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If you’ve ever flipped through an interior design magazine or scrolled through a home decor blog, you’ve probably seen a cozy breakfast nook. You may have even thought about adding one to your own home, but weren’t sure where to start.
Today, our home improvement experts are sharing some simple tips and tricks on creating your very own breakfast nook. This is one home improvement project that doesn’t require construction, just some rearranging and decorating!
But first, what exactly is a nook?
A nook, specifically a breakfast nook, is a place to enjoy light meals. It’s equipped with a table and chairs or built-in seating, like a window seat or built-in bench. Since it’s meant for less formal meals, it’s in a smaller space with a much smaller table.
And when you’re not eating, a breakfast nook is a great place to study, read, and relax!
If you have an area in your kitchen or dining room you’re just not sure what to do with, or an area you’d like to transform, a breakfast nook is the perfect way to use that space! You’ll love having a casual spot to eat, enjoy your coffee or tea, and relax.
Ready to create a nice, cozy spot in your kitchen? Here’s how to do it:
Like we mentioned, you may already have a space in your kitchen or dining room that is perfect for a nook. If not, you might have to do a little rearranging to make room.
If you have to create space for your breakfast nook, look for a corner or an area in front of a window that is big enough for a table and a few chairs. Bay or bow windows are a popular choice for breakfast nooks, partly because the extended window sill adds automatic window seating and uninterrupted views. If you don’t have space for large windows, we have a wide variety of styles to choose from!
Now that you know the size of the space you’re working with, you can choose your furniture. Since a nook isn’t as big as a dining room, and you don’t need room for everyone to eat at the same time, you can opt for a smaller table. A bistro table, a small four-seater, or even a pub table are perfect for breakfast nooks.
A breakfast nook is a place to slow down and savor, so comfortable seating is a must. Instead of traditional dining room chairs, opt for comfy accent chairs or even a built-in bench or banquette.
Built-in seating is a staple in breakfast nooks, especially in corner nooks. You can also add a built-in seat along a wall, though. If you’re handy, you can build your own bench relatively easily, but if you’d rather buy one, there’s no shortage of options! From benches that mimic restaurant booths to storage benches, you can find the perfect seating for your breakfast nook at home improvement stores or online.
To make your nook extra cozy, add a few cushions and some throw pillows to your bench. Whether you enjoy a quick weekday breakfast or a slow, relaxing weekend morning meal, you’ll enjoy having such a comfy spot to slow down and savor.
Throw pillows and cushions are a great way to tie in the rest of your home decor. For easy cleaning, we recommend cushions and pillows that can be machine washed.
Now it’s time to add the finishing touches! To make everything feel cohesive, add in decor that compliments your dining room or kitchen. From rugs and lighting fixtures to new place settings, a breakfast nook is an opportunity to add new decor to your home.
Greenery is also a popular choice for breakfast nooks! Flowers are a classic centerpiece and other plants like succulents are a low-maintenance addition to your table.
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