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A banquette is an easy way to add a casual and multifunctional element to any kitchen. It can act as a space for casual dining, homework, playing games, or reading the morning paper with a hot cup of coffee. Get inspired by some of our favorite kitchen banquettes.
A recent remodel of this home opened up space in the kitchen for an adjoining breakfast nook with a long L-shaped banquette. Lively tangerine-hued pillows and the chairs’ leather upholstery pop against the banquette’s powder-blue cushions. A glass-topped table and easy-to-clean fabrics make the area kid-friendly and usable.
Design: Julie Massucco Kleiner
This large table with banquette and chairs serves as a dining area when the homeowners entertain. The shorter side of the banquette has an extra-deep cushion, making the corner a cozy spot to recline and watch TV, read, or work on a laptop.
Table (“Lane Tyden,” custom): Tritter Feefer, 706/885-0242, tritterfeefer.com. Banquette base (“42-inch Essex Recessed Square” in Vintage Lace on Maple): Wood-Mode, 877/635-7500, wood-mode.com.
Banquette fabric (#31829-578/Truffle, discontinued): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.
Pillows on banquette (“Toile du Mandarin”/Taupe #90538-04): Hines & Co., 212/754-5880.
Pillow trim (“Merida Tassel Fringe”/Java #63083): Schumacher, 800/523-1200, fschumacher.com.
Dining chairs (SCW Private Label); dining-chair fabric, seat (Parchment leather): SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449, scwinteriors.com.
Dining-chair fabric, back (“Biron Check”/Truffle #0566004): Vervain, 800/611-8686, vervain.com.
Paint (“Sonnet” #AF-55, by Affinity): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.
Mirror (custom, by SCW Interiors): Hamilton Snowber Architects, 202/332-5416, hamiltonsnowber.com.
Sconces (“Large Kensington Double Sconce”/Antique Mirror with Antique Burnished Brass #CHD1173): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323, circalighting.com.
Mantel (custom, by SCW Interiors): Hamilton Snowber Architects, 202/332-5416, hamiltonsnowber.com.
Fire screen: original to house.
Art: owner’s collection.
Tray on table: Made Goods, 626/333-1177, madegoods.com. Available through SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449, scwinteriors.com.
White porcelain mugs and teapot: owner’s collection.
This spacious kitchen’s casual banquette provides a spot to sit and relax. Red-and-white-checked fabric from Ralph Lauren Home covers the L-shaped banquette’s cushions, while festive throw pillows add shots of cool blues into the colorful mix.
Design: Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat
In this active family home, a custom banquette covered in “pleather” backs the kitchen’s island for creative seating in an easy-to-care-for material. The banquette’s nailhead trim reflects the graceful lines of the blue chairs from Barry Dixon.
Design: Beth Barfield
A niche in this kitchen was “just calling for a banquette,” says designer Tobi Fairley, which she covered in a houndstooth fabric from Fabricut. The room’s elegant black-and-white palette is enhanced by the graceful balloon curtains and graphic striped rug underfoot.
Design: Tobi Fairley
This breakfast area is as functional as it is colorful. The curved banquette wraps around the large round table, and together provide enough seating for the whole family and guests. A vinyl sisal rug underfoot can be mopped, making cleanup a breeze. The bright coral-red palette is punctuated with black and white, like the playful dove pattern on the roman shades.
Design: Mary Anne Smiley
A cool blue-and-white palette keeps this breakfast area feeling fresh. Faux-ostrich vinyl from Kravet covers the tufted banquette, which is accented with blue-and-white ikat bolster pillows. A custom-laminated linen seat on the rattan chair keeps the area easy to clean.
Design: Melissa Warner
Just off the kitchen, this banquette area plays double-duty as an additional dining area and family room. A desk area to the side provides space for books, papers, and a television for causal dining. The elegant balloon shades, area rug, and beautiful wooden dining chairs keep the space sophisticated for more formal occasions. The custom banquette, which seats up to eight people, was designed by Tres McKinney.
Design: Tres McKinney
A metallic wall finish and amber-colored hand-blown light fixtures establish a warm ambience for this showhouse banquette area. Graphic fabric from Dedar covers the banquette and klismos side chairs for a contemporary touch.
