Not everyone is a morning person, but you know what might just give you that extra pep to drag you out of bed and not snooze for another 45 minutes? A good breakfast nook. Whether it’s a cozy alcove where you can enjoy your morning cuppa in peace or a simple side table setup inside your kitchen to perch your avocado toast on—a proper breakfast nook can turn a kitchen corner into a snug haven. To help you cook up some inspiration for your own home, read on for 25 stylish (and clever) ideas.
1. Pattern Play: Searching for a design-savvy way to energize your morning routine? A colorful breakfast nook brimming with patterned textiles and tiled floors, like this one from Jessica and Scott’s home tour, is almost as invigorating a fresh pot of coffee.
2. Clean & Simple: Nothing feels more inviting than a sunlight-filled room with clean-lined furnishings. Take this pared down breakfast nook we spotted on A Cup Of Jo, that’s outfitted in sleek mid-century-style chairs and a Tulip table.
3. Small Triumphs: 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 on Jade Goulding’s home tour, and a comfy bench or banquette.
4. Eye Candy: An eye-catching work of art, like the black-and-white stunner in this room by Alyssa Kapito Interiors, brings a graphic element to a neutral breakfast nook.
5. Double Up: A cozy reading nook doubles as a useful breakfast nook when paired with a slender side table, like we saw on Sarah and Morgan’s home tour.
6. Add Just a Bit of Color: Shake up those tired mornings with a jolt of caffeine and color. The red-legged chairs in this breakfast nook via Domino brings a touch of drama to an earth-toned color palette.
7. Organic Material: Leafy houseplants and black-and-white photography upgrades an all-white breakfast nook with natural details, like we saw in Elsie Larson’s breakfast nook on A Beautiful Mess.
8. Multi-functional Matters: Banquettes with built-in storage compartments, like this custom leather wonder we spotted on House Beautiful, turns a spacious breakfast nook into a stylish place to stash stuff.
9. Light Energy: A sculptural light fixture, such as this six-arm chandelier we spotted on Amber Interiors, doubles as a focal point for a white-walled breakfast nook.
10. Beyond Banquettes: Searching for a more modular alternative to banquette seating for your breakfast nook? A compact sofa or settee can turn a cramped corner into a comfy dining nook for a fraction of the cost of custom built-ins, like we saw in this apartment on Homepolish.
11. Portable Potential: A rolling table or kitchen cart with open shelving provides ample storage opportunity and more counter space when needed. This smart idea is from Shannon’s home tour.
12. The More the Merrier: When it comes to designing a maximalist breakfast nook, like this decked-out room on the Glitter Guide, the bolder the colors, patterns, and artwork, the better.
13. Mixed Metals: How happy would you be sitting in this poppy nook with a latte catching up on early emails? Bright blues and pinks pair beautifully with a mix of metals, like the brass chairs, gold-accented pillows and copper-dipped vase in this room by Glamour Nest Interior Design.
14. Lighten Up: A long and narrow open spot by a window is prime real estate for a dining nook. Borrow your style notes from this sweet area from Style Me Pretty and park a farmhouse table up next to a built-in unit. Top it off with a commanding fixture to draw the eye up.
15. Work With What You Have: While you might think you need an actual nook for banquette seating, all you really need is a wall (a corner just makes it even better). This room by Natalie Myers on Domino proves it.
16. Easy Breezy: Create a laid-back scene, just like the one in Brooke Shields’ home on Better Homes & Gardens, by furnishing your breakfast nook with woven bistro chairs, a beach-inspired photo, and of course, pops of ocean blue textiles.
17. Think Small: You can forge a proper nook inside even the tiniest of kitchens by pairing a slim breakfast bar table with a slender stool or a set of chairs, like we saw in Alison’s home tour.
18. Go Scandi-style: Give your kitchen nook a Scandinavian-style makeover with a fresh coat of white paint and a handful of natural wood furnishings, like in this breakfast area from Entrance Makleri.
19. Art Objects: A sculptural flower vase in a lively hue, like the geometrical one in this breakfast nook from Emily Henderson, doubles as a cool table centerpiece without deviating from the room’s color palette.
20. Window Seats FTW: A built-in window seat, like this one we spotted on MyDomaine, transforms a tiny corner into a streamlined breakfast nook in no time.
21. 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.
22. Tune In: Hang a wall-mounted smart TV in your breakfast nook instead of artwork (as seen in this home from Homepolish) for a more tech-savvy way to start your day.
23. The DIY Difference: Turn a small empty room or walk-in closet into a sophisticated breakfast nook with some fun (removable) wallpaper, benches, and a farmhouse-style table like this DIY nook on A Beautiful Mess.
24. Hue Harmony: Balance out a stark white kitchen by adorning your breakfast area in colorful textiles and interesting art and accent fixtures, like this built-in nook on Domino.
25. Purple Power: Ultra violet is Pantone’s color of the year for a reason. This eye-catching paint color is perfect for infusing a big dose of personality into a tiny breakfast nook, as seen here from House Beautiful.