In family homes, a kitchen banquette is the ultimate seating choice. A much more comfortable choice than stiff dining chairs, the upholstered seats invite little ones to stay a while, be it for milk and cereal in the morning, or as they tackle homework while mum cooks dinner. But kids aren't the only ones who love a banquette: I always make a beeline for the booth seats in my friends' homes and in restaurants, too. There's something about them that's a little more casual and inviting than a standard dining table setup. Do you agree? Well, we're here to show you that kitchen banquettes can be not only comfortable and practical, but alsoВ incredibly elegant. Scroll below to see some of our favourites.Nick Johnson , design by Blair Harris
Designed by New York-based interior designer Blair Harris, this calm blue kitchen banquette is contemporary but feels transitional, thanks to the traditional bones of the space. We love how the coastal photography complements the colours of the space.Simo Design
Designed by Los Angeles-based Simo Design, this little kitchen banquette is a vision of chic simplicity. We love the matte finish of its classic cafГ© chairs. It seems like such a calm and lovely place to have your morning coffee!Inmod Signature Bastille Cafe Stacking Chair $258Shop Justin Coit for MyDomaine , design by Consort Design and Estee Stanley
The Los Angeles home of comedy writer Erin Foster, designed by Consort Design and Estee Stanley, is awash with mute grays and muddy taupes. The West Elm Capiz Orb Pendant ($149 and up) the designers chose for this space is a gorgeous finishing touch.Simo Design
Also designed by Simo Design, this bright kitchen nook tops our list. We love its California-cool vibe with its industrial steel-and-wood armchairs, yellow-striped cushion, and patterned blue tiles.Eero Saarinen for Knoll Tulip Dining Table $7655Shop Reid Rolls via MyDomaine
The Nashville home of Kings of Leon percussionist Nathan Followill, designed by Benjamin Vandiver, has a handsome masculine kitchen banquette that's built into the wall, aptly surrounded by records. We love its hip midcentury-influenced aesthetic.Marcel Breuer for Knoll Cesura Cane Woven Arm Chair $1445Shop FranГ§ois Halard for Vogue
Actress Amanda Peet's kitchen breakfast nook, featured in Vogue, is what we like to call вЂњperfectly imperfect.вЂќ Her plush, worn-in cushions, mismatched textiles, and rustic farmhouse table make it incredibly homey and welcoming, while modern chairs and lighting give it a little polish.Peter Murdock , design by Robert Passal
This Union Square, NYC bachelor pad designed by Robert Passal is urbane, modern, and sophisticated-a winning combination. Mismatched dining chairs give it an eclectic vibe, but luxe materials make it glamorous.France & Son Two-Arm Rotating Wall Sconce $299Shop Nicole Cohen via MyDomaine , design by Sara Cooper
This leather banquette designed by Sara Cooper is actually in a dining room, something we very rarely see. Though the materials-brass, velvet, green marble, and tufted leather-are quite luxurious, it's also not precious and can certainly withstand the comings and goings of a family.Andrew Arthur for MyDomaine , design by MMR Interiors
In her signature look, the New Orleans kitchen of interior designer Melissa Miles Rufty is brimming with pattern! Using a narrow table, she was able to create a cosy kitchen banquette even though she was dealing with small square footage.Madeline Weinrib Pink Daphne Ikat Pillow $350Shop Elizabeth Zeschin for Domino
A curved bay window is the perfect place for a breakfast nook! This banquette, featured in Domino, is what we like to call вЂњfarmhouse chicвЂќ-elegant yet rustic.Courtesy of Lonny , design by Christina Murphy and Meg Gabriele
By painting the banquette and surrounding windowpanes black, Christina Murphy Interiors gave this kitchen banquette a glamorous metropolitan look. We love the brass fixtures that light up the space.Stephen Karlisch for D Magazine , design by Carrie Hatfield
Light and bright, a little bit feminine and a little bit masculine, this large kitchen banquette, designed by Carrie Hatfield in Dallas, could host a whole family for dinner with views.Tessa Neustadt via MyDomaine , design by Amber Interiors
In one of our favourite homes, designed by Amber Interiors, this bright kitchen banquette has so many things we love: indigo textiles, a bit of brass, a Persian rug, and midcentury-inspired armchairs.Shoppe Amber Interiors Oslo Pillow $195Shop BjГ¶rn Wallander
Certainly the outlier of the group, this dining banquette is traditional, formal, and elegant, proving that even comfy can look fancy.
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