A Guide to Islands and Peninsulas: Which One Is Right For Your Space?

One of the most frequently asked questions we get and receive on a daily basis is how to decide between choosing an island and a peninsula for your new kitchen. We’ve decided to break it down for you!

Firstly some basics: An island is a free standing structure, offering an all round access, whereas a peninsula is essentially an extension of your kitchen, being attached to a wall and offering three open sides.

Islands and peninsulas both offer great benefits and are highly functional. From creating extra work surface, additional storage and more room for socialising with your favourite people! Although the decision making process between the two may seem daunting at first, in reality it’ll more than likely come down to two major factors: the shape and size of your kitchen & livability (In other words, how do you and your family function within a kitchen and how will that be affected by the structure.)

On average, we would recommend an island for larger scale kitchens and peninsulas for ones on the smaller side. However, when talking about the available space in your kitchen, we might not always necessarily mean whether your kitchen is tiny or extremely large. It could be that your space is in fact on the larger size however the shape of it may not allow for a full island, therefore dictate over the island VS. peninsula decision drama. This is something you will want to discuss with your designer during your first design consultation with your kitchen’s plans at hand.

All in all, it really depends on the shape and size of your individual space. Either way, whether it be an island or a peninsula, you’re guaranteed to love it!

Choosing Handles For Your Kitchen

Choosing handles for your kitchen is one of the many important decisions to make during the design process. There are many different options available, but our clients usually end up choosing from Armac Martin’s range of solid brass handles. They are available in a range of finishes, including Satin Brass, Burnished Brass, Satin Nickel and Satin Chrome. Each handle is made in their Birmingham factory and finished by hand.

Our favourite handle collections are now available to purchase from the Herringbone Pantry along with a selection of decorative tiles and stone flooring. There are a range of styles, traditional, industrial and contemporary handles. We have used all of these on our classic framed shaker door and we love that they are versatile designs that can be customised to reflect your own personal style.

A recently completed kitchen in Essex with Satin Brass Sparkbrook pull handles

A recently completed kitchen in Essex with Satin Brass Sparkbrook pull handles

We design and make bespoke kitchens from our studio and workshop in Canterbury. We are a family business and we believe that kitchens should be built to last, from first steps to first dates. For more examples of the handles our client’s have chosen, have a look at our Projects page where we post images of kitchens we have designed and made together.

If you have any questions about choosing handles for your kitchen we would love to help, you can drop us a message on Instagram, by email or just give us a call on 01227638066.