Galley Kitchen Designs

Improve freedom and traffic flow in your galley kitchen with these design ideas.

Galley Kitchen

Galley Kitchen

Wooden cabinets warm up this galley-style space and provide additional storage. Cheerful green accessories add character and connect the kitchen to the adjacent dining space.

By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

The traditional galley kitchen may be narrow, but that doesn't mean the style options are slim. From cabinetry that reaches the ceiling to bright overhead lighting, a galley style kitchen can be designed as a functional and beautiful space.

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Sleek, Modern Layout

A galley kitchen's layout is characterized by two parallel countertops with a walkway in between them. In this design by Andreas Charalambous, the dining area is on one end of the kitchen and the entryway is on the other.

All Within Reach

In a galley kitchen, the sink is typically on one side and the range is on the other. Design by Gail Drury.

Photo By: Designer, Gail Drury

Modern Mix

This sleek, modern kitchen combines navy walls, marble countertops and ebony-stained hardwood floors with stainless steel accents. Design by Erica Islas.

Photo By: Designer, Erica Islas

Small Space Kitchen

Limestone flooring, rich cherry cabinets and granite counters maximize the wow factor in a small space. Design by Christopher J. Grubb. Photo by Scott Mayoral.

Photo By: Designer, Christopher J. Grubb

Perfect for Outdoor Entertaining

This simple galley kitchen opens up to the home’s backyard area, making it easy to cook and serve food outdoors. The layout also lets in plenty of natural light.

Have a Seat

Opening up one wall in a galley kitchen makes room for a bar-height counter that lets guests in on the cooking action. Design by Nicole Sassaman.

Photo By: Designer, Nicole Sassaman

Kitchen Artwork

This homeowner removed some of the upper cabinets to make room for artwork, extending the art gallery feel of the living room inside the kitchen itself. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Photo By: Designer, Andreas Charalambous

Fit for a Chef

This state-of-the-art galley kitchen features Poliform cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and a back-painted glass backsplash that reflects the mood of the homeowner in the changeable LED light that shines on it. Design by Andreas Charalambous.

Photo By: Designer, Andreas Charalambous

Dashes of Color

This galley kitchen combines red and black colors with stainless steel finishes for a bold statement.

Kitchen Storage

When designing a galley kitchen, make sure you have enough aisle space and storage.

A galley kitchen's layout is characterized by two parallel countertops that incorporate a walking area in between. Because the space can appear small, it is important to choose light colors to make the kitchen feel open and airy. Stainless steel or white countertops, glass-front cabinets, and colorful backsplashes are all key to making a galley kitchen design appear larger.

Of course, that doesn't mean that all dark accents are off limits. For example, if you choose dark cabinets, then just be sure to offset the color with a light countertop, neutral wall color and adequate overhead lighting. Dark hardwood floors can be paired with white cabinets and a stainless steel countertop surface.

The average galley kitchen design will place the sink on one side of the kitchen and the range on the other. This allows for easy back-and-forth during food preparation. Some galley kitchens have been remodeled to remove a wall and create a bar area with seating on one side of the kitchen. This is an interesting option for homeowners who enjoy casual entertaining.

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