When we imagine our dream kitchen and dining space, we envision plenty of stylish storage solutions to free up usable space for a cozy yet contemporary breakfast nook. Unlike the formal dining room, this little area is designed to be completely approachable and, well, informal. It's also an easy opportunity to embolden the kitchen while giving it a touch of refinement.
Think clean lines, on-trend decor, high-impact seating, and lots and lots of natural light to bask in while you sip on a morning cup of joe. If we've just described the contemporary breakfast nook of your dreams, take note of the nine examples below. If your interest is piqued and you're in hot pursuit of some inspiration, consider this your cheat-sheet.
Maximize Your Space With Clean Lines
Sleek, simple, and oh-so-sophisticated, this contemporary breakfast nook makes a great impression without doing too much at all. Stick to neutral colors and opt for straight, clean lines for a similar aesthetic. A straight-back bench is also a great way to save space in tinier dining spaces.
When it comes to texture-rich finishes and lush, glamorous materials, this breakfast nook is good as it gets. You can always count on burl wood furniture, marble accents, and velvet upholstery to set a formal and artful tone. The layout of this space is also worth noting. Specifically, the kitchen island does a great job of breaking the breakfast nook off from the rest of the space, making it feel more spacious and private.
Try a Hint of Whimsy
If you have the means and space to create a built-in banquet, definitely take advantage of it. This will give your breakfast nook a more customized, refined feel while also maximizing square-footage. And while this dining area definitely features some more traditional roots, the architectural lighting, whimsical wallpaper, and pops of primary colors give it a decidedly modern edge.
Stick to a Neutral Color Scheme
If you appreciate the austere elegance of minimalistic spaces, this neutral-hued breakfast nook will be up your alley. This small bistro table is perfect for apartments and other tight spaces. But just because it's small doesn't mean it's boring or unsophisticated—the moody marble material adds all the dimension it needs.
Choose the Right Light
Tailored and formal yet 100% liveable, this dining area is balanced perfection. We love the deep chocolate brown hues for an unexpectedly deep and grounding mood. The artful light fixture and asymmetrical abstract artwork bring out the delicate gold frames of the bench and table for a cohesive finish, and the built-in banquette and book storage make this a nice spot to catch up on some work or reading.
When in doubt, opt for bright whites and dark accents to add a sense of drama. The shiny metallic finish spruces things up without being too overtly formal, making it the perfect aesthetic for someone who wants a touch of elegance that can complement a variety of styles throughout the years.
If you don't have a large window that lets in natural light, try hanging a large-scale photograph, which will enliven your breakfast nook and make it feel more modern and stylish without creating any clutter.
Add a Rustic Element
Even though a breakfast nook is, by definition, supposed to be in a nook, you can still create a cozy and casual dining space floating in the center of a room. If you have a tiny sunroom adjacent to the kitchen like this one, opt for a round table. The key is to opt for super-homey, unpretentious pieces that are dressed up with the right light fixtures for a contemporary touch.
Play With Color
When you're working with a small space but refuse to compromise your statement-making style, consider this in-kitchen breakfast nook room your North Star guide. Like we mentioned earlier, the built-in seating maximizes space and keeps the focus on the colorful blue statement chairs. The single pendant light also draws the eye in and puts the breakfast book right in the spotlight.
Put Patterns on Patterns
This breakfast nook proves you don't have to decorate with super-sleek, formal furniture, and neutral colors to create a stylish space. We love this cozy nook's commitment to color, artwork, and comfort. Aside from the artwork itself, the eclectic frames give the entire room a lot of personalities. That being said, it isn't too over the top, thanks to the lack of clutter, metallic touches, and thoughtfully curated furniture.