Politicians don’t speak about “kitchen table issues” like Eat-In Kitchens for no reason; even when formal dining rooms were the norm, many people reserved them for Sunday dinners and holidays, preferring to gather around the kitchen table for everyday breakfasts, coffee breaks, after-school homework, and cozy family dinners. The widespread open-plan kitchen with a huge kitchen island with seats for everyone that exists today is merely the most recent incarnation of the eat-in kitchens.
Here are some creative eat-in kitchens for every taste and budget, whether it’s a café table for two jammed into a compact city kitchen, a dining table adjacent to the kitchen island in a vast loft, or a giant farmhouse table in the center of a spacious country home kitchen.
1. Both old and new
An elegant antique crystal chandelier supports a long rustic wooden dining table surrounded by a mix of modern and vintage chairs in this beautiful eat-in kitchens, establishing a focal point for the dining area and distinguishing the eat-in section of the kitchen. A combination of sleek all-white contemporary cabinets, kitchen features, and an antique wooden armoire for extra storage produces a timeless look that makes the area seem layered and welcoming.
2. A Kitchen in the Country
This 17th-century Cotswold sandstone farmhouse’s traditional Eat-In Kitchens country boasts rustic beams, a vaulted ceiling, hanging baskets, and a green pendant light above a rustic antique dining table and painted wood chairs that seat a number.
3. Contemporary Galley
Even with a mid-century Eat-In Kitchens and three seats on one side, this one-wall kitchen doesn’t feel claustrophobic owing to a wide window at the far end that lets in plenty of natural light. High ceilings, new white paint, a modern solid black backsplash, and a floating wood shelf anchor the space without making it feel congested, as a row of bulky cabinets might.
4. Wallpaper with Drama
Cecilia Casagrande utilized Ellie Cashman’s dark floral wallpaper in her Brookline, Massachusetts, home’s eat-in kitchens. “You don’t need kitchen wallpaper with chickens or food on it,” explains Casagrande. “This bright floral reminds me of a Dutch painting, one you’d sit and relax in front of, savoring the art,” Casagrande says, layering it with cushions in a range of textiles and including tiered ambient light throughout the space. “I also wanted the area to feel and appear like the rest of the house—comfortable, rather than just a wall of white tile and cabinets.”
5. Banquette in the Kitchen
An upholstered banquette linked to the rear of the kitchen peninsula makes this modern eat-in kitchens by Pizzale Design Inc. more comfy and welcoming. The dining room is set back from the appliances and cooking area, creating a quiet enclave for enjoying a meal while keeping the space open.
6. A table and chairs for a cafe
A tiny cafe table and chairs make an appealing area to relax, drink coffee, or enjoy a meal in this compact L-shaped Italian eat-in kitchens. The casual seating arrangement generates a feeling of fun and spontaneity. At the same time, the cafe furniture adds a sense of occasion to the area, making eating at home feel like a pleasure.
7. Kitchen in All-White
An L-shaped prep and cooking space is paired with a tiny round table and painted white Scandi-style chairs to create a smooth and consistent aesthetic in this compact all-white eat-in kitchens. A simple rattan pendant light brightens the all-white room and draws attention to the quaint eating area for two.
8. Modern Eat-In Kitchens
An L-shaped cooking and prep area has lots of counter space and open floor space in this streamlined, minimalist eat-in kitchens. A modest table and chairs pushed up against the other wall provide a convenient dining area while also breaking up the long corridor leading to the remainder of the flat.
9. Extension of the Galley
By keeping everything white and neutral, this galley kitchen makes the most of every inch of space on both sides of the cooking and prep area, while an adjoining dining room feels like an extension of the kitchen. White gauzy drapes let light in a while, creating a cozier atmosphere, and a bare industrial pendant lamp anchors the dining area.
10. Cottage in the Country
This 16th-century Sussex hamlet known as “The Folly” has an Arts & Crafts oak dining table, seats by Alvar Aalto, a marble-topped work station painted light blue, teak wood kitchen cabinets, framed art on the walls, and a George Nelson pendant lamp. It’s a charming, warm, quirky eat-in kitchens that will never date.