Eat-In Kitchens

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 amazing results.

Lauren Smith


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Corner banquette
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Kitchen Nook

    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 on both sides of the banquette. The neutral colors, carried over from the adjoining kitchen, are punched up with, green, blue, and brown striped seat cushions.

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A Happy Balance

    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 distressed stools, with modern features, such as the orblike pendants, gives this kitchen an eclectic, fun look.

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Kitchen Table with a View

    Get the most out of a kitchen with a view by positioning a breakfast nook to overlook the outdoors and provide a peaceful spot to start the day. This kitchen overlooks the water, which adds beauty to the space and provided the inspiration for the room's blue-and-white color scheme. To jazz up a serene color palette, add a bit of contrast, which is what the orange throw and yellow cushions do for this breakfast nook.

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Make Use of Metal

    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 kitchen island color turns the island into the focal point, while the wooden countertop adds warmth to the white cabinetry and walls.

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Small Kitchen, Small Table

    Just because there's not a lot of square footage in a kitchen doesn't mean it can't offer a dining spot. When scouting out a table and chair set for a small kitchen, keep scale and proportion in mind. This slender set in a honey oak finish blends in with the kitchen and keeps pace with its tiny surroundings. Also consider a table with leaves if you plan on hosting a lot of company. The table can be expanded when more seating is needed, but for day-to-day use, it can take up less space with the leaves removed.

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Eat-In Kitchen Table

    An antique wooden table and sleek black chairs are fitting choices for an eating area in 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, used on seat cushions, pillows, and valances. Because the patterns are subtle and the colors are uniform across fabrics, the final look is tempered, not busy.

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A Cozy Breakfast Nook

    Get comfy when you eat. A pillow-filled 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.

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Kitchen Picnic

    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 adding contrast to the sleekwith the stainless-steel refrigerator and island. For optimal seating flexibility, use both benches and chairs around large tables.

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Standout Kitchen Island Style

    Use kitchen seating as an opportunity to jazz up a room's color. Here, bright orange seat cushions pop out against the kitchen's muted color scheme. Not only do stool cushions such as these ones provide pops of color, they also add extra comfort to hard wooden stools.

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Double Duty

    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.

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Go Retro

    This nifty table offers two seating arrangements. Here, the layout offers stool seating, but it can also be moved in front of the window seat for banquette seating, which provides more seats and additional comfort. Bright, bold colors and a funky chandelier give the tiny kitchen personality.

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Island Extension

    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 in matching colors -- in this kitchen, that means a white base and a black countertop. An island extension such as this offers a place for eating meals and doing homework -- and food prep that's easier to do sitting down, such as frosting cookies or cupcakes.

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Party Perfect

    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, bright, mismatched patterns and colors offer a sophisticated yet fun design. The green stools provide hard-to-miss style against the dark backdrop of the wooden island.

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Cottage Chic

    Simple style makes this banquette welcoming, comfortable, and ideal for a cup of coffee in the morning. For cottage-chic style, one standout color is all you need. Here, a red accent against exposed wooden ceiling beams, worn-in white furnishings, and large windows completes the look. Open benches, such as these, also provide space for storage. Baskets for linens can easily be tucked underneath.

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Island for Two

    A curved island side is the perfect perch for eating or for guests to sit while conversing with the cook. Two sleek black 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-lined kitchen.

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Space-Savvy Solution

    When an extra-long island takes up a lot of space in the kitchen, a table and chair set might make the room feel crowded. An easy fix: Opt for a bench that can be backed up against the side of the island. This consolidates the furniture to one area and helps cut down on wasted space. This cute white bench with green-and-yellow cushions blends in perfectly with the rest of the kitchen decor.

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Quick Couple Seating

    For a quick and easy setup that offers additional seating, place a small side table next to a kitchen island. This T-shape is interesting and unique, and it's perfect for an on-the-go couple -- just slide the food from the island to the attached table and dinner's served.

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Practicality First

    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.

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Circle Style

    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.

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