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Smart, Beautiful Kitchen Banquettes

Get inspired by some of our favorite kitchen banquettes

Written and produced by Julianne Hilmes and Lucy Fitzgerald
  • Werner Straube

    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.

    See the rest of this home here.

    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.

    See more from this kitchen here.

    Table (“Lane Tyden,” custom): Tritter Feefer, 706/885-0242, Banquette base (“42-inch Essex Recessed Square” in Vintage Lace on Maple): Wood-Mode, 877/635-7500,
    Banquette fabric (#31829-578/Truffle, discontinued): Duralee, 800/275-3872,
    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,
    Dining chairs (SCW Private Label); dining-chair fabric, seat (Parchment leather): SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449,
    Dining-chair fabric, back (“Biron Check”/Truffle #0566004): Vervain, 800/611-8686,
    Paint (“Sonnet” #AF-55, by Affinity): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667,
    Mirror (custom, by SCW Interiors): Hamilton Snowber Architects, 202/332-5416,
    Sconces (“Large Kensington Double Sconce”/Antique Mirror with Antique Burnished Brass #CHD1173): Circa Lighting, 877/762-2323,
    Mantel (custom, by SCW Interiors): Hamilton Snowber Architects, 202/332-5416,
    Fire screen: original to house.
    Art: owner’s collection.
    Tray on table: Made Goods, 626/333-1177, Available through SCW Interiors, 703/549-2449,
    White porcelain mugs and teapot: owner’s collection.

  • Gordon Beall

    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.

    See the rest of this Marblehead home here.

    Design: Dee Elms and Andrew Terrat

  • Emily Followill

    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.

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    Design: Beth Barfield

  • Werner Straube

    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.

    See the rest of this home here.

    Design: Tobi Fairley

  • Colleen Duffley

    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.

    Explore the rest of this unique Dallas home here.

    Design: Mary Anne Smiley


  • Werner Straube

    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.

    See the rest of this stylish family home here.

    Design: Melissa Warner

  • Michal Venera

    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.

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    Design: Tres McKinney

  • Tria Giovan and Peter Rymwid

    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.

    See the rest of this gorgeous showhouse kitchen here.

    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

  • Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

    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.

    Take a look at the rest of this colorful home here.

    Design: Bill Murphy


  • Gordon Beall

    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.

    See the rest of Meredith’s home here.

    Design: Stanley Hura


  • John Bessler

    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.

    See the rest of this New York home here.

    Design: Eric Cohler


  • Gordon Beall

    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.

    See the rest of this French-inspired home here.

    Design: Mary Jo Donohoe