What is a G-shaped kitchen?

Step into the world of G-shaped kitchens – this classic layout might just be the right choice for your next project…

But what is a G-shaped kitchen? It is a U-shaped kitchen with a peninsula, which helps achieve the G shape.

This layout is a good option for anyone who wants an island but also needs plenty of worktop and cupboard space. A G-shaped kitchen is incredibly practical, as Tom Howley, creative design director at the eponymous kitchen company, explains: “G-shaped kitchens are incredibly flexible, which makes them increasingly popular. An extension of the classic U-shape layout, an added jut or peninsula offers the most surface space if you have a small or medium-sized kitchen.”

Pink G-shaped kitchen
Design by ROAR Architects using Caesarstone worktops.

How to design a G-shaped kitchen?

You can often make this universal layout work in any size kitchen – from big to more compact. But it works especially well in large, open-plan rooms as the kitchen sits nestled in its zone, thus creating the illusion of a broken plan design.

And, as the kitchen is sectioned off, you need to pay special attention to the details to ensure it doesn’t feel crammed. Work around any windows to help create a sense of openness or invest in good lighting. Opting for shelves instead of wall cabinets can also help open up the space.

Darren Watts, showroom developer at Wren Kitchens, has some great tips on how to create the G-shaped kitchen of your dreams:

  • Ensure the shape and use of the kitchen suits the G-shape style: If you want a kitchen with open living space then the G-shape could be the answer. The peninsular island allows you to have a practical breakfast table, which creates social divide between the kitchen and your living space.
  • Get creative with your peninsula island: This additional worktop has the potential to be packed with further storage, used as an extended prep area, a breakfast bar, appliance housing, social space, and much more.
  • Choose stylish décor to match your design: Choosing the right décor is important when opting for a G-shape kitchen style. It is important to coordinate the interior style with the design of the kitchen, this includes the breakfast bar stools, lighting, and accessories.
  • Opt for more neutral shades: You’ll likely have an abundance of storage space with this type of kitchen layout, so make use of neutral colours when styling it so you’re not overwhelmed by bold tones.

Now, let’s dive into some more G-shaped kitchen inspiration…

Modern G-shaped kitchen

Simon Taylor Furniture has created an impressive modern kitchen using a contemporary chocolate shade for the cabinetry and bronze glass. The G-shape fits perfectly into the space of the Victorian townhouse. The compact peninsular shows that you don’t need an ample design to achieve this layout. The extension of the worktop is used as a practical breakfast bar or socialising spot for guests.

Chocolate brown kitchen in a G-shape layout
Contemporary kitchens by Simon Taylor Furniture start from £40,000. Photography: Darren Chung.
the wash zone with chocolate concrete units underneath and sleek tap
To complement the textured concrete, the team created satin bronze matt glass door fronts.
Tall cabinetry in the G-shaped kitchen
The tall cabinetry helps maximise space and storage in the G-shaped kitchen.

Minimalist design

Love a clean, white design? South West Design have created a sleek kitchen for this 1930s apartment. The brief was to create a light and airy space, so the designers chose white cabinetry along with spotlights above the units to give the illusion of an even more open space. The peninsula offers more worktop space, as well as a spot for enjoying breakfast or chatting with the cook.

White G-shaped kitchen with green splashback
Poggenpohl by South West Design kitchens start from £40,000. Photography: David Butler.
The corner of the kitchen has a bifold pantry style area
This practical unit features pocket doors to conceal the breakfast pantry.
The clean white kitchen has a simple yet effective shape.
The statement feature in this G-shaped kitchen is the bespoke glass splashback by Optidek in Yeabridge Green by Farrow & Ball.

Open-plan G-shaped kitchen

Daval has designed this kitchen to be a social space. The G-shape layout ensures that guests can sit at the peninsular island while the host is preparing meals or drinks in the kitchen. The zoning in this space allows the kitchen to be a separate zone from the lounge area.

Grey kitchen with yellow chairs
The dark grey kitchen is complemented by a hint of mustard yellow. Kitchens by Daval start from £10,000.
Floor to ceiling kitchen cupboards with integrated wine rack

The custom-made fitted furniture forms a line of tall cabinets on the wall opposite the peninsula.
white worktop and backsplash
The white worktop and backsplash help brighten up the dark grey kitchen.

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