Kitchen island vs peninsula

Decisions, decisions: Peninsula vs. Island

In a recent survey by AGA Cookshop, it was found that the average person in the UK spends three years of their life in the kitchen. Once a dull, practical space for food preparation, it’s now truly the hub of the home, with great capacity for socialising, entertaining and of course, cooking. As such, it is vital to have the perfect centre piece, and there is no better feature which is stunning and useful in equal measure than an impressive peninsula or island.

Both features create extra work space, added storage and offer additional seating for guests and entertaining. Can’t decide which one you love the most? Take a look at what distinguishes them:

An island or peninsula has the potential to both enhance and dominate the space in your kitchen. Whilst an island is a free-standing space with four open sides, a peninsula has one side connected to a wall with three free remaining sides. If space is in abundance, islands are more fitting as they break up large open areas. Short on room? A peninsula offers similar benefits and will suit a more modest layout, creating a barrier between living and cooking areas.

Your personality and the way you use your kitchen are critical factors in deciding whether an island or a peninsula will suit your home. If you adore entertaining, an island allows the cook to be sauté and socialise as their guests can sit gathered around. A peninsula, however, grants the chef some privacy and frames the kitchen as a place of peace and meticulous preparation.

Planning, organisation and cost should also be important considerations. Whilst islands are ideal for circulating, the area will need a supply of gas, electricity and water, which will mean running cables, pipes and wires underneath the flooring. This may prove more costly, so it is essential to ensure your budget can accommodate this. Since peninsulas are already part of the main kitchen layout, this eradicates any complicated issues with planning as it is far easier to reach.

The careful composition of colours and materials in the kitchen is vital in achieving a personalised, stylish look. In your design, peninsulas can be somewhat restrictive as they should almost always match the pre-existing furniture. Islands, however, can be a standalone centre piece, with either contrasting or matching elements. A striking contrast creates a contemporary appearance, whereas coordinated furniture always looks timeless.

Putting differences aside, both peninsulas and islands offer seamless functionality, extra storage, counter space, and seating potential. Incredibly practical and versatile, they are often the most breath-taking design element in a stunning new kitchen.

Still can’t decide?

Contact us to discuss your plans for your new Stoneham kitchen.

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