Rise and Shine to These 5 Awesome Breakfast Bars

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Kitchens are often the result of careful planning that considers the size, function, and limitations of a space. Whatever our starting point, we always manage to work in the basics—a sink, stove, fridge, and if we’re lucky, a dishwasher—but there may be another feature worthy of consideration: the breakfast bar! This hangout/eat-in area works in all kinds of kitchens whether large, small, galley, or L-shaped. In fact, it’s so versatile that I think everyone should have one. Here are five awesome examples to add to your inspiration file.

1. The Ritz-Carlton Residences Bangkok by David Collins

Marble and Silk Breakfast Bar
Image: David Collins

Rise and shine, lovelies! Who wouldn’t want to start their day in a modern masterpiece of marble and silk? This kitchen, with its silk-covered walls, offers seating for four at its luxe breakfast bar. Comfy-cushioned, high-backed stools are perfect for hanging out.

2. Jamie Drake’s New York City Apartment

Goldleaf Breakfast Bar
Image: Architectural Digest

You’re likely to be served mimosas and caviar at Jamie Drake’s swank breakfast bar, an oversized table set at an angle to gold-leafed cabinetry. The space is so glamorous that it barely resembles a kitchen. So pull up one of his beautiful leather bar stools and pretend it’s one of the city’s hippest hangouts. It actually very well may be!

3. Tamara Mellon’s Apartment by Michael Adams

White and Red Breakfast Bar
Image: Vogue via Sukio

This bar takes us in a completely different direction—one that’s bright, fun, and contemporary. The kitchen of fashion mogul Tamara Mellon hosts a sleek, white breakfast bar with brightly colored pendants overhead. Stay past breakfast and you may get a tour of Tamara’s legendary closet.

4. Belgian Residence by Frédéric Haesevoets

Minimal Breakfast Bar
Image: Elle Décor

Thousands of miles away but of similar style, this breakfast bar is positioned for unobstructed views of the outdoors. Extending from a prep area and cabinetry, the bar is as crisp and minimal as the home’s interior architecture. What’s for breakfast? Belgian waffles, of course!

5. Athena Calderone’s Brooklyn Penthouse

Gray and Wood Breakfast Bar
Image: Harper’s Bazaar

This kitchen is what I call “tiny-but-tough.” Though small, it has all the necessities while still managing to work in an awesome breakfast bar. The rugged wood stools are a perfect contrast to the bar’s palette of gray, marble, and brass. This cool little space could accommodate any meal of the day.

Feeling inspired yet? Which of these five breakfast bars is your favorite?

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Desiré is a designer, blogger, and lover of all things glamorous. Though primarily a self-taught decorator, Desiré studied at The Art Institute, where she honed a distinct aesthetic largely influenced by the Modern Glamour movement, the theme of her popular design blog, Sukio. Not only is she considered a "closet fashionista," discreetly stashing handbags and shoes whenever possible, but, as an MIT graduate, she’s also an undercover nerd. Fashion, nerdom, and several years as a Washingtonian have combined to shape her unique perspective on interior design.