Nancy Warren Design via Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles

When it comes to interior design, we could live a variety of ways. We’ll admit that we like formal details every now and then, crystal chandeliers and fussy fabrics. But we’re also huge fans of casual spaces that feel welcoming–and like it would be okay if you accidentally spilled your spaghetti.

Jute Interior Design

One of our favorite ways to make a home feel instantly transformed, less formal and more free is adding bench seating.

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It adds an instant picnic feel. Don’t you think?

Jenny Wolf Interiors

Of course, if the plain wood bench isn’t exactly your style, there are myriad, gorgeous ways to incorporate the look.

Jean Allsopp Photography

In fact, bench seating is one of our favorite ways to add that cozy charm to a dining room while staying in keeping with the tone.

Tracery Interiors | Jeffrey Dungan Architect

This bright, cheery breakfast room is just the kind of place we’d like to visit as soon as we woke up! It feels like the perfect spot for family dinners.

Chango and Co – Jacobs Photography

With the formal dining room being used less and less, this juxtaposition of styles is perfection! It still feels formal enough for dinner parties but casual enough for everyday use.

Marianne Simon Design

Bench seating makes great use of small spaces as well. It’s an easy way to fit more around the table in a tight or tricky spot.

Jean Allsopp Photography

We love EVERYTHING about this dining nook. It’s eclectic and chic and full of personality.

Chango and Co

Bright hues and neutrals blend beautifully in this breakfast room–and complement the floors perfectly. While a rug can lend that finish look, plain wood floors are so easy to clean in an eating space.

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Kapito Muller Interiors

Just like in the houses we love, bench seating runs the gamut. From small to large, simple to ornate, there’s the right bench for every eating space.

Do you like the eclectic look of adding a bench in the mix? Or do you prefer a more uniform look?

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