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What are some ideas for remodeling a small galley kitchen?

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Brighten and create space when remodeling a small galley kitchen. To add space, install deep cabinets or ones that extend to the ceiling. For light, use a reflective glass tile backsplash. Other design options include opening up a wall or removing it completely.

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Galley kitchens are typically designed for efficiency. Some designs place an oven range, the sink and a refrigerator against one wall. The triangle approach places two appliances against one wall with the other one opposite. Installing appliances flush with cabinets works with either arrangement to create a streamlined space.

Opening up the kitchen is another idea. Replacing one wall with an island lined with bar stools creates a functional space for dining. Integrating a sink uses the triangle approach. If removal is not an option, decorate an end wall with tile, wallpaper or a large piece of art. If space allows, install cabinets into the end wall for a U-shaped design. Another idea is to install a narrow breakfast bar with a stool.

To address narrow lines, make use of vertical space with hanging pots and dish racks. For expansion, install large gray floor tiles with high-gloss white cabinets. To add light, use cabinets with glass doors.

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