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Galley kitchens are typically very small kitchens. They present a challenge when it comes to making the most efficient use of a cramped area. Care must be taken to equip the galley style with all the things a smooth-running kitchen needs and at the s

Renovation ideas for a galley kitchen

Galley kitchens are typically very small kitchens. They present a challenge when it comes to making the most efficient use of a cramped area. Care must be taken to equip the galley style with all the things a smooth-running kitchen needs and at the same time, create a sense of order so that it doesn't feel as if it's bursting at the seams. When it's time to renovate a galley kitchen, focus on techniques to open up the area visually. Rearrange elements so there is more physical room as well.

Choose a Monochrome Theme

One dominant colour, accented by splashes of a complemenary colour, opens up a galley kitchen. The lighter the dominant colour, the larger the room will feel. A black and white kitchen can be elegant when cabinets, walls and ceilings are painted white, and black accents are added with small appliances, dishware and decorative touches. In a kitchen such as this, black floor tiling will pull the look together, even though the dark colour covers a large area. The fact that the darker colour is at floor level rather than eye level diminishes its heaviness. To avoid monotony, throw in bits of red here and there. Avoid adding other colours when possible. A galley kitchen is just too small and confined to support them. Clean colour schemes such as this make a galley kitchen fresh and cheerful.

Open the Cabinets

To add the illusion of width to a narrow galley kitchen, open up the cabinet area by removing the cabinet doors. If you do this on both sides you will have added a couple of 'visual' feet to the width of the room. If that feels too extreme, replace the solid wood with glass panels or decorative metal. If possible, open the backs of the cabinets using the same treatment so they open into the next room. Place appropriate decorative items to the 'front' of each side. If out-of-sight storage is needed for boxes and cans, keep solid doors on one bank of cabinets for these items.

Open the Wall

If there are no structural reasons to forbid it, knock out a bit of wall space over a counter area to make a pass-through to the next room. This adds the illusion of space even if it doesn't add actual space to the galley. Another possibility is to open up the end of a galley kitchen by adding a window if it faces an outside wall. Daylight and a view of the outdoors through a glass-paned door can go a long way toward giving a galley kitchen a more open look.

Use the Ceiling

Ceilings in galley kitchens can be renovated in several ways. For an overall feeling of roominess, add a decorative skylight. Natural sunlight will brighten a galley kitchen. If you don't like the idea of cutting through the roof, consider installing a dome ceiling with diffused lighting. For practicality, put unused space to work by hanging pots and pans on an overhead rack. Install decorative lighting down the length of the galley so the entire area is lit at once. If smaller work areas are shadowy, put lights under the cabinets and over the sink. The brighter a galley kitchen is, the less cramped it feels.

Open up the Counters

To open up counter space, mount small appliances on the wall or under cabinets. Get the microwave off the counter by installing it above the stove. If more counter space is needed, consider opting for smaller major appliances. Empty-nesters and singles who aren't cooking for large families can manage comfortably with apartment-sized appliances, and the reward is a more open kitchen.

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