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Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 11/29/2019

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The size of your kitchen does not necessarily determine its functionality. What matters more is how you utilize the space you have. With long aisles and parallel counter spaces, galley kitchens are a great and efficient option. This design provides plenty of room for storage and preparation. Galley kitchens feature a central aisle with countertops, appliances, and cabinetry on either side. It is an excellent option for small kitchen spaces but also works well for mid-sized areas. Galley kitchens are built for efficiency and when well-conceived, can also help to control traffic flow in and out of the kitchen. If you wish to have your small kitchen remodeled, the galley design is one to consider.

The tips listed below will ensure you get the best from your galley kitchen design.

Storage

There are several storage options that can be incorporated into a galley kitchen. Because the footprint is narrow, youíll want to make use of vertical spaces. If you prefer to have more counter space, create symmetry with a design that utilizes counters and base cabinets on both sides. Include open shelving or glass-front cabinets above your counters for dishes and glasses. If storage is more important to you, consider using one wall for floor to ceiling cabinets and utilize the other wall for open shelving, and preparation space. 

Style

When it comes to styling this kitchen type, your creativity comes to play. The galley kitchen is a style that encourages minimalism, but donít be afraid to introduce interesting colors or materials. If you donít have much natural light, consider incorporating lighter colored materials and installing plenty of lighting options to brighten your work areas. If your space is especially narrow, selecting cabinetry that does not need knobs or pulls will save you visual space.

Seating

Because of its narrow layout, a galley kitchen design is not one that can accommodate a dining table and chairs. Incorporating a seating area can be a challenge. If you want to be social while you work around the kitchen, consider using an island as one side of the galley. This allows for counter height seating on the opposite side of your prep surface but doesnít interrupt the flow of your space.





Posted by Cheryl Caldwell on 9/27/2019

There's no getting around it ó and no getting around in it! A small bathroom is just, well, small! If you've got a tiny bath and no way to enlarge it, do the next best thing, give it some of the Alice in Wonderland magic with mirrors and glass.

Subtle reflections

A standard, builderís grade bath typically has one large mirror above the vanity (or stand-alone sink if your bathroom is super small). Create some reflective light by attaching a glass shelf in front of the mirror and populating it with colored or clear glass bottles of varying heights. Light reflecting off the various surfaces bounces around the room and off the ceiling to give your space a sparkling, sunlight on water feeling.

Add more mirrors of various sizes, shapes, and frames to the room to allow the light to cast a glow into dark corners while dressing up plain walls. Mirrors of differing depths (think shadow box versus floating frames versus one matted light a picture) add dimension to your room.

Or choose a mirror-backed frame around a metallic sculpture to double down on reflection back into the room. Perhaps add reflective metallic frames in various metals around your mirrors to complete the look. Or, try a mirrored frame around a reflective object.

To increase how light moves in the room, instead of a patterned or colored shower curtain, choose a heavy clear hotel-weight curtain with decorative mirrored, metallic, or reflective rings. Seeing through the curtain into the bath area increases the roomís visual size by extending the view.

Change out your light fixture for a mirrored one that reflects both the light and the room and choose LED bulbs in warm white for the most natural light for makeup application and cooler bulbs over the shower and bath for a more relaxing experience.

Finally, if windows are high enough, leave them uncovered to allow as much light in as possible. If they are too low and risk exposure, consider covering them with a thin frosted film rather than a curtain or blind so that light still passes into the room while preserving your privacy. Mirror the back of the door as well, so that when it's closed, it casts backlight into the room. Give the space that much more reflection by choosing shiny chrome fixtures too.

And if youíre in the market for a larger bath, talk to your real estate professional about whatís available in your community.




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