If you want to have a kitchen island, but your space is not spacious enough, then a peninsula can be your best alternative.
A peninsula is pretty much the same as an island, but it is connected to an end of the wall. Basically, a peninsula is an island, but it is not a freestanding one. Instead, one end is attached to the wall.
- U-shaped Contemporary Kitchen with Granite Countertops and a Peninsula
- U-shaped Transitional Kitchen with Ceramic Tile and a Peninsula
- Craftsman U-shaped Kitchen with a White Peninsula
- U-shaped Trendy Kitchen with Medium Tone Wood Floor and a Peninsula with Black Soapstone Countertops
- U-shaped Kitchen with Blue Shaker Cabinets and a Peninsula
- Eat-in Small Kitchen with U-shaped Layout and a Peninsula
- Blue and White Kitchen in U-shaped Layout and a Peninsula
- Enclosed U-shaped Kitchen with Quartzite Countertops and a Peninsula
- Classic U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and White Shaker Cabinets
- Small Traditional U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and Cherry Cabinetry
- Super Tiny U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and White Appliances
- Rustic U-shaped Kitchen with an Open Concept and a Peninsula
- Elegant U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and Three Bar Stools
- Green Kitchen Cabinets and a Peninsula with Calacatta Gold Countertop in a U-shaped Layout
A peninsula can be accessed from three sides, while an island is accessed from four sides. This can serve as an extension of your kitchen layout.
A peninsula is helpful to separate spaces in an open design kitchen. Usually, when incorporating a peninsula in your kitchen, your kitchen’s layout will be a U-shaped design. It is because a peninsula should protrude from the wall and leave three sides of the area exposed.
A u-shaped kitchen features most sides flush against the wall and only one side exposed.
A peninsula serves the same benefits as an island too. You can use it as a storage, workspace, and even a spot to socialize.
The difference between a peninsula and an island is a peninsula can fit any kitchen’s size. When incorporating a peninsula in your kitchen, you can get the sensation of having an island regardless of your kitchen’s layout.
If you want to get inspiration to add a peninsula in your kitchen, here are some ideas of a u-shaped kitchen with a peninsula:
1. U-shaped Contemporary Kitchen with Granite Countertops and a Peninsula
This is a peninsula located in a mid-sized contemporary u-shaped kitchen. The kitchen features an open design layout, and the peninsula is meant to separate the kitchen and the next room.
The kitchen area is marked by a linoleum floor in beige color. The color is similar to the wall and granite countertops.
The cabinets share the same color but in a darker shade. Each texture, color, and element in this kitchen blends seamlessly and gives an elegant look.
The kitchen features a peninsula, gray shaker cabinets, a single bowl sink, a white ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and granite countertops.
The ceramic backsplash features two different tiles. The first one is the long white “subway” tile and the second one is a mosaic tile. Both can be purchased at Lowes. Over the sink, there are double-hung windows useful to light up the room by letting the natural light pour in.
2. U-shaped Transitional Kitchen with Ceramic Tile and a Peninsula
This kitchen is not that large, so installing a peninsula here is an excellent option.
In this remodel project, the client wanted to keep the kitchen’s layout but update the cabinets. So that the client could gain better and more accessible storage spaces. That is why the designer added a peninsula.
This kitchen features a transitional design with the u-shaped concept. It features a beige ceramic tile floor, light wood shaker cabinets, beige stone slab backsplash, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, an under-mount sink, and a peninsula.
This peninsula can be used as a dinner table too. There are two stools here placed in front of an area that doesn’t have a cabinet or shelf in it.
So the peninsula in this kitchen can be used as a storage, cooking space, and a table too. It is considered space-efficient. Perfect for small kitchens.
3. Craftsman U-shaped Kitchen with a White Peninsula
This open kitchen looks bright with its white cabinets, soft yellow walls, and light tone wood floor. Moreover, it also features a unique ceiling that opens to a triangle-shaped area. This can be used as a window in the ceiling. The natural light can directly enter the room. It makes the kitchen look fresh, clean, and bright.
The peninsula here separates the kitchen area from the dining space. Both spaces share the same light tone wood floor.
There are lots of storage in this kitchen, and that’s what makes it the craftsman kitchen. The storage cabinets are connected to the painted kitchen cabinets. The storage cabinet is made of red birch.
Attached to one side of the storage cabinet (peninsula), a bench can be used as extra seating for the dining table. The wood dining table is placed side by side with the peninsula, and it is completed with a set of chairs.
The kitchen features white shaker cabinets, a green ceramic backsplash, stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops, a single-bowl sink, and a peninsula.
4. U-shaped Trendy Kitchen with Medium Tone Wood Floor and a Peninsula with Black Soapstone Countertops
This is a contemporary and trendy mid-sized kitchen featuring a medium tone wood floor. The cabinets also share a similar color with different shades.
The peninsula here looks extravagant with black soapstone countertops. It is used as a cooking space on the central side, meal preparation with a sink space on the left side, and a dining table on the right side completed with black triple bar stools.
