A breakfast nook offers an ideal setup for meals (and not just breakfast!) without the pressure and formality of the dining room table. Plus, it works equally well in large and small kitchens. That’s why more and more clients are requesting one in their kitchen design, says Carol Estes, an interior designer in Southern California.
“Nooks are having their moment,” she says. “They take up less floor space than a traditional table and chairs, and they aren’t just for families with kids. They appeal to all ages and should be cozy, comfortable, encourage engagement, and communication.”
1. Blend it in
“If you have a transitional-style home, don’t use ultracontemporary furniture and features,” she says. “This nook should look like part of the kitchen, not an add-on. The style should blend into the room.”
2. No corner? No problem
“Straight boxes [as in benches] allow storage under seats, too,” Estes points out.
3. Petite nook, party of one
Look for an oversized chair or small bench that fits your measurements. Then add a tulip table and another chair, if you have room.
4. Fancy a floating bench
“I love the idea of a floating bench—it adds a cleaner look that can be softened by textured pillows,” she says. She recommends black sconces or another modern pendant light fixture to complete the look.
5. Go modern boho
To create your boho look, use walnut cafe chairs or even rattan-style chairs, and then use lots of comfy, textured pillows. Add a cool, modern light fixture. Finish up with some plants for a pop of greenery, which is sure to cheer you up each morning.
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