Don’t have room for a full table in your kitchen? No problem! A breakfast nook creates a space for eating in the kitchen and can maximize space in that area.
It might not be as big as a full dining room, but with the right layout and decor, you won’t miss the extra space at all.
Location and Layout
When you hear the name “breakfast nook,” what do you think of?
Maybe it’s someone sipping coffee and reading the newspaper on a Sunday morning. Or maybe it’s a couple enjoying an intimate date night in meal. Either way, the name implies that the space should be cozy and inviting.
One of the ways to create that feeling is to place your breakfast nook near a window to take advantage of natural light pouring in.
Natural light is always going to provide a more home-like feeling than artificial light. Position the table near the window to maximize use of natural light and provide a connection to the outside.
When it comes to the decor in your breakfast nook, think about what you’ll use the space for most often and let those answers drive your design choices.
For example, if it will primarily be used for reading or writing, then maybe a bench or booth would be appropriate. If the table will be used for larger meals, then you’ll want to add a table and chairs that will fit reasonably well within the space.
This will not be as large as a formal dining room table, but there are plenty of options that seat 2-4 people comfortably. Amp up the coziness factor by adding a plush rug under the table.
The space should look like an extension of your kitchen, but still have its own personality. It is the perfect place to experiment with a new design or utilize pieces from a yard sale or antique show. Amp up the coziness factor by adding a plush rug under the table.
Outside the Nook
The final element to consider in planning your breakfast nook is what the view outside of the space will be if you are utilizing a window. Even the coziest decor can be offset by an unappealing view outside the window. Is your morning retreat really that cozy if you are looking at trash cans outside the house or onto a busy street?
You might not be able to control every part of what appears outside the breakfast nook window. But, setting up the space might provide a good opportunity to plant a garden or create another more tranquil space outside to match the one you’ve made inside.
It doesn’t take a lot of time or money to create a warm, inviting addition to your kitchen. We would love to help you bring your ideas to life. Contact us today for a breakfast nook consultation.