Galley kitchen gets its name from the cooking facilities on airplanes, trains or ships where space is limited and narrow, and you have to make the most with what you have. In the home or apartments that are galley kitchens generally short and narrow, and the chefs use these areas find it difficult to find counter space and room to maneuver. There are a variety of design styles you can customize to make your galley kitchen more efficient for cooking. The most basic and effective way to design a galley kitchen with parallel counters against the two side walls. These counts include the refrigerator at the far end and a dishwasher along one side. Either the stove or sink sits on the small wall at the head of the kitchen, creating a focal point to work in the kitchen. This triangle-shaped workspace provides cooks with room to maneuver, as the devices are neatly tucked in or beside the counters.
If you have any spaces at the end of counters, consider installing a pass-through window or a table top with a peninsula at the end. These additions will open up the room and it will also provide areas for guests to sit or eat while the chef working in the kitchen. Storage is one of the biggest matches in a galley kitchen. With limited counter space, there is no room to hold dishes, appliances and other clutter on the shelves. Many people choose to use extensive overhead and under counter cabinet to solve these problems. Large cabinets can hold appliances such as toasters, microwaves and coffee pots when not in use, freeing up counter space for cooking efforts. Some cabinet designers even make storage large enough to keep refrigerators and dishwashers to hide those imposing appliances that can seem to take up the entire galley kitchen.
If cabinet also seem presumptuous, consider adding shelves to the walls instead. Shelves allow for easy view and easy access to your saved items, and can create a more open feeling. Remember that the shelves do not offer the same type of security as cabinets, so one must be careful to balance your stored items properly. Color choices can play a major role in the atmosphere of your galley kitchen. Dark colors like black, brown and burgundy will absorb light, making the kitchen look dark or shadowed. The darker mood can make the room seem claustrophobic. Instead, you can choose lighter colors like white, yellow, light green or light blue for your cabinets and counters. These colors will reflect the light in the room, making the space feel larger and more open. When choosing colors for your main kitchen attractions can also be important. Large appliances like ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers may look imposing in black or dark colors. On the other hand reflects stainless steel light and help keep the space open.