7 Tips for Making the Most of a Galley Kitchen

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Galley kitchens can sometimes get a bad rap, but these little beauties are overflowing with pros when you really think about it—enhanced efficiency when cooking, ample storage, and still plenty of counter space. Although, it can be a bit of challenge to see that potential when designing or re-designing one! Janine and Karina of KJ Design Collective are joining us today with their expertise on how to make the most of this kitchen layout, along with a gem that they redesigned for proof.

1. Roll out a beautiful runner down the middle of the kitchen. This not only anchors the space, but it also creates the illusion of a longer and wider space.

2. Lighting is key! Keep the ceilings free and clear of hanging light fixtures. Hang your decorative lighting/wall sconces above windows instead. Well-placed lighting will soften the kitchen’s overall look and create the impression of more space.

3. Bring in the drama by adding a marble or quartz waterfall edge along the sides of the counters. This will give the space a beautiful, and unexpected feature.

4. No matter your square footage, a bright white kitchen is always a good idea. Go with a classic and timeless color that will never get old! We are lovers of white paint, and it can really make a difference in a galley kitchen like this one. The white paint creates a light and airy feel to make the space feel larger than it is.

5. When considering a galley layout, homeowners want to avoid a “corridor” effect, in which the kitchen feels small and enclosed. In this kitchen, the end of the galley has a door that leads to the garage. We did not want the door to look misplaced and stick out like a sore thumb. By painting the door, the same colors as the walls, and cabinets the door almost looks like it is part of the wall.

6. Break up the materials in the space and add warmth by bringing in light wood flooring. In this kitchen, we opted for a light gray/brown LVT that complimented the light gray glass subway tiled backsplash. We also used matte black hardware and fixtures sprinkled throughout to really pop against the cabinets.

7. Be extremely diligent and mindful of the placement of appliances. In a galley kitchen, you’re always working with a small footprint, and every square inch counts! The smart placement of the wall oven/microwave combo allows for food prep, dishwashing, and cooking to happen simultaneously.

Love what you see? Take a peek at the talent behind the story… Interior Design: KJ Design Collective · Photography: Vanessa Diaz

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