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Home Trends: Beautiful Banquettes

Banquette seating is nothing new. Built-in benches in an eat-in kitchen go back to mid-century designs, when families began actually eating inside the kitchen, rather than the formal dining room every night. But their popularity has been on the rise lately and in a higher-style way than we’ve seen in the past.

Mid Century Kitchen with banquette

Photo Credit © 2011 — Mid Century Home Style

New banquette designs have moved away from the kitschy kitchen look and into high style dining. High end upholstery, modern materials and custom cabinetry with built-in storage are all trends in banquette seating we’ve seen with our own clients in the past few years.

Here are just a few beautiful banquette trends we’re loving right now.


Everything in its place

custom built in banquette by James River Construction

James River Construction design and build

With clever custom cabinetry, banquettes can provide excellent additional storage. Whether it’s kids’ toys, dining linens, or those unwieldy kitchen appliances that never seem to have a place – a banquette can serve double duty.

Modern Materials

modern banquette seating

High-end materials elevate the banquette via Better Homes and Gardens

Luxury fabrics, tufted back seating and elegant muted palettes are all working their way into modern banquettes. This metal table brings a modern twist to a classic design, while the small benches provide pull-out drawer storage.

Mix and Match

Built in banquette with round table

Mix and match seating for a custom look. Via Better Homes and Gardens

Built-in banquettes don’t have to belly up to a standard square table anymore. Designers are using corner banquettes as well as other layouts with big, beautiful round tables. This allows for custom seating around the outside of the table so you can combine built-in benches with your favorite dining chair to suit your style.

Center Stage

banquette built into kitchen's center island

Photo Via

Traditionally, banquettes are set off to the side of a kitchen or pushed into an unused corner, but lately they have been taking center stage. This expansive, dramatic kitchen uses the banquette as the true heart of the space. The U-shaped island wraps around a built in banquette that could seat at least 8 adults, making this a true entertaining and dining space.

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