Design: Regina Bilotta
Designed by Charles Faudree, this breakfast area boasts beautiful fabrics and delicate design details, like molding on the banquette and antique tole chandelier with dainty shades. Vintage garden prints on the walls give the space a touch of country charm.
Design: Charles Faudree
An upholstered banquette for two is tucked in between two floor-to-ceiling pantries for plenty of kitchen storage space. A space-saving half-round table provides surface area for dining or homework, and can be moved to accommodate the dining room, which is just a few steps away.
Design: Bill Murphy
The desire for a kitchen banquette triggered a whole-house renovation for TV celeb Meredith Vieira and her husband Richard Cohen. The resulting diner-style banquette is upholstered in leather from Ralph Lauren; reclaimed white-oak flooring and an Italian-inspired light fixture above give the space a rustic villa feel.
Design: Stanley Hura
This space-saving banquette is covered in a snappy polka-dot fabric from Lee Jofa and tucked underneath a set of cabinets for additional kitchen storage. A pair of wall sconces flanking the banquette and a trio of black-and-white prints above keep the snug space friendly and inviting.
Design: Eric Cohler
Arched windows frame a country-chic breakfast area, where a long banquette seats a crowd at the oval dining table. Plush pillows and swing-arm lamps on either side of the banquette keep the space casual yet intimate.
Design: Mary Jo Donohoe
Built-in window seats and cozy benches are attractive solutions for creating compact seating space in kitchens or other high-traffic rooms.
In this space, the windows work with the cheerful blue chairs to open up the kitchen and make the most of this small breakfast nook.
Architect: Dan Rew
Design: Joe Lucas and Parish Chilcoat
Offering both a splash of color and additional seating, this banquette curves around a round table at one end of the kitchen.
Architect: Cynthia Childs
Design: Brenda Eastman
Atlanta designer Robert Brown created this sunny breakfast room, which is furnished with a settee from Lee Industries, a Robert Allen leather armchair, and a wood-topped Henredon table that's suited for dining or paperwork.
Interior Design: Robert Brown
Kitchen Design: Lina Pittam
Architect: Lew Oliver
The cozy corner banquette, with its sophisticated cocoa-and-cream fabric, helps add character to this kitchen.
Interior Design: Jessica Lagrange
Kitchen Design: Kathy Manzella
The black table and banquette free up this narrow kitchen while adding character and glamour to the space.
Interior Design: Carrie Hayden
This dainty breakfast nook is the perfect complement to the sunny yellow walls of the kitchen.
Architectural Design: Louise Brooks
The black and white cushions as well as the streamlined nature of this breakfast banquette add to the crisp, graphic look of the kitchen.
Design: Eva Quateman
Ideal for entertaining, the dining bench in this kitchen decorated by Denyse Rinfret, is comfortable and sure to encourage leisurely conversation.
Interior Design: Denyse Rinfret
Kitchen Design: George Gavalas
This kitchen banquette not only offers a cozy place to eat breakfast, but also a wonderful view to the outdoors.
Architect: David Neff
Interior Design: Jennifer Garrigues
This sunny banquette provides a lovely view outside, and keeps the table from blocking traffic to the beach.
This large corner banquette is a comfy place to eat, lounge, play games, or enjoy the view.
A deep cushioned bench banquette covered in natural hues looks casual and is an inviting seat in any home.
With light blue cushions, this spacious, curved banquette provides a pleasant dining experience.
The light blue and champagne hues of this plush corner banquette and dining bench give off the aura of a home in the English countryside.
The white wood of the walls and corner banquette offer a striking contrast to the dark stain of the floor, table and chairs in this kitchen.
The Sidecar, price available upon request from Moore & Giles [1-800-737-0169]
This beautifully crafted bar cart, The Sidecar by Moore and Giles, is a great way to store liquor, glassware, bar tools, and anything else needed to complete your own miniature bar. The cart, made of Virginia black walnut, birch, leather, aluminum, and brass, is wheeled to make sure the party can travel with you. Perfect for drink-lovers without the space for a full bar.