'Galley kitchen' refers to a kitchen design that stretches along two parallel units forming a small corridor. The space-efficiency of this layout is praised by (hobby) chefs and owners of small kitchens. Often times, galley kitchens are found in the floor plans of older houses when the kitchen was a separate room to the dining and living area. Nowadays, you can do exciting things by combining the galley style with an open space or adding a kitchen island. Looking for the newest galley kitchen ideas? Browse our gallery with thousands of inspiring images to find the right layout for your kitchen makeover.
How do you plan a galley kitchen layout?
So how do you plan such a space? A concern that often comes up is how the lighting for galley kitchens. To bright up a long and narrow space can be a challenge, especially if there’s no or only a small window on one side. You also want to maximise space and make the room feel expansive rather than cramped. A good idea is to use open shelves to lighten things up. Add black and white colour schemes to keep things simple without too much sensory overload.
Modern galley kitchen designs turn open plan
These days though, galley kitchens are often modernised and turned into open plan spaces if at all possible. To achieve an open plan layout, one wall comes down and turns into a kitchen island instead. So when referring to a galley kitchen layout, this can also mean a kitchen along one wall and an island parallel to it, opening up to a bigger living and/or dining space. If there isn’t a dining space, the island can also double-up as a breakfast bar or extend to a table - all you need to add then is seating!
How to organise a galley style kitchen
If you’re lucky, you have space for a separate butler’s pantry. If you don’t, and open shelving doesn’t offer enough space, a kitchen island can be the perfect storage solution and incorporate a wine rack, cabinets and open shelves to accommodate cook books, dishes and more.
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