If you have the space in or near your kitchen to create a breakfast nook, we highly recommend this addition to your dining space! And, since the word “nook” is essentially a cozy, intimate area, we promise that you don’t need a ton of room to design one.
Check out the breakfast nook design ideas below and get inspired to design a breakfast nook in your home – and sneak in extra storage to boot.
Utilize Natural Lighting
If you’re able to create your nook in front of a beautiful bay window or another window that delivers plenty of natural light, you’ll want to take advantage of this. Be sure to use minimal window coverings to keep your breakfast nook bright and sunny during the daytime.
Add a Light Fixture
Choose special lighting to hang overhead and increase the cozy feel of your nook. Take it a step further and install a dimmer so you can turn off the main kitchen lights and control the lighting in your nook to create the mood you want. This is a great option to have when using your nook during the evening and on days when the sun isn’t shining.
Go With Booth or Bench Seating
If you love the idea of your breakfast nook having a playful, casual and super comfortable vibe, booth or bench seating is the way to go. Add a booth in front of a window with chairs on the other side of the table. Or, to maximize a corner space and add extra seating, design an L-shaped breakfast nook with benches.
Incorporate Smart Storage
Breakfast nooks don’t only serve as a wonderful space to enjoy good food while spending time with your loved ones. They also create a convenient, functional area by increasing the amount of available storage space in or near your kitchen.
A few storage ideas to consider:
- Install shelves on the walls in your nook to store cookbooks.
- Add hooks underneath shelves to hang frequently used mugs.
- If your nook has bench or booth seating, the storage potential further increases as you can have built-in drawers to hold infrequently used items such as table linens, dishes, appliances and even office or art supplies.
- If you have a fairly large space, adding a portable kitchen island can be really useful, adding more storage as well as a countertop to place food and beverages or serveware.
The little details you add to your breakfast nook will make all the difference in creating a spot that your family loves spending time in.
Add style by using seat cushions and pillows in fun patterns and colors. Make the area more inviting by incorporating a rug. If you have chairs in your nook, paint them in happy colors to brighten the area. If you have children, frame their artwork to add personalized, meaningful decor.
Whether you create a banquette-style breakfast nook in an unused corner of your kitchen, have built-in booths in front of bay windows, or go with another design, you and your family will love sharing the first meal of the day together in this cozy spot.
The best part? We guarantee your nook will draw you in at other times of the day too – for an afternoon cup of coffee or tea, a place to do homework or read a magazine and even to just unwind with the family before turning in for the night.