Good, Better, Best: Breakfast Nook

One of the key challenges to decorating a breakfast nook or eat-in kitchen is the size. It's important to make the most of your square footage, so we're going to show you how to create a good, better and best version that reaches your nook's potential.

Good Better Best Breakfast Nook

Above: dining table, chairs, setee, terraniums, Zilli Home; rug, baskets, bookcases, IKEA; art, Art Interiors; accessories/pillows, books, Homesense; pendant, Lamp Cage


Dining Table: Choose something that's smaller than an average dining table, keeping in mind the small space you're working with.

Pedestal Style: The combination of a circular top and pedestal bottom allows for more seating around the table.

Dining Chairs: Generally, you want to keep dining chairs in a breakfast nook simple and interesting, but not fussy. We chose X-Back Provincial dining chairs, which give a small footprint, yet add personality with their detail.

Bookshelves: Adding tall elements like bookshelves fully frames the small space while adding storage.

Built-in Look for Less: Combined with the matching shelf, flanking bookshelves create the look of a built-in cabinet system. Tip: The ones pictured here are are inexpensive (from IKEA), but we've painted them out a shade darker than the wall to give some dimension.

Baskets: An easy, no fuss way to organize your day-to-day items like linens, cookbooks or paper towel rolls.

Functional Accessories: If you're accessorizing, keep things pretty but purposeful.

Rug: We always want a rug to ground the space and visually bring furniture together. Choose something textured yet durable.

Camouflage Dirt: The kitchen is a high traffic area so a sisal rug like this one will hide any accumulation of dirt until your next cleaning day.


Settee: Taking our mixing and matching a step further, trying removing one of the dining chairs and added a settee. This maximizes seating (allowing for two seats instead of one), and adds some visual interest.

Fabric Choice: Grey leather is cleanable, durable and complements the tones of the chairs and table. The tufted back adds a hint of formality.

Chalkboard: Adding a chalkboard onto the wall is a great way to communicate with your family, whether it's a to-do list, a menu for a special night, or little daily reminders - just write them down!

Table Accessory (Three Terraniums): We'll kick the table up a notch by adding some greenery to the nook. This can act as a centerpiece that can stay on the table even when you're not eating there.


Art: If you want to make this space a bit more formal and your family has grown up out of soccer practice reminders, you can easily replace that chalkboard with some art.

Accessories/Cushions: Bring in some decorative elements that work with your colour scheme. Here we've brought in some great pillows and a few other accessories to round out the space.

Chandelier: Bring in a classic pendant to create ambient light and add another layer to the space. This makes the breakfast nook a destination in the home once you take the time to combine all the right elements.


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