Galley kitchens tend to have a bad reputation amongst homeowners and buyers. A galley kitchen is typically one that’s relatively small, but that maximizes available space. It’s also frequently defined as a kitchen in which two counter areas run parallel to one another.
While galley kitchens may not offer tons of square footage, they can be a beautiful, functional and efficient space. Just check out these 33 swoon-worthy galley kitchens that make the most of the available space.
This kitchen, found on Ideas Homay, is a unique variation of the galley kitchen. It technically falls into this classification because of the square footage and layout, but rather than having two counters running parallel to one another, the space is opened up with the presence of a large island.
Found on DeHouss, this galley kitchen features stunning, sleek cabinetry and a design that maximizes natural light, opening the space up.
This kitchen, by Habersham and Bastille Metal Works, may be compact, but the stunning finishes, high-quality cabinetry and abundance of storage make it a standout.
Featured on Decozilla, this kitchen feels clean, simple and fresh. It’s a design that will stand the test of time.
This streamlined, modern and European-style galley kitchen featured on the AFreakAtHeart blog, manages to do something many small kitchens can’t—provides eat-in space.
This Moroccan-inspired kitchen designed by Salamoff Design Studio, works well with the existing design of the home and incorporates the stunning architectural details in the kitchen with the overall design.
High-gloss cabinetry creates a modern feel, while natural light floods into this galley kitchen from both the skylight above and the long window at the end of the kitchen. Check out more of this space, designed by Bromilow Architects.
This classically designed kitchen, featured on EveryDayPhotos.co, may not have a lot of square footage, but the arched details and high ceilings make it feel much larger.
With cabinetry extending to the ceiling, there’s plenty of storage in this kitchen, from SLS Interior Design. This kitchen also appears larger thanks to the primarily white color palette, which works well with the natural light.
The use of the raw, exposed brick in this kitchen is visually stunning. Check out more of this amazing kitchen.
From Lynn Morgan Design, with this kitchen you can quickly forget it follows the galley layout. Standout features of this kitchen include the wide entryway, high ceilings, and the recessed lights.
While it may be small, every detail of this kitchen featured in House Beautiful, is incredible, from the round window above the sink to the detailed mosaic-style tile on the floor.
Modern style, contemporary cabinetry, and under-cabinet lighting all come together to create a stylized galley kitchen. See more of this design from Andreas Charalambous.
Transitional Shaker-style cabinetry in a warm wood tone pairs with dramatic countertops and an extremely functional layout in this design from Christopher Grubb.
Bold lighting choices and cottage-inspired cabinetry lend to the feeling of distinction you discover in this small kitchen, featured on HGTV.com.
Just because a kitchen is small doesn’t mean you can’t still make bold design decisions, which is just what designer Sheila Bridges did with the addition of blue cabinetry and patterned wallpaper.
Often a small kitchen can be a great place to splurge on high-end finishes and design details. This kitchen, created by Drury Design, boasts thick stone countertops and an abundance of glass and stainless steel.
A neutral color palette and an ethereal, glow-like lighting concept create a cozy space in this galley kitchen featured on HGTV.com.
This black and white kitchen design combines elements of both modern and traditional design, for a feeling that’s timeless but also fresh.
The creation of yacht designers Brooke Marine, this kitchen includes a modern cabinet concept that pairs well with the more traditional dining area located just outside the entryway.
There’s an instant sense of warmth and coziness you’ll find in this small farmhouse-inspired kitchen. You can check out more of this inviting and classically designed kitchen on Housetohome.co.uk.
This high-fashion kitchen from designers Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi doesn’t have tons of storage but instead uses wall space to display black-and-white art.
This cozy, charming kitchen features beautiful wood on the counters and floors as well as a window that gives you great outdoor views, making you feel like you’re doing dishes in nature. Check out more of this retreat-like home on ApartmentTherapy.com
Highlighted on Kitchn.com, this space has a very classic design style, and the inclusion of a rug warms the space and adds more character.
Don’t be afraid to experiment in a small kitchen. It can turn out beautifully, as evidenced by this Blair Harris designs featuring dark blue cabinets, butcher block countertops, and white subway tile.
Amazing wallpaper, stunning light fixtures and richly colored wood floors make this small kitchen a design standout. You can see more of this kitchen and home, designed by Meg Braff Interiors.
Pops of cherry red and vibrant countertops make this small kitchen, shown on Quintessence Blog, feel like a one-of-a-kind work of art.
This design shows a galley layout can still prove to have the look and functionality of a true chef’s kitchen.
Hidden storage areas keep this kitchen, showcased on Colorado Home Explorer, clutter-free. Even the refrigerator is smartly disguised behind a white panel door.
The design team at Jenny Wolf Interiors made the most of all available space in this rustic-modern kitchen, particularly when it came to the built-in bistro-style seating against the window.
The kitchen of this rowhouse, shown on Traditional Home, has beautiful cabinetry that extends to the ceiling and features interior lighting. There are also clean sightlines to the outdoor patio, making the space feel much more open.
While this kitchen, featured on Canadian House & Home, started as a true galley, by knocking out a wall the designers were able to open it up and make it feel unique and airy. Also unique about this kitchen design are the open stainless steel shelves and large-scale backsplash tiles.
This French-country kitchen shown on HGTV’s inspiration gallery features placement of the range along the back wall, making for an interesting and efficient layout. The ornate hood over the range makes this the focal point of the kitchen.