Trend Alert: A Kitchen Island That's Also A Breakfast Nook

Written by Jaymi Naciri Posted On Sunday, 13 November 2016 06:36

Build a large island with room for bar seating or condense the island size to include a breakfast nook? If you're redoing your kitchen and are working with a somewhat limited amount of space, this might be one of the conundrums you face. But, a growing kitchen trend could solve that problem by combining both ideas into one chic solution.

What people love about this kitchen layout is how it does double duty as both an island and a breakfast nook, creating a useful and eye-catching focal point and encouraging togetherness. And, it allows you to be as creative as you want when designing the the look, even when you have tons of space to accommodate the most inspired dream kitchen.

This traditional kitchen gets a lift from a built-in banquette along the backside of the L-shaped island. No counter space is sacrificed here!


The idea works just as well in a classically modern space. White cabinets and marble counters contrast beautifully against the tufted black leather seating.

Modern Home Design and Décor

Look how more a modest-sized island shines by accommodating a small seating area on the backside and hanging a sparkly chandelier overhead.


Who says everything has to line up perfectly? Angling the built-in gives this seating area added interest and perfectly accommodates the round table.


Building in an eating area next to the island is another creative way to design your kitchen.

Built-in seating can be a great answer to a cramped space. There may not have been enough room for a full-blown breakfast nook in this kitchen without utilizing the side of the island as the base of the banquette.

The English Room

The grandest kitchen becomes even more so with a custom banquette that offers miles of counters and seating for half the neighborhood. The look is sleek, unique, upscale, and comfortable - a hard combination to pull off in any kitchen.

Dina Holland Interiors

Here's another take on a hybrid island-banquette in a large kitchen. We love how there is bar seating on all sides, and how the two-tone colors and curved banquette add more intrigue in this beautiful space.

The English Room
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