A Galley Kitchen Reaches New Heights


Project: Make a Brooklyn kitchen feel inviting

Snug like a ship, a galley kitchen will maximize function in the smallest of spaces. Renovating an efficient galley layout can be as simple as upgrading appliances, lighting, and architectural details.

Before: The room was earth-toned and hardly the apartment owner’s style. Its dated ceramic floor tile was a drab-looking tan and had been laid with wide grout joints that collected dirt. An uninspired backsplash with ugly, inexpensive accent tiles came down onto a counter that looked like mud-speckled granite.

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After: The owners love cooking and entertaining, so they worked with a Sweeten contractor to remodel not just for function but also to make the kitchen more welcoming. Walls have been brightened with white paint, as has the old radiator cover beneath the window. New white cabinets are taller than the former ones, and a small soffit conceals the leftover space above, simplifying the lines.

Crisp white subway tile updates the backsplash, and floor tiles were replaced with resilient material. Under-cabinet lighting supplements new halogen track lighting in the center of the ceiling. The stainless steel stove has a stainless combination hood-and-microwave above, and the new dishwasher is a pleasant addition. Cabinets now surround an efficient stainless french-door fridge; its freezer drawer conserves the cool air that otherwise would be lost when you open the door of a side-by-side model.

As a bonus, creative space planning allowed the owners to repurpose an adjacent windowed alcove as a second bedroom.





Gleaming white paint and subway tile combined with space-savvy custom cabinets transform this galley kitchen into a bright and welcoming space. For more ideas on designing a galley kitchen, check out our post on why galley kitchens rule in small spaces.

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