Three Galley Kitchens to Love

Take a tour of three galley kitchens that save steps while hitting high marks in style.

Sunny, Seamless Cooking

Expanding the outdated kitchen into an adjacent unused porch allowed a passionate cook to gain this efficient galley-style work core. Taupe-painted cabinetry gives the kitchen a tranquil feel and allows the cobalt blue range to stand out. Repeating arches, moldings, hardware, and colors elsewhere in the house helps blur the line between new and old in this 1932 row house. 


Clever Niche

Muted colors and rustic variations give tiles lining the backsplash and storage niche above the range vintage Tuscan character. The niche takes advantage of space between the studs to serve as a handy spot for storing oils and flavorings for cooking.

Cleanup Convenience

Located just steps from the range on the opposite wall, an oversize farm-style sink offers generous depth for filling tall pots or flower vases. Glass-front cabinets extend to the ceiling to maximize storage and show off colorful dishware. The large window and French doors help the narrow kitchen feel more spacious while bringing the outdoors inside.

What's Old Is New

Graceful curves give the shining bridge-style faucet a vintage vibe that's enhanced by the apron-front sink. The surrounding sand-color countertops are made of 75 percent recycled materials, including mirror, glass, porcelain, and earthenware.


Clear Thinking

Wavy glass inserts add another nostalgic layer to the kitchen. Contents of the cabinet are slightly obscured but still show off dinnerware colors and shapes.

Tall Order

The walnut stain on this armoire-style cabinet contrasts with the adjacent taupe-painted cabinets, lending warmth to the kitchen. Grouping the refrigerator with other appliances allows for generous stretches of countertops on both sides; beyond the appliances, the butler’s pantry is visible through the doorway.

Display of Affection

Adding color and interest to the wall opposite the refrigerator, this custom-made stained wood dish rack displays a host of treasured family heirlooms and finds from flea markets, local and abroad. 


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Timeless Transitions

The look of the kitchen cabinetry continues into the adjoining butler’s pantry, which serves as a transition space for the formal dining room. Counter space here is ideal for serving a meal or as a spot for additional helpers during meal prep. There’s just enough room in the narrow space for a bistro table, where two can enjoy coffee and a snack.

Entertaining Ideas

In this creamy-white kitchen a peninsula caps off the efficient galley plan, offering a spot for chatting with the cook or helping with the meal. The multilevel countertop features a raised ledge that’s as handy for hiding kitchen messes as it is for serving dinner buffet style. A marble-top bistro-style table complements the durable white granite used in the kitchen.

A Case Study

Capping off the end of the peninsula with open shelves provides a practical and pretty alternative to an ordinary decorative panel. Stowing cookbooks here makes them easily accessible and more likely to be used.

Color Connection

Tan and moss-color flecks and veins meander through the cream-color granite countertops, creating a visual connection to the glass mosaic backsplash.

Silvery Appeal

A sleek pullout faucet and undermount stainless-steel sink team up with the stainless-steel dishwasher and chrome cabinet pulls to bring a clean, modern look to the kitchen. Recessed panels on the cabinetry soften the contemporary vibe.

Zone In on Convenience

One end of the galley kitchen holds the double wall ovens and cooktop, as well as plenty of storage, to create a step-saving cooking zone. Equipping the space with plenty of drawers is a favorite trick of designers since drawers bring the contents into view with one smooth pull. The deepest drawers are ideal for storing pots and pans close to where cooking happens.


Clever Customizing

Conveniently located across from the cooking zone, the refrigerator has a section of countertop close by as a landing spot for groceries. Create the look of a built-in refrigerator for less by selecting a counter-depth model and building it into the cabinetry.

Taking Care of Business

Just beyond the refrigerator, the built-in desk serves as a handy spot for menu planning, household bookkeeping, and homework.

Connection Perfection

Before the renovation, a wall kept the cook separated from guests in the dining room, so it was quickly replaced with a storage-rich peninsula. Now the countertop performs perfectly as a serving buffet, and the row of cabinets below feature glass doors that keep pretty pieces on display and easy to reach. An arched opening crowns the peninsula and echoes the home's Tudor style.

Core Values

Removing the wall allowed the existing galley-style work core to widen from 32 inches to 42 inches, offering more space for a cook and helpers. At the end of the aisle, cabinetry wraps around a countertop-depth refrigerator to mimic a pricey built-in model. 

On the Range

White subway tile and simple, painted-white cabinets are timeless and fit the character of the 1920s home. The sleek lines of the stainless-steel vent hood provide a transition into the modern day without overpowering the room’s vintage appeal.

Orderly Conduct

Drawer inserts, such as this spice rack, are readily available and keep items from rolling around in the drawer. The angled rows on this rack make it easy to read labels on the jars.

Beauty Marks

With the peninsula visible from the dining room, the combination of a sleek pullout faucet with beautiful quartz-surfacing countertops lends simple elegance to the look of both spaces without interrupting the open feel.

Sunny Spot

Opening an unused porch to the kitchen allowed space for this sun-drenched breakfast area. Large multipane windows uphold the home's vintage charm while flooding the new addition with sunlight.

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