15 Stylish Breakfast Nooks to Pin Right Now
The breakfast nook is a feature only some are lucky enough to have in their home, so if you’ve found yourself with one of these little storage-enhancing kitchen corners, be sure to show it some love.
Whether you have an alcove where you can enjoy your morning cuppa in peace or a side table setup inside your small kitchen, there’s so much you can do to decorate these snug havens. (And, of course, a nook isn’t the only way to carve out some kitchen dining space. An island breakfast bar, even if your island is in a small kitchen, is another great option.)
To help you cook up some inspiration for your own home, don’t miss the 12 stylish ideas below.
1. Contrasting Colors
The funky blue kitchen in this California home may not have space for more than a small table and four chairs, but we love the way the homeowner brings it together using a cohesive color palette. The bright yellow chairs coordinate perfectly with the bold curtain pattern, which ties the two contrasting colors — yellow and blue — together.
2. A Perfect Fit.
The seafoam green kitchen in this Seattle home features a cut-out just the right size for a table and two chairs. The best way to design a small breakfast nook is to avoid overdoing it; don’t try to cram more chairs than will naturally fit in the space.
3. Countryside Chic
This small breakfast nook plays right into the Italian countryside vibe found in the kitchen from this home in Umbria. The whole scene looks like it was plucked right out of a movie.
4. Scandi-style Small
Believe it or not, the Scandi-style bench in this light and bright breakfast nook is actually an IKEA BESTA TV unit. Add in pretty throw pillows and a statement lamp, and there’s so much to love about this petite space.
5. Colorful & Eclectic
This Toronto house has a breakfast nook full of eclectic décor finds and cheerful pops of color.
6. Modern Farmhouse
This spacious breakfast nook has a cozy modern farmhouse feel. It looks high end, but some of its elements were actually found on Facebook Marketplace, such as the bench and chairs, making the overall makeover of the space cost just $500.
7. Pattern Play
Don’t be afraid to play with patterns and texture, as seen in this eye-catching breakfast nook in interior designer Jessica Davis’ Millburn, New Jersey house. She describes her style as eclectic, and this space showcases that spectacularly.
8. Retro Vibes
Transform an awkward kitchen corner into a retro-style breakfast nook with nothing more than a petite table, like this one-legged beauty we saw in Jade Goulding’s home tour, and a comfy bench or banquette.
9. Double Duty
A cozy reading spot doubles as a useful breakfast nook when paired with a slender side table, as seen in Sarah and Morgan’s home tour.
10. Organic Material
Leafy house plants give Elsie Larson’s simple breakfast nook with a round table and chairs a natural touch.
11. Boho Breakfast Nook
Everything about this boho breakfast nook in a beach bungalow is to die for, from the wallpapered accent wall to the built-in banquette seating. Homeowner Madison Bess actually DIY-ed a lot of it, making it a relatively affordable transformation.
12. Picture Perfect Picture Molding
Margaret added picture molding into her 19 19 Atlanta home’s breakfast nook for a luxe feel, playing into the apartment’s history. Paired with a tiny table and eye-catching light fixture, this space is picture perfect.
13. Portable Potential
A rolling table or kitchen cart with open shelving provides a storage opportunity and more counter space when needed, as seen in Shannon’s home tour.
11. Think Small
You can forge a breakfast nook inside even the tiniest of kitchens by pairing a slim bar table with slender stools, as we saw in Alison’s home tour.
15. Fold Out
Hoping to score your own breakfast nook but not working with a ton of kitchen space? Take a cue from Adam’s home tour and pair a wall-mounted fold down table with a couple of stools along your longest kitchen wall.
Additional reporting by Carolin Lehmann