Galley kitchens are known for their long, narrow layout similar to the compartment of a ship; hence their name. These kitchens can be considered small, but actually have a very efficient flow for cooking. Everything is within a step or two of everything else which supports a better workflow. Also, though they are typically smaller kitchens, the set-up allows for a lot of storage space when designed correctly. It’s all about storing upward in these kitchens. There are some amazing galley kitchens out there, so I’ve gathered 10 of the most inspiring from which to get some ideas for making the most of the space.
1 Horizontal bead board on the ceiling gives the illusion of this space being wider and adds a touch of cottage flair. The angled corner of the countertop offers a small eat-in area for dining not often found in a galley kitchen.
2 To really maximize the space in a small kitchen, adding extensions to the top of upper cabinets can provide a lot of extra storage. Big pendant lights draw your eyes upward and unite the long space.
3 Here’s a cool idea: hang some baskets from a rod for additional storage for things such as fruits and vegetables.
Photographer: Trevor Tondro
4 Dark floors create a great visual dichotomy with the stark white cabinets. The black doors continue that cut up the center for a stunning effect.
Designer: Madeline Stuart
5 A vaulted ceiling with a rustic wood accent helps make this narrow space seem larger, as do the sky lights.
Cottages & Gardens
Photographer: Jason Penney
6 For a wider galley kitchen, a long and narrow island can fit in the center to provide an extra surface for food preparation or serving.
7 Warm up the floor with a nice rug. It can also bring in some extra color, pattern and texture to add dimension to the space.
8 If your galley kitchen leads to another room, try to create balance in that other space so when you look down the path everything is symmetrical.
Style At Home
Designer: Elle Jungkind
9 A soft green on the cabinets infuses some character into this galley kitchen. The creamy walls make the space feel very relaxing and open.
Photographer: Laurey W. Glenn
Styling: Matthew Gleason
10 The ceiling can play as much a role in the character of a space as the walls, floors or cabinets. Polka dots are charming in this space full of personality.
Which of these galley kitchens is your favorite?