Founder of design firm General Assembly, has explained that there’s still a lot you can do with the space in a galley kitchen if you are creative. Read on.
Galley kitchens can seem like a challenge to design well at times. It would be great to have an open-plan space with more room for guests, but not all homes have the space for that and galley kitchens can still be beautiful and functional.
If you buy a preloved kitchen you can get something stylish and high-quality to suit your home and by taking onboard some of the design tips from Sarah Zames, founder of design firm General Assembly, your galley kitchen will be the heart of your home.
Speaking to Architectural Digest, Ms Zames explained that there’s still a lot you can do with the space in a galley kitchen if you are creative with how you use space. Although it might be tempting to fill the walls with tall cupboards, she recommends against using all the space for this kind of storage as it can make the room feel smaller.
Instead, break up the space with some open shelving, so that you still have storage but in a form that makes the room feel more open.
Using glossy tiles or surfaces can be a great way to help brighten up this kind of kitchen, allowing the light to reflect around the space.
Ms Zames also recommended thinking creatively about lighting – although you won’t be able to install pendant lights, you can do more than just have task lighting. “There’s an opportunity with a galley kitchen to be a jewel box, so doing some lighting on the ceiling that feels less utilitarian is nice,” she suggested.
According to an article in Domain, other things to consider for good kitchen design are the location of your fridge, cooker and sink in relation to one another. Ideally there shouldn’t be be more than two or three steps between any of them, something that’s usually easy to achieve in a galley-style kitchen.