Banquettes & Window Seats.

Posted by Gillian Gillies | 10 Apr, 2015 | No Comments on Banquettes & Window Seats.
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I’ve never met a person who doesn’t love the idea of a banquette or window seat in their home. I think it’s the cozy, curl up quality that these spaces are able to evoke that makes them covetable.

Banquettes are great in family kitchens and informal dining spaces. You are able to squeeze more people (bottoms) onto a banquette and you can therefore accommodate more people around the table when it matters. We are building a generous sized corner banquette at #kitchenbliss it’s going to be a much used spot in this busy family home.

I like the image shown below as it shows you can incorporate a banquette at the end of an island! A really clever use of space.

 

Via so.royalty on tumbler

Via so.royalty on tumbler

 

A banquette gives you permission to add some colour and pattern into a kitchen where we tend to have more flat, solid and plain surfaces. In addition to seating a banquette can also provide concealed storage. The Ashley Whittaker bench below is a great example of the power of pattern along with some storage! Love this.

Ashley Whittaker banquette

Ashley Whittaker banquette

 

Generally a custom table has to be designed to allow for a comfortable fit – we look to have at least 12″ of clearance between the center pedestal(s) and the edge of the banquette. You want to ensure that the table is sturdy enough so that it won’t tilt and yet light enough to move in and out, its a fine balance and one that my cabinet maker has down to a fine art.

The photos below belong to a project of ours from last year. Here we added a banquette and a custom, double pedestal base walnut table with wicker chairs. It doubled the amount of seating in this kitchen.

 

It's All In The Details, Gillian Gillies Interiors Inc.

It’s All In The Details, Gillian Gillies Interiors Inc.

It's All In The Details, Gillian Gillies Interiors Inc.

It’s All In The Details, Gillian Gillies Interiors Inc.

 

One thing I have learned over the years is to be very selective over the type of handle I use on banquette drawers. You don’t want something that people can rest their feet on – it’s a recipe for disaster as the screws holding the handles in place are generally not long or strong enough to support the weight of someones leg! I either use recessed pulls or curved drawer pull. If you want a foot rest this is the way to go!

 

Image via Design Sponge.

Image via Design Sponge.

 

Window seats are a great use of the dead space in front of a window. I love when they are incorporated into children’s rooms as they make a perfect spot for bedtime story reading. Storage can be incorporated into the base. If you have enough depth, drawers are always better (in my opinion) than a hinged top. A window seat too allows for a plethora of toss pillows and the look can easily be changed up.

 

Source unknown, via Pinterest.

Source unknown, via Pinterest.

 

I love the addition of the curved window seat in this stunning master closet!

 

Design by Courtney Giles Photography by Emily Followill Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Design by Courtney Giles Photography by Emily Followill Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

I hope you get some curl up, quality time this weekend!

Best, Gillian

 

 

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