How to create a cosy kitchen nook
Start your day the gentle way, with a snuggly corner in your kitchen. A kitchen nook is a versatile seating space; ideal for cosy and informal get together, intimate candlelit dinners, reading on a blurry-eyed weekday or a quiet space for the kids to do their homework.
No matter what sized space you have, you can always add kitchen nook seating. And Wren can help you do just that. If you have a quiet corner, or a stunning window view that you want to make the most of in your kitchen, then we can make your nook the star of the show.
Kitchen nook designs can be bold, cosy, or even sleek but don’t do anything until you’ve taken on this inspiration to fit any style, size and budget.
Kitchen nook seating options
It’s time to grab a cuppa and get cosy as we’re revealing to you our top kitchen nook design ideas which are perfectly suited to everyone’s taste.
Cosy up by a window
Make the most of your natural light resources by placing your nook by a window with a view. There’s nothing more magical then gazing out to your gardens and enjoying a relaxing cuppa.
Make use of a bay window by adding a round kitchen nook table and bespoke bench seating around the bay. Or if your space is on the more petite side, add a single seater bench to the back of a wall combined with a small café style table and a chair. It still creates the same cosy effect.
Make the most of a corner
Make the most out of your corner area in your kitchen and add banquette kitchen nook seating. This hidden style maximises eat-in seating, and a round table keeps things open and sociable.
It’s perfect if you have a larger area dedicated to special occasions, chilled out mornings and home office working. This is the most practical design that maximises space so there’s no need for a kitchen table.
Don’t forget to add plenty of kitchen lighting, wall and ceiling lights if it’s a dark corner, to give you plenty of options to create ambience. Also, integrated wall storage above the area is handy so you can reach for your laptop or placemats, and it’s also a stunning focal area to display your personal items or artwork on shelving.
Bench in between cabinets
If space is tight, ditch the chairs and opt for a rustic wooden bench with integrated storage and tonnes of cushions to make it cosy. This design couldn’t be any simpler, just a lower level in-between your worktops so you can perch comfortably.
A kitchen nook bench can be squeezed in-between your cabinets in a light area - near a window, for example. Ensure it’s a different top to your worktops to create a chill-out zone perfect for reading and tucking into a casual breakfast.
This look is ideal in traditional designs such as Shaker or Country. Add a feature light and shelving to ensure books are easy to reach.
Colour schemes perfect for cosy kitchen nooks
Kitchen nook designs are the perfect backdrop to have fun with textures and colours. As it’s a smaller area in your kitchen, you can make it a real focal point with bright hues or sophisticated neutrals. Whatever style you’re after, one of these ideas will pep your appetite.
For a comfortable, earthy style, opt for terracotta reds and honey hues to create a warm colour scheme. Splash your cabinets with neutral cashmere creamy shades and create a focal darker wall where your nook is located.
For wall and furnishing décor in your nook dining area, opt for classy aubergine and rusty reds. Even a characterful brick wall will look at home with this design, along with oak timber worktops and a classic Belfast sink.
Don’t forget to accessorise with antique cup handles, lantern lighting and a boho style rug placed in your kitchen nook seating area.
Classic blue and white
The classic blue and white combo never fails, especially for traditional style kitchens such as Wren’s Shaker or Georgian ranges. Paint your cabinets soft pillow grey or chalky white and a focal navy centrepiece - such as an island - combined with icy white quartz worktops.
Use thick chunky timber worktops for your kitchen nook seating area, along with navy storage underneath. For the perfect kitchen nook seating, pair with Parisian style café chairs and a petite circular metal table. Open shelving packed full of characterful hand-picked items tells a story and creates a great communal area.
Don’t forget to use varying shades of blue and white cushions and soft-to-touch throws to create a tranquil space. In the winter, why not through a sheepskin rug on for that extra snug touch.
Go for sophisticated darks
For a “grown-ups only” nook area, think about a luxe VIP design. Bring deep turquoises, emerald greens and marbled handleless cabinetry into the design. Accessorise the space with gold profiling, highlighting the units and mesmerising marbled quartz worktops.
Add continental artwork to create a focal point in your kitchen nook seating area, as well as luxurious cushions and throws in velvet designs with fringing and tassels.
Want to make a statement? Add a stand-out retro chandelier in the nook area to create a luxurious style.
If your nook is by a window or gets a lot of sunlight, you won't have to worry about the dark tones dulling your space. Don’t forget to keep your walls light and bright so the space doesn’t become overpowered.
The wonders of a hideaway nook in your kitchen are much more then just aesthetically pleasing, but also practical too. Any sized kitchen can incorporate a cute little bench area for hideaway “me” time, or if you’re lucky enough to have more space, an American diner bench style may be more suitable. Either way, Wren’s expert kitchen designers can talk you through how you could incorporate a nook design into your kitchen, or arrange to visit a showroom near you for ideas.