Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

In an ideal world, kitchens would stay clean, be open plan and perfectly functional for our modern lives. In reality, not all of us get to design our dream kitchens. Not yet, that is. Whether you’re renting or owning your place, there may be certain things you cannot change about the layout of your home and galley kitchens may just be one of those sticky things. We are still renting, while hubby’s job takes us on a grand tour of these beautiful States, so we’ve been there a couple of times ourselves. We enjoy every minute of it but until life gets more stable, home ownership doesn’t make sense for us. With that said, we had to make do with  the occasional eyesore, kitchens that were tight, dated and unfunctional, which made me do my research about tricks that can make galley kitchens bearable, even beautiful.

Paint, paint, paint! Repainting cabinets in lighter colors (whites, grays and creams) is a great way to open up the space. One of the biggest problems of galley kitchens, aside from lacking enough room, is how dark they feel. Paint can fix some of that.

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

 Lauren Liess Interiors

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

Collins Design & Development

Using open shelving or glass door upper cabinets is another great way to trick the eye into thinking your kitchen is more spacious than it truly is.

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

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I absolutely love this tiny butler’s pantry from Frances Schultz’s Bee Cottage (I wrote more about the Bee Cottage here). A perfect example of how a small kitchen can look super beautiful.

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

Frances Schultz’s Bee Cottage-Butler Pantry

Built-in seating, whenever possible, can take away the need of chairs if you have a kitchen breakfast nook. Bellow, one of my favorite galley kitchen designs by Jenny Wolf Interiors. I love it so because it can work perfectly in small city apartments, yet feels uncluttered.The supple pedestal table leaves plenty of leg room and keeps the space visually open.

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Jenny Wolf Interiors

Using open shelving or glass door upper cabinets is another great way to trick the eye into thinking your kitchen is grander than it truly is.

Collins Design & Development

Once cabinets are painted in a light palette, a statement runner and / or flooring can cheer up your galley kitchen, adding interest in a neutral backdrop.

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

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Finally, embrace your kitchen’s quirks and plan the most functional layout you can think of. Choose your sink and appliances carefully, based on size, quality and finish. Stainless steel is a good choice for its highly reflective qualities, t’s like placing a mirror in a tight space. Works like a charm.

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

Frances Schultz’s Bee Cottage- Before

Café Design | Galley Kitchen Survival Guide

Frances Schultz’s Bee Cottage- After

There are lots of other things that can help galley kitchens function better, but these are some of my favorite solutions. Some of them don’t work unless you’re a homeowner or have a very permissive landlord, but hopefully you’ll find a thing or two that can suit you and your kitchen. See you tomorrow!

xo,

Eva

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2 Comments

  1. Corina
    May 10, 2016 / 7:29 am

    very nice…i should arrange my kitchen like this.:)

    • Eva Contreras
      May 10, 2016 / 6:18 pm

      thanks, Corina! I’m glad you feel inspired 🙂

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