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…
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.
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.
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 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…