I’m thinking it’s time I start a design series titled, “Issues That Are a Direct Result of the Angled Peninsula.”
I’d have enough content to write a book!
Take it from me: If your kitchen layout is not standard, then standard design guidelines and principles will be of no help. In other words, don’t be surprised if you find yourself asking total strangers on the Internet their opinion on hanging pendants over an angled peninsula.
Before you interject with, “You should’ve gotten rid of the angled peninsula like I told you to…,” let me stop you right there. As much as I would’ve loved a standard, straight peninsula, it was not an option for several reasons. Just take one look at the floorplan, below, and you’ll see why it was out of the question. I wrote an entire post about it and why we decided to reconfigure the kitchen layout but keep the existing footprint.
Of course, I am no fool. I was well aware that by keeping the angled layout we’d be setting ourselves up for certain design challenges. The latest of these is deciding how to hang the pendants. Will you help me think through this design dilemma? Share your creative solutions in the comments section, especially if you happen to also be the owner of an angled peninsula!
Before we dive into the details, here’s an overhead floorplan of the kitchen, so you get a sense of the layout. I considered sharing progress photos, but since the room is still very much mid-reno, I didn’t think they’d be of much help. So, floorplan it is.
Basically, I have two options for where to hang the pendants. But before we dive into all the details, please note that there will be no bar overhang or seating on the back side of the peninsula. The original layout had both, but given the limited space, it wasn’t functional.
Besides, who needs so much seating in such a small kitchen, especially when there’s a formal dining room just on the other side of the wall?
Now, let’s explore Option 1.
In this scenario the pendants (we’re using these, by the way) would be aligned parallel to the cabinet layout. So, one pendant would hang over the sink and the other over the dishwasher, as illustrated in the graphic below.
Let’s talk about what works with this design:
- There’s plenty of breathing room between the pendants, the nearby wall, and the open shelf.
- The position of the pendants mimics the cabinet layout, which makes the design feel intentional.
Now, onto the issues:
- The biggest issue with this option is that there is a different, larger pendant (this one) hanging just a couple steps away in the breakfast nook. Given that the kitchen is on the smaller, it seems excessive to hang three pendants in such close proximity.
- The pendant over the dishwasher feels visually intrusive. There’s already a flushmount fixture in the center of the kitchen and a wall-mount range hood that will hang above the range, competing for attention. Hanging a pendant in that same line of sight feels too cluttered.
- Speaking of sight lines, the pendant directly over the sink will likely block the view outside.
Now, let’s look at Option 2.
In this scenario, the pendants would hang on either side of the sink, right where the angles of the countertop are.
Here’s what I like about Option 2:
- The location of the pendants actually feels more intentional than Option 1.
- More of the prep space will be illuminated with this option, whereas option 1 completely neglected the prep space along the wall.
- You’ll have a clear view of the outside.
- The pendants are far enough from the breakfast nook pendant so as to not compete for attention.
Here are my concerns, though:
- The spacing will be tight. But given the scale of the room, the size of the pendants, and the layout of the cabinets, it should work. The standard spacing for how far to hang pendants from each other varies anywhere from 24 to 36 inches. We can easily leave 24″ between the pendants. However, the pendant on the right will be approximately 12″ away from the wall. From a technical standpoint, that’s enough clearance, but it’s a little too close to the wall for my liking.
- Furthermore, there will be an open shelf running all along that wall, and I imagine that posing another issue. Of course, we could always hang the pendants higher or the shelf lower, or make the shelf shorter. But I don’t feel too enthusiastic about any of those options. That angled corner already has so much going on, I don’t want to add more confusion into the mix.
Hopefully I haven’t lost you yet. Do you see why I had to dedicate an entire blog post to this question?! There are lots of nuances in this space, but that is to be expected with an unusual layout.
I hope I gave you enough context – but if not, here’s a rendering I created of the space. When I asked this question on Instagram – which I did several times – the majority vote was always for Option 1 – and by a landslide, too.
But I think once you see the room renderings of both options, you just might change your mind.
By the way, if you’d like to catch up on all I’ve posted about the kitchen reno thus far, check out:
- Kitchen Design Plan, Moodboard + Before Images
- How to Reconfigure a Kitchen Layout + Changes We’re Making to Ours