I've never been terribly fond of kitchen banquettes, but sometimes they are the best way to use space efficiently. It also helps if they're 'done' well. Here are six examples with a fresh, modern appeal that might have you re-thinking the banquette as well.
The banquette pictured above does its duty splendidly without overpowering the room.
The dark flooring coupled with the white banquette and fresh green upholstery strikes a perfect note in this kitchen.
A little bit modern, a little bit traditional, this banquette could be at home just about anywhere. (The use of stools is a good choice in dealing with the skimpy path between table and counter.)
This is another entry that bridges the traditional/modern divide. (LOVE the pendant.)
Don't want a built-in? An upholstered bench gives the look of a banquette without the commitment. We like that!
This banquette is like a punctuation to the alley kitchen it occupies. (That spunky rug doesn't hurt either!)