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This ‘Sweden Syndrome’ kitchen by Plasterlina is situated in a room with an adjacent living area. A run of tall cabinets faces a parallel run of lower cabinets to create its galley shape. Corian worktops, timber veneer surrounds and wooden flooring complement its matt grey, handleless design. Though enclosed, the connection between the preparation station and living area makes this the perfect space for entertaining; as the chef can interact with guests while benefiting from a separate place to cook and prepare food. Price on request. plasterlina.pl

With two parallel counters running across opposite walls, these ‘corridor-effect’ kitchens are the perfect streamline additions to the home. They’re long, narrow, and anything but boring…

When space is in short supply, a galley kitchen excels…

This Artika kitchen, designed by Nicola Bellot for Pedini London, uses white high gloss lacquer cabinets to create an interesting, contemporary design despite its basement location and compact corridor style. Concave and convex curves create a vivacious visual impact, which is perfectly complemented by the bespoke artwork on the pantry doors, painted by artist Jason Warren. Kitchen from £40,000. pedinilondon.co.uk

This Artika kitchen, designed by Nicola Bellot for Pedini London, uses white high gloss lacquer cabinets to create an interesting, contemporary design despite its basement location and compact corridor style. Concave and convex curves create a vivacious visual impact, which is perfectly complemented by the bespoke artwork on the pantry doors, painted by artist Jason Warren. Kitchen from £40,000. pedinilondon.co.uk

Hold fire! Before you take a sledgehammer to your walls and lose your existing dining or living room to make way for a larger kitchen, reconsider a galley – you may be pleasantly surprised by their style and blown away by their function.

Consisting of two parallel-facing counters, these clever kitchens provide you with your necessary storage and workspace in a sleek, streamlined and practical layout.

Leicht’s Largo-FG and Avance-FG units come together to create this Frosty white handleless galley kitchen. From £15,000. leicht.com

Leicht’s Largo-FG and Avance-FG units come together to create this Frosty white handleless galley kitchen. From £15,000. leicht.com

In today’s home, where the kitchen is no longer purely a place of function, you’d be forgiven if you’ve written them off as out-dated and impractical to modern life. But the galley kitchen is full of endless possibilities. The single-corridor style may be compact, but it is neat, highly organised and reduces the amount of time it takes to interact with appliances and products.

These kitchens maximise the area that you have available. With cabinets that can stretch from the floor to the ceiling, there is little wasted space. Their design is highly ergonomic too, as everything is close at hand, requiring as little movement as possible. Galley kitchens also champion the working triangle, creating a practical flow between your sink and preparation area, your food storage, and the cooking zone.

Full-height cabinets optimise the storage space, with a ladder and rail system providing access to the highest units. A Wolf DF486G dual fuel range cooker with two ovens acts as a stunning focal point, while its steel façade brings another texture into the room. Range cooker from £15,900.subzero-wolf.co.uk

Full-height cabinets optimise the storage space, with a ladder and rail system providing access to the highest units. A Wolf DF486G dual fuel range cooker with two ovens acts as a stunning focal point, while its steel façade brings another texture into the room. Range cooker from £15,900. subzero-wolf.co.uk

Bespoke Petrol blue cabinets, industrial-style windows, captivating marble worktops and Herringbone-style timber flooring come together to create this strikingly unique galley kitchen. A windowed wall ensures the corridor design has an open and spacious aesthetic, while offering the owner the option to close the kitchen away during formal entertaining. Price on request. joelkelly.com

Bespoke Petrol blue cabinets, industrial-style windows, captivating marble worktops and Herringbone-style timber flooring come together to create this strikingly unique galley kitchen. A windowed wall ensures the corridor design has an open and spacious aesthetic, while offering the owner the option to close the kitchen away during formal entertaining. Price on request. joelkelly.com

Galley kitchens aren’t without their limitations. Congestion can be problematic in these layouts. To overcome this, where possible, consider an entrance and exit at both ends of your ‘corridor’. Place your fridge freezer by an entrance to avoid additional traffic and opt for sliding or retractable cabinet doors that don’t protrude into your working space. For your wall-hung cabinets, doors that lift open will provide access to your cabinet interiors without the risk of accidental knocks.

Light tones and pastel hues shine in these designs, while darker colours tend to make the smaller spaces feel even more cramped. Glass-fronted cabinets, open-storage and lots of light will create the illusion of increased space. Opt for built-in, integrated appliances to create a seamless look to give the impression of space, and install appliances that are to scale with your kitchen.

The ‘Trim’ kitchen from Dada is the ideal contemporary accompaniment to a narrow corridor-style space. The minimal yet highly functional design was inspired by smaller kitchens, which typically present a restriction on storage and workspace. The kitchen is shown here with LL01 white gloss lacquered doors, and a thick Carrara marble worktop. The back panels, which allow the user to store integral glassware and utensils, can be easily concealed by sliding glass doors, allowing for mess or clutter to be quickly hidden from sight. Price on request. dada-kitchens.com

The ‘Trim’ kitchen from Dada is the ideal contemporary accompaniment to a narrow corridor-style space. The minimal yet highly functional design was inspired by smaller kitchens, which typically present a restriction on storage and workspace. The kitchen is shown here with LL01 white gloss lacquered doors, and a thick Carrara marble worktop. The back panels, which allow the user to store integral glassware and utensils, can be easily concealed by sliding glass doors, allowing for mess or clutter to be quickly hidden from sight. Price on request. dada-kitchens.com

The galley-style isn’t restricted to long, narrow rooms. You can create a galley kitchen in most homes. If you have a large open-plan space, consider an island as one half of your corridor!

It’s time to rethink the galley…

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