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Design inspo: Beautiful breakfast nooks

Breakfast nooks are smart on space and big on style! Whether you have a Hamptons style home, mid-century or minimalist, we’ve round up the most beautiful breakfast nooks to inspire you.

Perhaps you already have a breakfast nook that could do with a refresh? Or maybe you’re looking at incorporating a new breakfast nook into an unused space in your home?

We hope you find some ideas to steal from this gallery of beautiful spaces!

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Modern meets family

This little breakfast nook is bright and welcoming, and perfect for a family! Done on a budget, the built-in bench is even DIY’d. Simple but elegant, this breakfast nook packs a stunning punch!

Image via almafied

Contemporary Australian

Our favourite style by far, it’s hard not to love the restrained, design-forward and warm vibes of contemporary Australian design. Contemporary design is defined by what’s in here and now. And right now in Australia, it’s all about custom joinery, warm tones, layered material palettes and elevated lighting fixtures.

The Stables breakfast nook
Breakfast nook courtesy of The Stables

Pattern on pattern

Go bold or go home, right?!

This elegant and timeless breakfast nook plays on pattern with the floor tile and two types of fabric upholstering the bench seat. The restrained and consistent colour palette makes it work. And the beautiful use of timber adds warmth to the space while that light ups the luxe factor.

Mid-century meets modern boho

The resurgence of mid-century design continues to gain moment and looking at the pic below, it’s easy to see why!

Classic furniture pieces, graphic design textiles, and clean and simple styling are all characteristic of this style.

Palm Springs vibes

Mid-century modern meets breezy and bright, this stunning breakfast nook designed by Interior Designer Lee Talbot of @mavenhome_ is the epitome of #breakfastnookgoals! Designed for her family of 6, that long custom bench is stylish and functional.

Palm Springs style breakfast nook
Palm Springs vibes courtesy of @mavenhome_

The Block-inspired

If you’ve been following the Block this year, you may recognise this breakfast nook from Mitch and Mark. While we may not have loved everything about this kitchen, this nook has a real beachy contemporary feel with it’s neutral colour palette and rattan furniture.

Find plenty more photos of The Block kitchen reveals here.

Breakfast nook with built-in bench seat
Find the complete kitchen reveal here


Embrace coastal vibes in your breakfast nook with a tranquil blue colour palette, warm timbers (particularly in blonde or distressed finishes), and ocean inspired artwork.

Coastal luxe

Or perhaps you prefer a more elevated coastal look? Coastal luxe is a fusion design style that takes the key characteristics of coastal design — light and bright palette, timbers and natural materials — and reinterprets them in a modern and sophisticated way. Generally, there’s less use of ocean tones and colour with greater use of white to effortlessly achieve a luxe yet inviting and family-friendly atmosphere.

Coastal luxe dining nook
Coastal luxe dining nook via @cmstudio

Masculine minimalism

Showcasing how less is often more, we love this restrained breakfast nook with floating timber bench seat and pops of black.

Those lights add an architectural feel and offer better task lighting than traditional downlights should you need to use the space to do desk work.

Indoor outdoor

Let’s just stop for a moment to appreciate this jaw-dropping space!

That glass ceiling is a stroke of genius and creates the sense of bringing the outdoors in.

Glass ceiling nook
Image via @lovethesign

Farmhouse influences

Do it once and do it right! This breakfast nook ignores the trends and sticks to classic and elegant elements that will stand the test of time.

Vintage glam

Antique Persian rugs with retro inspired lighting has never looked so right!

The natural stone fireplace hearth and pop of metallic in the wall light add the right amount of glam.

Striped nook
Image via Arent&Pyke
Striped nook close up
Image via Arent&Pyke

Mediterranean vibes

There’s no denying the strong influence of Mediterranean design in Australia right now. Earthy and rebalancing, timeless and understated, there’s a lot to love about the design style. The Reno Queens at Three Birds Renovation show how you can pull off the look without going OTT!

Mediterranean breakfast nook
Mediterranean breakfast nook by Three Birds Renovations


Proving you can incorporate a breakfast nook into open design.

This nook also takes advantage of the wall cavities to create in-built niches rather than opting for floating shelves that are more commonly seen.

Timber accent breakfast nook
Image via Amber Interiors
Blue bench seat
Image via Amber Interiors


Coastal with added luxe, this Hamptons style breakfast nook is sure to wow many of you — be sure to ‘Pin’ it to your Pinterest account if it does!

That marble top table has certainly made our wish list 😉

Gallery wall

Make your breakfast nook feel extra cosy by creating a gallery wall. You could opt for something artistic and elegant, such as the gallery wall below, or amp up the homely vibes by framing family photos, images from your travels or children’s artwork.

Beautiful breakfast nooks with gallery wall
Image via Shift Interiors

Farmhouse elegant

With a combination of raw materials, wide open windows and modern styling, this casual sunny breakfast nook adds to the modern farmhouse-style residence.

You can find the full Botfield Residence home tour here.

Breakfast nook by wall-to-wall window
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Has this list of beautiful breakfast nooks inspired you to do you own? What style is yours? Do you have a breakfast nook you’d like to share? Let us know in the comment section below!

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This article was first published in October 2018 and continues to be updated with latest breakfast nook inspiration.

Gina Beschorner Style Curator

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