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5 Popular Galley Kitchen Design Techniques

by Shannon Dauphin

The term "galley kitchen" originally referred to the small kitchen area on a boat or submarine where efficient use of space was of critical importance. Similarly today, galley kitchens in homes and apartments are rooms with minimal space where creative storage and design techniques help the room reach its full potential.

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Galley kitchens may be small, but they can have enormous charm. Some unique design techniques showcase great use of a tiny space:

  1. Cozy Eat-in Kitchen. A small table or wicker set at the end of a long kitchen makes the space warm and inviting. Bottom cabinets, perhaps with a cushioned bench on top, offers balance to a wide bank of windows.
  2. Color Tricks. The strategic use of color in a galley kitchen creates amazing effects. Lighter colors at the top of the kitchen help make a narrow space feel wider, while an all-white kitchen reflects light from the windows, also making the space seem larger.
  3. Sliding Glass Doors. Galley kitchens are often found in older homes, where the kitchen was built as a separate room with its own door. Sliding glass doors keep that feeling of privacy but also let in ample light.
  4. Open Shelves. Long, open shelves display collectibles and offer easy access to items. Curtains make an inexpensive alternative to cabinet doors.
  5. Skylight Highlights. A dark galley kitchen finds new life with the installation of skylights. Simple lines and a light color scheme open the space even more.

Choosing a Galley Kitchen Design

The galley kitchen design you choose should reflect your personality. Whether you prefer cozy, colorful walls, or a light, bright workspace, your galley kitchen's most important features should be that it fits your style and makes you feel comfortable.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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