A cozy breakfast nook is proof that when it comes to smart design, bigger isn't always better. These charming kitchen niches are usually only large enough to fit a small table or bistro set. And yet, they can actually help you maximize space by turning an awkward alcove or corner into an intimate setting perfect for sharing a casual meal. Plus, there's just something so endearing about the thought of having a cup of coffee in a quiet area tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen.
Don't have a built-in breakfast nook? Try making one yourself by adding a small table to a sunny corner that doesn't get a lot of use. For extra seating, trade in traditional kitchen chairs for a cushioned bench or love seat. Just remember to keep things simple. It doesn't take much to make a breakfast nook feel warm and inviting -- a touch of color and plenty of natural light ought to do the trick.
Need more inspiration? We've rounded up 16 breakfast nooks that are both comfortable and efficient. Just take a look through our slideshow for ideas on how you can create a snug little niche of your own. And, be sure to add any suggestions in the comments below.