Galley Kitchen Solutions
“Galley kitchens have a narrow and longer layout with main appliances and countertops directly opposite of one another,” describes Normandy Designer Leslie Molloy, CKD. She adds, “Given their layout, galley kitchens are not ideal for entertainment purposes, which is why open concept kitchen layouts have become so popular among homeowners.”
However, there are ways to make a galley kitchen work for your lifestyle. “If you have a galley kitchen and desire an open layout, omitting part of the wall would be a viable solution,” noted Leslie.
“If you’re keeping the layout, paneling appliances, such as the refrigerator and dishwasher, make a galley kitchen seem less appliance heavy and less disjointed.” More cost-effective options for updating a galley kitchen include minor updates like painting walls, or swapping out countertops – high definition laminate countertops are an economical alternative to granite.
“One way to optimize storage space and ease the traffic flow in a galley kitchen would be to include a banquette in the space, instead of a table and chairs,” commented Leslie. “This solution makes the kitchen appear larger and the banquette seats can provide additional storage.”
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