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 ...and thanks for stopping by. I'm Claire Douglas,  DIY and home interiors writer specialising in money-saving and creative home interior projects. I've spent years developing my 'bespoke on a budget' approach to DIY and home interiors and I love sharing all my tips and tricks in tutorials and posts here on my blog, in articles I write for some of the leading titles, in the press, on Instagram, Tiktok and my online course

Kitchen breakfast bar ideas

Updated: Jan 2

This post is packed full of kitchen breakfast bar ideas because they are a brilliant feature to add to a kitchen (ok, I’m biased, but stick with me as I’m sure I can convince you if you’re undecided!) and can totally transform the space. We expect more and more from our homes these days and with working from home commonplace home improvements that improve any area's ability to be multifunctional are always a win.

Kitchen breakfast bar ideas you'll love

Kitchen breakfast bars and their accompanying bar stools come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles and can give the iconic kitchen island a run for its money. When space is limited. In a busy family kitchen, a breakfast bar can provide somewhere for kids to sit and do their homework, enjoy a snack or simply chat with whoever is cooking. In houses with formal dining rooms, breakfast bars provide a more relaxed place to sit and eat. Let’s jump straight into the kitchen breakfast bar ideas.  

Freestanding kitchen breakfast bar

Freestanding portable kitchen breakfast bar
Image credit: Funky Chunky Furniture Co.

You might choose a freestanding breakfast bar like the one shown from Funky Chunky Furniture Co. if there is more than one location in your kitchen where it would work. A freestanding model gives you the flexibility of moving the breakfast bar around, whereas a built-in model doesn’t. 

Minimalist / Industrial

Minimalist wood and metal kitchen breakfast bar
Image credit: Naked Kitchens

Minimalist breakfast bars had to feature in our round-up of kitchen breakfast ideas because it often follows that small kitchens embrace the breakfast bar because there isn’t room for an island, therefore a minimalist style will help the space feel larger as it won’t be dominating. 

Outdoor kitchen breakfast bar

Outdoor kitchen breakfast bar
Image credit: Cukooland

Outdoor kitchens are all the rage, well, perhaps not right at this minute, as I’m writing this at Christmas, but in the summer, they are a great way to enjoy the benefits of outdoor living. An outdoor kitchen deserves a breakfast bar to sit at and enjoy a cocktail or BBQ. 

Concrete-style kitchen breakfast bar

microcement breakfast bar in modern kitchen
Image credit: Claire Douglas

Well, I couldn’t write a post about kitchen breakfast bar ideas and not mention mine, could I?! This little DIY project was super easy to create and cost-effective too. I'm writing a 'how to' that i'll share soon, but in the meantime you can see a reel of the process over on my Instagram.

Panelled breakfast bar

Panelled breakfast bar with tall brown leather bar stools
Image credit: Cult Furniture

This example in the list of kitchen breakfast bar ideas would fit in a modern kitchen with lots of plants and natural materials to complement the wooden panelling. There are lots of ways you could create this in a DIY project as there are so many types of panelling available these days. You could opt for tongue and groove or beadboard panelling, check out my post about how to install beadboard for tips. 

Natural stone breakfast bar

modern stone breakfast bar with grey imitation leather bar stool in front
Image credit: Danetti

There’s no denying how popular natural stone has been in furniture, kitchens and bathrooms over the past year or two. You only have to scroll through Instagram to see a million beautiful examples of natural stone statement pieces. If your budget doesn’t stretch quite this far you might be interested in reading my DIY marble side table tutorial that I made from marble tile offcuts. If DIY and upcycling is not your thing, then have a browse of my post about marble coffee tables full of affordable examples to buy. 

Sage green

grey and sage green kitchen breakfast bar idea
Image credit: Danetti

Sage green has been such a popular colour in interiors over the past few years and doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. It works well with neutral palettes but can be paired with more striking colours for a bolder look. Sage green is a great colour for kitchens so it figures that sage green breakfast bars would be on this list of kitchen breakfast bar ideas.

Wooden breakfast bar

wooden kitchen breakfast bar
Image credit: Benchmarx Kitchens

Wooden breakfast bars have been around for years and years but are becoming more popular again because we are embracing natural materials in interior design for a few trends, biophilic design, minimaluxe, farmhouse and vintage to name a few. Wood is cost-effective, easy to cut into bespoke shapes and sizes and can be stained, varnished or painted to suit your colour palette.

Tubular breakfast bar

white tubular breakfast bar and modern bar stools
Image Credit: Cult Furniture

Regular readers will know that I’m a huge fan of tubular, reeded or fluted textures. In the first part of my kitchen makeover, I added strong postal tubes to the side of the kitchen worktop peninsula to create a budget version, so I was always going to love this tubular breakfast bar. It’s so modern and flowing with the large curved design and feels playful and not too serious, which appeals too. 

Raised breakfast bar

Raised kitchen breakfast bar attached to a kitchen island
Image credit: Industville / Chris Snook @snookphotograph

This type of breakfast bar works really well on a kitchen island because it stands out as a feature. This is especially true for raised breakfast bars that are constructed from a different material to the main island. 

I hope you liked this round-up of brilliant kitchen breakfast bar ideas. Let me know which is your favourite in the comments.

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