Calling all apartment dwellers! The galley kitchen — which consists of two parallel rows of counters, separated by a central passage — offers maximum efficiency with minimal space. This underrated layout optimizes square footage, packs in a ton of storage, and makes the kitchen triangle (sink, range, and refrigerator) easily accessible.
Ready to revamp your tight cooking quarters? Ahead are 11 modern galley kitchen redesigns that are uber stylish (and, of course, super functional).
1. Play with geometric tile.
2. Opt for open shelving.
3. Warm it up with wood.
This kitchen redesign by Erin from A New Bloom feels warm and refined thanks to a combination of warm wood countertops and flooring. Brass fixtures and a kilim runner punch up the personality.
4. Create a breakfast nook.
5. Invest in professional-grade appliances.
6. You can’t go wrong with subway tile.
7. Add a wash of color.
Renting? While you can't execute a full-scale remodel, there are some things you can do to jazz up your existing space (that the landlord might be open to) — namely giving your walls or cabinets a fresh coat of paint. The green cabinet paint used by Sarah Sherman Samuel is subtle but still garners attention.
8. Embrace original elements.
9. Use every square inch.
Lacking storage? No problem. Take notes from this San Francisco kitchen and install wall-mounted shelving and utilize empty corners to stash kitchen essentials.