Steps to Create The Best Galley Kitchen Design

Jan 1st

Galley kitchen design helps you to maximize your limited space. However, because of its narrow and long design, it is sometimes very difficult to arrange. Like all kitchens, the layout of the Kitchen Work Triangle (refrigerator, stove, and sink) is key to creating a well-designed and useful space.  When properly laid out, the galley style kitchen can actually function better than an open style because cabinetry space is being better utilized. This is what you should know about having a great galley kitchen.

Red Idea in Galley Kitchen Design
Red Idea in Galley Kitchen Design

Good Lighting – Through natural light or proper artificial lighting, creating a bright and airy space is important for a galley kitchen to feel as large and open as possible. The most ideal layout would be to incorporate a window in the center of the kitchen above the sink.  If that’s not possible, a window at one end perhaps near the seating area will still visually create a larger environment. If a window is totally “out of the question”, then it’s key to install lighting that is cleverly placed to illuminate the cabinets, work surface(s), and floor.  Decorative fixtures will add intrigue and style to the space, but hi-hats on the ceiling and task lighting under the cabinets are most important for creating a bright galley kitchen that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

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Use Light Colors – When designing a galley style kitchen where the space is narrow, it’s best to use white or light colored cabinets.  Accents of color can be introduced, but because the cabinetry usually takes up 80-95% of the wall surface, your space will feel largest when it’s lighter in color.

Add Accents – Since the main color of a galley kitchen space would be best in white or light colors, adding accents of color, pattern, and/or texture, are great ways to add in touches of your personal taste and style.  By using a bold rug, contrasting wallpaper, or an exciting light fixture, a small space still can be functional, yet interesting.

Incorporate Smart Storage Solutions – Because of the limited space in a galley kitchen design, unique storage solutions are needed to create a functioning hub of the home.  A kitchen of this style will need extra thought during the planning stages, but will be well worth it when being used.  To start off, make a list of your must-have necessities and a separate list for your wants/desires.  This will help figure out the layout and how your kitchen can run most efficiently.

Create a Functioning Layout – All kitchens should be designed with the Kitchen Work Triangle in mind, but the galley kitchen especially because of the narrow corridor-like width.  It’s key to have the larger appliances staggered when on opposite sides, as well as creating large amounts of work space for food preparation.

Galley kitchen design should be able to maximize minimal space through adding creative storage and design techniques to help the room reach its full potential.

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