35 Stylish Eat-In Kitchen Ideas For Cozy Casual Dining

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Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Margaret Austin Photo

Politicians talk about "kitchen table issues" for a reason; even in the days when formal dining rooms were standard, many people used those spaces mostly for Sunday dinners and holidays, preferring to gather around the kitchen table instead for everyday breakfasts, coffee breaks, after-school homework, and cozy family dinners.

Today's ubiquitous open plan kitchen with a massive kitchen island equipped with seating for everyone is only the latest iteration of the eat-in kitchen. Whether it's a café table for two squeezed into a petite city kitchen; a dining table adjacent to the kitchen island in a spacious loft; or a giant farmhouse table in the center of a spacious country house kitchen, here are some eat-in kitchen ideas for every taste and budget.

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    Hang Dramatic Wallpaper

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    Design by Cecilia Casagrande Interiors / Photo by Sean Litchfield

    Interior designer Cecilia Casagrande used dark floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman in the eat-in kitchen in her Brookline, Massachusetts home. Casagrande chose a banquette with a high back to evoke a Parisian bistro feel, layering it with pillows in a variety of fabrics and included layered ambient light around the room.

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    Brighten It Up

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Margaret Austin Photo

    In this renovated Santa Clara, CA home, Cathie Hong Interiors opened up a former galley kitchen and added a comfortable banquette that turns it into a light and airy eat-in kitchen.

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    Hang a Pendant Light

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    Ashley Montgomery Design

    This cozy eat-in kitchen from Ashley Montgomery Design has leather upholstered banquette seating, with a large woven pendant light anchoring the comfortable dining area.

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    Create a Breakfast Nook

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    Finding Lovely

    This light and airy eat-in kitchen from Finding Lovely has a breakfast nook with banquette seating and Scandinavian-style furniture that is nestled in a window and ready for any occasion.

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    Add a Bar Counter

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    Design by deVOL Kitchens

    This small galley-style kitchen in a Georgian style apartment in Bath, England, designed by deVOL Kitchens becomes an eat-in kitchen thanks to a tiny two-person breakfast bar built in near the window.

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    Mix Materials

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    Design by deVOL Kitchens

    This English coach house kitchen from deVOL Kitchens has a simple layout anchored by a massive central island that functions as prep space, while a large wooden table nearby is a comfortable place for sit-down meals.

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    Create a Cozy Corner

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    Jessica Nelson Design / Photo by Carina Skrobecki Photography

    This eat-in kitchen dining area from Jessica Nelson Design has a corner window seat banquette that maximizes every last inch of space in this cozy kitchen.

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    Go Wide

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    Erin Williamson Design

    Erin Williamson Design renovated a Tudor home, creating a spacious, modern, family-friendly eat-in kitchen with comfortable banquette seating that occupies the far wall.

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    Make It Rustic

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    Lobster and Swan

    This rustic kitchen from Lobster and Swan has a round bistro table and chairs in lieu of a kitchen island that provides a place for meals and an extra surface for meal prep.

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    Embrace Scandi Design

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    Fantastic Frank

    This minimalist eat-in kitchen from Fantastic Frank is tailored to seamlessly fit into the room's angled walls to maximize storage and functionality.

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    Push the Table Against the Wall

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    Design by Pluck

    This blush pink eat-in kitchen designed by London-based Pluck has a table that is pushed peninsula-style against the righthand wall to provide a place for sit-down meals.

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    Accent with Wallpaper

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    Michelle Berwick Design

    This eat-in kitchen from Michelle Berwick Design has a banquette seating nook nestled between floor-to-ceiling storage cabinets that is decorated with a vibrant floral wallpaper accent wall, and outfitted with a small tulip table and upholstered velour chairs for cozy meals.

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    Go Victorian

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    Design by deVOL Kitchens

    This classic English Victorian villa kitchen from deVOL Kitchens includes a dining table and a sofa, turning it into an eat-in kitchen you could live in day and night.

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    Use Upholstered Chairs

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Margaret Austin Photo

    This eat-in kitchen from Cathie Hong Interiors has a dining corner with a round table for flow and upholstered chairs to make it feel extra comfortable and encourage lingering over family meals.

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    Double It Up

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    Design by Kate Marker Interiors

    This spacious eat-in kitchen from interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors has both a large island with bar seating and a breakfast nook beneath the windows.

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    DIY It

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    A Beautiful Mess

    A Beautiful Mess built a DIY banquette in the corner of a small kitchen and covered it with bright pink velvet upholstery to create a cozy spot for having a drink or a snack.

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    Add a Bonus Table

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    Heather Hilliard Design / Photo by David Duncan Livingston

    This spacious kitchen from Heather Hilliard Design has an island with bar height seating as well as a comfortable leather banquette seating area with a large table for more leisurely sit-down meals.

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    Go with Marble

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    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Jeanne Canto

    Calimia Home brought French vibes to a historic Spanish home renovation in Coral Gables, FL with an elegant range and a marble-topped bistro table and chairs in place of a kitchen island that blends right in with the stone finishes of the room.

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    Add a Glass Wall

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    Erin Williamson Design

    This California eat-in kitchen from Erin Williamson Design includes a built-in banquette is positioned in the corner by two walls of industrial glass and metal windows and doors that open to the outside and enjoy a view of the pool.

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    Make It Moody

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    Fantastic Frank

    This small eat-in kitchen from Fantastic Frank is painted in a cool blue-toned shade of gray that makes it a relaxing place to enjoy a meal after a long day.

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    Install Banquette Seating

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    Mike Chajecki / Pizzale Design Inc.

