Breakfast Nook Ideas

Breakfast Nook Ideas—

I have always been a fan of sitting down for dinner with my family, talking about your day, or catching up after a busy week, eating a homecooked meal. My family was busy all the time growing up. Between sports and work, and school, tournaments, friends, camping trips, it was hard to find time to sit now and enjoy each other’s company, so on Sundays we always made a big meal, sat down and caught up from our busy week. We made the table together and talked while we cooked. After dinner, I would do the dishes, mom would separate the leftovers into Tupperware and my brother would clean the table. The dinning room is where conversations flow and food is enjoyed together.

When I started this house that I’m remodeling, I was so excited about the “dining room”. I thought it was the perfect space to transform into a cozy breakfast nook. I’ve had all sorts of ideas and needed to start deciding on what I was going to do with it, so I did what I always do and I went to Pinterest.

Here’s some of the advice I found:

Small spaces and big spaces are both great for making a breakfast nook, but you must be careful not to over crowd it. It is supposed to be cozy and calming, not cluttered and overwhelming. A small bare wall in your kitchen or a wall near your kitchen is the perfect place to slide in a bench and place a table and a couple of chairs. Decorate the bench will pillows or upholstered bench cushions. To top it off, a statement light is a beautiful way to bring a space together and give it that cozy touch.

Decorating your breakfast nook can be one of the most important parts of really making it a breakfast nook. You should consider using wall space for practical things such as shelving to display your nice dining ware. You can also use the shelving space to decorate so it matches the rest of your house, the aesthetic that you are wanting. You have a couple options when it comes to practical storage. Of course, you have open shelving, but you can also use the inside of the bench, or you could make pull out drawers for hidden storage too. Color is also an important part to creating the perfect breakfast nook. You want your nook to be cohesive with your kitchen and the rest of your house, but you also want it to still be unique. Using similar colors or different shades of a color is the perfect way to connect the rooms. Picking a bold pattern as an area rug or tablecloth is a great way to create a focal point in the center of the room. Adding warm tones to your room can make it inviting while also adding patterns and textures to tie the space together.

One of my favorite ideas so far, and the one that I am really leaning towards in this house, is a corner breakfast nook. A corner nook is the best way to make use of a seemingly small and useless space. Making your nook in the corner creates a cozy and convenient dining area. It makes for the perfect space to gather around a yummy meal or to lounge on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee.   

Not everyone has the square footage for an out of kitchen breakfast nook or maybe you do not want to sacrifice your actual dining room for a breakfast nook. A good way to still have your cozy seating area is to do an in-kitchen breakfast nook, by utilizing the space adjacent to your kitchen or on the empty wall in your kitchen, add a bench or two chairs and a small, narrow table. This helps make the nook smaller and fit better in the place it is at.

If you’ve been considering redoing or redecorating your dining space, just do it! That is the place conversations flows, and stories are told, and families are together. Don’t lose this wonderful tradition!

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