A formal dining room can feel too fancy for everyday use while a breakfast nook is meant to be comfortable, approachable, and conducive to intimate conversations and meals. Plus, Much like powder rooms, breakfast nooks provide the perfect opportunity for decorating special littles jewel boxes. Keep it cozy, go bold, or try something sleek and modern—but don't do anything without checking this collection of thirty undeniably stylish cozy nooks first. We've got breakfast nook inspiration to fit any style, size, and budget. And we mean any.
If you want a space that's fun for your kids but cool enough for you, this one designed by Chango & Co. is the ultimate inspiration. From the oversized drum pendant to the cheerful threes and corresponding wall art, it's chic but approachable.
This color combo in a breakfast nook designed by NICOLEHOLLIS Studio feels glam without being gaudy in the slightest. The cushy channeled sofa is a nice contrast to the angular wooden chairs and hardwood chairs. The lone pendant light and dramatic artwork top things off.
If you never met a stripe you didn't like, add them into your breakfast nook with upholstered chairs. You can change out the color depending on the season. This one designed by Tamsin Johnson is such a refreshing mix of styles, too, from the moody and provocative framed photographs to the casual rattan table, modern walls, and whimsical yet classic upholstery.
Rattan furniture and navy and white with splashes of pink make for an energizing breakfast nook—just what we all need first thing in the morning. Designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors, the built-inn seating also features smart storage.
Designed by Katie Hodges, this petite breakfast nook keeps things classic in design and palette, but the composition is a fun surprise. Instead of facing chairs out, have them angled inward. It looks cool and also sets the mood for more intimate conversation (or focused homework sessions).
Designed by ETC.etera in the Firehouse Hotel, this multi-purpose nook (Read here! Sip coffee here! Work here! Post it on Instagram!) is so incredibly stylish. Just looking at it transports us to the English parlor we've always dreamed of—the one that's somehow both from the past and the future.
A bold, colorful breakfast nook is the kind everyone wants to hang out in. This tiny one designed by Studio DB is tucked under the stairs, which proves that you don't need a ton of space to make a big impact.
You don't need a massive kitchen. Take note from this country chic and sweet breakfast nook designed by Leanne Ford. Just slide up a slim bistro table and stool.
Mix dark green and brown to make a white kitchen feel both cool and earthy. If your nook is by a window or gets a lot of sunlight, you won't have to worry about the dark tones dulling your space. In this modern and sophisticated breakfast nook designed by Arent & Pyke, the black and white abstract art brings depth to the white walls.
Pops of yellow from shades and pillows make a room feel a bit sunnier — even on those cloudy, gross days. If the bold color intimidates you, choose something with a pattern to break it up and don't incorporate it through your staple and investment pieces.
In smaller spaces, where a tulip table is all you can squeeze in, choose fun accent chairs and consider built-in benches. A casual gallery wall or statement-making floating shelves with decor will spice things up without taking up any precious square footage. This breakfast nook designed by Arent & Pyke proves it.
Breakfast with a view? We're in. Country-chic and simply soothing.
A statement wall or ceiling in a fun, on-trend color is a great way to keep things fresh and interesting. We're loving the way this lavender hue contrasts with the rustic turquoise pieces and traditional red barrel chairs and accents throughout this cozy nook. Plus, it also proves that you don't need to customize a built-in banquet. Just use a settee.
Kill two birds with one stone: A taupe breakfast nook can easily transition to a dining room at night. This one designed by Robson Rak is light like the day, but mysterious like the night.
Don't stress about your kids ruining your furniture. Cover your banquettes in faux leather so they're essentially spill-proof.
Who needs high ceilings when low ones are so much cozier? Not us, especially when said low ceilings are blessed with exposed beams like these. This breakfast nook is bursting with character and warmth.
Try a bar-height table and stools instead of a traditional breakfast table. It's especially cool—and a serious space saver—in a city apartment. This one designed by Hecker Guthrie is an extension of the kitchen island.
A breakfast nook with built-in seating makes the space feel that much more intimate and inviting. Add printed, multicolor pillows to up the lived-in look. Bonus points if your space is graced with sloped ceilings.
Skip the upholstery. Sleek whicker chairs and minimalist round table will make your breakfast as cool and simple as this one designed by Hecker Guthie.
If you have n extra room that you want to turn into a second dining room that's still formal but slightly less so, use this space as inspiration. A vibrant carpet, wallpaper statement wall, patterned drapes, and a blush ceiling make this breakfast room unforgettable. A bit modern, a bit old-school.
Pure white can feel a little stark, but if you want to keep your nook neutral, there's a solution. Try cream or off-white — the warmer tones feel more inviting and opt for avant garde silhouettes for a more modern and impactful aesthetic.
We often get out best design ideas from cool hotels while traveling, and Rae's On Wategos is no exception (unsurprisingly, since it was designed by the inimitable Tamsin Johnson). If you have any outdoor space at all—even just a tiny balcony), take advantage of it with a small bistro table and chairs, but then add a whimsical and bright cushion like these for comfort and style.
NICOLEHOLLIS Studio opted for a classic monochromatic color scheme and contemporary pieces that strike the perfect balance between edgy and understated.
Balance out blush walls with patterns in your shades and upholstery. It'll feel fresh and vibrant instead of overtly feminine.
Take location into consideration when designing your breakfast book. In this stylish cabin in the Pacific Northwest, interior designer Heidi Caillier asserts a sense of place while still making it feel unique and elevated through fitting artwork, color schemes, materials, and pattern.
Go raid your parents' attic—they might have cool old furniture stashed away that could create a unique, vintage-meets-modern breakfast nook. Think pedestal tables and antique chairs paired with cool shades and a geometric pendant lamp.
Unlike most dining rooms, this one designed by Leanne Ford Interiors doesn't use a large pendant light as the focal point. Instead, the focus is on the space itself. To enhance the beauty of a space like this one, work with raw materials like concrete, jute, and wood, and keep those beams exposed. An abstract painting in light clay tones elevates the dining nook even more.
If you've got the room, try a pedestal table. It can seat more people than the typical table, but the real perk is all that extra legroom. It's crucial for easily sliding in and out of the banquette seats.
No space? No problem. A tiny window seat is the perfect spot to sip your morning coffee.