Written by Becca Green

Design ideas for incorporating a breakfast bar into your kitchen

Considering a breakfast bar for your new kitchen design? Here are a few ideas that will inspire your project.

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A breakfast bar is a wonderful addition to any kitchen design, whether you’re in need of extra seating or would love a stand alone island but you haven’t quite got the space. We spoke to Melissa Klink, Head of Design for Harvey Jones about her design tips for breakfast bars.

Multi-functional

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A breakfast bar is a versatile piece perfect for a multifunctional kitchen. With the right seating, it can work as a dining table where to enjoy a quick breakfast or informal meals with family and friends, while it can also double up as a bar and buffet area to serve drinks and canapes when hosting a party.

Space-saving

One of the advantages of a breakfast bar is its size – freestanding breakfast bars takes up much less space than a dining table, particularly considering it’s usually styled with stools that will be tucked underneath. If it’s incorporated into an island, there really is no need for a dining table, unless you have the space for it.

Consider size 

turndown breakfast bar - A breakfast bar is a versatile piece perfect for a multifunctional kitchen. With the right seating it can work as a dining table where to enjoy a quick breakfast or informal meals with family and friends, while it doubles up as a bar and buffet area to serve drinks and canapes when hosting a party.     One of the advantages of a breakfast bar is its size – freestanding breakfast bars take up much less space than a dining table, particularly considering it’s usually styled with stools that will be tucked underneath. If it’s incorporated into an island, there really is no need for a dining table, unless you have the space for it.     Before investing in a breakfast bar, make sure you choose the right size for your space: a small breakfast bar will look out of place in a large room and will need to be paired with a wider island or a dining table.     In terms of materials, breakfast bars need to be durable, hardwearing and easy to clean. Quartz is a beautiful resilient surface – it’s smooth and easy to clean, while also largely scratch and stain resistant.  If you’re planning to have a breakfast bar integrated in an island, a matching worktop will look very sleek and sophisticated. However, if the breakfast bar is on a split-level, why not go for a contrasting colour that will add a little bit of drama to the scheme.

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Before investing in a breakfast bar, make sure you choose the right size for your space: a small breakfast bar will look out of place in a large room and will need to be paired with a wider island or a dining table.

Choosing the right materials 

In terms of materials, breakfast bars need to be durable, hardwearing and easy to clean. Quartz is a beautiful, resilient surface – it’s smooth and easy to clean, while also largely scratch and stain resistant. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to quartz you can always opt for a laminate option that mimics the look and style of quartz. 

Add contrast

If you’re planning to have a breakfast bar integrated in an island, a matching worktop will look very sleek and sophisticated. However, if the breakfast bar is on a split-level, why not go for a contrasting colour that will add a little bit of drama and interest to the scheme. 

  

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