By Liz Thompson

Published on March 13, 2017

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Photography by AMBER ULMER

Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or simply looking to inject a fresh vibe into your home this season, you’ll love these clean and bright banquette looks. From paint to upholstery and décor updates, give the ever-popular kitchen nook an upgrade that’ll put a spring in your step.

Blue-Green Scene

White walls are always a good idea. But if you are looking for something a bit more refreshing, try a splash of blue-green paint. These shelves are the perfect perch for brightly colored items, and the zesty yellow door makes for an interesting entrance.

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Photography by GREY CRAWFORD

Bring the Outdoors In

The room may be white and gray, but the oversized butterfly print, lively blue textiles, and animal hide rug keep the space exciting. Consider neutrals a backdrop for color, and play with your favorite hues for a look that is all your own.

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Photography by ASHLEY GIESEKING

See the Light

The gold and turquoise chandelier is the obvious focal point in this airy nook. The crown molding may say traditional, but the fresh colors and natural textures are totally boho chic.

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

Funky Fresh

A pretty playful scene is comprised of unexpected hues and dark woods. Don’t be afraid to mix a variety of prints and tones to get the look. The graphic floral tiles, striped pillows, and brilliant flowers all blend seamlessly with the more natural elements.

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Photography by NGOC NINH NGO VIA VOGUE LIVING

Dark and Light

If pastels aren’t your thing, you can still make color look clean and new with darker tones. This emerald banquette is proof. Balanced with chartreuse chair cushions and topped with a pink neon sign this moody spot feels decidedly refreshing.

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Photography by SIGHT UNSEEN

Natural Beauty

No one said a banquette must be upholstered. Sometimes, simple is best. This natural wood seat is perfect all on its own and needs no more adornment than a pretty pink vase filled with flowers of the season. The look is clean, balanced, and beautiful.

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Photography by STUDIO MCGEE

Shiplap Love

Shiplap dresses up just about any space in a home. Of course, it works great in a breakfast nook too. White on white is chic farmhouse, and a lantern fixture and natural plank wooden table complete the look. The black and white pillows can easily be swapped out on a whim. And a big bunch of hyacinths puts a springy spin on the scene.

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Photography by COCO LAPINE DESIGN

Best Nest

Muted color lends a breezy feel to a minimalist kitchen. This banquette is painted robin’s egg blue to match the cabinets, and it’s dressed up with pastel pillows in graphic designs. The streamlined chairs compliment the design while simple lighting in a matching tone completes the look.

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Photography by MYDOMAINE

Morning Cheer

One great feature of banquette seating is its versatility – you can swap out cushions to suit the season. Here, a bright yellow seat cushion ushers in a sunny feel and looks flawless paired with navy and white.

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Photography by KAPITO MULLER

Light and Airy

A bright white kitchen calls for a super simple banquette. This little breakfast spot serves as a conversation bench while the chef cooks. Blue-gray stripes accent the marble countertops and backsplash beautifully. Take a trip to the store for croissants and a big bouquet of white blooms, and you are all set.

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Photography by APARTMENT THERAPY

Modest Chic Corner

A humble alcove gives off big style thanks to stripes a splash of garden-fresh green. Pink posies are also a must. A black and white banquette never looked better.

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Photography by MY SCANDINAVIAN HOME

Play Dress Up

Sometimes it’s fun to dress up a neutral space without making any big changes to the overall look. Springy prints—like florals, botanicals, and birds—freshen up this black and white kitchen corner seating. And green foliage and fresh cut flowers always make a room come alive.

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