The way we use the space in our homes has changed in the last few decades. Having a separate formal dining room is no longer a must-have on homeowners’ lists. However, having a casual (and comfortable) place to sit and enjoy meals with family on a day-to-day basis is. For that reason, many of the home remodels we work on incorporate creating a breakfast nook or similar space for informal meals and entertaining.
Low-key dining doesn’t mean inferior interior design. Here are some examples of perfect breakfast nooks to help get you inspired when it comes time for your next kitchen remodel.
1. A Sublime Breakfast Nook
We’re not sure this should even be called a breakfast nook, because it ticks all the boxes for the perfect space! Stylish, comfortable, practical and all with a great view, we pulled out all the stops for this home remodel in Fairfax. Existing doors to the deck were removed and replaced with windows and a custom banquette added to allow for ample seating.
This breakfast nook is now a sun-filled spot to enjoy every day meals or a cup of coffee. The table was custom made to fit the space with a white wood top and silver base that complement the other fixtures in the room. Custom built-in shelves on the right hand side allow for display of favorite items.
2. A Contemporary Family-friendly Breakfast Nook
For this home remodel in Reston, our clients really wanted to rethink the main level floor plan. We removed a wall that separated the existing kitchen and what was being used as an informal den/sitting area. The kitchen now opens up into this contemporary breakfast nook and the entire space makes more ‘sense’ as well as providing better functionality.
We wanted to ensure the spaces felt cohesive, so cabinetry with modern V-groove doors in “Fawn” were used to complement the kitchen cabinets. An additional design detail in the form of a niche with shelves in the same natural red oak wood as used in the kitchen provides the perfect place to display favorite items
3. A Sun-filled Spot for a Counter Height Table and Stools
We took a slightly different approach in this home remodel in Reston. We added a peninsula island with counter seating looking into the kitchen, but retained enough room by the beautiful bay window for a bar height table and stools for casual seating. This home also had a separate formal dining room (not shown), but this reconfigured kitchen now provides better informal dining options for the family.
4. Transitional Elegance with Traditional Elements
Our client was ready to make big changes to open the main level floor plan of their town home. Thanks to a wall that separated the kitchen and breakfast nook from the rest of the home, both spaces felt closed in and dark with not a lot of natural light. We removed the wall and incorporated traditional elements into a transitional design that reflects our client’s French country/farmhouse design aesthetic. The result? A stunning kitchen and breakfast nook that is chic, warm and welcoming.
5. A Transitional Open-plan Design
In this home remodel in Vienna, the existing U-shaped design of the kitchen meant cabinetry separated the breakfast nook from the kitchen. We redesigned the kitchen to create an L-shape with a large kitchen island instead and also removed a wall separating the kitchen and dining room. This not only makes the entire space feel much larger, it creates a better flow from one space to the next.
The breakfast nook now feels like it is part of the kitchen. A weather wood bead chandelier perfectly ties the look together.
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