A kitchen nook is a small space in or near a kitchen separated from the appliances, cupboards, pantry and countertops. Many use kitchen nooks to create small, intimate breakfast areas or small lounge areas. Most kitchen nooks are designed to replace kitchen eating areas, but some are used in conjunction with larger kitchen dining spaces. There are many ways to create a kitchen nook so it provides a warm and friendly meeting spot.
Intimate Dining Area
Create a small, chummy eating area suitable for two to four people. Opt for a small glass or wooden round table because it’s more intimate than square or rectangular styles. Select individual, padded chairs so you and your family can comfortably scoot back from the table to read the newspaper, use electronic tablets or work on handheld crafts. Modern nook styles are often minimalistic, so choose simple wall art, nominal window treatments and basic table decorations so the focus is on intimate discussions and window gazing at the beautiful outdoors.
Design a modern kitchen nook that’s geared toward reading and relaxing. Select two oversized, padded lounge chairs and place them side by side, facing toward one another or at a slight inward-facing angle. That way, you can keep an eye on what’s going on in the kitchen — for example, water boiling on the stove. Or you can look through the surrounding windows into the backyard or side yard. Opt for contemporary damask, geometric-patterned or floral-upholstered chairs or solid-color upholstery to create a friendly and inviting space. Place a small round accent table between the two chairs so you have a place for coffee or small plates. You might add a magazine rack, small bookcase or shelf to the space to store reading materials and small, handheld electronics.
Most kitchen nooks are located in the corner of the kitchen or adjacent to it, so they typically have at least two walls. Use the adjoining two walls to create comfortable L-shaped bench seating, similar to a small version of an L-shaped sectional sofa. Place the two sections so they meet in the corner of the nook. Opt for padded, wood bench seating for a contemporary cottage or rustic theme. Select sofa-style seating with padded backs to create a cafe, lounge or eclectic appeal. Place a small round or rectangular table in front of the L-shaped seating so you have a convenient place for food and drinks.
Use your kitchen nook to create a modern booth-style eating area. Install two wooden or padded high-back benches against two parallel walls and place a rectangular table between the two. Opt for a pedestal table so family and friends don’t have to maneuver around table legs to slide into the booth. Secure the booth benches and table to the floor so they don’t slide or shift out of place. Add throw pillows to the benches and a chandelier-style light fixture above the table.