With banquettes, breakfast nooks, and islands, these stylish eat-in kitchens provide the perfect spots for quick snacks and on-the-go dinners. See how these spaces incorporate both style and function for great places to gather.
The eat-in area was the only part of the old kitchen that remained after the remodel. A new banquette adds plenty of needed storage and takes up less floor space than a stand-alone table and chairs. Easy-to-clean black leather tops the banquette benches and chair seats. The fabric also adds to the kitchen's black-and-white color scheme.
Mixing stained and painted wood creates a collected look in this kitchen. The attached eat-in area is cozy and comfortable with a large farmhouse table and plush rug underfoot.
A sunny breakfast room is perfect for most family meals. Combining single chairs with a small bench creates a casual feel in the otherwise elegant kitchen.
Don't waste precious corner space. Instead, fit a cute and functional banquette into the area. This space affords a view of the outdoors and is filled with natural light thanks to big windows surrounding the banquette. The neutral colors, carried over from the adjoining kitchen, are punched up with, green, blue, and brown stripe seat cushions.
Color and convenience are keys in this bold kitchen. The island's long counter creates the perfect area for snack time or breakfast, without taking up valuable prep space. Blending traditional elements, such as the marble countertop and backsplash, with modern features, such as the molded stools and bold red island, gives this kitchen an eclectic, fun look.
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Adjacent to the kitchen is a large breakfast area, perfect for the entire family to share a meal. By situating the table in line with the island, the room's flow isn't interrupted.
Metal stools add a modern flair and functionality to the traditional kitchen. These stools offer seating for kids who want to help cook and a perch for a quick dinner. The soft blue island color turns the kitchen island into the focal point, while the wooden countertop adds warmth to the white cabinetry and walls.
An antique wooden table and sleek black chairs are fitting choices for a cottage kitchen filled with cream cabinetry and walls. For a cheery, yet elegant breakfast nook, incorporate several fabrics in the same colorway. This space mixes blue and cream fabrics. Because the patterns are subtle and the colors are uniform, the final look is tempered, not busy.
Get comfy while you eat. A pillow-padded bench and blue-painted wicker chairs offer cute seating that's comfortable. Green, blue, and white colors keep the area casual with an edge of sophistication. Roman shades add style to large windows without blocking natural light. In an eating area, where spills are inevitable, use durable, easy-to-clean fabrics for seat cushions and pillows.
This eclectic kitchen mixes and matches contrasting materials and styles for an unforgettable look. A wooden picnic-style table gives off a fun, welcoming vibe, while the commercial-style island and stainless-steel appliances (not shown) provide a sleek contrast. For optimal seating flexibility, use both benches and chairs around large tables.
Double the seating in your kitchen by using both a banquette area and island space. Fabric-covered stools add seating for meals on the go, and the adjacent banquette is a cozy spot to gather for a sit-down meal.
A curved island edge is the perfect perch for eating or for guests to sit while conversing with the cook. Two sleek stools offer a cozy dinner spot for two. A U-shape layout keeps the work zones compact and efficient, and the curved island countertop adds a soft dimension to the clean-line kitchen.
A circle floor rug mirrors the shape of the table and creates a unified look in the nook separate from the rest of the kitchen. Using a shape motif is an easy way to add savvy style. Decorative plates continue the pattern above the doorway. Bright colors make this area a perfect space to start the day.
When you don't have a lot of extra space, it's important to pick island stools that are easy to stow away or fit tight against the furnishing. Here, small backless stools can easily be tucked under the counter when not in use.
Offering island seating in a kitchen that already has a full table might seem like overkill, but it's not when you love to entertain. The stools provide space for the kids, while the table is perfect for adults who want to sit and chat long after dessert is gone. In this kitchen, touches of green add interest to the otherwise muted palette.
In need of extra dining space, but not willing to give up valuable preparation area on the island? Place a short side table next to the island using complementary materials -- in this kitchen, that means a stainless-steel base and a glossy glass countertop. An island extension such as this offers a place for eating meals and doing homework.
A worn farm table adds warm textures and a bit of history to the new kitchen. The large table is decidedly French, perfect for casual dinners, food prep, or serving snacks buffet-style.