How To Set Up A Comfy Breakfast Nook
Breakfast is reportedly the most important meal of the day, and yet we call the table a “dinner table”? It hardly seems fair! Well, for all those people out there waiting for breakfast to get its fair shake, to have its day in the sun, your wait might be over. A breakfast nook is the perfect addition to any home – a little niche set aside as part of the dining room or kitchen that serves the sole purpose of making your mornings as cozy and comfortable as possible.
Even homes that weren’t constructed with nooks as part of the layout can still get the benefits of creating a cozy breakfast nook. All you have to do is dedicate a corner of one of the rooms – dining room, kitchen, even family room – to creating a cozy space, preferably a corner that gets some natural sunlight. The name of the game here is to get as cozy as possible, after all, this is where you’re going to be drinking a leisurely coffee each morning as you read the paper (or more realistically your iPad!). To achieve this level of comfort, choose elemental components like plants, flowers and wicker, with solid wood furniture at the centre of it.
The first thing to do is obviously to section off a space for your breakfast nook. As mentioned, light should be a consideration, as should seclusion; you don’t want your breakfast nook in a part of the house that sees a lot of noisy foot traffic, as the point is tranquility. Once you’ve chosen a space, the next step is to choose a table and chairs.
Again, the aim here is to evoke a slower pace and an elemental feeling. For this, you might go with the reclaimed wood table we offer, which makes a bold statement while remaining rustic and cozy. You might also want to choose something round, around which the family can closely congregate, like our Western Millsawn Round Table. Something like the Edward Chair or Pottery Chair we offer would do nicely for your seating: something simple and straightforward.
Next, you’ll want to add some decoration. We like the idea of keeping it fairly simple, with some fresh flowers in the middle of the table as well as a couple dramatic plants surrounding. If you wanted to add some colour, you could do so in the form of a table runner, napkins or a bowl of fresh fruit on the table.
As for decorations, think about your morning routine. An antique coffee pot (or modern Bodum) could provide decoration while also being functional, and a newspaper hanger (either mounted or on the ground) could do the same. A buffet hutch nearby could hold your plates, cutlery, teapots and whatever else you might need for the morning. Choose your light fixtures according to the style that you’ve chosen; for instance, if going for a farmhouse style, with a reclaimed solid wood dining table and copper pots on the wall, try hanging some antique bulbs. The possibilities here are endless. Take a look at this article of breakfast nook lighting (yes, that’s a real article someone wrote) for inspiration.
If you’re like most people, you need a slow, comfortable way to wake up. No one wants to go from sleeping peacefully to running around busily, so these transitional rituals are very important. Set up your breakfast nook for maximum cozy-ness with solid wood furniture, fresh plants and flowers, and functional décor.