Galley kitchens are long and narrow with limited space on both sides. Get the best out of this layout with these clever planning tips.

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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. Two-tone cabinetry

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Mix complementary colours on kitchen units to create interest in a narrow galley. Keep walls and floors light and bright to offset darker shades.

2. Consider flooring

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Lay flooring widthways rather than lengthways to make long, narrow spaces feel wider. Flooring laid diagonally, such as herringbone or chevron designs, also helps create the illusion of space.

3. Open shelving

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Avoid creating a corridor-effect by cramming in too many wall units. Break up long expanses of cabinets by installing a run of open shelving or hanging racks on one sidde.

4. Sleek design

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Keep the look sleek and streamlined by opting for handeless units pale coloured doors and surfaces, glossy finishes and integrated appliances.

5. Sort out seating

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Don't rule out having a seating area in a galley kitchen. Often there's space for a compact breakfast bar or small table at the end of a run of units.

   

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