There is a lot of storage in the cabinets and the peninsula. All of them create a simple, minimalist yet trendy kitchen.
The cabinetry here is European frameless construction with Vertical Grain Maple Wood. It is flat-panel cabinets and combined with a lovely glass tile backsplash.
With this peninsula, the kitchen can also be categorized as an eat-in kitchen.
Moreover, this area also serves as an entertainment spot because there is a TV mounted on the cabinet. This way, the homeowner can host a small family gathering event here.
5. U-shaped Kitchen with Blue Shaker Cabinets and a Peninsula
Like the previous kitchen, this kitchen also features a peninsula used as a dining table. The peninsula encloses the kitchen perfectly, creates a crisp and polished spot for cooking. The blue color in it also creates a soothing, relaxing, and tranquil sensation.
The color coordination here is perfect. It is a combination of dark blue, light blue, and white as an accent color.
The dark blue shaker cabinets look in contrast with light blue subway tile backsplash and white countertops. The blue color is also combined with medium tone wood floor and stainless steel appliances.
On one side of the peninsula, there are three chairs that can be used as dining chairs. On the central area, the sink is installed with a single-window installed over it.
The other side of the peninsula is used as a workspace, complete with stainless steel appliances. On the wall above the peninsula, there are a pair of hanging cabinets as storage.
6. Eat-in Small Kitchen with U-shaped Layout and a Peninsula
This unique kitchen looks lovely with a film used on the kitchen cabinets. This kitchen is completed with recessed linear fluorescents to create a beautiful appearance. The fluorescents are from Dreamscape Lighting in Los Angeles.
This is a small kitchen, but with a peninsula, this kitchen can do a lot for its homeowners. This can be considered as an eat-in kitchen too.
The u-shaped layout is created by the peninsula. One side of the peninsula is completed with triple bar stools. This can be used as a dining table.
The longest side of the peninsula is right below the white backsplash and the corner windows. This area is filled with stainless steel appliances and a single-bowl sink. On the opposite end, there is a corner cabinet and a white cupboard for storage.
Unlike the other kitchens featuring the peninsula, this one also features an island. Commonly, when the designer decided to add a peninsula to a kitchen, there will be no island anymore because a peninsula is an alternative to an island. However, in this kitchen, we can see that there is an island, even though it is a small one in a square shape. That grey island can be used as an extra workspace.
What about the film on the kitchen cabinets? If you are wondering, it is a standard vinyl film that you can easily find in any outdoor sign shop. There are many different colors and transparencies available.
7. Blue and White Kitchen in U-shaped Layout and a Peninsula
Another blue kitchen here! It is not unusual to use blue as the primary color of a kitchen or in any room. It is because blue is indeed a relaxing color. It can give a soothing sensation to the homeowners.
Moreover, there are many shades of blue, and each of them has its own beauty. Each shade of blue can be combined with different colors to create perfect color coordination.
The bold blue color is only painted in the door and the cabinets; however, it dominates the whole room. It is combined with a beige wall and a crisp white ceiling.
The brown floor accentuates the combination of blue and white color, while the gray backsplash bridges the bold blue and white color.
The peninsula serves as a dining table too, so this kitchen is also an eat-in kitchen. The dining table area is completed with an island sink.
The central area is filled with a stove and can be used as a workspace. The opposite side is for the fridge. Upon the peninsula, there are wall cabinets with an open corner cabinet for a display rack.
8. Enclosed U-shaped Kitchen with Quartzite Countertops and a Peninsula
If you fancy the idea of having a bright u-shaped kitchen with a crisp and polished look, you can take a look at this kitchen.
This is an enclosed mid-sized kitchen in traditional style. It features medium tone wood floor, white raised-panel cabinets, white subway tile backsplash, gray quartzite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and a peninsula.
The peninsula has three open sides. The first side is used as a dining table as it is completed with three chairs along the peninsula’s side.
On the backside of the dining table, there is a wine cooler. It seems like a Transcend 24” 46 Bottle Seamless Stainless Steel Door Dual Zone Wine Cooler from Titan Products/Titan.
In the central area of the peninsula, there seems to be an electric stove and a workspace. In the corner, there is a standing TV on the countertop.
On the opposite side of the dining table, there is a farmhouse sink and huge picture windows over it. The windows open to a beautiful view outside, and the natural light coming in through it creates a bright and fresh-looking room.
9. Classic U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and White Shaker Cabinets
The peninsula in this kitchen encloses the cooking area perfectly. Basically, this is an open kitchen with an dining area. The peninsula separates both areas nicely. It also creates a u-shaped design for the cooking area. Both areas feature medium-tone hardwood floors, though.
The kitchen features tall cabinets reaching the ceiling. The appliances have been reconfigured in this remodeled project, so there is an extra prep space and more storage for rollouts and drawers.
This kitchen delivers a classic, timeless look with grey quartz countertops, white shaker cabinets, Carrara marble subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a peninsula. In order to create a trendy vibe, the designer also combined open shelving, matte black fixtures, and fun lighting.
The peninsula here is not used as a dining table because an dining area is already completed with a table set. Instead, space is used for extra prep space.
