5 simple steps to make a galley kitchen look bigger
Galley kitchens are long and narrow with limited space on both sides. Get the best out of this layout with these clever planning tips and ideas
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Planning a kitchen can be a stressful process, especially if you’re limited by a particular layout such as a galley style kitchen. Keep reading and find out how to give the illusion of space and make this design look lots bigger.
1. Go streamline
A savvy way to make a galley feel bigger is to deliberately reduce the depth of one of the cupboard runs. Fitting standard 600mm base cabinets down one side to house traditional appliances, then narrower 300mm-depth units on the other, helps to maximise storage space without making the room feel too cluttered.
2. Dine in
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Galley layouts don’t naturally lend themselves to being social spaces, but it’s often possible to tuck a compact breakfast bar or table at the end of one run. Look for wall-mounted, drop-down or narrow designs perfect for informal meals or homeworking. Keeping traffic flow to a minimum in a galley kitchen is vital too, so position your fridge-freezer away from the main entrance to avoid too many people congregating.
3. Let light in
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Reflective materials such as lacquered doors and aluminium or mirrored splashbacks are useful for making narrow kitchens feel wider. Placed opposite windows they’ll also help bounce light around the room.
4. Aim high
When you’re tight on space, it makes sense to run cabinetry all the way to the ceiling. To keep things bright and airy, opt for glazed units that can help reflect the light, teamed with pale coloured cabinets to create a barely-there look.
5. Add open shelving and accessories
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Swap wall-to-wall units, which can feel oppressive in a galley kitchen, for some on-trend open shelving instead. Not only will it provide some much-needed visual breathing space, it’s also a great way to add character and personality to your kitchen with pictures, plants and accessories.