Peninsula Kitchen Design

Consider options for peninsula kitchen design, and prepare to add a space-saving and efficient kitchen design to your home.
Brown and White Modern Kitchen

Brown and White Modern Kitchen

A clean white countertop and glossy brown cabinetry, paired with simple brown backed barstools give a modern feel to this kitchen.

Photo by: Scott Mayoral ©Design by Christopher J. Grubb.

Scott Mayoral, Design by Christopher J. Grubb.

A clean white countertop and glossy brown cabinetry, paired with simple brown backed barstools give a modern feel to this kitchen.

By: Sean McEvoy

If you're planning to install a brand new kitchen or remodel an existing one and space is at a premium, you may want to browse the many options available for peninsula kitchen design.

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Pure and Simple

Architect Ron Radziner creates a beautiful sunken kitchen in a Venice, Calif. home. Enclosed by windows, the kitchen acts as the hub of the residence and provides views to the backyard, pool, living areas and outdoor patio.

Traditional Chic

Designer Vicente Wolf mixes contemporary and traditional styles in this open, bright kitchen. The island, which has a base of stainless steel, features Jacobean-style legs. Floor-to-ceiling glass cabinets add a lot of natural light to the kitchen, which only has one window.

Light and Airy

This Chicago area kitchen is designed by Cohen & Hacker Architects to take full advantage of the garden view. Even the cabinets are glass, front and back so one can see right through. The white color palette and high ceilings give this kitchen a monumental feeling. A single slab of gray-white granite covers the massive island, which also provides extra seating for the family.

Contemporary Cool

This Toronto kitchen features Ipe cabinets, Corian countertops and a six-foot island that seats up to ten people on modern stools with a playful light fixture hangs above. While it's contemporary in style, it still remains warm and accessible because of the serene color palette. Design by Ciccone Simone

European Inspiration

In New York state's picturesque Hudson Valley, this farmhouse kitchen was given a subtle European flavor by art-dealer-turned-designer Selina van der Geest.

Classic Subtlety

Architect William Hefner took full advantage of the California sun when he designed this traditional kitchen. Materials used include washed oak and Calcutta marble, while the chairs and banquette are covered in easy clean faux leather – perfect for a family. Color and materials from the rest of the house flow into the kitchen, featuring tongue-and-groove oak cabinets, stainless steel and a subtle color palette.

Italian Style

Designer Mark Cutler creates a modern Italian-style kitchen that features rift sawn oak cabinets, skylights, stainless steel appliances and slate countertops. Rustic materials, like the stained concrete floor, make the kitchen feel a repurposed barn. Skylights add a lofty feeling to the space, while also providing tons of natural light. The designer also filled the room with an eclectic mix of furnishings, including eight folk art chairs and a buffet from the Paris exhibition.

Multi-Functional Modernist

New York architects from Workshop/APD designed this lofty kitchen in square-footage-starved Manhattan. The kitchen was designed to be a floating element, the hub of energy within a large open loft space. The windows border all sides to capture the light and bring it into the space. A pull-out table allows the space to be reconfigured based on the needs of the user and appliances and workspace are efficiently integrated into a sleek design.

Rustic Island

Designer Sherrill Canet creates a chef's square kitchen with wonderful architectural details that provide the perfect breakfast spot. The custom-made natural wood island has seating space for eight and can easily accommodate the family for meals. The height of the space and the exaggerated arch brings the eye up and creates a welcoming energy. Woven leather chairs add a chic element, while four lanterns punctuated the space with a graphical design.

Sunnyside Kitchen

An informal Southampton kitchen features a spacious seating area with several dining options: the counter, the resizable table or the screened-in porch. Dark wood floors and tables contrast well with the light peach and green color scheme. Design by John Barman

Peninsula kitchens can be described simply as featuring an island that's connected to a wall — but you'll have plenty of choices to consider when it comes to configuring the space and determining the primary use of the island.

A peninsula can be a great addition to just about any kitchen design, but it's particularly useful in smaller spaces where a freestanding kitchen island isn't feasible because it would take up too much floor space. Likewise, some homeowners with kitchens with three connected walls may want to explore taking out one wall to create a more open flow between the kitchen and dining room or kitchen and living room. Doing so can create a great opportunity to add a peninsula in the vacant space.

One of the more striking benefits of a kitchen peninsula is its utility. Just like a kitchen island, a peninsula has many potential uses. It can be configured to add considerable extra storage via a system of cabinets, drawers and racks that can be used to keep cookware and other accessories organized. Peninsula countertops can add a great deal of surface area to your kitchen design, and they can be used for food preparation and dining. Peninsula countertops can also do double duty in terms of storage and decoration, providing a convenient location for containers and other storage elements while allowing you to keep your favorites on prominent display.

The functionality of a kitchen peninsula doesn't have to be limited to storage, cooking prep and bar-style dining, however. Many homeowners choose to make their kitchen peninsula a fully functioning feature of their kitchen design by adding cooking or cleaning functionality. Adding a stove, refrigerator or sink to a kitchen peninsula can create a more efficient "work triangle" in your kitchen, making cooking, cleaning and food preparation easier and more enjoyable.

When it comes to the appearance of your kitchen peninsula, you'll only be limited by your imagination and your budget. Most homeowners choose to mirror the overall design of the kitchen, particularly since it's usually connected directly to another area of the kitchen, with a single countertop marrying the entire design in an L- or U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula. That said, a peninsula can provide an opportunity to add some visual interest to your kitchen design via unique countertop decorations like glass or porcelain storage containers or bowls of elegantly displayed fruits and vegetables.

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