    This modern eat-in kitchen from Pizzale Design Inc. is extra comfortable and inviting thanks to an upholstered banquette attached to the back of the kitchen peninsula. The dining area faces away from the appliances and cooking area to create a little oasis for sharing a meal.

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    Add a Vintage Tablecloth

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    Fantastic Frank

    This light-flooded Stockholm kitchen from Fantastic Frank is authentic Scandi style at its best, with its simple white and silver finishes, a streamlined wall of cabinetry and appliances, painted white bentwood chairs, and a small table covered in a lacy tablecloth to add a note of vintage charm.

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    Add a Farmhouse Table

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    Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images

    This classic eat-in country kitchen in a 17th-century Cotswold sandstone farmhouse has rustic beams, a vaulted ceiling, hanging baskets and green pendant lights hanging over a rustic farmhouse dining table, and enough chairs to seat a crowd.

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    Go Blue

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    Design by Rise Interiors / Styled by Hayley Garrison Phillips / Photo by Matthew Dandy Photography

    This roomy Washington D.C. eat-in kitchen from Rise Interiors has a comfortable blue banquette beneath the windows that matches the trim.

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    Add Bubble Lights

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    Fantastic Frank

    This long and narrow eat-in kitchen from Fantastic Frank has a wall of cabinetry, countertops, and appliances on one side, leaving space for a small bistro table and chairs with slim banquette seating on the opposite side. A clear glass bubble pendant light hangs over the dining space to add light without visual clutter.

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    Make It Cottage Style

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    Andreas von Einsiedel / Getty Images

    This 16th-century Sussex cottage kitchen is warm and inviting, with an Arts & Crafts oak dining table, chairs by Alvar Aalto, a marble-topped work station painted light blue, teak wood kitchen cabinets, framed art on the walls, and a George Nelson pendant light.

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    Enjoy the View

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    Etch Design Group / Cate Black Photography

    The dining area in this bright eat-in kitchen from Etch Design Group is positioned in front of the window that highlights the wide-open views. An airy pendant light anchors the space without blocking light or views.

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    Add Comfortable Bar Stools

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Christy Q. Photography

    Cathie Hong Interiors gave this California modern Eichler house kitchen in San Jose, CA a 21st-century update with a new kitchen island and upholstered bar stool seating that turns it into a comfortable eat-in kitchen space perfect for casual meals.

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    Go Long

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    Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona

    This eat-in cottage kitchen from Ursula Carmona of Home Made By Carmona has an L-shaped cooking area and a dining area across the room that's anchored by a freestanding banquette with a tufted high back for extra comfort.

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    Huddle Up

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    Design by Georgia Zikas Design / Photo by Jane Beiles

    In this galley-style apartment kitchen from Georgia Zikas Design, a corner banquette is squeezed in at the far end beneath a window with a city skyline view. Blue upholstery and throw pillows add color, while a round tulip-style table without any sharp edges allows for easy maneuvering in the compact space.

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    Add French Charm

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    This eat-in kitchen in a 1800s French brick and flint country house from German interior designer Peter Nolden is an ode to French charm, with original architectural details, checkerboard fabric, vintage wood shelves on the walls, and a generous wooden farm table for family meals. A black metal vintage chandelier and vintage lettering sign that says bookstore in French and hanging copper pots creates a timeless feel.

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    Go Black and White

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Reid Rolls

    This black-and-white eat-in kitchen designed by Leanne Ford Interiors has a crisp graphic feel and a mix of old and new decor that gives it a timeless appeal.

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    Add a Coffee Bar

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    Design by Calimia Home / Photo by Kelli Boyd

    This eat-in kitchen from Calimia Home is situated next to a coffee bar set up on the storage wall that gives it an at-home cafe vibe.

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    Float the Fridge

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    Fantastic Frank

    This small eat-in kitchen from Fantastic Frank mixes soft shades of white with graphic black accents and midcentury modern touches like the Danish modern pendant light, George Nelson wall clock, and molded Eames Eiffel chairs to lend it some timeless style. A freestanding vintage-style refrigerator in the corner is stylish enough to blend in with the decor.

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    Add Bright Wallpaper

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    Design by J Hill Interiors / Photo by Jenny Siegwart

    Interior designer Jessica Hill-Tompane at J Hill Interiors added bright wallpaper to this vibrant and colorful eat-in kitchen, with a dramatic pendant light and comfortable upholstered chairs around a small bistro table to create a comfortable and luxurious feel.

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    Sit By the Fire

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    Design by deVOL Kitchens

    This eat-in London kitchen designed by Sebastian Cox for deVOL Kitchens has a period fireplace that makes it extra cozy.

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    Float the Table

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Erin Kelly

    Instead of a kitchen island, this Pittsburgh eat-in kitchen from Leanne Ford Interiors has an old-school dining table in the center of the room that is set with a tablecloth and looks like it could belong in a bistro, with cafe-style half curtains on the windows that reinforce the vibe.

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    Create an End Point

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    Design by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design / Photo by Tessa Neustadt

    This galley-style kitchen designed by Brady Tolbert for Emily Henderson Design has a combination of built-in storage, cabinetry, and appliances and open shelving on opposite sides, and culminates in a dining space at the far end that includes a round table and chairs to create a cozy eat-in kitchen that maximizes space and light from the window.

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    Add a Vintage Table

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    Design by Leanne Ford Interiors / Photo by Erin Kelly

    Leanne Ford Interiors squeezed a vintage painted metal garden table and chairs against a wall in this homey kitchen that blends into the green wall and creates an intimate spot for breakfasts or tea breaks.

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    Keep It Eccentric

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    Fantastic Frank

    This colorful and eccentric Swedish countryside eat-in kitchen from Fantastic Frank includes a vintage table and bench seating that floats in the middle of the room.