Breakfast rooms – 10 brilliant designs for family life

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Breakfast rooms make the perfect spot to enjoy a full English or continental breakfast. Take time out in the morning for a more leisurely experience in comfortable surroundings by creating a breakfast room that suits you and your family’s needs – a new take on a traditional kitchen-diner.

Whilst the majority of people have breakfast in the kitchen, it does not have to be vast for you to create an appealing place to eat. Where space is tight, think clever hidden storage to maximise the space, such as a drop down tabletop that can be tucked back up when not in use. If you have an existing kitchen island, adopt a bistro style feel by adding stools along one side or around one end and help keep the cook a part of the action. Alternatively, create a built in seating nook in a corner, ideal for keeping children from under your feet while you cook. Decorate the space with family pictures or a gallery of artwork, or create a blackboard with chalkboard paint to scribble down reminders for the day.

Where there is room for a table, maximise any natural light by placing it close to the window. Colourful stools will give punch to your decorating scheme and can be tucked neatly underneath when not in use, while an extending table is useful to accommodate extra guests.

If you are lucky enough to have a dining room, don’t just keep it for best – take the breakfast experience to another level with a proper sit down affair. If it adjoins the kitchen, consider a through hatch to save on too much back and forth between table and stove.

Whatever your breakfast zone, create a space that entices you to sit down, kick back with a cuppa and ease yourself into the day.

Image credit: Colin Poole

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