15 Galley Kitchen Design Ideas You Can Try Now

Paul S. Bartholomew

Characterized by two parallel counters with an aisle in between, the galley kitchen can get a bad rap. This is mainly due to its narrowness – the layout of the galley is pretty much always reserved for small spaces and can even be carved out of an actual one

Hallway – but we promise you can make one incredibly functional and efficient. The first thing is to change your mindset: with all your kitchen appliances and storage space within easy reach, there’s a reason galley kitchens are so popular. (You don’t have to run around the island to get to the ladder to get down from the mixer!) Also, these layouts almost always fit the standard sizes of appliances, making them easy to renovate and redecorate. Get inspired ahead of time with 15 Pantry Kitchens from Designer Portfolios We Love and jot down your favorite galley kitchen design ideas to try in your own home.

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Be bold with color and wallpaper

Add personality to a small galley kitchen by choosing a fun, unexpected color for your cabinets (designer Anna Spiro went with coral and lime green here) and use a fun wallpaper over the backsplash. Neither paint nor wallpaper take up space, but provide a lot of fun. Spiro chose a marble countertop and backsplash material to dress it up.


Build in proportional furniture

Nanette Brown extended the backsplash on each wall for a jewelry box effect in this Manhattan galley kitchen. Because the space is so narrow, she opted for a narrower dining table and bench that doesn’t get in the way when not in use.


Add shelves to the back wall

In this kitchen designed by Tamsin Johnson, the polished concrete materials, architectural lighting and avant-garde artworks highlight the small space. Floating shelves on the back wall allow for a display moment and also utilize all possible vertical space.


Mix metals and add plants and points of sale

This galley kitchen designed by Corinne Mathern brings us to two great ideas. First, adding a little touch of green livens up any space, no matter how small. Secondly, when renovating a kitchen, don’t forget to think of the essentials, e.g. B. to the position of the outlet. Covered by a handsome bronze switch plate that speaks to the mixed metals in the six fittings and conveniently tucked away in a countertop corner, this is a great example to follow.


Install Smart Task Lighting

Zellige tiles glitter in this small galley kitchen designed by Shapeless Studio. A common complaint about the galley layout is the lack of working lights, but here’s a workaround! Install task lights under your cabinets to brighten up your prep area.


Soften the space with fabric

We love the vintage scullery look here from deVOL Kitchens, and it’s full of smart design tricks too. First, if you’re worried that so many closed closets will look bulky but you still want to hide unsightly things, try installing a rod and hanging a curtain over your closets. the fabric leaves a softer impression. And second, experiment with interesting combinations of paint colors and hardware!


Choose an eye-catching hood and range

A metal hood and bold blue range add some personality to this space while everything else stays simple and traditional to create a beautiful balance in this kitchen designed by Cameron Ruppert Interiors.


Throw a runner down the hall

Ferrarini Co. decided to focus on incorporating really nice touches—lighting, hardware, shelving, and materials—to make this pantry pop. The design team doubled down on stylish choices, such as cabinets in Farrow & Ball Off Black, taking into account the smaller space requirements. Paired with white walls, the dark color doesn’t swallow all the light. Even in a pantry kitchen, a runner always ensures cosiness.


Avoid blocking light with cabinets

In this modern farmhouse galley kitchen designed by Andrew Flesher, there are several surprising choices that work really well (what do they say about a high risk? The lower cabinets are actually drawers and thanks to a high gloss white finish, they reflect all the natural light (with an IKEA -Hack could achieve something similar.) And instead of lining the wall with cabinets, he decided to keep the windows, which give the tiny space an ethereal glow.


Replace a wall with a rolling counter

To free up counter space, the designer adapted a sliding bar door to this small galley kitchen. If you need to get in and out, you can easily roll it out of the way, but it also helps separate the kitchen from the living area.


Swap out a solid door for glass alternatives

In this kitchen by Balsamo Antiques and Interior Design, tall glass interior doors create the illusion of a much larger space, and the black lacquer color is evidence of embracing darker, cozier spaces rather than forcing them to look big and bright with all-white interiors. Though modern in many ways, the open shelving showcases antiques from the resident’s travels for a timeless look.


Create a partial separation with glass partitions

Crosby Studios used glass interiors to frame a tiny breakfast nook next to a galley kitchen. It makes the eat-in kitchen appear a bit larger and more distinct as it separates the cooking and dining areas – but the transparent arch allows the two spaces to share the light.


Alternative cabinet types

In this kitchen designed by Shawn Henderson, the white brick backsplash creates a more modern, fresh vibe in contrast to the industrial and darker presence of unfinished brick. The combination of enclosed and exposed top storage keeps the small space from feeling claustrophobic.

Designer Heather Hilliard has colored this galley kitchen with butter cream walls and turquoise blue upholstery on the cushions and curtain rail. If you don’t need extra counter space, consider carving a breakfast nook in the back corner under the window. (Bonus: company for the chef!)


Add extra counter space with a side table

One of the biggest downsides to a pantry is that you typically won’t fit in an island. But in this kitchen, a small freestanding worktable is positioned at the end of the hallway for a little extra worktop space. Pull up a stool to double as a casual dining bar.

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