15 Photos That Prove You Need a Breakfast Nook

Got some spare space in the kitchen? Consider adding a breakfast nook! These 15 photogenic options suit a range of kitchen styles and sizes—and they’re practically begging to be added to your online inspiration boards.

By Katelin Hill | Updated Dec 29, 2020 12:31 PM

Vintage Appeal

Vintage Breakfast Nook

This Philly kitchen radiates retro vibes, thanks to a tulip table and a pair of Eames-style dowel-leg chairs in a cheery blue shade. To keep the vintage look from feeling stale, Larina Kase Interior Design incorporated modern patterned upholstery set against a clean, neutral backdrop.

Related: 12 Vintage Kitchen Features We Were Wrong to Abandon

Aliza Schlabach Photography | Design: Larina Kase Interior Design

Custom Comfort

Banquette Breakfast Nook

In this diner-style setup by Jackson Cabinetry, no one has to fight over a seat in the booth. These custom built-ins packed with storage can comfortably accommodate six, while olive green leather upholstery and a natural cypress top convey warmth and durability.

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Classic with a Catch

White and Yellow Breakfast Nook

Sometimes it’s all in the details. In this San Francisco kitchen, designed in partnership by Heydt Designs and Benjamin Dhong Interiors, a traditional banquette with sunny yellow damask upholstery looks traditional at first glance. Yet a funky goat-leg bench flips the script, adding unexpected whimsy to the breakfast nook.

David Duncan Livingston | Design by Heydt Designs | Interior Design by Benjamin Dhong Interiors | Construction by Kearney & O'Banion

Vibrant Hues

Blue and Red Breakfast Nook

In this breakfast nook by Studio M Interiors, shiplap extends up the wall to accentuate the already lofty ceiling height. Unadorned windows highlight the view outside, while bold red and blue banquette cushions ground the space.

Related: 17 Times Shiplap Made the Room

Chuck Heiney Photography | Design: Studio M Interiors

Cottage Style

Circular Breakfast Nook

This cottage breakfast nook by Bennett Lerner Interiors is built into a large bay window, offering ample seating for the whole family without the need for extra chairs. An airy tulip table provides plenty of foot room without weighing down the space.

Erika Bierman | Design: Bennett Lerner Interiors

Patterned Perch

Patterned Breakfast Nook

In this East Coast kitchen created by homeowner and interior designer Jessica Davis, the built-in banquette takes a backseat to a stenciled floor and eclectic mix of fabrics. The result? A fun and funky spot to sip a cup of coffee.


A Welcoming Window

Window Seat Breakfast Nook

In this classy breakfast nook by Amanda Teal Design, seating built into a window bump-out maximizes floor space, leaving plenty of room for a white oak dining table and trendy woven chairs.

Bess Friday Photography | Amanda Teal Interior Design

Eclectic Kitchen

Eclectic Breakfast Nook

Curves are the name of the game in this cheerful San Francisco apartment imagined by Carolyn Rebuffel Designs. A built-in bench designed by Benchmark Wood Studio is accented with a cool white-and-blue trellis-print fabric, while matching French bistro chairs and a shapely dining table make the most of the space.

Related: 12 Doable Designs for a DIY Bench

Workman C | Custom Design by Benchmark Wood Studio

Urban Escape

Wood Breakfast Nook

Warm wood tones soften the clean lines of this Brooklyn, New York, breakfast nook by design/build firm Ecostruct. As a bonus, there are no cushions to wash after spilling a bit of coffee or orange juice.

Regan Wood Photography | Ecostruct

Upscale Elegance

Plush Banquette Breakfast Nook

Designed by Charlie Barnett Associates and Massucco Warner Miller, this space proves that freestanding furniture can create an upscale breakfast nook. The upholstered bench adds softness and sophistication to a sunny corner.

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Werner Straube | Charlie Barnett Associates

Table and Chairs

Breakfast Nook With Table and Chairs

This setup from A Beautiful Mess demonstrates that you don’t need built-ins to create a photo-worthy breakfast nook. This simple DIY table packs a big punch when paired with acrylic ghost chairs and a glam fur rug.


In the Corner

Corner Breakfast Nook

Neutral gray walls and solid white upholstery coordinate with this farmhouse-style kitchen. Bright-colored art and pillows pop in the otherwise subdued space. 

Zillow Digs home in Van Nuys, CA

Large-Scale Living

Breakfast Nook with Lots of Seating

A wide window nook accommodates an extra-long dining table and a pair of substantial chairs. The whole configuration can seat up to eight comfortably.

Zillow Digs home in Greenwich, CT

Butcher-Block Beauty

Breakfast Nook with Butcher Block

These Seattle homeowners made the most of their small space with a slim built-in bench against the wall. The butcher-block tabletop offers warmth, while citrus-hued pillows lend a spot of color.

Zillow Digs home in Seattle, WA

Artful Arch

Arched Breakfast Nook

Showstopping windows and a dramatic arched entryway steal the spotlight in this breakfast nook. The traditional yet understated dining table and chairs cede center stage to the surrounding architecture.

Zillow Digs home in Camden, ME

Better Than Breakfast In Bed

Better Than Breakfast In Bed

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