It's kinda hard for me to hear some mention galley style kitchens as "just" a galley kitchen, as if they are less-than. I understand the meaning behind the comment but they fail to communicate with words (said in a mommy voice, "use your words"). However, I desire to gather these individuals to view the galley kitchen as I see it!
You rarely see linear styles featured in new build mc-mansions and wanna-be mc-mansions. Rather in our "look bigger than you really are" culture, you see more open kitchen concepts with soaring ceilings, over-sized everything, and capturing every opportunity to make this corner of the home bigger and "better." And of course, there's NOTHING wrong with a large kitchen! However, my hang-ups are with builders who forsake great design to attempt grandiose style on a less than adequate space ratio. You know what I mean? For those of you who cannot open the fridge all the way because of poor design??? Frustrating.
Admittedly, I'm a little partial to the galley layout: the simplicity of design, the straight forward practicality, the efficiency of use, and often a throw back arrangement to older homes-which I must be truthful with you- will always be my preference over new builds. Sorry, I'm not sorry... although that's a WHOLE conversation we can have later once we've gotten to know one another more:-))
Back to the galley concept- I think a common misconception is that one cannot achieve grand style in a galley. I prefer to shine a different light on the same idea! In other words, one might feel its impossible to make a "small" space look awesome and over the top like large spaces seen on Pinterest... or at the neighbors house... or the model home... Can we circle back to the simplicity concept for a quick minute, before you send me your comments?!
Just like the simplicity, structure and order we seek in most areas of life, the kitchen is no different! Think of it this way, simple kitchen layout = more opportunity to dress it up, customize to your needs, and give it personality! On the other hand, big kitchens (CAN )= wasted storage, poor concept, and "vanilla" finishes in the charm department. More on infusing "you" into your space later...
Case and point, we just finished a fabulous galley kitchen in Lake Highlands. This kitchen was in desperate need of an upgrade in the storage and style department. Our client wanted to be rid the old white tile floor, white laminate counters, white slab front cabinets and definitely be rid of the bulk heads that consumed wasted storage space.
Out with the old and in with the new in this charming older home! Older homes with upgraded spaces are where its at in her beautiful neighborhood.
We took the tired and undefined kitchen, laundry and breakfast area to create a smooth flowing, seamless space that competes with the newest of kitchens. The new design utilizes all the height the room has to offer and clean lined modern elements that fit right in with the rest of the home.
We incorporated Shaker profile cabinets, modern hardware, grey granite sink, Kitchen Aid appliances, new wood floors to match the rest of the home, industrial lighting, balanced window placement, open walkways, a definedlaundry room with custom barn door, altered flow through kitchen and removed the breakfast area to utilize one large dining room instead.
We are so pleased with the results in this kitchen and wanted to share with you. Don't be discouraged by your space if it's less than you wanted- there's HOPE for you! Cheers to the simplistic yet stylish kitchen space!