In this small kitchen, a peninsula juts out from the wall to expand functional counter space and two rows of cabinets provide extra storage. Under-cabinet lighting illuminates the tumbled tile backsplash and helps to brighten the overall space.
Instead of a large eat-in island, this kitchen opts for a small peninsula with barstool seating. In turn, the owners get more functionality out of their space; a desk and armchair can be tucked in the corner, a smaller island can be used strictly for meal prep and the peninsula can serve as a breakfast nook or sitting area for guests.
The homeowners wanted an open space in their newly remodeled home, but they didn't want their spaces to feel jumbled, so designers achieved this feel in the kitchen by using the cabinets to set the parameters for the space. To create this definition, a peninsula was added on the third "wall" of the kitchen, separating the it from the hallway without making either space feel too closed off, giving each area its own identity.
This kitchen has it all: stainless appliances, a sleek range hood, plenty of storage options and an island with a dining "peninsula." Walls of windows ensure that the owners will enjoy their coffee and breakfast with views of the mountains.
The cabinets in this mid-century modern kitchen feature a shaker panel style for an updated feel. The upper cabinets were cumbersome in the space so open shelving was added which allowed for more style with counter to ceiling backsplash.
These pendant lights are a classic look that won’t go out of style too quickly. “You have to be careful with something that most people feel like is a pretty permanent addition,” says designer Nancy Keenan of Harris Park Homes. Similar lights with a schoolhouse look and a white opal glass shade can be found at home improvement stores for under $70.
Illuminate key sections of a peninsula or island by using stylish lamps normally reserved for other parts of the home. Atlanta designer Jo Torrijos selected white table lamps from a national home goods retail chain for the renovated kitchen in her modernized Craftsman bungalow.
Hardwood floors and neutral walls link the kitchen, breakfast area and family room in this charming California home. Dark stain on two sides of the kitchen peninsula contrast with white cabinetry and craftsman details on the windows to break up the white space.
Creating separate zones within an open layout is simple, but making them feel at once distinct and connected can be more complicated, says designer Jodie Cooper. Here, she manages this delicate balance deftly, using material — a transition from the practical kitchen flooring to the warm wood in the eating space — and color: A soft blue-green accent wall helps differentiate (and add drama to) the dining area.