In family homes, a kitchen banquette is the ultimate seating choice. A much more comfortable choice than stiff dining chairs. The upholstered seats invite little ones to stay awhile, be it for milk and cereal in the morning, or as they tackle homework while mum cooks dinner. But kids aren't the only ones who love a banquette: I always make a beeline for the booth seats in my friends' homes and in restaurants, too.
There's something about them that's a little more casual and inviting than a standard dining table setup. Do you agree? Well, we're here to show you that kitchen banquettes can be not only comfortable and practical but also incredibly elegant. Scroll below to see some of our favorites.
What Is a Banquette?
A banquette is a dining bench that seats multiple people and is often used in a breakfast nook. Banquettes can be freestanding pieces of furniture or built-in.
Designed by New York-based interior designer Blair Harris, this calm blue kitchen banquette is contemporary but feels transitional, thanks to the traditional bones of the space. We love how the coastal photography complements the colors of the space.
Designed by Los Angeles-based Simo Design, this little kitchen banquette is a vision of chic simplicity. We love the matte finish of its classic café chairs. It seems like such a calm and lovely place to have your morning coffee!
The Los Angeles home of comedy writer Erin Foster, designed by Consort Design and Estee Stanley, is awash with muted grays and muddy taupes. The pendant the designers chose for this space is a gorgeous finishing touch.
California Cool Style
Also designed by Simo Design, this bright kitchen nook tops our list. We love its California-cool vibe with its industrial steel-and-wood armchairs, yellow-striped cushion, and patterned blue tiles.
The Nashville home of Kings of Leon percussionist Nathan Followill, designed by Benjamin Vandiver, has a handsome masculine kitchen banquette that’s built into the wall, aptly surrounded by records. We love its hip midcentury-influenced aesthetic.
Actress Amanda Peet’s kitchen breakfast nook—once featured in Vogue—is what we like to call “perfectly imperfect.” Her plush, worn-in cushions, mismatched textiles, and rustic farmhouse table make it incredibly homey and welcoming, while modern chairs and lighting give it a little polish.
This Union Square, NYC bachelor pad designed by Robert Passal is urbane, modern, and sophisticated—a winning combination. Mismatched dining chairs give it an eclectic vibe, but luxe materials make it glamorous.
This leather banquette designed by Sara Cooper is actually in a dining room, something we very rarely see. Though the materials—brass, velvet, green marble, and tufted leather—are quite luxurious, it’s also not precious and can certainly withstand the comings and goings of a family.
Packed With Patterns
In her signature look, the New Orleans kitchen of interior designer Melissa Miles Rufty is brimming with pattern! Using a narrow table, she was able to create a cozy kitchen banquette even though she was dealing with small square footage.
Bay Window Banquette
A curved bay window is the perfect place for a breakfast nook! This banquette, featured in Domino, is what we like to call “farmhouse chic”—elegant yet rustic.
By painting the banquette and surrounding windowpanes black, Christina Murphy Interiors gave this kitchen banquette a glamorous metropolitan look. We love the brass fixtures that light up the space.
Light and Bright
Light and bright, a little bit feminine and a little bit masculine, this large kitchen banquette, designed by Carrie Hatfield in Dallas, could host a whole family for dinner with views.
Plenty of Pillows
Certainly the outlier of the group, this dining banquette is traditional, formal, and elegant, proving that even comfy can look fancy.