Mar 23

What’s The Difference Between A Kitchen Island and A Peninsula?

It’s often said, everyone loves kitchens and they sell homes!

Ironically, even people who don’t cook much, also love beautiful kitchens.

When designing a kitchen, a common dilemma faced by most homeowners is deciding between selecting a kitchen island or a peninsula? Careful thought and planning should be factored in all aspects of a kitchen design. The planning stage could make the difference between a successful and well planned kitchen design and a disaster.



What’s The Difference Between A Kitchen Island and A Peninsula?

To create a beautiful and functional kitchen, careful planning is required. First figure out the main function of your kitchen. E.g: Do you mainly use your kitchen for eating, preparing food or as a meeting hub for family and friends.

Design wise, both peninsulas and kitchen islands add elegance and definition to a kitchen once done by a professional home designer. We’ve listed a few things below to be considered before deciding on selecting a kitchen island or peninsula.


Things To Consider Before Selecting A Kitchen Island:

A kitchen island is just like the name suggests, because it isn’t attached to a wall.

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1. Islands are a perfect way to break up a large open floor plan without adding a wall.

2. A kitchen island is a great multi-purpose open area to eat, do homeowner, pay bills, gather or read a book.

3. Before selecting a kitchen island, make sure there is enough space for people to move around comfortably in the kitchen. Test the space to ensure all cabinets can open without encumbrances and people can sit down and get up without feeling crammed.

4. Kitchen islands are normally very versatile as they can be a different color or design from the rest of the existing cabinets.


5. Kitchen island are normally very popular among most homeowners and home buyers.


 Things To Consider Before Selecting A Kitchen Peninsula:

A kitchen peninsula is very similar to an island, except it is usually fixed to one wall in a kitchen. See picture below.


1. Peninsulas are ideal for kitchens with limited or narrow space.

2. A Peninsula is great to break up the space between a kitchen, eat in area and a living room.

3. Galley Style Kitchens are perfect for incorporating a peninsulas because they’re usually not wide enough to accommodate a kitchen island.

4. L – Shaped Kitchens accommodate peninsulas well, as they utilize small space while maintaining functionality.

5. Peninsulas can be restrictive in nature as they’re required to match the existing kitchen cabinets. If you were to use a different color or cabinet for just the peninsula the kitchen would probably look very miss matched.



We hope this blog help you to create the perfect kitchen that works for you and your family. If you need help, click here to request a FREE in home design consultation.

As Always, Best Of Luck and Love Always!

~ Milan ~


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