This is guest post come from our DIY/design contributor Thalita ofThe Learner Observer! Thalita writes about easy, cheap ways we can all make our small, rental spaces even cuter. Follow along with her on Twitter or Instagram!
There are many styles of kitchens out there, but it seems that in small spaces and apartments one is certainly most popular: the galley kitchen.
You know what I’m talking about: the kitchen that’s essentially a hallway with countertops and cupboards on either side? Yeah, I have one of those, too! But it really is possible to live with a galley kitchen, make it look great and, dare I say, love it!
Here are my five favorite ways to make your galley kitchen feel bigger
1. Lighten up (with white or lighting)
Speaking of bright, that’s another important aspect to this kitchen style, which normally boasts a window above the sink or at the end of the kitchen. Lighting in this style of kitchen will help the space feel bigger – always a bonus!
To help, try adding some lighting under the cabinets, too! These lights are available at most hardware stores and you can even get battery-operated ones.
What’s brighter than white? Well, probably nothing, so consider using as much of it in your kitchen as possible as the light will bounce off of the white surfaces, again, creating the illusion of a bigger space!
Oh, and if painting your cupboards isn’t an option, check out some of the renter-friendly solutions
I shared with you last month, which involved using contact paper!
2. Open up your shelving
Open shelving can look so chic – particularly if you fill with beautiful, carefully chosen items (save the tupperware for the lower cupboards.) You can open your shelving two ways: replace your cupboards with interesting shelves, or simply remove your cupboard doors!
If removing cupboards or doors are not an option but you’re lucky enough to have a free wall at the end of your kitchen, add some shelving there. Honestly, any available space in our kitchen is prime shelving real estate!
Any kind of open storage is helpful in a galley kitchen, so think outside the box and try something other than just shelving. Metal racks, hooks, pegboards – all of these are great options for adding storage that doesn’t take up a lot of space and that you can take with you if/when you leave!Of course, our beloved Ikea has tons of space-saving shelving and hook options for you. Those Europeans know what’s up!
3. Add patterns to the walls
If plain walls aren’t your thing, then perhaps injecting a pattern or two into your space is the answer! Wallpaper (or even just good ol’ paint) might do the trick. I think this print
would be great on a kitchen accent wall.
4. Dress up that (super narrow) floor
Just because you don’t have much square footage, doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of it.
Too bold? Ok let’s go with something a little simpler, maybe? A smaller pattern?
Kind of a dreamy kitchen, right? Trust me, I don’t have floors that bright and shiny either. What I do have, however, is a bold, patterned rug that gives me the feeling of having cool looking tiles instead! Isn’t this runner
5. Fancy up your walls and windows
For even more colour, pattern and renter-friendly solutions, pair that patterned rug with a large piece of art in your kitchen (I’m partial to this vintage nautical print
.) It’ll make it feel way less like a hallway with a kitchen in it, and more like a super sophisticated and grown up space!
If your kitchen is like mine and has a window at the end of it, try a bold roman shade instead for the same effect. (This one
Let’s go over the main points one more time:
- Light it up! Have as many lights as possible and remember that white is your friend.
- Open shelving and storage will open up your space.
- Patterned walls and/or flooring (or rugs) for an optical illusion.
- Large artwork or interesting window coverings give the eye a place to rest – and it’s not on your dirty dishes!
Do you have a tiny, galley kitchen? How have you made yours livable? Tell us in the comments!