15 Cool Ways to Customize a Banquette
The genius of a banquette goes far beyond its function. See how to turn your breakfast nook into an accessible and fashion-forward space with these creative concepts.
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Pile on Pillows
Create a cozy kitchen retreat with a plush yet posh banquette bench. The more patterns, the better when it comes to the piles of pillows; a mix of vintage fabrics brings a layer of whimsy to the space.
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Mix High and Low
Update your kitchen, even if money is tight, by mixing high-end and low-end accessories into your breakfast area. This bay window bench breathes new life into this kitchen thanks to the clever coupling of a modern tulip table with rustic wooden chairs and inexpensive throw pillows.
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Center of Attention
For a custom solution to a tight breakfast area, design a bench into the back of your kitchen's island. The banquette gives a better circulation path and improved flow throughout the cramped quarters.
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Open and Airy
A pop of paint on the table base makes this banquette a standout. Keep the seating casual and comfortable with an L-shape bench that remains open on the underside.
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Bring Eastern exoticism to a French-inspired banquette with a red lacquer table base and Chippendale chairs. The chaiselike breakfast bench is snug yet sophisticated.
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Breakfast for Two
Just 6 feet of space is needed to carve out a nook for this built-in, two-bench banquette. The focal point seating is small but ideal for a family of two.
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When your budget doesn't allow for a built-in banquette, look to freestanding benches. The inexpensive furniture can be covered with your choice of fabric and cozied up to a slender table and chairs.
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Functional Focal Point
The tall upholstered back on this breakfast banquette creates a striking focal point to an otherwise beige kitchen. The chairs and cushions are covered in vinyl for easy cleanup.
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The custom wood storage space beneath this stylish banquette is painted to match those in the kitchen. The corresponding cabinets streamline the open-concept room plus provide surface area behind the breakfast nook.
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Round It Out
Banquettes aren't limited to square spaces. Create an element of surprise in your kitchen with a banquette that hugs the curves of a bay window. Spotlight the area with splashes of bright color.
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Continue the flow of a transitional-style eat-in kitchen by mimicking the pattern of wall-to-wall wood beaded board in the baseboard of a banquette bench. Save space by tucking a stool under the X-base table.
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Yellow is the happiest hue on the color wheel; use it to make your banquette glow. Lemon accents in this breakfast nook infuse crisp whites with cheerful color.
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Flea Market Fabulous
Save hundreds compared to custom built-ins when you create this storage-packed bench. Made with stock cabinets and a basic rectangle frame, the DIY seating is kept in place with a clever wall cleat and embellished with plenty of pillows.
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Bring ample seating and eclectic style to your kitchen with a vinyl banquette. Vintage chairs and bright primary colors complete the statement look.
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Desk in Disguise
Nestle a comfy upholstered bench between twin desk spaces to create an inviting space to sort mail, do homework, or enjoy a meal. The custom banquette sits atop a row of deep drawers for storage, while the desks can be hidden with the draw of a curtain.
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