The island is probably the most common accent piece for a kitchen but it’s usually something that only large kitchens can accommodate. Islands go well with open floor plans so if you have the room then should definitely take advantage of it. However, the island is not the only option. A kitchen peninsula is an interesting and practical alternative for smaller spaces or for certain types of layouts.
A kitchen peninsula can sometimes prove to be a better option than an island. It provides circulation on three sides while one side is usually attached to a wall and this can offer some nice advantages.
A peninsula can be an extension for your kitchen cabinetry or even for a kitchen island. It can be lower than the counter and it can be used as a comfortable dining table or a breakfast nook.
A peninsula is pretty similar to an island but since it’s attached on one side to a wall it doesn’t need a solid base. It can look something like this, with just a solid top and a side panel for support.
Peninsulas are more suitable for small kitchens. They can extend the counter space and offer additional storage space if needed. Other possibilities include using the peninsula as a bar or as a prep area.
In a way, a peninsula is just a table attached on one side to a wall or an existing piece of furniture. Peninsulas don’t necessarily include storage underneath their tops although that too can be an option.
You can use a peninsula to define the kitchen as a separate space in the case of an open floor plan or to visually separate the cooking space from the rest of the room.
This kitchen peninsula has an irregular form and includes shelving storage for boxes, jars and other things. It can be used as a bar if desired but ultimately it remains a multifunctional feature.
A kitchen peninsula adds counter space but this doesn’t mean its top has to match the counters. In fact, it could be interesting to play with contrasts and various combinations of materials, textures, finishes and colors.
Just like islands, peninsulas can have a variety of different designs, forms and sizes, depending on the space available and the aesthetic preferences. A small peninsula such as this one can be a really great addition to a compact kitchen.
If your kitchen has a large support beam or column and you don’t really know what to do with it, use it as a support for a peninsula. It can be small and you can use it as a breakfast table in the morning.
Use a peninsula to close off a kitchen from the rest of the open floor plan or to give it more privacy without separating it from other spaces using walls. Also, don’t forget the task lighting.
Give your kitchen peninsula any shape and size you want. It should be customized to perfectly complement the kitchen so don’t make it too big, too small, to tall or too narrow. It needs to be just right for the purposes you have in mind.
This kitchen peninsula is pretty interesting in the sense that it’s mostly white except for the side that faces the social area. Also, it has a raised bar surface which allows it to be multifunctional.
Usually, the peninsula is added in the continuation of the kitchen counter to form either an L-shaped or a U-shaped layout. To make it look more like an island, attach it to a wall that has no cabinets or shelves attached to it.
A peninsula is more space-efficient and sometimes even more practical than an island. They both have similar functions and their designs are quite alike in most cases. Of course, customization is always a good option.