Can you use into (rather than to) when talking about a kitchenette—even though a kitchenette isn't a place that you enter?

Note: Google Ngrams says that "stepped into the kitchenette" is way more common than "stepped to the kitchenette."

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    Why do you think a kitchenette isn't a place you can enter? It's a room, or at least an area.
    – stangdon
    Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 13:58
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    I’m voting to close this question because it's based on a misconception. You might want to open a new question about how you use "enter," because it seems there's a misunderstanding there? Commented Apr 20, 2022 at 14:45

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As @JeffreyCarney has pointed out, this is a matter of usage.

You normally step in/into a place or an area (or step on/onto it if it's sort of a raised platform or something not too big like someone's toe).

It doesn't have to be an enclosed space. You can draw a circle on the ground and step into it, for instance.

Here are some examples from different dictionaries:

She opened the door and stepped out into the sunshine. (Oxford)
I stepped onto the platform and started to speak. (Macmillan)

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