15 Stylish Eat-In Kitchen Ideas (2022)


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Updated on 04/06/20

15 Stylish Eat-In Kitchen Ideas (1)

Politicians don't talk about "kitchen table issues" for nothing; even in the days when formal dining rooms were standard, many people used those spaces mostly for Sunday dinners and holidays, preferring to gather around the kitchen table instead for everyday breakfasts, coffee breaks, after-school homework and cozy family dinners. Today's ubiquitous open plan kitchen with a massive kitchen island with seating for everyone is only the latest iteration of the eat-in kitchen. Whether it's a café table for two squeezed into a petite city kitchen, a dining table adjacent to the kitchen island in a spacious loft or a giant farmhouse table in the center of a spacious country house kitchen, here are some inspiring eat-in kitchens for every taste and budget.

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    Cafe Table and Chairs

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    In this modest L-shaped Italian eat-in kitchen, a small cafe table and chairs creates an inviting place to sit, drink coffee, or share a meal. The informal seating arrangement evokes a sense of whimsy and spontaneity and the cafe furniture lends the space a sense of occasion that will make eating at home feel like a treat.

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    Country Kitchen

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    This classic eat-in country kitchen in a 17th-century Cotswold sandstone farmhouse has rustic beams, a vaulted ceiling, hanging baskets and green pendant light hanging over a rustic antique dining table and painted wood chairs that seats a crowd.

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    Modern Galley

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    This one-wall kitchen is long and narrow but even with a mid-century eat-in table and three chairs on one side doesn't feel cramped thanks to a generous window at the far end to let in ample natural light. High ceilings, fresh white paint, and a contemporary solid black backsplash and floating wood shelf anchors the space without making it cluttered like a row of bulky cabinets would.

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    Dramatic Wallpaper

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    Interior designer Cecilia Casagrande used dark floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman in the eat-in kitchen in her Brookline, Massachusetts home. "You don’t need kitchen wallpaper to have chickens or food on it," Casagrande says. "This bold floral reminds me of a Dutch painting, one you’d sit and relax in front of it, appreciating the art." Casagrande chose a banquette with a high back to evoke a Parisian bistro feel, layering it with pillows in a variety of fabrics and included layered ambient light around the room. "I also wanted the room to feel and look like other rooms in the house—comfortable, not just a bank of white tile and cabinets."

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    Kitchen Banquette

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    This modern eat-in kitchen from Pizzale Design Inc. is extra comfortable and inviting thanks to an upholstered banquette attached to the back of the kitchen peninsula. The dining area faces away from the appliances and cooking area to create a little oasis for sharing a meal while maintaining an open feel.

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    Old and New

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    In this glamorous eat-in kitchen, an ornate antique crystal chandelier anchors a long rustic wooden dining table surrounded with a mix of modern and vintage chairs, creating a focal point for the dining area and delineating the eat-in portion of the kitchen. A mix of sleek all-white contemporary cabinetry and kitchen elements and an antique wooden armoire for additional storage creates a timeless feel that makes the room feel layered and inviting.

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    All-White Kitchen

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    In this small all-white eat-in kitchen, an L-shaped prep and cooking area is matched with a small round table and painted white Scandi-style chairs that create a seamless and coherent look. A simple rattan pendant light warms up the all-white space and puts a spotlight on the charming dining area fit for two.

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    Minimalist Eat-In Kitchen

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    In this streamlined minimalist eat-in kitchen, an L-shaped cooking and prep area has plenty of counter space and open floor space. A simple table and chairs pushed up against the opposite wall creates an easy place to dine and breaks up the empty corridor leading to the rest of the apartment.

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    Galley Extension

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    This galley kitchen utilizes every inch of space on both sides of the cooking and prep area, while an adjoining dining area feels like an extension of the kitchen by keeping everything white and neutral. White gauzy curtains allow light to pass through while adding a cozier feel, and a simple industrial pendant light anchors the dining area.

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    Kitchen Wallpaper

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    The eat-in kitchen in this Victorian terraced house has a retro-style freestanding fridge, a large farmhouse table and a bench upholstered in leopard print. Fornasetti wallpaper adds a touch of color and whimsy that makes the eat-in kitchen feel as cozy as any other room in the house.

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    Country Cottage

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    This 16th-century Sussex cottage known as "The Folly" has what today we would call an open plan kitchen and dining room, with an Arts & Crafts oak dining table, chairs 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 light. It's a lovely, homey, eclectic eat-in kitchen that will never go out of style.

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    French Charm

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    This eat-in kitchen in a 1800s French brick and flint country house from German interior designer Peter Nolden is an ode to French charm, with original architectural details, checkerboard fabric in two different colors on dining chair seats and used as a curtain for under-counter storage, vintage wood shelves on the walls and a generous wooden farm table for family meals. A black metal vintage chandelier and vintage lettering sign that says bookstore in French and hanging copper pots creates a timeless feel.

