Architect Mark Sullenberger and designer Kristin Peake collaborated on a McLean project, where the breakfast  room (above) was enhanced by salvaged wood in the domed ceiling. JANUS et Cie chairs and a wooden  Currey & Company chandelier complete the look.   Photo: Geoffrey Hodgdon

Free Flow

Experts suggest ways to tie a breakfast room or mudroom into the kitchen

Ideas from our H&D Design Partners

Laura Fox
Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC



The breakfast room is an extension of the kitchen and should be warm and inviting enough to hang out in while the chef is at work. The finishes and textures should complement the kitchen without being overly “matchy.” Hanging a beautiful light fixture will give it personality.
—Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

Bountiful Interiors



Most people use the breakfast room more than the dining room, so why not make it special? Since it’s a small space, you can really amp up the personality. Choose luxurious textiles and stand-out pieces like a unique table or chairs. The color palette will make it cohesive with the kitchen.
—Jamie Merida, Bountiful Interiors

Purple Cherry Architects
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Since the kitchen and mudroom often flow together, colors and finishes should be complementary. Mudrooms can be playful. Think white cubbies with their backs painted sky-blue or bold, retro wallpaper. In the breakfast room, the upholstery is your opportunity to make the space pop.
—Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, CAS, Purple Cherry Architects

Laura Hildebrandt
Interiors by LH, LLC
Photo: Jenn Verrier


Each room should have its own personality while giving a nod to adjacent spaces. I like a color palette that runs throughout, with different colors starring. For example, the kitchen may be gray with pink-and-green accents while the mudroom is green with gray-and-pink accents.
—Laura Hildebrandt, IFDA, NKBA, Interiors by LH, LLC

I like to use the same cabinets in the kitchen and mudroom to tie the two spaces together, then add fun wall covering or paint to give the mudroom its own personality. I love banquettes in a breakfast room; they invite you to linger over your morning coffee.
—Kori Keyser, ASID, Keyser Interiors, Inc.


Melanie Whittington
Whittington Design Studio


Barbara Hawthorn
Barbara Hawthorn Interiors
Photo: Kenneth M. Wyner Photography


Gina Fitzsimmons
Fitzsimmons Design Associates