I previously created a post about white kitchens with rustic details.  I'd like to extend on those ideas by taking a look at built in banquette seating to create an eat in kitchen breakfast nook or dining area.  I've always liked this idea for a few reasons.  Taking advantage of an alcove or a lonely corner by a beautiful window can make the most of your space and give you a cozy inviting spot to dine or have a cup of coffee.  If space is an issue, a built in banquette with a small table and a few side chairs takes up less room than a table with all individual chairs.  Here are some fabulous designs.


     This corner banquette is located in a cozy spot by two beautiful windows.  The red contrast piping on the seat cushions and bolster pillows ties in nicely with the fabric on the throw pillows and it makes you just want to scoot in there.  You can see the storage drawer at the end which is always smart.  via Nest Egg.


Another cozy corner seen here with cool tones of white and blue and silver side chairs.  The distressed finish on the table gives this setting a coastal vibe. via Small Place Style.


This little alcove area is perfect for a built in banquette.  In this kitchen it is done as a window seat and is the perfect size for this small round table and two side chairs.  The mini chandelier that hangs above is adorable.   via Baer Home Design.


I really like the clean lines of this modern breakfast area.  The relaxed pillows warm up the smooth lines of the table, pendant light and chic side chairs.  via Frog Hill Designs.


Built in drawers below this window seat can hold items like table linens, flatware or candles.  The small bench is a nice alternative to side chairs.  via Cabbage Rose.


This built in unit of storage cabinets and drawers with banquette in between looks very smart with artwork and wall sconces above.  The traditional table and side chairs are finished off nicely with this elegant chandelier.  via Decor Pad.


Now this is custom.  The settee style banquette makes the most of this kitchen space.  Who wouldn't want to read the morning paper here?  via Massucco Warner Miller Interior Design and Decoration.


A banquette doesn't always have to be built into a corner or an alcove area.  This seating backs the kitchen island and really makes this an open living and dining space.  I love it!  via Damask and Design.


This formal seating area could be set for breakfast, lunch or an intimate dinner.  via House Beautiful.


The high back of this banquette is upholstered in a gorgeous fabric by Schumacher accompanied by a seat cushion covered in faux leather.  Very chic.  via Tobi Fairley Interior Design.


If you have the space but don't want to commit to a built in unit, here is an example of how a small settee, a bench and some accent chairs create a beautiful gathering space around this pedesal table.  via Frog Hill Designs.


Would you consider banquette seating in your home?