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    Industrial Touches

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    This spacious eat-in kitchen has a small kitchen island and a large concrete dining table with rounded modern plastic chairs in black, yellow, and red that makes it an excellent spot for working (or co-working) from home. Industrial touches like an oversized stainless hood vent with exposed piping and matching stainless appliances mixed with an antique wood armoire for kitchen storage create a mutli-dimensional look.

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    Define Areas With Lighting

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    In this enormous eat-in kitchen, a large kitchen island near the prep and cooking space is complemented by a full-size dining table anchored by an area rug on the other side of the space. Pendant lighting with a similar look but varying shapes anchors the dining table and kitchen island, creating a defined but uniform look. Wood beams add a sense of warmth to the sprawling open space.

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    Open and Airy

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    In this airy, spacious all-white kitchen open to the outdoors with a wall of windows, black granite countertops define the cooking area. While the room is big enough to accommodate seating around the island, not everyone wants to dine at bar height. Here the island is used for meal prep and to display flowers and doesn't include seating. Off to the side, far enough away to feel like a dedicated dining space but close enough for ease and flow, a mid-century modern white table and poppy red chairs and a contemporary black pendant light create a room within a room in this minimalist eat-in kitchen.

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What are eat-in kitchens? ›

An eat-in kitchen is by definition a room in the house or apartment, where, in addition to the kitchenette, there is also a dining area– thus, it is also known as a “kitchen living room” or “kitchen dining room.” Unlike the open kitchen, which forms a structural unit with the living-dining area, the eat-in kitchen has ...

How can I decorate my kitchen to eat? ›

Add a pop of color with vibrant, eye-catching chairs. Use crown molding and contrasting materials to create a separate dining space from the kitchen. Incorporate both bar stool and table seating for an added variety. Create a focal dining space in the center of the kitchen.

How much room do you need for an eat in kitchen? ›

And make sure when planning the dimensions for an eating nook to allow at least 18 inches, and preferably 24 inches, of elbowroom for each diner. Big or little, elaborate or simple, just make sure that you love your eat-in kitchen.

What is dining area in kitchen called? ›

For informal daily meals, most medium size houses and larger will have a space adjacent to the kitchen where table and chairs can be placed, larger spaces are often known as a dinette while a smaller one is called a breakfast nook.

What are the 5 types of kitchen? ›

5 Different Types of Kitchen Layouts
  • The one-wall kitchen. The one-wall kitchen layout is ideal for small apartments and units where one person generally prepares food and does the cooking. ...
  • The galley kitchen. ...
  • The U-shaped or 'horseshoe' kitchen. ...
  • The L-shaped kitchen.
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What are the 4 basic kitchen plans? ›

There are four main kitchen layouts: “Galley,” “L,” “U,” and “G” (Peninsula). Each accommodates a work triangle in its own way.

What is a country kitchen design? ›

Country kitchen style employs a focus on natural materials and fine craftsmanship in an effort to create a warm and comfortable kitchen design where guests will feel welcome and want to spend plenty of time.

What can I hang on kitchen walls? ›

In addition to framed art, some homeowners experiment with wall hangings in their kitchen design. Oversized or antique utensils, tapestries with food or cooking designs, or even cookware painted in bold colors can be great choices. Another great option for decorating kitchen walls is shelving.

How do you place a table in a small kitchen? ›

Place a small kitchen table directly in from of a window seat to create a banquette booth-style arrangement. The window seat idea will provide plentiful seating to one side to balance the feel of the small room. Use low level stools on the opposite side of the table so they don't feel imposing.

What color cabinets look best in a small kitchen? ›

White is your best friend in a small kitchen. It reflects light, enhancing the sense of space and making the walls recede. When you include white on cabinetry, countertops, walls, and the ceiling, you create a seamless space without edges or boundaries.

What size should a kitchen be? ›

A kitchen eating counter is at the same height as the countertop. So it's 36 inches (92cm) high. Each person needs 24 inches (61cm) width and 15 inches (38cm) depth to eat comfortably.

What is a small kitchen size? ›

Kitchens can be categorized into small, mid-sized and large kitchens. As highlighted above, small kitchens measure 70 square feet or less whereas midsized kitchen measure 100 square feet. Large kitchens measure around 200 square feet and above and all these are just estimated averages.

How long is a dining table for 10? ›

A 72” - 84” long rectangular table can seat up to 10 adults, depending on table width. A 96” - 108” long rectangular table can seat up to 12 adults, depending on table width.

What is the minimum size of kitchen? ›

Minimum dimension of kitchen should be 5ft width and 8ft long. Kitchen size in feet:- size of kitchen in feet is ranging from 8 ft × 8 ft (2.4m × 2.4m) to 12 ft × 8 ft (3.6m × 2.4m), in which their length should be vary from 7 Foot to 12 foot (for L shaped kitchen) and their width should vary from 4 to 8 feet.

What are the important areas in a kitchen? ›

The first three spaces of the kitchen are considered major. They are: the cooking area, the washing area, and storage area for supplies. These are the areas of the kitchen that create the three sides of the activity triangle.

Why are dining rooms Important? ›

The dining room is important as a reference room within the home and the dining table is one of the most important things in the house. The family dining table plays an important role in the home and will continue to do so for many years.

