Banquettes can be created rather easily. Either built in or created with the proper furniture.
Banquettes are great space savers for your home, and can be nestled into an unused corner.
You can accent your banquette with beadboard for the classic cottage style, or consider adding decorative wood molding. Maybe even paint it an accent color to brighten up your kitchen.
The bench portion of the banquettes can even be created with stock upper kitchen cabinets.
One great asset to having a kitchen banquette is the provided additional storage. Make sure you have the benches made with a hinge top or front cabinet doors for easy access to stored items.
Of course don't forget the fun part of decorating your banquette with accent cushions and pillows to perk up your kitchen, giving a cozy place to sit and a practical space all in one.
A banquette can be a simple as a straight built in bench with a table pulled up to it.
OR...create a window seat, then pull up a table to the bench when additional seating is needed, giving you double pleasure and usefulness.
(Photos courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens)