Today in my New House Diary we are getting into the nitty gritty of my kitchen layout. (Warning…very dated kitchen photos to follow). I will be sharing with you the official drawings for my kitchen design in the coming weeks but before I get too far I have some decisions to make, and one of the most important questions I have is this…Island or Peninsula?
So my existing kitchen is a U-shape and this shape of kitchen is known to be one of the most functional layouts. I do have to admit that although it’s not too pretty right now, the layout is actually pretty darn functional.
But it just drives me crazy that I am not taking advantage of all the open floor space in the middle of the room and also, the existing peninsula really separates the kitchen from the breakfast area more than I like.
I prefer traffic to freely flow from the breakfast room through the kitchen, in particular to the kitchen sink because we access it so often and the layout currently requires me to walk around the peninsula to get to it. My husband on the other hand likes the open floor space and doesn’t want really want a large island like I designed and created for my last home, which by the way I really loved.
Though the island in our previous home was over-scaled, it wasted zero floor space and I think it functioned perfectly for the prep work and entertaining I did in that kitchen. Plus it allowed for placement of additional appliances like a wine cooler, microwave drawer and storage for pots and pans, cookbooks and small appliances.
So ultimately, I am leaning towards removing the peninsula and adding an island instead. It won’t be quite as large as our last kitchen island because that layout was more square than the new one. The island would be longer and a bit more narrow.
I would love to hear your thoughts. Are you in my camp, voting for an island, or are you on my hubby’s side and would keep the peninsula. There really isn’t room for both because any tiny island or free standing piece of furniture we could put in the middle really wouldn’t have the scale or function we need and I think would only get in the way. So please vote either island OR peninsula. No pressure!
Here are a few more kitchens that I love in both styles. (note in the u-shaped option, although I love it, I can’t include a banquette backing up to my kitchen because of the entry to my sunroom)
(Design by Moroso Construction via Houzz)
(same kitchen alternate view)
Open with Island…
(Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles)
(Design by Prestige Moldings and Construction)
So leave me a comment and let me know your vote–Island or Peninsula. And don’t worry, I won’t be mad at you if you take my husband’s side. ha! ha!
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