When designed properly, a kitchen can become the very beating heart of a family home. Such a design requires that a kitchen become a place where the family can gather, either to keep one another company while cooking or simply to share a quick bite from the refrigerator before heading out for the day. One thing that can turn any kitchen into a wonderful place where this sort of thing is possible is a kitchen nook.
Typically a kitchen nook will be just that: a nook. However there are other ways to incorporate the nook concept into a kitchen that doesn’t have an alcove that can be used for a table and benches. Below, we’ve collected 23 amazing examples of kitchens with built-in nooks. Some of these examples hew closely to the standard design, where as others do things that are quite innovative. If you’ve been thinking of adding a nook to your own kitchen, but have been unsure how to do so, then you’re sure to find plenty of inspiration here.
So, come take a look at these absolutely awesome kitchen nooks! We think you’re going to be impressed by what you find, and that you just might be able to find a design that you can copy for your own home.
With skylights overhead and gorgeous blue surrounding, this kitchen nook is nothing short of charming.
Check out how the breakfast nook in this beautiful rustic kitchen is actually an extension of the cabinetry.
Note the placement of this kitchen nook, which provides guests with a wonderful place to sit while dinner is cooking.
4. Flanking Desk
In order to separate the nook from the rest of the kitchen, this homeowner has chosen to include a built-in desk as part of the kitchen design.
5. Getting the Light
A kitchen nook that’s surrounded by windows is always a wonderful inclusion for a kitchen design.
6. Around the Corner
The sweeping bench of this kitchen nook is perfect for filling up this awkward space on the side of the room.
7. Color Coordination
Note how well the colors of this kitchen’s nook are coordinated with the colors present in the rest of the space, including the countertops.
8. Full Dining
With a large enough nook, you can provide your family and guests with a wonderfully intimate place to eat dinner.
9. Open Concept
When you have an open-concept home, a kitchen nook can work wonders. It can act as a bridge between the kitchens and the other living spaces.
10. Tiny and Grand
Although the nook in this kitchen may not be the largest on this list, the color choices make it one of the grandest.
11. Preserving Space
Another reason to consider a kitchen nook in an open-concept space is the following: it can free up floor area for other functions.
It’s hard not to fall in love with the amazing contemporary styling of this kitchen’s charming breakfast nook.
The studded leather of the bench in this kitchen’s nook adds a sense of luxury regality to this design.
The use of stone along the back gives this kitchen nook some real refinement and personality.
15. Multi Function
Because of this kitchen nook’s slender design, it can be used a simple seating area so long as the table is pulled away.
By using covers, the chairs at this kitchen’s nook tie that area into the design of the rest of the space.
The circular lines of this kitchen’s nook ensures that those seated there are enjoying an intimate experience.
18. Off to the Side
A nook can be incorporated into almost any kitchen design; you just might need to get creative with where you place it.
19. Formal / Informal
Remember that a kitchen nook isn’t a substitute for having a beautiful and refined formal dining room… Still, it can look the part!
20. Clean Look
We love the clean, white and blue, look of this kitchen’s nook; it really vibes with the open-concept space that’s surrounding it.
21. The Light
To really add some definition to your kitchen’s nook, consider selecting a bold light fixture to hang above it.
You can also use a piece of artwork to define a kitchen nook if it’s located within an interior part of the kitchen space.
Shelves and cabinetry can be installed around your kitchen nook. This increases the functionality of the space and contributes to its charm.