cre­ate a gal­ley kitchen

It’s not the eas­i­est space in the world, but with a few tips and tricks you can make a nar­row kitchen feel more spa­cious and equally stylish

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How to make a nar­row scheme work for you

Named af­ter the kitchen space on a ship, gal­leys are char­ac­terised by their long, thin shape, and are de­signed to be su­per-ef­fi­cient by mak­ing the most of all the avail­able space.

Peo­ple of­ten balk at a gal­ley lay­out, but there’s a range of prac­ti­cal op­tions to help make it a work­able space, from smart stor­age so­lu­tions to light­ing tricks and fun floor­ing ideas. Read on to find out how you can get the most out of your own ship-shape scheme.

Please be seated

in­tro­duce a small din­ing area or break­fast nook into a gal­ley kitchen by in­vest­ing in a com­pact din­ing ta­ble that can be pushed against an un­used wall. a sim­ple bench placed be­neath a win­dow will pro­vide ex­tra seat­ing, and open shelv­ing above the ta­ble area can be utilised for stor­age. Fin­ish the look with a plain pen­dant light that will il­lu­mi­nate the space and help mark it out it as a sep­a­rate spot away from the main cook­ing area.

Chic shelv­ing

give your kitchen the il­lu­sion of space by go­ing for shelves rather than wall units. Keep them the same colour as the wall, for a seam­less look, and have fun dis­play­ing colour­ful glasses, stor­age con­tain­ers and teapots. Fin­ish with a row of bright lights that will il­lu­mi­nate your new shelv­ing.

‘If you have space for par­al­lel units,po­si­tion the key work ar­eas – sink, fridge and oven – In a tri­an­gle ar­range­ment to cut down on leg­work’

Top tiles

Large, neu­tral-coloured floor tiles will help cre­ate the feel­ing of space in a gal­ley kitchen, thanks to their size and con­ti­nu­ity of colour through­out the floor. these toscana sil­ver tiles, £16.99 each from tile Moun­tain, are on-trend, hard wear­ing and will add a sub­tle shim­mer to kitchen floors.

Top drawer

stor­age is key in a gal­ley kitchen, as space-sav­ing is the goal. Go for a mul­tiuse drawer, such as ikea’s metod Ringhult maximera base cab­i­net, from £69, as it of­fers a com­pact area for your crock­ery and cut­lery. Plus the bright red units will make a strong style state­ment in an oth­er­wise neu­tral colour scheme.

Glass act

as well as adding an eye-catch­ing el­e­ment to your gal­ley kitchen, a mono­chrome colour scheme will also help to es­tab­lish a light-filled space – es­pe­cially if you are lucky enough to have a lot of windows. Re­flect the light that comes in by us­ing glass­fronted cab­i­nets or wall units. These will add some in­ter­est and tex­ture, but will also bounce the light back into the room and cre­ate a lovely, bright space.

Fold away

utilise space by hang­ing cup­boards close to the ceil­ing. This Vao stor­age de­sign, from £600, Team 7, in­cludes a fold­ing door that’s ideal for tricky spa­ces. The spa­cious shelves in­side are per­fect for bulky items such as bak­ing trays, and the han­dle­less de­sign saves valu­able space.

Spa­cious style

choose a kitchen that in­cludes plenty of stor­age, and where wall cup­boards aren’t pos­si­ble, go for an abun­dance of units with draw­ers. as nat­u­ral light is key in help­ing to cre­ate space, in­clude a win­dow and door in your gal­ley where pos­si­ble. also a neu­tral pal­ette will cre­ate a more open feel.

Leave a win­dow bare in a gal­ley scheme so the space looks un­fussy

grey is a more mod­ern choice than tra­di­tional blackand-white tiles

recessed stor­age will keep the room feel­ing open

Keep or­gan­ised so you’re not rum­mag­ing in a cramped kitchen

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