From Cozy To Comfortable -- 5 Tips For Remodeling A Small Galley Kitchen

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If you don't have a lot of space to work with when remodeling your kitchen, it's more important than ever to get the layout right. A small galley kitchen is a common facet of older homes and can provide some unique challenges for remodelers. So, what can you do to maximize your cozy galley kitchen? Here are 5 tips for any budget.

Remember the Triangle. One of the most important aspects of any kitchen layout is the "work triangle" – usually consisting of the stove, refrigerator and sink. For a galley kitchen, consider placing the stove on one wall and the sink on the opposite side. Don't place the refrigerator too close to the stove to avoid wasting energy between the two appliances. Walk the triangle to ensure that it's comfortable and convenient to use.

Hide Appliances. Avoid placing small appliances on the counter tops to create a clean, long, visually open area. Even larger appliances – such as the stove or range – can often be somewhat "hidden" by choosing minimalist styles, placing them in locations that will not be easily seen or physically hiding them behind cabinet doors.

The Illusion of Depth. There are several ways to make the galley kitchen seem larger or longer. One is to place floor boards lengthwise. Place back splash or wall tiles in the opposite position to create the illusion of depth on the sides. Raising appliances or cabinetry off the floor -- and keeping them unadorned and in a single color – can also make things appear wider.

Lighten it Up. The color palette chosen for a small kitchen can do a lot to make it appear larger or smaller. Light colors – such as white, cream, pale pastels or light gray – can help brighten up the space. Adding natural light via a window or skylight can also make things feel less claustrophobic.

Add Storage. The more storage you can fit into the kitchen, the less clutter you're likely to have. Galley kitchens have the advantage of long, often-uninterrupted cabinet lengths. Adding lazy Susan organizers, drawers or shelf storage systems, integrated garbage cans and hanging storage tools will maximize storage even more. Build upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling to add even more space.

By knowing how to make the best use of your galley-style kitchen layout, you can create the kitchen of your dreams even with little space to work with. Click here to learn more about kitchen remodeling.

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