There's no denying the fact that everybody loves a good nook, and the kitchen nook is by far the most useful of them all. In addition to creating extra seating, it makes even the most modern kitchen a warmer, more welcoming space.
Whether you have a dedicated breakfast nook with built-in benches, or you want to get creative with an underutilized corner, let these nine cozy kitchen nooks inspire you. Trust us, in no time, you and your loved ones will be gathering around a well-styled tiny table for coffee or cocktails!
1. A Tulip Table
There's a reason you see so many kitchen nook ideas with tulip tables: They're incredibly versatile, as well as usually being the perfect size for a small space. Follow interior designer Katie Hodges' lead and pair an all-white tulip table with a built-in bench, settee, or just about any style of dining chair for a modern, eclectic corner.
2. A Black Tulip Table
Everybody expects a glossy white tulip table, but a matte black version can add depth and drama to your kitchen nook, too. Make it pop by pairing it with light wood and neutral fabric finishes, like designer Shannon Wilkins from Prairie Home Styling.
3. All the Plants!
If you're lucky enough to have a nook with big windows, fill it with plants like Kayla from Spaced Out Studio did in this verdant corner. The added texture and dimension will instantly liven up your space, while also making it feel like a special escape for your morning cup of joe (or evening nightcap).
4. Ghost-Inspired Chairs
5. Bohemian Flair
This fun kitchen nook idea designed by Carley Page Summers is ideal to get your creative juices flowing while enjoying a stack of pancakes. Replicate the boho breakfast nook look by combining a variety of natural materials (like wicker and wood) with bright colors and bold patterns.
6. Cozy Textiles
A basic built-in bench becomes a cozy, inviting nook when you layer lots of throw pillows and plush textiles like Molly from Almost Makes Perfect. Stick to a light, neutral color palette to keep the space from feeling too cluttered.
7. A Versatile Workspace
Nobody said your kitchen nook has to be used for breakfast, or for eating at all! Add a rectangular table or desk to your space, similar to this space belonging to Athena Calderone from Eyeswoon, to create a calm refuge to do a little work or enjoy a snack. (Though let's be honest: you'll probably do both at once.)
8. A Tiny Bistro Table
Just because you don't have an actual kitchen nook doesn't mean you can't create one. Transform almost any unused space into a makeshift dining space with a tiny bistro table and a couple of bentwood chairs like this dreamy space carved out by Ingredients LDN. (Of course, a window seat doesn't hurt, either.)
9. A Modern Mix
A kitchen nook idea presents the perfect opportunity to experiment with different design styles, as demonstrated by this charming corner designed by Larina Kase. Combine a few of your favorite small pieces from any era to create a fun, eclectic space that feels modern and fresh.
Emily Farris lives in a century-old Arts & Crafts bungalow in Kansas City, MO with her burly husband, toddler son, and two rowdy rescue mutts. She's written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and The Cut. When not busy cleaning up after somebody, she's posting about drinks and decor on Instagram @theboozybungalow.