The Galley Style Kitchen

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Throughout my childhood, I lived in a plethora of kitchen styles. Some were open concept, one was the classic u-shape and some were galley style. Out of all of those designs, I favored the galley style! It felt the most practical while still stylish. I love being surrounded by everything I need, without feeling cramped or claustrophobic.

Fast forward to today and my current kitchen is galley style. When we bought our 1957 ranch, the kitchen was already shaped like this. So we kept the bones and just refreshed it a bit. The width is wide enough to have a few people in the kitchen at a time, which is perfect for the modern space. In fact, if you are designing a galley kitchen, make sure the width is wide enough to house a crowd.

Design: Daniella on Design | Image: Costas Picadas | Pure White

One benefit of having a galley kitchen is that you can easily shift from your stove top to another part of the kitchen without walking a mile away. Everything is at arms length. Visually, it also creates a beautiful tunnel-like look. You can really play with your kitchen design!

Design: KCS Design

Keeping your cabinets light and bright is a good idea in a galley kitchen. Especially if there is not a lot of natural lighting. I love the white cabinets and light backsplash in this kitchen. It’s a beautiful look!

Design: Grace Blu | Calacatta Nuvo

It’s fun to play around with lighting in a galley kitchen. If you’re working with a narrow island, display pendants above to give that space personality. Also, recessed lighting is really important for keeping the kitchen bright! And sconces are also welcomed in these spaces.


For more kitchen design: A Kitchen Set Straight | Exploring New York Kitchens


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Kirsten Grove has always had a passion for interior design. Simply Grove is Kirsten's creative outlet for all things aesthetically beautiful. Started in 2008 as a way to show off eye catching design and decor from all over the world, Simply Grove has become a hang-out for like-minded creatives with a love of interiors and an appetite for design eye-candy. You will also find Kirsten featured in publications and sites like Better Homes and Gardens, Lucky Magazine, RealLiving Magazine, Elle, and Design Sponge to just name a few. She was also named one of Babble’s Top 50 Design Mom Bloggers of 2011 and has been a speaker at Alt Summit 2011, 2012 and 2013.