Contemporary and convivial, a modern kitchen with peninsula can be interpreted in many different ways, in a sort of compromise between a traditional kitchen and one with an island. A peninsula provides extra worktop space, optimises space and creates continuity between the kitchen and living room.
That’s why a modern kitchen with peninsula is a versatile solution, suitable for small and large areas, with a host of possible compositions.
A kitchen with peninsula can be an alternative to a linear or corner kitchen and a kitchen with an island. In practical terms, a modern kitchen with peninsula makes it possible to add an element, anchored to a wall or to another kitchen unit, that can be used as a worktop, table or snack counter. If services can be connected, a peninsula can also house a cooking hob or sink.
The first thing is to decide what use you will make of a peninsula. Whether it will be a top, table or snack counter, all that’s needed is to take into account the size of the top and the distance between the peninsula and the other kitchen units.
For a peninsula solution, we recommend a minimum length of 120 cm, which will ensure a comfortable counter for breakfast, an aperitif or an informal meal. The peninsula should never create an obstacle; it must be easy to use without compromising kitchen ergonomics and must not interfere with opening doors and drawers.
If the peninsula is used for a number of operations, i.e. it integrates cooking and washing, it must be suitably connected to the electricity and gas mains and plumbed in, not forgetting to prepare a system for the evacuation of fumes and smoke.
Finally, the importance of suitable lighting must always be borne in mind. Fortunately, there is an infinity of solutions on the market; from wall or ceiling LED spotlights to suspended light fittings, the choice is unlimited.
We have seen that a peninsula is an extremely versatile element. It serves many purposes, increasing worktop space but also providing more room for appliances and storage units. However, when planning your kitchen it is good practice to establish a specific function that leads you to opt for a modern kitchen with peninsula.
These are the main types:
PENINSULA AS A KITCHEN TABLE
A table is incorporated into the kitchen worktop. It may be on a level with the top or stand at a different height. It can be in the same material as the top or in a different one that distinguishes the peninsula.
PENINSULA AS A WORKTOP
A peninsula becomes a natural extension of the kitchen worktop, providing extra space for food preparation.
PENINSULA AS A SNACK COUNTER
A snack counter is a multi-purpose solution that can add room for food preparation and be used as a table for breakfast, aperitifs or informal meals. In this case, the peninsula is often raised above the worktop.
PENINSULA WITH COOKING HOB AND SINK
The peninsula becomes the focus point for kitchen operations. Besides a cooking hob and sink, its base can house a dishwasher. In this case, when planning the kitchen bear in mind all the necessary connections to the electricity and gas mains and plumbing in.
A modern kitchen with peninsula can be interpreted in many different ways, as a peninsula is an element that adapts to every type of area.
Gentili Cucine provides a wide range of solutions, components and finishes with which to plan a modern kitchen with peninsula perfect for all needs.