blogHow to Design a Long and Narrow Galley Kitchen
If you have a long and narrow galley kitchen then you might be wondering how you can best design your space. It can be difficult knowing how to design your space and making the most of your kitchen, as there are some limitations for certain design aspects. However, there are still plenty of things that you can do with a galley kitchen and transform your space. We have put together a guide on how you can design a long and narrow galley kitchen with clever ways to maximise your space.
Think About Appliances
The first thing you should think about when planning the design for your galley kitchen is where you should place your appliances. It is important to plan where you can place your appliances and make sure that you can easily access them in your kitchen. There is a good rule to abide by when it comes to planning a kitchen and that’s to make sure that your appliances come within a triangle. This involves the cooker, sink and fridge as these are the appliances you use most in the kitchen. Arranged in this manner, you can easily reach all appliances and have the least amount of stress.
Cabinets and Storage
You should also consider how much storage you need in your kitchen and where you actually need cabinets. A lot of people want to use up all of the space in their kitchen with units and storage but this can make the room feel cramped. Once you have worked out how much storage you actually need you can then make sure you have enough room in your kitchen. If you are concerned about the amount of storage that you’ve got in your kitchen, then a good solution is to opt for tall cabinets that stretch from floor to ceiling at one end of the kitchen. This means that you won’t have to cramp your kitchen with lots of storage units and cabinets.
Lighting In Your Kitchen
Making sure that you have good lighting in your kitchen is vital as it can help to make the kitchen feel a lot bigger. This is particularly important to consider in a narrow galley kitchen to make the most out of the space and make it feel as large as possible. Some good tips to make the most out of the lighting in your kitchen include;
Natural Lighting – you should always make sure that you don’t block any of the natural light in your kitchen with cabinets or units close to the windows. This will allow the most light into your kitchen.
Varied Lighting – you should try and make use of a number of different lighting sources including lamps or even using dimmer switches. This means you can use different levels of lighting.
Task Lighting – you could also use task and unit lightings, such as strip lights underneath cabinets and units. Using task lighting and downlighters can really help to brighten up your kitchen.
Colour and Finish
The final aspect of design for a galley kitchen is to think about the colour and finish and how you can make space look bigger then it is. Using light and neutral colours in your kitchen will help to brighten your kitchen whereas dark colours can make your room feel closed in. If you do prefer darker shades then you should opt for a gloss finish as this will reflect light back into your room. If you are opting for dark colours then you should think about a contrast in the rest of your kitchen.
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