A breakfast nook is such a valuable addition to any home. It's a place for the whole family to sit down and start the day—and it makes for an excellent spot to curl up with coffee and a magazine before the rest of the household wakes up. Breakfast nooks generally contain two or more chairs and often feature benches, particularly when they're located in the corner of a room. They're meant to be cute, cozy, and welcoming, and the great news is that there are so many design directions you can go in when designing a nook of your own. Read on to gather inspiration from 30 of our favorite breakfast nooks.
01 of 30
Add Some Drama
If you crave some drama in the breakfast nook, consider utilizing a tall dining bench as seen here. This piece adds height and elegance to the everyday eating space, making it feel extremely luxe.Continue to 2 of 30 below.
02 of 30
Display Favorite Art Prints
Don't forget to display art in your breakfast nook! Make use of open wall space and hang a series of favorite prints or photographs. You'll be able to admire them as you sip your coffee every morning.Continue to 3 of 30 below.
03 of 30
If you have a large family or host guests often, you may need to create a breakfast nook that is a bit larger in size. Here, a lengthy bench can accommodate many—consider opting for a bench with storage beneath to stash away seasonal linens and other entertaining supplies.Continue to 4 of 30 below.
04 of 30
Keep it Cozy
This smaller breakfast nook is cute and cozy. Classic cane chairs make a statement while nicely complementing the black and brown tones used throughout this kitchen.Continue to 5 of 30 below.
05 of 30
Turn It Into a Gallery
If you're looking to showcase a special, oversized piece of art in your breakfast nook, consider hanging picture lights above it for a museum-inspired, gallery-like look.Continue to 6 of 30 below.
06 of 30
If you crave a monochrome look for your breakfast nook, you'll want to take a cue from this space. Though everything featured is white or beige, there is plenty of textural intrigue at play; mixing materials will always make a stunning statement.Continue to 7 of 30 below.
07 of 30
On the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe you wish to go bold with color in your breakfast nook! Hang some of your kids' masterpieces from art class to make the little ones in your family feel special.Continue to 8 of 30 below.
08 of 30
Create Your Own Cafe
Maybe you live alone or don't sit down for breakfast often. In this case, a much smaller breakfast nook will suffice. This setup replicates the intimate feeling of sipping coffee in a charming cafe by yourself.Continue to 9 of 30 below.
09 of 30
Pile on the Pillows
Don't forget the throw pillows! You'll want to be nice and cozy as you curl up with your breakfast and coffee, and an assortment of colorful pillows, as seen here, will add plenty of pep to your nook.Continue to 10 of 30 below.
10 of 30
Dine in the Living Room
If your kitchen and living room are connected, you may wish to set up a breakfast nook in your living space. This can come in handy when entertaining, too, as you can make use of your small round table and use it to house drinks or appetizers.Continue to 11 of 30 below.
11 of 30
Play Up High Ceilings
If your breakfast nook has tall ceilings, you'll definitely want to play up this architectural feature. Fill your walls with art and hang an eye-catching chandelier or pendant for extra stylish flair.Continue to 12 of 30 below.
12 of 30
Add Some Plant Life
Bring the outside in by accessorizing your breakfast nook with a plant or two. Real trees are beautiful, of course, but there are plenty of gorgeous fake options on the market if you're still working on that green thumb. Your guests most likely won't be able to tell the difference!Continue to 13 of 30 below.
13 of 30
Get Print Happy
A breakfast nook can be the perfect place to experiment with bold wallpaper. Pick a pattern that speaks to you, the more cheerful the better, as exemplified by this welcoming green and white space.Continue to 14 of 30 below.
14 of 30
Keep Things Simple
That said, maybe you wish to embrace the natural sunlight that shines into your breakfast nook and keep the walls and decor simple. Natural tones look beautiful in this airy space.Continue to 15 of 30 below.
15 of 30
Paint Your Walls
To make your breakfast nook feel more distinct, consider painting the walls in a color different from the rest of your space. Green complements the plant life in this apartment wonderfully and also looks fabulous with the wooden furniture.Continue to 16 of 30 below.
16 of 30
Channel the Club
Replicate the look of your favorite posh restaurant or club by working a leather chesterfield sofa into your breakfast nook and pairing it with some lamps. This setup reminds us of a cozy English countryside.
Continue to 17 of 30 below.
17 of 30
Light Up the Room
Hanging a pendant light directly above your table can make your nook feel more separate from the rest of your kitchen, even if it's smack dab in the middle of all of the action. This textured piece doubles as a work of art!Continue to 18 of 30 below.
18 of 30
Pick a Fave Fabric
There are so many unique routes to go when choosing a bench for your breakfast nook. Perhaps you'll be able to revive a dated piece with some new fabric or will stumble upon a pre-made option that features some of your favorite hues or patterns. Here, a green bench looks lovely in this grandmillennial-inspired space.Continue to 19 of 30 below.
19 of 30
Try a Tulip Table
Round or oval-shaped tulip tables are a popular choice for the breakfast nook, and they'll really never go out of style. While they lean modern, they can be paired with more traditional-looking furnishings like those shown here.Continue to 20 of 30 below.
20 of 30
Soak in the Views
There's no need to display artwork when your breakfast nook looks out to a picture-perfect backyard. In this space, the outdoor landscape does the talking.Continue to 21 of 30 below.
21 of 30
Make it Five Star-Worthy
This breakfast nook has a boutique hotel or restaurant-like feel to it, thanks to the curved bench and beautiful upholstery. Hotels and restaurants are great spaces to look to for design inspiration; take a peek at favorite dining spaces from past trips as you plan your own!Continue to 22 of 30 below.
22 of 30
Bring on the Prints
A bold print adds charm to this breakfast nook and, as a bonus, will camouflage spills and stains much better than a solid color. When selecting fabric for a dining area, you'll want to ensure that it's easy to clean and isn't too precious, after all.Continue to 23 of 30 below.
23 of 30
Keep it Clear
If your apartment is small, you may wish to opt for lucite furniture, which takes up less visual space but remains in vogue. Here, a clear breakfast nook looks right at home in this modern unit.Continue to 24 of 30 below.
24 of 30
Use That Corner
Apartment dwellers who have yet to determine how to make room for a breakfast nook, this one's for you. Note that even a small bistro table can provide tons of function; simply pair it with two simple chairs and you're golden. When you have limited square footage, it's very important to put those empty corners to work.Continue to 25 of 30 below.
25 of 30
Wishbone chairs are a popular seating choice and look lovely in this contemporary breakfast nook. The ribbed dining bench is also very on trend, too.Continue to 26 of 30 below.
26 of 30
Slipcover Your Seating
Consider placing a slipcover over your dining bench to introduce a whole new look to your space without going the reupholstery route. As a bonus, slipcovers are easy to toss into the washing machine as needed.Continue to 27 of 30 below.
27 of 30
Work Around Your Counters
This breakfast nook fits right in between kitchen cabinets, proving that no kitchen is too small for a little dining spot.Continue to 28 of 30 below.
28 of 30
A long, oval table is the name of the game in this breakfast nook. If you plan to have multiple people sit in your nook at once, you'll want to make sure that everyone has room for their plate!Continue to 29 of 30 below.
29 of 30
Say Yes to More
Art, scallops, weaves and wallpaper - more is more in this preppy breakfast nook, and wicker seating adds coastal flair to the setup.Continue to 30 of 30 below.
30 of 30
Pick a Color Scheme
If your breakfast nook is located between built-ins, you'll want to stick to a general color scheme to ensure that the overall area appears cohesive and not too cluttered. Here, peaches, greens, blues, and whites complement one another and look nice and elevated.