Formalize Your Breakfast Nook
Create a space that seats at least six. There may be only two of you who use your eating area on a regular basis, but you must consider how many you may want to fit for dinner parties. By investing in a table that seats at least six, you’ll create a more sophisticated feel while providing ample seating for all members of your get-togethers.
Paint the space a different color. This is one of designers’ top tricks of all time: separating different areas of open layouts with different paint colors. Whether it’s on a simple accent wall or applied to the entire corner, a new paint shade will give a sense of distinction from an adjoining kitchen, helping the dining space feel more individual.
Anchor the space with a rug. Rugs immediately offer a more complete feel by tying a look together and grounding an arrangement. A traditional Oriental rug or one with a more contemporary pattern may help formalize your space.
Consider the light fixture. The light fixture you choose can make a huge impact on the look and feel of your breakfast nook. Instead of casual pendant lights, choose a dazzling chandelier or a statement-making fixture that supplies ample light while providing a dash of sophistication.
Accessorize the space. Most dining spaces feel warm via artwork and knickknacks on surrounding credenzas or banquettes. Create the same feel in your breakfast nook by adding your favorite accessories to shelving or the walls. Sprinkle a few candles into the mix so you can quickly set the mood for a more elegant evening. The small touches will make all the difference.