Breakfast Area Design

A popular request I receive from many clients is for a family-friendly and functional Breakfast Area. Not only does this area of the home need to function well for busy mornings, but it should also look good too! In this Shop the Look feature I’m going to share my top tips and ideas on how you can create a breakfast area design that doesn’t compromise on functionality!

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What is a Breakfast Area

Typically, a breakfast area is an off-shoot from the main kitchen. However, in some instances, this could be the dining room or area of the home too! Either way, it is a space where the family gathers for breakfast each morning before the day starts. Breakfast areas feature a dining table (round, square, or rectangle depending on the space available), functional and practical chairs, and a centerpiece. 

Fun Facts:

A breakfast area may also be referred to as a “breakfast nook” and both are an area or alcove off the kitchen. It’s usually close enough to the kitchen to access cabinets and the stove, yet fair enough away to feel like its own room or area so you can enjoy eating without noises or smells from the kitchen itself.

The breakfast area or nook is first thought to have originated in the 1920s where the head of the house would make a “mad dash” to eat some food before heading out to work. It was designed to make life easier for the family and for everyone to start the day in a more cheerful way.

Nowadays, the breakfast area is still a key part of a kitchen design! And it can take many different design routes in terms of arrangement and location in relation to the kitchen. Depending on the space you have available, your breakfast area will either be a designated area or alcove or will be the main dining area for the home too. This will then influence whether your furniture is casual or formal. Typically the breakfast area has more casual and practical furniture.

Style Clues

This style often includes:

  • Dining table (round, square or rectangle depending on the space available)
  • Practical dining chairs   
  • Simple enterpiece arrangement or vase
  • Central light fixture and wall art

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Mid-Century Style Dining Table

This rectangular dining table is perfect for any breakfast nook! A contemporary style with rounded edges for a softer look.

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LED Woven Rattan Dome Pendant

Add softness to your breakfast area with this woven dome pendant. The adjustable drop means it can be installed for any ceiling height!

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Matte Black Dining Chair (& Cushion)

Adding a practical dining chair like this one finishes off the breakfast area perfectly. The removable cushion adds extra comfort when needed!

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All Wood Round Dining Table

Round dining tables are more social than square or rectangular shaped ones and therefore provide families with a good place to start the day!

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Woven Leather Dining Chair

This woven leather dining chair is great for adding some style to your breakfast area!

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Navy Chevron Indoor/Outdoor Area Rug

Use an indoor/outdoor area rug for your breakfast area as they are durable and resistant to stains or fading! This is a great opportunity to bring some color into the area.

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Ivory Indoor/Outdoor Rug

We love using indoor/outdoor area rugs in dining rooms and breakfast areas because of their durability and variety of designs available!

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Mid-Century Round Dining Table

Another round dining table option that combines modern shapes with a mid-century finish.

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Single Globe Pendant Light

Pendant lights are recommended for above breakfast area tables as it focuses light down to the table’s surface. This one works with a variety of room and furniture styles!

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