About Kitchen Nooks
Dining rooms are an invaluable part of your home. Whether you’re throwing a party and hosting a business gathering, having a more formal dining area gives your home a much-needed space for elegance and prestige.
Kitchen Nook Design and Placement
For convenience, kitchen nooks are the best choice for placing a nook in your home. Family dining too frequently leads to arguments and grumbling about setting and clearing the table. There’s no guarantee your teenage son or daughter is going to suddenly become cooperative, but the shorter the distance from the kitchen nook to the kitchen sink the easier the dining chores become.
If you don’t have the room directly in your kitchen, chances are you have a place near your kitchen that will accommodate a dining nook and will still give you the benefits of keeping your family dining area separate from your dining room. Many homes have open spaces near the kitchen that aren’t confined by a narrow doorway. Near your bay window can be the perfect place for a dining nook. The angles of the window may cause a traditional kitchen nook to look awkward. A more rounded bench that still approximates the same dining atmosphere can be specifically designed for your home.
Benefits of an Extra Dining Area
You may fear that you’ll never use your dining room and, it’s true, a kitchen nook may probably reduce your use of the room. On the other hand, it’s never a bad idea to have extra dining space. Your kitchen nook can help ensure you have enough seating for family parties and can act as a buffet table for more intimate gatherings. If you haven’t invested in building a home office already, a few minor alterations can turn your dining room into a viable working space.
As much as the kitchen nook may help bring your family together, the extra table is a good idea for more than just food presentation. It will enable different family activities to go on without fighting for space. Whether it’s playing poker, board games, a working space or just a place to sit and talk, your spouse and kids don’t have to fight over where they can hang out with their friends. It sounds simple enough but, a kitchen nook can be an excellent conduit for communication and peaceful coexistence for everybody in your household.
Here are some ideas to inspire the perfect kitchen nook.
A nook is a cozy space designed to provide an intimate meal space for just two or four people. Generally a breakfast nook is tucked away in the corner of a kitchen or within a bay window. If possible, start by adding a padded window seat. This provides you with a great opportunity to show some personality and add some color to your space with an interesting fabric pattern and a few charming pillows.
Next, choose a table. Remember, a breakfast nook is supposed to be small and quaint, so you won’t need a table rivaling the size of your dining room set-up. Generally a nook is not a place for entertaining guests, so a small café table should suffice. Arrange two or three small chairs around the table opposite the window set. If you do not have a window seat, you may choose to add more chairs. However, remember that a breakfast nook can also be one-sided.
Lastly, when decorating your breakfast nook, remember that it does not necessarily need to look like anextension of your existing kitchen decor. As long as it complements the rest of the space, it’s okay to add different colors, patterns and textures to give the space its own identity. In the end, your breakfast nook should be the perfect place to enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a good book.