What is formal dining? ›

A formal dining event is distinguished from an informal one in several ways. A formal dinner requires a man to wear a evening attire such as a tuxedo or sometimes even white tie. All food is served from the kitchen. Guests do not handle serving platters nor do they pass dishes.

What is modern kitchen? ›

A modern kitchen design typically consists of open spaces, minimalist features, and simple colour palettes, offering a clutter-free space to relax and entertain. The term “modern” encompasses everything that's sleek and streamlined.

What are the 5 basic kitchen room design plans? ›

There are five basic kitchen layouts: L-Shape, G-Shape, U-Shape, One-Wall and Galley. The size and shape of the room will typically determine your layout.

What is a traditional style kitchen? ›

Traditional kitchens typically incorporate painted cabinets with or without glass front doors, simple granite or laminate countertops, and hardwood floors. The best traditional kitchens lean on classic elements, while still allowing room for family fun or guest entertainment.

What Colour kitchen is in fashion? ›

A popular choice for both contemporary and modern kitchens, Nordic-inspired light grey is incredibly sophisticated. An alternative to white, grey is the way to go in 2021... There's something wonderful about a navy blue kitchen.

What is the 5 zone kitchen? ›

'It generally consists of perishable food storage (fridge/freezer), dry food storage (larder cupboards), prepping (lots of work surface), cooking (oven and hob) and the wet zone for cleaning up (sink/dishwasher). '

What is the perfect kitchen triangle? ›

According to the kitchen triangle rule, each side of the triangle should measure no less than four feet and no more than nine feet and, ideally, the perimeter of the triangle should be no less than 13 feet and no more than 26 feet. In other words, not too small and not too large.

What is basic kitchen design? ›

The most common kitchen floor plans are U-shaped, L-Shaped and Galley kitchens and some can incorporate islands. Within these layouts there are 3 mandatory zones for working in a kitchen – a prep area, a cooking area and a clean-up area.

What are the different styles of kitchens? ›

Different Types of Kitchen Styles
  • Farmhouse Kitchen Styles. Farmhouse living denotes a simpler, quieter time. ...
  • Contemporary/Modern Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Traditional Kitchen Styles. ...
  • French Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Coastal Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Country Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Bohemian Kitchen Styles. ...
  • Industrial Kitchen Styles.
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What is the most common type of kitchen? ›

L-shape is the most common type of kitchen layout, especially in open-plan layouts, as it doesn't occupy too much space, and it allows for easier kitchen planning, giving you more space and flexibility.

What is a traditional style kitchen? ›

Traditional kitchens typically incorporate painted cabinets with or without glass front doors, simple granite or laminate countertops, and hardwood floors. The best traditional kitchens lean on classic elements, while still allowing room for family fun or guest entertainment.

What is a Shaker kitchen? ›

Put simply, shaker-style kitchens are those which have units whose doors sport a single central panel and raised frame around them, but with little to no further adornment (beyond, probably, a handle).

What is modern kitchen design? ›

A modern kitchen design typically consists of open spaces, minimalist features, and simple colour palettes, offering a clutter-free space to relax and entertain. The term “modern” encompasses everything that's sleek and streamlined.

What is main kitchen? ›

Main Kitchen- It's a large kitchen area for the preparation of food in Food and beverage outlets. There are further subsections in the main kitchen that include Indian section, Continental section, South Indian Section, Tandoori.

What are the six most popular kitchen layout? ›

The six most common modular kitchen layouts are the L-Shaped, Straight Line, U-Shaped, Parallel or Galley, Island and Peninsula – each of these has it's own advantages and makes use of the work triangle differently.

What are the 5 basic kitchen layouts? ›

There are five basic kitchen layouts: L-Shape, G-Shape, U-Shape, One-Wall and Galley. The size and shape of the room will typically determine your layout.

Why is a kitchen important? ›

Not only does it contain everything that is needed to prepare meals, it's also a hub of storage and seating. It's also the centre of communications. The kitchen is the most important room in the home because it gives the household a focus and a direction.

What are the features of modern kitchen? ›

  • Simple cabinetry. In modern kitchen design, it's all about simple cabinetry to enhance the clean, sleek lines of the space. ...
  • Modern appliances. ...
  • Uncluttered aesthetic. ...
  • Feature pendant lights. ...
  • Practical island bench.

What is transitional style kitchen? ›

The transitional kitchen is a unique blend of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabric – all of which equate to a classic, timeless design. This hugely popular aesthetic is ideal for those of us who revere an enduring look – and those who want to remodel once, and once only.

What is a slab kitchen? ›

Flat-panel doors, otherwise known as slab cabinet doors, lend a modern look to any kitchen or bathroom. The front of the door is completely flat, with no bevels. The edges are 90-degree corners.

What is an English kitchen? ›

When most people think of a traditional English kitchen, what they're most likely envisioning is a traditional Georgian kitchen: built between 1714 and 1830, characterized by thoughtful, understated embellishments, a restrained color palette, and a focus on function.


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