Update Your Kitchen with These Galley Kitchen Remodel Ideas
Publish Date
August 23, 2021
Jesse Coody

Jesse Coody

Jesse Coody is a native Houstonian who installed his first roof at age thirteen. Ever since, he’s had a passion for construction. He holds over 20 years of project management and sales experience in residential and commercial construction. He graduated from SFA in 1998 with a degree in business, then he went on to manage and facilitate large-scale commercial projects, working on high profile projects, such as Alief High School, ABC Pest Control, and Goodwill. From there, he transitioned back to the Residential sector, preferring the client interaction and the project personality involved. He’s great at building relationships and solving problems. Jesse joined Hestia as a Renovation Specialist in 2017. Jesse loves to be outdoors and spends his free time fishing, camping, hunting, or at the beach. He also enjoys reading and being with his family and friends.

Update Your Kitchen with These Galley Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Doing a galley kitchen remodel is different from other kitchen remodeling projects. The narrow but long spaces that make a galley kitchen unique also make some parts of the project more difficult. Instead of struggling with your galley kitchen, let Hestia Construction & Design help. We have been helping with remodeling projects for years and can help turn your galley kitchen project into your dream kitchen. 

We know that not all these ideas will apply to your dream kitchen, but they all bring an exceptional level of creativity and functionality to your narrow space. Find out more about how to make your galley kitchen remodel perfect for your design aesthetic.  

Make the Space Feel Larger

Galley kitchen

No matter how long your galley kitchen is, they often feel small because of their narrow width. By installing glass cabinet doors, you give the room more perceived depth. This allows the space to feel larger than it is. Glass cabinet doors are becoming a more popular option to add to your design. Even if you need to keep your plastic sippy cups hidden behind a solid door, you can still add glass cabinet doors to a few cabinets to help open the space.  

 Avoid darker colors to prevent the folly of making your galley kitchen seem smaller than it is. Darker colors tend to make spaces seem claustrophobic and small. Lighter paint color options on your cabinets or walls will make the room feel more expansive. Choose white, pale greens, light blues, yellows, or even an eggshell color if you want to help the room feel bigger.  

Another way to make the room feel bigger is to give your galley kitchen a full mirrored backsplash. This simple addition reflects light throughout the room, giving you two bonuses. First, you get a brighter kitchen. Second, you get a room that feels like it goes on and on, so the entire space feels larger.  

Install Large Floor Tiles and Add Lots of Light During Your Galley Kitchen Remodel

Small tile flooring can make a space feel smaller, and this is especially true in narrow galley kitchens. If your goal is to have your new galley kitchen feel bigger, then use oversized floor tiles. This makes the room feel larger, even if it is still relatively tight quarters. Another option is to use long, thin tiles laid lengthwise in the galley. This gives the impression of stretching the space longer and making the galley feel larger.  

If you have the option in your kitchen, make sure you add windows in places that bring in natural light. Those windows should be tall and narrow. It adds height to the room, draws the eye up, and still allows you to use the space around it for more storage. This makes the room feel longer, brighter, and more inviting. Windows also help the room feel like it continues beyond the wall, which gives the illusion of extra space. 

Appliances Matter in Galley Kitchens

Galley kitchens came about from naval vessels, which are notorious for small, cramped spaces. Your galley kitchen might benefit from the use of stainless-steel appliances. Stainless Steel reflects light, making the galley seem larger. Another option is white appliances, which are making a surprising comeback in kitchen design. Both these appliance finishes allow the galley kitchen to feel larger while still providing the space you need for food storage, cooking, and cleaning. As always in smaller spaces, it is best to avoid dark, matte colors like black, slate, and slate black as they make the space seem smaller and do not effectively reflect light around the room. 

You will also want to think about placement before deciding on your appliances. Think about where you will prepare food, cook food, wash dishes, and do anything else you do in your kitchen. Where can you add functionality to your space? Is there room for a small coffee bar? You may choose to create lots of space along the counters for your array of kitchen gadgets and small appliances! Placement is also important in terms of spatial functionality. If you want the space to feel larger, it might be advisable to put the refrigerator near the back wall to prevent breaking up open space in the middle of the galley.  

There are many appliance options that give your galley kitchen the illusion of space. You can remove the full cabinet range hood and replace it with a chimney hood. While you lose a small amount of cabinet space doing this, it does open the space more and give you an opportunity to extend your backsplash all the way to the ceiling, making the room feel larger. Refrigerators in cabinet depth are advisable in galley kitchens as they do not interfere with walking space or stick out from the cabinets.  

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Make the Space Your Own

Do you have that one item in your galley kitchen that you Everyone has that one special item in their kitchen that means something to them sentimentally or aesthetically. It could be that favorite teal metal chicken that your aunt gave you many years ago or something as simple as your favorite wooden dish drying rack. There is nothing wrong with incorporating your favorite items into your galley kitchen remodel. A backsplash with teal accents would really tie that chicken into the room, or you could use matching wood cabinets to go with your drying rack. Creating a space that ties in the colors, textures, or memories of your favorite items is important for bringing your personality into your kitchen design.  

Let Hestia Home Services Help with Your Galley Kitchen Remodel

Instead of figuring out how to remodel your galley kitchen on your own, turn to Hestia Construction & Design. We are a full-service remodeling firm that takes you from idea conception to reality. With architectural designers, cabinet specialists, and interior designers on staff, our goal is to make your kitchen remodel as seamless and stress-free as possible. Call us today. We are here to bring your galley kitchen remodel to life!  

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