Named after the geological feature, a kitchen peninsula is a spur that juts out from the wall or work surfaces, creating a three-sided surface. Peninsulas are often additionally used as breakfast bars for casual dining.
Peninsulas offer a space-saving solution for kitchens that don't have enough floor space for a free-standing kitchen island. They are also useful in kitchens with irregular layouts since they can be asymmetrical or placed at jaunty angles.
They can also be used to create a useful staging post between the food preparation area and the dining area.
This is the latest roundup in our Dezeen Lookbooks series providing visual inspiration for the home. Previous kitchen-related roundups include kitchens with islands, galley kitchens and kitchens with breakfast bars.
A sink is sunk into the countertop at one end, and the marble surface overhangs to create a breakfast bar. Patterned tiles demarcate the kitchen area, which sits below a ceiling of traditional Catalonian brick vaults.
Archmongers reinstated modernist design elements for this 1950s flat renovation in London's Golden Lane estate. Chunky white-painted wooden frames separate the kitchen and dining areas, adding high shelving above the peninsula kitchen.
Architects Yuki Mitani and Atsumi Nonaka redesigned their kitchen to create a more social space when they remodelled their own home. A peninsula kitchen counter creates extra counter space, while allowing the hosts to chat with their guests as they prepare meals.
A bronze tap complements the creamy marble of this peninsula counter for an open-plan kitchen diner in a Polish apartment. Agnieszka Owsiany Studio designed the space to be as calming as possible for a couple with high-pressure jobs in medicine.
Wooden shelves are built into one side of the counter, which overhangs slightly so it can double as an informal breakfast bar with saddle-style bar stools ›.
A curved countertop projects to form a breakfast bar in this colourful flat renovation by Colombo and Serboli Architecture for a woman working in the fashion industry.
The countertop abuts a bright coral arched volume that hides a guest bathroom. A polished metal tap curves over the sink on the kitchen side and two grey Revolver Stools from Hay can be drawn up to turn the surface into a breakfast bar.
Canadian studio Odami opened up the previously enclosed kitchen of a dated 1980s apartment in Toronto. The peninsula kitchen adds more worksurfaces while creating a line of sight with the dining area.
Matching grey marble countertops and splashback contrast with the dark wood cabinetry and a matt black sink and tap.
Architecture practice Fraher & Findlay introduced a Japanese aesthetic during the renovation and extension of this Victorian-era house in London.
The kitchen features pink plaster walls and a peninsula-style polished concrete counter that also serves as a breakfast bar and continues up a short flight of steps to form a bench seat.
A row of retro-futuristic stools with tiered fringing from Spanish studio Masquespacio's Déjà-Vu collection line up below the bar of this peninsula kitchen in a co-working space in Valencia.
The studio designed the space in homage to French director Jacques Tati's 1960s film Playtime. The kitchen area features baby-blue tiling and strips of neon underlighting.
Bloco Arquitetos reconfigured this 1960s apartment in Brasilia, adding translucent sliding doorways that can be pulled across to separate the kitchen and the dining area.
The peninsula kitchen with its marble counter abuts a concrete divider wall and allows the kitchen and dining room to become one large entertaining space when the doors are open.
Spanish architecture studio Nomos converted an old workshop into a home for two of its partners. The original pipes and brickwork are still visible in the kitchen, which has a rounded peninsula counter supported by a wooden frame.
Nomos built the custom timber elements out of pine, including the frame and the bar stools. A blue-painted shelf under the counter doubles as a handy spot to store breakfast cereals and cookbooks.
This is the latest in our series of lookbooks providing curated visual inspiration from Dezeen's image archive. For more inspiration see previous lookbooks showcasing peaceful bedrooms, wallpapered interiors and colourful kitchens.