11 Galley Kitchen Design Ideas

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from: http://www.channel4.com/ Rent to Own.ph: Galley kitchens are great, not just in ships or boats, but also in small spaces. A little creativity goes a long way in making your small galley kitchen a pleasurable work space!

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Give Shape To An Open Plan Space   An open plan room needn't stay strictly open plan if you divide it with a long island unit. It will help define the kitchen space from the dining space and give the room focus.

Give Shape To An Open Plan Space An open plan room needn't stay strictly open plan if you divide it with a long island unit. It will help define the kitchen space from the dining space and give the room focus.

Give Yourself A View   The narrowest end of a galley kitchen tends to suffer in aesthetic terms.  Why not create a view that's nice to look at? If the room lacks light and is really tight, a large mirror will work wonders, otherwise a striking collection of pictures will work, too.

Give Yourself A View The narrowest end of a galley kitchen tends to suffer in aesthetic terms. Why not create a view that's nice to look at? If the room lacks light and is really tight, a large mirror will work wonders, otherwise a striking collection of pictures will work, too.

You Can (Almost) Never Spend Too Much   Choosing worktops and accessories such as appliances and taps for your galley kitchen? Our advice is to spend out on these because in a small, narrow kitchen, they will be all the more obvious and on-show. If you can't afford to spend out, look for classic, simple pieces at stores such as Ikea, but never, ever skimp on your work surfaces - the more you can spend on them, the better quality and the better looking they will be.

You Can (Almost) Never Spend Too Much Choosing worktops and accessories such as appliances and taps for your galley kitchen? Our advice is to spend out on these because in a small, narrow kitchen, they will be all the more obvious and on-show. If you can't afford to spend out, look for classic, simple pieces at stores such as Ikea, but never, ever skimp on your work surfaces - the more you can spend on them, the better quality and the better looking they will be.

Coordinate, Coordinate, Coordinate   There's no denying it, a coordinated look, where units are matched with trims in blinds, where the wall colour echoes the flooring, and where accessories are subtly similar, will always make a small kitchen feel more streamlined, and as a result, much larger.

Coordinate, Coordinate, Coordinate There's no denying it, a coordinated look, where units are matched with trims in blinds, where the wall colour echoes the flooring, and where accessories are subtly similar, will always make a small kitchen feel more streamlined, and as a result, much larger.

Keep The Scheme Simple   Technically the smallest, trickiest of layouts, this kitchen benefits massively from a simple approach to decor. That includes the choice of units, which needn't be white, but should err on the paler side of the spectrum. It also encompasses floors and walls, as well as lighting. Good lighting will make a room feel larger, as will light walls and pale or at least monotone flooring. Clever tricks include laying floor tiles diagonally, hence visually widening the room.

Keep The Scheme Simple Technically the smallest, trickiest of layouts, this kitchen benefits massively from a simple approach to decor. That includes the choice of units, which needn't be white, but should err on the paler side of the spectrum. It also encompasses floors and walls, as well as lighting. Good lighting will make a room feel larger, as will light walls and pale or at least monotone flooring. Clever tricks include laying floor tiles diagonally, hence visually widening the room.

Work In A Dining Area   If we're talking galley kitchens, we're probably talking about a property with modest proportions over all - and that means no dining room. So, you'll ideally want to work a dining space into your kitchen.

Work In A Dining Area If we're talking galley kitchens, we're probably talking about a property with modest proportions over all - and that means no dining room. So, you'll ideally want to work a dining space into your kitchen.

Create A View   A good way to make a galley kitchen seem larger is to put a view at one end - whether a window or door or, failing that, a large picture. Doing so will help visually lengthen the room.

Create A View A good way to make a galley kitchen seem larger is to put a view at one end - whether a window or door or, failing that, a large picture. Doing so will help visually lengthen the room.

Add Colour   A small, narrow space can lack personality, so add some by picking units in a bright colour. The darker the units, the narrower the space will feel, so choose a lighter colour for a very tiny space.

Add Colour A small, narrow space can lack personality, so add some by picking units in a bright colour. The darker the units, the narrower the space will feel, so choose a lighter colour for a very tiny space.

Add Colour   A small, narrow space can lack personality, so add some by picking units in a bright colour. The darker the units, the narrower the space will feel, so choose a lighter colour for a very tiny space.

Add Colour A small, narrow space can lack personality, so add some by picking units in a bright colour. The darker the units, the narrower the space will feel, so choose a lighter colour for a very tiny space.

Choose Glossy Units   Glossy units will create reflections that make a narrow space seem wider than it is. Choose lighter colours to heighten the effect in a dark, north-facing space.

Choose Glossy Units Glossy units will create reflections that make a narrow space seem wider than it is. Choose lighter colours to heighten the effect in a dark, north-facing space.

Light It Well   A narrow space needs to be well lit to make it feel bigger and wider. This kitchen is the ideal, but not everyone will have the opportunity to create a glazed ceiling - instead, look at planning a lighting scheme that makes the most of ceiling and wall lights.

Light It Well A narrow space needs to be well lit to make it feel bigger and wider. This kitchen is the ideal, but not everyone will have the opportunity to create a glazed ceiling - instead, look at planning a lighting scheme that makes the most of ceiling and wall lights.