The development of modern style kitchens has resulted in a broad range of kitchen design models including the classic, country kitchen, the bistro kitchen and the island kitchen. Each type of kitchen offers some unique advantages and drawbacks.
A standard galley kitchen may offer a small island area that accommodates refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers and sink-freezers. Some of the galley kitchen designs have more of an open feel, where everything else is kept off the island.
The kitchen can be smaller to save space in the living room or to create a cooking area and utility area together. It can be larger because there is no island to offer seating space. There are also galley kitchen designs that combine a small island with a dining table.
The galley kitchen can be quite simple, yet spacious. The best designs tend to be modest, yet feature all the features needed for a great kitchen.
The traditional islands tend to have short counters that are made of granite or other hard materials. If you want a small island, go for a more simple design. A large counter can be counter-deep and will take up even less floor space.
A small island can serve as a family gathering space, with a table for everyone to sit down at once. A large island can become a breakfast nook or dining area for a couple of people.
The island can provide a counter for the food preparation area, so the prep work will not crowd the work area. It can also be used for things like cutting meat and vegetables. The island will free up the counter space on the counter top for items like a wine rack, a flat surface for preparing flatbreads, and even a small cooking appliance area.
When working in a galley kitchen, the countertop will likely be too small for things like a warming island or a cutting board. If the countertop is too narrow, it can make cooking difficult and time consuming. Kitchen island designs may include an island-like countertop, with the upper area turned to become a warming area, but not for cutting vegetables.
A cold area in the middle of the counter will be ideal for cooling off plates after meal preparation. You might even want to place a line of cutlery for holding mugs of coffee.
There may be more of a need for a beverage area on the top of the counter. You will want something that is high off the ground, so that it does not accumulate condensation as it sits atop the countertop.
When choosing island designs, you may be able to use a top off of the counter or even a second countertop. Consider a material that is extra absorbent and that allows for the condensation to drip down in the middle.
Some of the best galley kitchen designs include a combination of the island and the countertop. The result is a small island and a smooth countertop, making it easy to prepare meals and prepare the finished products.
Don’t let obstacles stand in your way. This white kitchen runs straight through an architectural support by having the units wrap around it.
Shape wall units into the eaves to maximise storage.
Look high and low. Copper panels tie the two sides of this design together, with the copper at the back situated higher to keep it visible to the rest of the living room.
Mix and match countertops to add interest.
Use coloured accents to highlight key areas, like a breakfast bar or plate rack.
If you are considering installing a window at the end of a galley kitchen, then how about going the whole hog and making it a glass door out to the garden or patio area?
Island extractor hoods mean that stoves can be situated on the outer perimeter of a galley.
Choose a mobile trash can. A pedal bin on castors is a great idea for a long kitchen, as it can be wheeled easily from one end of the prep bench to the other.
Create connections. Check out the overhead panels in this layout. The connectors create a wonderfully cosy, complete and decidedly slick finish. Highlight the additions with ambient lighting for a really eye-catching effect.
Add a dining extension. Traditional galley kitchens would not typically have included any type of table, but a breakfast bar or dining bench extension will make a limited space work even harder for you. Open plan galleys offer the benefit of having seating around each side of an eating surface, but a closed capsule galley can still benefit greatly from a single sided dining installation.
Use the full height of your kitchen. This one has a wine rack that extends from bench height up to the ceiling, plus a set of high shelves that skim the rafters. Keep seasonal items and special occasion crockery in higher volumes so that you’re not having to climb up step ladders on a regular basis.
This blue door provides an interesting effect. A white door in the same space just wouldn’t give the same punch to the pale scheme. Note how the adjacent door has been left white though, because sometimes less is more.
Prevent cooking splashes over an adjacent living area with a glass screen.
Create an overlapping dining top. This grey kitchen bench is overlapped by a dark wooden top with an overhang, to create a comfortable and isolated dining spot.
Trick the eye with high contrast. The larder units in this black and white kitchen go almost unnoticed. All the attention is drawn away from the slab fronted white cabinets by the unrelenting black base units and countertop combo opposite.
Open up the walls to make limited spaces feel more airy. You don’t even have to remove the supportive struts, simply eliminate the plasterboard.
Screen off the mess. Fashion a partially dividing wall that climbs just a little higher than the back of your units in an open plan layout. The added height is just enough to screen off unavoidable cooking mess and dishes from the rest of the living room. Attach a narrow countertop on the divider to create a neat coffee bar, and finish with a few bar stools.
Make a galley kitchen feel wider by installing the wall cabinets only on one side. An open shelf can provide extra storage on the opposite wall without closing up the space.
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