8 Amazing Galley Kitchens—and How to Make the Most of Yours
Galley kitchens are not usually at the top of the design wish list. Typically on the smaller side, they can be dark and often have limited counter space. The words “dream kitchen” don’t always come to mind. But just because these kitchens are on the petite side doesn’t mean they can’t also be beautiful. With the right materials, thoughtful design choices, and commitment to keeping clutter at bay, you, too, can have a lovely galley kitchen. Read on for our favorite examples and our tips for making the most of yours!
There are many ways to make a room feel larger, but sometimes embracing your small space can work to stunning effect. Consider this statement-making galley kitchen in Stockholm. The chic, minimal space’s high-contrast black-and-white color story distracts the eye from the size of the room, instead drawing it to the textures, finishes, and accessories.
In most galley kitchens, there is no room to sit and have a meal. And in many apartments, eat-in kitchens are the only place in the house to dine. But these truths don’t always mean you can’t have your cake and eat in your kitchen too. This Notting Hill number demonstrates that by simply pushing your table against the wall when it’s not in use, you can have space for that fabulous dinner party you’ve been dreaming of. And because the table also doubles as a work surface, it isn’t sacrificing precious counter space in favor of seating.
Instead of a bulky cabinet, opt for floating shelves and proudly display your thoughtfully collected wares. This will open up the walls and make the narrow kitchen feel airier and, thus, larger. If you’re worried about dust, consider glass-front doors, or a combination of cabinets and open shelves, as in this stunning Brooklyn space.
If you’re considering redoing your galley kitchen, think about choosing modern, streamlined cabinetry for an uncluttered look. In this contemporary kitchen, the sleek wood paneling and elimination of knobs give the room a streamlined feel that makes it seem roomier and more upmarket.
Adding a runner to your galley kitchen will make the space feel larger by drawing the eye through the room. It’s also a great way to add color, pattern, and texture to an often cold, sterile area. A beautiful rug will also add a gorgeous focal point that will distract from the room’s size.
White rooms feel inherently airier and more open. And while dark paint sometimes makes a space seem larger, a moody hue in the kitchen can make it feel a tad claustrophobic. By using white for the walls, cabinets, and floors while adding a dose of thoughtful black accents in the windows, floor detail, and countertops, this kitchen is crisp, fresh, and refined. So much so that it almost doesn’t even look like a galley.
If your kitchen flows directly into another room such as the dining area, use symmetry to give the illusion that your galley kitchen is larger. This can be achieved by lining your dining table and chairs up with the center of the doorway that separates the kitchen from the next room. In this refined kitchen, the kitchen leads directly into the dining space, which is anchored by a window at the far end of the room. The line of sight from the kitchen to the bright room and the window beyond makes both rooms feel like one integrated space.
If you’re lucky enough to have an abundance of natural light in your galley kitchen, take full advantage by forgoing mounted cabinetry and sticking to under-counter storage. This way you’ll always focus on the view outside rather than your kitchen’s petite dimensions.