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Galley kitchen design ideas for your home

  • Kitchen Design
May 15, 2022
Enhance your galley kitchen with white interiors - Beautiful Homes

To improve the functionality of a kitchen, you have to get the layout right. Read on to find out if a galley kitchen is what your home needs

The kitchen in most homes is a busy area. Its design thus should make moving around and using the space easier. In other words, it should be compatible with your requirements and lifestyle and your style. Here are a few things that optimise the functionality of a kitchen design:

  • Enough room to move around.
  • Plenty of storage based on your lifestyle.
  • Counterspace apart from the sink and the stovetop.
  • The cabinets or drawers should not block others when in use.
  • Sufficient lighting, preferably a combination of ambient and focused lighting.


Depending on the floor plan of your kitchen and how you use it, you may choose from a host of layouts. Let's take a look at a traditional yet popular kitchen layout- galley style kitchen.


What is a Galley Kitchen?

In galley kitchen floor plans, you essentially create a corridor between two parallel walls or countertops. The distance between the two is a least three feet for ease of movement, but you can widen it if you have the space. While a  galley kitchen layout is ideal for narrow and small modular kitchens, it also works well in more spacious ones.


Galley Kitchen Design Ideas

There are multiple iterations of how you can arrange, design and decorate gully kitchens. Here are a bunch of galley kitchen ideas that you can experiment with.

1. A Modern Galley Kitchen Design

This traditional layout has evolved to fit the modern open-plan spaces. On one side, you have a wall-hugging counter/ appliances and a kitchen island parallel to it. The island essentially separates the kitchen from the dining or the living area. The benefit of this version of the galley kitchen is that it appears lighter and maintains the larger social area in tandem with defining a functional space in an open plan.

Green & grey colour combinations for your modern galley kitchen design - Beautiful Homes
Wooden flooring designs for your galley kitchen - Beautiful Homes

2. Small Narrow Galley Kitchen Ideas to Bring in More Natural Light

Lighting plays a massive role in our perception of a space. Abundant natural light is key to making any room appear airy. Consider some of the following designs and kitchen layouts to increase the flow of natural light.

  • If you own the house and if architecture permits, consider installing skylights or bay windows for uninterrupted natural light.

  • In cases where the kitchen is closed off entirely, consider installing an atelier-style indoor window in the kitchen. Ensure it faces the living or the dining area for additional natural light and a more open and sociable space.

  • Replace the backsplash with peekaboo windows.

  • Ensure that all sources of natural light are unobstructed to avoid any awkward shadows in the room.

  • If carving out windows is not feasible, consider highly reflective or mirrored walls/ backsplashes.

3. Small Narrow Galley Kitchen Ideas

In smaller spaces, this layout can easily feel cramped. Here are a few ways you can make it look spacious:

  • Choose lighter and monochromatic colour schemes.
  • Opt for open shelves instead of top cabinets.
  • Reflective surfaces help bounce the light around and make the space look bigger.
  • If you have cabinetry, consider see-through doors such as glass, mesh, etc.
  • Ensure there is ample lighting in the kitchen.
  • Keep the counters free to avoid a cluttered look.


4. Enhance the Dimensions

You can use specific layouts and design elements to direct the movement of the eye. You can use them to draw attention to a room's specific features or enhance the standard kitchen dimensions. Consider the following galley kitchen ideas:

  • Herringbone or chevron pattern for flooring will elongate the kitchen. In a small space, use lighter tones for a spacious appearance.
  • Horizontal subway tiles for backsplash will create the same effect. To add depth, opt for a darker hue than the rest of the kitchen for the backsplash.
  • Use reflective materials such as glazed tiles and laminates for the backsplash to make the narrow kitchen appear wider.
  • If there's a wall or door towards the end of the kitchen, you can use it as an anchor. A dark, muted hue or a bold one should do the trick. If you want to keep it light, consider white, grey or mint shiplap panels.


5. Don't Shy Away from Dark Colours

Contrary to popular belief, they don't always make a room feel smaller. When used strategically, darker hues make the kitchen design stand out. Want to incorporate rich hues in your galley kitchen design? Here are some of your options:

  • The gradient of dual-tone schemes works well in opening up aspace. Reserve the darker tone for the bottom cabinetry. Tooffset it, opt for a lighter countertop and neutral tones for thefloors and wall colour.

  • If you prefer the look of a more moody kitchen, floor-to-ceiling dark cabinetry is the way to go. Black is a classic, but jewel tones are also anexcellent option. To keep it neutral, you can always take it down a notch with muted or earthy alternatives of a colour. Balance these hueswith light wood or stone countertops and backsplashes. Reflect these lighter tones in the hardware as well.
Go Bold while choosing colours for your galley kitchen - Beautiful Homes
  • You can use saturated hues as accents as well. Window and door frames, hardware, appliance, cookware, lighting fixtures, rugs, etc., are a few ways to do it.
  • Accent walls and floors are also great options.
Small galley kitchen design ideas on budget - Beautiful Homes

6. Small Galley Kitchen Ideas on a Budget

Don't compromise on functionality or aesthetics because of a small kitchen or budget. The following are some small galley kitchen ideas on a budget.

  • Like the look of Moroccan tiles? You can substitute it with stencils or wallpaper.
  • Rugs can elevate the look of your kitchen just as well as patterned flooring.
  • Engineered wood is cheaper than hardwood. High-densityoptions work well in kitchens. You can use it for shelves,cabinets, etc.
  • Shelves might be a cheaper option than cabinets.
  • Scale back on appliances. Buy ones that fit your budget and can easily fit into the kitchen. And if you like colourful finisheson them, paint is your best friend.

Pros and Cons of Galley Kitchen Layout


  • Works incredibly well in narrow and small kitchens by efficiently using available space.
  • The golden triangle fits well into galley kitchens, making it an efficient layout. And makes moving around the kitchen easy.
  • With two parallel counters, you will get sufficient counter space.
  • You get plenty of storage space with room for bottom cabinets on either side and top shelves or cabinets.



  • Reduced floor space makes it difficult for more than a couple of people to work in a galley kitchen.
  • If there isn't a natural light source, galley layouts can feel cramped, especially if you've had to use up the wall space for storage.
  • You may not have space for a dedicated pantry.
  • Since galley kitchens tend to be narrow and small, there may not be enough space for multiple lighting sources.


How can Beautiful Homes Help you Design a Galley Kitchen for your Home?

Beautiful Homes provides a massive range of services and products to help you create a personalised galley style kitchen with a modular kitchen design. You may select all the kitchen essentials you need from our shop. Our expert services include but are not limited to Interior Design Services for every room and outdoor space in your home. Our professionals are well versed in the various design styles- contemporary, modern, glam, boho-chic, etc. They will ensure you get design solutions best suited to your style and need.


Visit our website to check the various options and projects we have executed so far. If you wish, you can book your 3D consultation call to understand the project's process, design, and execution or walk into any of our stores across India. Our current home décor stores are spread across Amritsar, Tumakuru, Raipur, Jaipur, New Delhi, Kochi, Karur, Coimbatore, Bengaluru and Nashik. In addition, we are in the process of opening up state-of-the-art stores across several cities.

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