Galley Kitchen Designs

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

Galley Kitchen

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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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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