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.
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.
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.
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.