The stove is installed on the opposite side. In the central area, there is an under-mount sink installed under the double-hung windows.
10. Small Traditional U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and Cherry Cabinetry
This is what a classic kitchen looks like. The classic kitchen usually includes natural elements in its natural color. In this kitchen, you can see custom-made cherry kitchen cabinetry unpainted. It seems that the cabinet is stained in natural color.
The cabinet features classic 3” tall crown molding to the 8’ ceiling. Those raised-panel cabinets and the peninsula are separated by a beige stone tile backsplash that blends seamlessly with the cherry natural color.
There is a peninsula made of the same material. It features quartz countertops, an under-mount sink, and stainless steel appliances.
Instead of the dining area, you can see the functional storage over the sink window. That area functions as a light sink housing. The empty space area on the opposite side of the stove can be used as an extra prep space.
When it comes to the size, this u-shaped kitchen is not that big. The peninsula creates a u-shaped design to separate this cooking space from the other area because this is basically an open concept kitchen.
11. Super Tiny U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and White Appliances
A peninsula indeed is a perfect choice for a small kitchen. However, how about a super tiny kitchen? Does a peninsula even fit into the room? In fact, a peninsula can be fit into any kitchen’s size. So even the extra small kitchen like this still looks superb with a peninsula.
This one looks super clean and polished for a tiny kitchen, thanks to the many extra storages included.
In order to create a clean-cut space like this, first, white is a must-have color. This all-white kitchen proves it because white is widely known as a color that delivers a clean and bright look.
This kitchen features white shaker cabinets, a white peninsula, and even white appliances. The medium-tone wood floor is meant to give a beautiful accent.
The designer also added a pop of color here and there to avoid it being too plain. The pop of color here can be seen in the fringe curtain on the window and in some of the kitchen utensils.
The peninsula is mainly used as a workspace. The unique thing is the storage space on the outer side of the peninsula. There is a niche that can be used as an open rack above the cabinet. In fact, to save more space, the peninsula and the cabinets here were made with many storage spaces.
12. Rustic U-shaped Kitchen with an Open Concept and a Peninsula
Peninsula doesn’t exclusively belong to a contemporary or modern look only. In fact, it can also be installed in any style, even rustic. This rustic kitchen proves it perfectly.
The homeowners wanted to open up the main living areas. The walls were removed in this remodeling project to create a more contemporary feel in this area. Ceilings were kept intact but also raised.
The designer used hickory cabinets and peninsula to deliver a rustic vibe in this kitchen. The hickory peninsula is also combined with dark Silestone countertops finished with leather to create a perfect connection with the contemporary living room next to it.
This is an open-concept kitchen. The peninsula makes a u-shaped design to separate this kitchen from the living room. This wide peninsula is used as a dining table too on one side. There are triple chairs to complete the dining area.
In the central area, there is stainless steel appliance and an under-mount sink over the huge casement windows. The cabinets and other stainless steel appliances were placed on the other side of the peninsula.
13. Elegant U-shaped Kitchen with a Peninsula and Three Bar Stools
This is a classic and elegant u-shaped kitchen with a peninsula. Like the other peninsula you’ve seen above, this one is also used as a dining table. There are three lovely bar stools here, which are Dalton Bar Stool by Lexington #352-816-01.
The peninsula seems a bit asymmetrical. On the opposite side of the dining area, the area is not as long as the dining space. Instead, it is used as cabinets and stainless steel appliances.
The gas stove is placed in the dining area. So the dining space can be used as a workspace too. In the central area, there is a farmhouse sink over the double-hung windows. The designer smartly combined black and white colors in order to achieve a luxurious, elegant, and stylish look.
This lovely kitchen features white shake cabinets, dark blue subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and dark granite countertops.
The color of the granite counter is “dynamic blue – capri blue”. Keep in mind that each granite manufacturer calls natural stone by different names. So if you want to purchase the same granite, make sure you clearly know the design, pattern, and color.
14. Green Kitchen Cabinets and a Peninsula with Calacatta Gold Countertop in a U-shaped Layout
The combination of deep green and crisp white creates a polished and cosmopolitan look. You can see it in this kitchen.
This is a perfect example of a small yet trendy u-shaped kitchen. It features green flat panel cabinets, an under-mount sink, a peninsula, and a white backsplash. The green cabinets look perfect combined with Calacatta Gold from Silestone countertops.
This polished kitchen can be categorized as an eat-in kitchen, too, because there is a pair of white stools on one side of the peninsula.
Due to the lack of space, instead of triple stools like you usually see completed in an eat-in peninsula kitchen, this one only features two stools. The peninsula itself is pretty narrow and not too long.
The central side is used for prep space. It features an under-mount sink. Usually, a sink is installed on the opposite side of the dining space, over the windows. However, the designer decided to create something different.
On top of the sink, there are green hanging cabinets instead. On the opposite side of the dining area, an electric stove with a mess-free workspace creates a clean and polished look.
After seeing those peninsula kitchens above, which one do you choose? Do you prefer having a peninsula or an island?