10 Beautiful Breakfast Nook Styling Tips

10 Beautiful Breakfast Nook Styling Tips

Suzie Anderson | Owner of Suzie Anderson Home Suzie Anderson | Owner of Suzie Anderson Home
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The breakfast nook, a cherished corner of comfort and connection, invites you to start your day in tranquil surroundings. Step into the heart of your home, where the aroma of freshly brewed coffee mingles with the warmth of morning sunlight filtering through the curtains. 

Breakfast nooks can vary in size, accommodating two or more chairs, often incorporating benches, especially in corner placements. From selecting the perfect colour palette to adding thoughtful architectural details, we'll guide you through creating a cosy and inviting space for family meals and cherished moments. 


Styling Tip #1

Colour Palette 

Choose soft, muted hues inspired by nature such as chalky white, sage green, warm beige, soft greys, muted yellows, or soft blues. These colours evoke tranquility and relaxation, perfect for a cosy and inviting breakfast nook.

As the seasons change, consider adding pops of colour with accessories like throw pillows, ceramics, or table linens to add visual interest without overwhelming the space.

Breakfast Nook Styling

Photo Source: My Domaine

Styling Tip #2

Architectural Features to Make It Distinct

Highlight architectural features such as exposed wooden beams, beadboard paneling, wainscoting, built-in bench seating, and a bay window alcove to add charm and character to the breakfast nook.

Incorporate built-in storage benches with seat cushions, and recessed wall shelves to maximize seating and storage while adding visual appeal to the space.

Studio McGee Breakfast NookPhoto Source: Studio McGee

Styling Tip #3

Flooring to Help Zone the Space

Opt for materials like hardwood planks, natural stone, or patterned vinyl flooring to add warmth, pattern, and texture to the breakfast nook.

Add an area rug underneath the table and chairs to define the space and anchor the seating area. Some of our favourites are the smaller range of nook rugs by Armadillo and Co and the indoor-outdoor range by Dash and Albert, due to their balance of style and durability. 

J Stephens InteriorsPhoto Source: J Stephens Interiors

Styling Tip #4

Layered Lighting for a Cosy Feel

Create a welcoming atmosphere with layered lighting options such as an overhead chandelier, pendant light, and wall-mounted sconces or swing-arm lamps.

If you have additional side tables or a nearby sideboard, introduce stylish table lamps for low-level lighting, as well as dimmer switches where possible, allowing you to customise the light scheme to the time of day and your desired mood. 

Layered Lighting breakfast nookPhoto Source: Marie Flanigan

Styling Tip #5

Window Treatments to Diffuse Light

Choose window treatments that allow natural light to filter into the space while providing privacy and insulation.

Some of our favourite window treatments for breakfast nooks include soft, flowing curtains, plantation shutters, or Roman shades in light neutrals to diffuse harsh sunlight and create a soft, inviting ambiance.

Swedish Linen Curtain w Fringe | Rod Pocket | Light Grey | 140x300cm

Swedish Linen Curtain w Fringe | Rod Pocket | Light Grey | 140x300cm


A beautiful linen curtain with fringing detail and a rod pocket in a light grey colourway. Materials: 100% Linen Colour; Light Grey Features: Made in Sweden Dimensions:  300 x 140cm. PLEASE NOTE: Large items including Furniture, Lighting, Rugs, Mirrors, Artwork, Cushion Inserts… read more

Breakfast Nook Styling Tip #6

Furniture for a Connected Space

Select comfortable and inviting furniture pieces that encourage relaxation and conversation.

Depending on how snug the breakfast nook is, some ideas include:

  • A mix of seating options such as upholstered chairs, benches, or a cosy built-in banquette.
  • A farmhouse-style or trestle table, a slender round or pedestal table, or a Scandi-style tulip table.
  • Embrace vertical storage solutions, utilizing plate racks to showcase dishware and serving essentials, and simple peg rails to provide convenient hanging space for cutting boards, aprons, and more. 
  • Lastly, consider lightweight bistro chairs, rattan kubu chairs, stackable metal chairs, and upholstered or wicker stools that can be tucked away if necessary. 

Marie Flanigan Breakfast Nook

Photo Source: Marie Flanigan

Styling Tip #7

Texture and Materials for Visual Interest and Comfort

Incorporate a variety of textures and materials to add depth and visual interest to the breakfast nook.

Mix and match fabrics like linen, cotton, and wool for dining chair upholstery, and throw pillows. Add natural elements like wood, wicker, and metal to create a layered and inviting space.

The Spruce Breakfast Nook Styling

Photo Source: The Spruce

Styling Tip #8

Accessorise with a Few Small Touches 

Accessorize your breakfast nook with personal touches that reflect your decor style, and introduce something loved, and something with lustre. 

Ideas for something loved include quality-made ceramics, serving ware, table linen, a gallery wall, a statement artwork or mirror, and an eye-catching vase or vessel as a centrepiece. 

Ideas for something with lustre include tall-reaching candleholders, glass tea-light votives, a glass vase, or cutlery with glossy ceramic or other items with reflect. 

Breakfast Nook Accessories

Photo Source: Marie Flanigan

Styling Tip #9

Living Energy Such as Plants or Fresh Flowers

Lastly, bring the outdoors in with potted plants, fresh flowers, or a small herb garden to add life and vibrancy to the breakfast nook.

Consider placing a few potted plants on the windowsill or hanging baskets of trailing greenery to create a natural and inviting atmosphere.

BONUS: An Autumn-Inspired Breakfast Tablescape

Breakfast nook tablescape

Breakfast Nook Autumn Table


Table Linen + Placemats

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Round Rattan Placemat | White Wash


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Lucie Cutlery Setting 4pce | Grey


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