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Become Attached to Your Kitchen

November 18th, 2016

When it comes to kitchen design, a kitchen island is usually at the top of everyone’s wish list. However, in some cases, the space this grand and prominent feature needs is unavailable. Fortunately, this is where the peninsula comes in.

Starting with the basics, a kitchen island and a kitchen peninsula take their names from geographical landforms:

  • Island - a piece of land surrounded by water.
  • Peninsula – a piece of land that juts out from a larger land mass and is mostly surrounded by water.

In kitchen terms, an island is separate from all other walls, whilst a peninsula is attached to at least one.

So why add a peninsula to your kitchen?

1.   Size DOESN’T matter

There’s no strict rule on how big your peninsula needs to be. It’s strictly down to your preference and the space you have available.

In the below ALNOSTAR DUR kitchen by Bradburys of Exeter, the peninsula plays a leading role in the design, parallel to the bank of wall units.

Conversely, in the below high-gloss white kitchen by Creative Designs, a very small peninsula has been added as a breakfast bar.

2.   They change the layout

The addition of a peninsula can change the layout of the room from an L-shaped kitchen into a U-shaped kitchen, allowing you to freely move around the room in the working triangle from refrigerator, to sink, to stove.

See more of this kitchen design here.

3.   They divide the room…in a good way

Very popular in open plan kitchens, peninsulas work as an excellent room divider, separating the cooking area from the entertaining area. As we mentioned, the working triangle is great, but if people are in the kitchen with you, it can get quite busy!

With a peninsula, the cook has the chance to lay down the rules – ‘no entry past this line!’

See more of this kitchen here.

4.   They offer extra seating

Following on from point #3, you will notice that lots of the peninsulas featured so far have also included seating.

That’s because they go hand in hand, particularly when dividing the cooking area from the rest of the room.

Not only are seated peninsulas good for entertaining, but they are also a place to enjoy meals when you do not need to gather the family around the dinner table.

We hope this blog has given you some ideas on how to incorporate a peninsula into your kitchen space. For more kitchen design ideas, please take a look at our customer gallery.

For more design tips, please visit your nearest ALNO showroom.

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