

    • Color Injection

      Rich reds and yellows enhance the dark wood prevalent in this dining space. The table is placed lengthwise against the banquette for the most seating room.

    • Quick Maneuver

      Place a table near a window seat for a banquette with instant style points thanks to vibrant Roman shades highlighted by a draped valance.

    • Pillow Keeper

      If you don't need a banquette every day, think of it as another place to add color, textures, and pretty fabrics. A pile of pillows does the trick here.

    • Serene Elegance

      Piles of pillows add elegance and comfort to this banquet. A round pedestal table softens the 90-degree angle of the seating, as does a round pillow or two.

    • Make It Yourself

      No built-in banquette? No worries! Push a sectional sofa into a corner and set tables nearby. This idea works great for a party -- guests have a natural conversation spot and a place to set their drinks.

    • Style Maker

      Muted neutral fabrics keep this banquette airy and bright in a dining full of medium-tone wood.

    • Dining Room Rescue

      A built-in window banquette saves this eat-in from space-hogging dining room chairs.

    • Down Home

      Rustic plaids are a natural next to the long pine farmhouse table in this kitchen. Keep the look simple with fresh flowers and a cotton table runner.

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      A Cozy Spot

      Dark pumpkin-colored walls frame this small banquette perfect for reading the paper over breakfast or sharing a cup of coffee with friends. The benches lift up for easy storage.

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      Blue Magic

      Blue and yellow make a fetching pair in this intimate banquette. Bright blue and a mix of patterns freshen the previously plain-Jane space.

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      Full Corner

      Cozy built-in seating replaced a traditional rectangular table and sits up to 10 people in this light-filled corner. Washable suede and easy-care cotton cushions ensure quick cleanup; extra storage under the seats keeps school supplies close at hand.

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      Lilac Elegance

      Here's a banquette dressed with style! The arrangement mixes formal furnishings with the convenience of casual kitchen dining. Built-in window seats include storage underneath and removable cushions -- a boon for families with kids.

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      Pink Plaid

      There's nothing shy about the color scheme in this corner dining space! An L-shaped sofa-style banquette in yellow and pink includes soft pillows for lounging. The table is a white column topped with thick glass.

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      Formal Dining

      Perfect for a combined living/dining room, this banquette features a curved built-in box covered with red cushions. Low back cushions don't block the window, but offer a bit of extra comfort. A large oval table can accommodate up to four more chairs when needed.

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      Two-Tone Banquette

      Though this kitchen is fairly neutral, the banquette makes a color statement in a mix of blue vinyl (for kid-friendly cleanup) and a coordinating fabric on the backrest. The view is dominant so window treatments were eliminated and the chandelier was kept out of the way.

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      Half-Round Banquette

      A half-round eating nook throws a contemporary curve into this kitchen's mostly traditional lineup of right angles and straight edges. The table was made from a granite top on a stainless steel pedestal base anchored to the home's foundation.

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      Custom Fit Banquette

      Banquettes are an especially attractive option for informal dining. They conserve space without sacrificing comfort and link busy kitchens with a place to sit and eat, read, or do homework. This dining space features a built-in banquette with a cottage-look custom table.

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      Wipe Out a Wall

      A wall dividing the kitchen and breakfast area was removed, uniting the two spaces and making both brighter and more open. The new eating area features an L-shaped banquette, with storage under the benches and room for additional chairs at the table.

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      Banquette-Backed Island

      While island seating is a popular kitchen amenity, this island includes a furniture-look banquette for extra seating at a pedestal table. The banquette's middle-of-the-room location leaves clear routes to adjacent areas.

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      Fresh Vibe

      In the far corner, a colorful eating area dominates a corner space. The banquette's cushions bring in a mix of several colors that add interest to the intense green of the kitchen cabinetry.

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      Space-Savvy Breakfast Room Banquettes

      Banquettes are perfect for cramped dining spaces. Learn the ins and outs of these space-savvy seating solutions to find the style that's right for you.
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