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The Most Beautiful Kitchen Banquettes We've Seen

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Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine , design by Amber Interiors

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.

Blue Banquette

Nick Johnson , design by Blair Harris

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.

Calm Corner

Simo Design

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!

Inmod Signature Bastille Cafe Stacking Chair $286.00 $85.00

Muted Colors

Justin Coit for MyDomaine , design by Consort Design and Estee Stanley

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

Simo Design

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.

Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Dining Table $2,310.00

Built-In Banquette

Reid Rolls via MyDomaine

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.

Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesura Cane Woven Arm Chair $968.00 $823.00

Plush Cushions

François Halard for Vogue

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.

Mismatched Chairs

Peter Murdock , design by Robert Passal

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.

Curvilinear Mid-Century Two-Arm Wall Sconce $299.00

Mixed Materials

Nicole Cohen via MyDomaine , design by Sara Cooper

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

Andrew Arthur for MyDomaine , design by MMR Interiors

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.

Mercury Row Pink/Red Leggett Ikat Pillow Cover $43.00

Bay Window Banquette

Elizabeth Zeschin for Domino

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.

Glamorous Nook

Courtesy of Lonny , design by Christina Murphy and Meg Gabriele

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

Stephen Karlisch for D Magazine , design by Carrie Hatfield

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

Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine , design by Amber Interiors

In one of our favorite homes, designed by Amber Interiors, this bright kitchen banquette has so many things we love: indigo textiles, a bit of brass, a Persian rug, and midcentury-inspired armchairs.

Gouro Vintage Hand-Dyed African Indigo Throw Pillow $129.00

Formal Flair

Björn Wallander

Certainly the outlier of the group, this dining banquette is traditional, formal, and elegant, proving that even comfy can look fancy.