Banquette Bonanza & Free Virtual Design!

Oh, how I ADORE a great banquette.   What a great way to add architecture and a sense of coziness to a home. banquette by palmer weiss via likelikeyou Banquette Bonanza & Free Virtual Design!

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domino mag banquette via thelaurelhedge blogspot Banquette Bonanza & Free Virtual Design!

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A banquette can be sophisticated like this one.

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Or perfectly kid-friendly, like this one.

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If you upholster your banquette seating, make sure it’s outdoor fabric or scotchgarded so crumbs and spills can be wiped up easily.

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You can do dual benches, or one bench with chairs on the opposite side.  The banquette is a major space saver in a small kitchen!

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Or you can even do an L-shaped bench in a corner, then finish it out with a couple of chairs.

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Great place to do homework while Momma’s making dinner!

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I’ve always been a fan of the nostalgic breakfast nook, like this one here:

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Which is why I designed this one for my own home a few years back.  I’ll feature the befores and afters in a post sometime soon. 

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Comments

  1. Love the yellow in the first image! I love the idea of a banquette but have always been a little nervous to do one myself in my own home. It feels like such a commitment. But its one of the things i love most about your home. :)

  2. Great ideas…I’ve never considered it as a viable feature…love the pic with the two kids..kind of art deco influenced…that would look great in my house if I had the space…on the other hand a more padded variety with the table and chairs would be a good idea too!

    • Carol, the great thing about banquettes is that they take up less space than the conventional eat-in kitchen scenario. We have so much more functional space in our kitchen since we installed ours. Do you have an eat-in kitchen?

  3. Love these photos. I’ve always wanted a banquette, but never had the right space for one. Thanks for your comments about Hurricane Camille. I can’t believe that your dad had a connection there. Small world! You’re one of my favorite “blog friends”–wish we could go to lunch! Ha!

    Warmly, Michelle

  4. LaJuana Gill says:

    Some of my favorite memories were of dining at my grandmother’s banquette just like yours! Thanks for recalling that for me. I LOVED the one with the red stripes and the black klismos chairs!

  5. LOVE the banquettes, esp the one in your home! Wish I could talk the hub into doing that!

  6. I am a huge fan of the banquette but have never had one in my own house. Next house…famous last words:)

  7. Creative G says:

    My new home is perfect for a banquette but I don’t know where to start? How do you build one? I’d love one that had cabinets as seats for extra storage. Can I buy cabinets a my local home improvement and put cushions on top?

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