Dining rooms can feel like a stuffy place to be, but a breakfast nook is a cozy place where you can relax on weekend mornings. A relaxing breakfast nook should be a smartphone-free zone. It should be where you collect yourself before you get swept up in the busy day. But before you start laying down rules for yourself to stay relaxed on the weekend, first you need to design a breakfast nook that will fit your family and your style.
The Morning Sanctuary
If your home was designed with a breakfast nook in mind, any sort of smaller space surrounded by windows off the kitchen or dining room, your morning sanctuary will be a piece of cake to design. East or south-facing windows will expose you to precious morning light. A full dose of morning light will also help you wake up naturally.
All you need to add is a table for two (or even one). A light wood dining table or a table draped in a cream-colored tablecloth will be look great in the morning sun.
Any family with kids is going to need a bigger table in the breakfast nook, and there’s a good chance it’s going to double up as your dining room. That doesn’t mean it needs to be stuffy and formal. Use a lot of colors to keep it playful and cheery, and make sure the kids aren’t constantly leaving their homework on the table. You’re going to need a longer dining table that will seat the whole family.
Artsy and Eclectic
Another kid-friendly nook, this one is for people who are crafty and eclectic. Start with a round dining table that will let you spread out. A few candles or a flower vase can act as centerpieces, but you might want to go centerpiece-free to keep things open when you need more space. Add some string lights and neat seating.
If you want a gorgeous wood dining table that looks rustic and authentic, this is the style for you. You can find a huge collection of dining tables online as you pick the perfect focal point for this nook. Surround it on two sides with built-in long benches that are upholstered or covered in pillows. You can stretch out and relax in this informal space. If you’re not keen on built-in furniture, you can get a similar look with the farmhouse style. Invest in dining table chairs to fit instead.
Your breakfast nook should be a peaceful place however you decide you want to decorate it. Make sure it’s a relaxing place to be by keeping it tidy and enforcing strict rules with the kids when it comes to clutter. Use light curtains to let the light come pouring in. Start looking forward to waking up with your own morning sanctuary.