Pantry kitchen ideas that prove you can make this cozy layout work for you

The open-concept floor plan has had a good long reign, but thanks to COVID, it’s no longer the default option when it comes to the home. Now many designers (and their clients) prefer more enclosed spaces and enjoy the privacy of such designs. A great example of this type of room? The galley, a long, narrow room style that’s often gotten a bad rap, but now fits squarely into today’s trend toward cozier floor plans.

Yes acc house beautiful, The word “galley” refers to “galleys on ships, airplanes and trains where the elongated spaces require hall-like layouts”. But don’t let that discourage you from avoiding this type of plan—or be afraid to embrace the plan you already have. With a few expert tricks, you can make a galley kitchen not only work in your home, but also thrive as a cooking area that you and your life partners enjoy using.

Not only can galley kitchens be a more affordable option, but they also make it easier to access all the important parts of your kitchen with minimal movement. Even if the corridor layout has some disadvantages, the upcoming ideas will give you a lot of inspiration for maximizing this type of space. Who knows? With these genius plans, you might become a remodeled galley kitchen forever.

Add some shine

Courtesy of Maggie Griffin, Founder and Principal Designer at Maggie Griffin Design / Brian Bieder Photography

Unfortunately, the self-contained nature of galley kitchens sometimes makes them appear dark and claustrophobic. However, a reflective color like in this glossy white kitchen by Maggie Griffin Design can make the room feel infinitely brighter and more spacious.

Embrace coziness

Courtesy of Georgia Zikas Design / Jane Beiles Photography

Galley kitchens have a naturally cozy feel, so why not embrace that vibe? Georgia Zika’s design did just that in this dark brown space, adding a cozy kitchen corner at the end. It gives the area a welcoming vibe and also adds a touch of vibrancy thanks to its light blue cushions and white furniture.

Stick to light colors

Courtesy of HMS Interiors

This airy galley kitchen by HMS Interiors is proof that all white is a surefire way to keep the sense of space open. And thanks to details such as pendant lights and a contrasting extractor hood, it’s anything but boring.

Brighten up the top

Courtesy of Jaclyn Genovese

Not in an all-white kitchen? Jaclyn Genovese’s two-tone cabinets are the perfect solution. White on top opens up the space, while wood on the bottom grounds it and gives it a warmer feel.

Opt for open shelves

Courtesy of Scheer & Co

Upper cabinets can be visually heavy, so Scheer & Co solved this problem by skipping them altogether and opting for open shelving instead. The glossy white ceiling doesn’t hurt either.

Open a page

Courtesy of Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop / Photo by Chad Mellon

If you can’t stand a kitchen that’s completely enclosed on both sides, take notes from Lindye Galloway Studio + Shop and open things up over a counter. It’s an especially good idea if there’s a window nearby to add some much-needed light.

Integrate a centerpiece

Courtesy of M. Lavender Interiors / Photo by Janet Mesic Mackie

Pantry kitchens often don’t really have a centerpiece as they end up opening onto another room or space. The design by M. Lavender Interiors changes that, making the beautiful white stove the focal point of the room. It makes even more impact as it stands out so brightly against the wooden cabinets around it.

Use the vertical space

Courtesy of Brad Ramsey Interiors / Photo by Paige Rumore Photography

For small galley kitchens, space can be a serious issue. However, Brad Ramsey Interiors found a solution – the company took advantage of the room’s high ceilings by incorporating closets that reach almost to the ceiling. You might need a ladder to reach it, but at least all your stuff is stowed away!

Contrast your shades

Courtesy of Pulp Design Studios

When everything is monotonous in a galley kitchen, it can give the feeling of a dark, boring corridor. So add contrast where you can. In this kitchen by Pulp Design Studios, white and blue cabinets and white and wooden countertops help add interest to the space.

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