If you’re looking for beautiful breakfast nook ideas, look no further. Breakfast nooks were popular in the 1920s as houses became smaller and bungalows were common. They made for a great spot for the morning meal with their built-in seating and table. Since then, breakfast nooks have continued to have a place in kitchens. If you have a bay of windows or nook spot in your kitchen, consider adding a breakfast nook. They’re perfect for light meals, homework spots for kids, or a cozy spot for reading.
We love this quote about breakfast nooks from Decor Insider “what’s not to love? – a cozy place for the family to gather for a quick bite before the chaos of the day kicks in, a bright and sunny spot for mom to enjoy a cup of coffee, a perfect area for the kiddos to congregate for craft time.”
A breakfast nook is the perfect spot to add character to your kitchen, incorporate more seating, and make it a hang out spot. We rounded up our favorite breakfast nook ideas for 2020 and are sharing them with you!
Breakfast Nook Ideas
Light and Bright
We love how this nook is right off the kitchen and uses the space right under the window. Adding a fun chandelier, rug, and circle table complete the look. Incorporating a breakfast nook by a window is a great spot because of the natural light that floods the space and keeps it open and bright.
Photo: Home Bunch
This nook is built in to an existing space and utilizes the three sides for seating. Wood ceiling detail and a gold and white light make it complete. If you’re looking for more of a “built-in” look, consider building your breakfast nook into a framed out space or consider building it out during a remodel or new build to have that more custom feel.
Photo: Grand Tradition Homes
This was a breakfast nook added to one of our kitchen refreshes and we love the combination of the antique ottoman with the light and bright seating. A chandelier adds a rustic element to the space. Lighting helps define the area and makes it its own space.
With this nook, our client was looking for more of a furniture piece for the seating. This is a great way to incorporate a nook into your space without having to build a bench or cabinets. The L-shaped bench seating defines the space and adds additional seating to the kitchen, making it the perfect spot to drink your morning coffee or entertain guests.
Eclectic Vintage Modern
This look is one of our faves. From the shelving in the corners and above, to the cozy pillows, it looks like the perfect spot to curl up and read a book. We love the corner shelving, which provides a spot for plants and other decor to bring in personality and natural elements. The black sputnik light adds contrast to the white walls and rattan chairs.
Photo: Style Curator
For a more simple nook, floating bench seating creates a modern and clean look. Paired with black chairs, sconces, and artwork, this nook has the perfect vibe. While a built-in bench in a cabinet-like style may provide storage, this floating bench is a clean and modern look. If you wanted to add storage, you could add baskets under the bench for items you’d prefer hidden away, but easily accessed.
Photo: Style Curator
Black and White
Bay windows are a great place for a breakfast nook since they provide lots of natural lighting and ample seating. We love the mix of modern, clean lines with lots of texture with the pillows, which makes this spot curated and cozy. This is a great example of a more custom look since it’s built into the space.
Photo: Bright Designlab
What a fun nook! Adding the wood shelving and paneling creates a dramatic background. The large circle table allows for many chairs to be around the table. If you’re needing more storage for cookbooks, decor, or dishes, the shelving above is a great addition. We love how the wood on the back of the bench seat carries up the wall, making it a statement in the space.
And if you’re looking to create your own breakfast nook, here are some great DIY tutorials we’ve found:
- How to Build Easy Breakfast Nook Benches by Hammers N Hugs
- Built-in Bench Seat from Stock Cabinets by Lowe’s
- Build Your Own Breakfast Nook with Storage by The Owner Builder Network
Which of the breakfast nook ideas is your favorite? We can’t decide, but we’re definitely inspired and ready to add one to our home!