I don’t know if it’s the cooler weather or my desire to actually gather together around the dinner table every night (as opposed to the tv), but while searching Pinterest and browsing blogs, I have been loving the kitchen banquettes I’m seeing. These cozy nooks carved out of a space in your kitchen make you want to pull up and sit for a spell. Here are a few that I love!
These first few images show banquettes used in a very traditional sense. They are placed right underneath a window with a table and chairs ready for family dinner. In the picture below, I love how Phoebe Howard took a traditional space and put a modern twist on it with a funky chandelier and a mix of orange and brown.
This traditional banquette by Suzanne Kasler has a bit of a French country feel to it and makes me want to pull up a seat with a cup of coffee!
Banquettes also make a great use of space in tight areas and they are perfect to fill in odd corners. This one from Phoebe Howard makes perfect use of a corner.
This banquette featured in Better Homes and Gardens also puts an odd, small corner to good use. The bench and small table makes an instant spot for breakfast.
I love when banquettes take the shape of the walls and windows into account. This style seems the most cozy to me. This banquette from Christina Murphy is one of my favorites!
And, everything about this banquette (and the wood beamed ceiling and the fabulous chandelier…) from Rachel Halvorson is just gorgeous!
This banquette from m. elle designs is perfectly placed in an alcove. It almost feels like you are dining in the trees.
I love how this banquette has a bit of a nautical feel to it.
I really loved these next two banquettes. The large space can accommodate quite a number of people if need be. Or you can just use one table. Either way you can adjust the space to fit your needs.
It is definitely a cozier alternative to one long table.
If you are loving the look of a banquette but don’t want to commit to a built-in, here a few benches that I found. Each would be easy to place in a nook or underneath a window. Look for something that has a seat around 18″ high. Then all you need to do is pull up a table and add a few chairs.
From William Sonoma Home:
From World Market:
Ballard Designs has a great collection of banquettes that pull right up to the wall like built-ins. They even have corner pieces available.
Banquettes really are such a great use of space and can add focal point to your space. Do you have a banquette or wish you did?