Ask just about anyone which room they'd consider to be the epicenter of their home, and most people will tell you, the kitchen wins, hands down. Our kitchens aren't just where we prep pancakes for Sunday breakfast, or throw bowls of cereal on the counter for breakfast each morning before the kids get off to school. They're where we unwind with family, where we catch up about our days, where we spend hour upon hour crafting meals for the ones we love. Your living room might be comfortable, and the kids might prefer the playroom, but when it really comes down to it, everyone will agree: the kitchen is where it all happens. Whether you're a young couple who enjoys a glass of wine after dinner (or before, we don't judge!), or a busy family juggling numerous school lunches each evening, the kitchen is the hub of the home. No other room has as constant of a hum as the kitchen, what with people popping in and out for snacks, beverages, meals, or stealing a bite of cookie dough batter before it hits the oven. We're lucky enough to be New Yorkers with relatively large kitchens (key word being relative), but we dream of having a large home that will one day be filled with crisp white cabinets and hardwood floors, marble countertops and a breakfast bar big enough for both children and adults. Another item on our dream kitchen wishlist?
A breakfast nook. If you ask us, breakfast nooks encompass all we love about kitchens: small and cozy, they bring the family together over tall glasses of orange juice and morning eggs. The best breakfast nooks take advantage of otherwise awkward spaces, fitting tables and seating areas into corners that would otherwise be left alone. Breakfast nooks are the perfect spot for a casual dinner with the full family, a great spot for girls night of wine and cheese at home, and an even better place to feed the kids their guilty pleasure dinner of mac and cheese. Interestingly enough, people seem to have a bit of trouble figuring out how to design a breakfast nook. Not that we blame them; as we said, breakfast nooks often occupy awkward spaces where other furniture simply might not fit. Our advice? Follow the formula below. All the best breakfast nooks include most, if not all, of the following: table, varied seating (we like a combination of bench and chairs), and a statement chandelier. Use those three pieces as your foundation, then add pillows, wall art, place settings and more to complete the space. We promise, if you start with a good table, a gorgeous chandelier, and varied seating, the rest is a piece of cake.
Below, we've compiled three examples of the our tried true breakfast nook formula. First up is French Country, then Industrial Loft, followed by Global Bazaar. As you'll see, while each space is different, given the different decorating styles, each one results in a comfortable, cozy, perfect as can be breakfast nook!