Mood Board Monday #11: The Most Efficient Kitchen Space

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The galley kitchen is slowly but surely becoming more popular again. It had lost it’s popularity for big, open floor plan kitchens which are able to accommodate for the kitchen being today’s heart of a family’s home. While entertaining, or simply cooking dinner each night, it is popular now for kitchen’s to be where families hang out, do homework, and even have guests gather.

Galley kitchens are typically small but efficient cooking spaces – named after those found on military ships, trains, or airplanes. The idea of a galley kitchen is to maximize every inch of space, making the kitchen a perfect vision of functionality. Today, the term ‘galley kitchen’ is used much more loosely, and though the more traditional type of kitchen does not include seating, designers are getting very creative in using this type of space. Check out a compilation of all types of galley kitchens on our Pinterest board. Whether you think this layout is for you, a galley kitchen can be one of the best uses of space, employing the best layout for cooking.

The design below is a more traditional galley kitchen, a simple two-wall design and the space in-between just wide enough for a few steps backward or forward. This makes carrying heavy cookware to and from the stove (should you not own a pot filler) incredibly simple and less taxing than it would be in a larger family kitchen. The depth of the fireclay sink adds to the functionality of the kitchen – being able to house many dirty dishes and clean oversized cookware. I’m also loving the creative use of this wall mount faucet that we don’t typically see in kitchens anymore!


Get the look with Whitehaus:

  • Farmhaus Fireclay Duet Series reversible sink WH3618 in white
  • Wall mount faucet WHFS812 with an extensive swivel spout and lever handles in polished chrome
  • 3 1/2″ basket strainer RNW35L for deep fireclay sink applications only – in polished chrome
  • Decorative curved pull handle cabinetry hardware WH54 with inset circular designs in polished chrome

The idea behind galley kitchens is to help home owners efficiently carry out their activities in their various kitchens, no matter how small. In its design, the best combination of functionality and space are combined to achieve a visually appealing work space in your home. For the best results, always consider various design techniques and compare them to your space to choose what works best, not just for the space but for you as well.

The base image’s source was created by Portland, OR based architect/design firm Buckenmeyer Architecture and found through here.

Would you ever consider a home with a galley kitchen in it? Do you have a galley kitchen? Tell us!

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