Yes, galley kitchens are rather small, and confined. Regardless, there are things you can do to dress them up a bit to make them look bigger.
Here are a few quick ideas.
Open shelving in the kitchen has become very chic.
Shelves that are open look terrific if you place beautiful, carefully chosen items on them. You can simply hang shelves, replace your existing cabinets with designer shelves, or utilize the best option which is to remove your kitchen cabinet doors. This way you can retain the beauty and elegance of your kitchen cabinets.
For many of you, removing cabinets simply isn’t an option. So, if you have a free wall at the end of your kitchen, you can install new shelving in that area. In fact, any available space in our kitchen is prime real estate for installing shelving.
In fact, any kind of open storage can work well in a galley kitchen.
Think outside the box. You can use metal racks, hooks, and pegboards. These are great storage options that won’t take up a lot of space. You can also take them with you if you decide to move.
SPICE UP THE FLOOR
When you have a limited amount of space, you need to make the most of it.
Again, think outside the box. Try bolder or simpler patterns. You can also mix and match large and small patterns for effect. In fact, you can also toy with darker and lighter flooring options for effect as well.
CLASS UP THE WALLS AND WINDOWS
For even more color and pattern, you can pair a patterned rug with a large piece of art in your kitchen.
It’ll make your kitchen look less like a hallway, and more like a super sophisticated and classy space.
If your kitchen has a window at the end, consider adding a bold roman shade for effect.
Bright lighting is an important aspect of galley kitchens.
This type of lighting will help the kitchen feel much bigger and more open.
Try adding bright lighting under the cabinets. You can get lights designed into your new cabinets, or purchase the lights at any home improvement store, and install them yourself. You can get electric, battery-powered, or even solar-powered lights.
We recommend using white lights, as they’re the brightest.
Consider using as much “white” as possible in your kitchen. The light will bounce off all the white surfaces – creating the illusion of a much bigger space.
USE WALL PATTERNS
If you’re not married to the idea of plain walls, consider adding a pattern (or two) into your space.
Some people even use wallpaper to accent one of the kitchen walls.
The key is to think outside the box.
Hopefully this article has helped you better understand how to make your galley look and feel bigger.
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