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Galley Kitchen Tips - J.P. Weigand & Sons, Inc.

The last two years have brought many changes in the housing market, including the need for space. Buyers are prioritizing space for a home office or a home gym when viewing Wichita homes for sale, and they're willing to make a galley-style kitchen work. Our real estate agents can show you how.

  • Option One: Maximize Available Space
    First and foremost, use as much available space as possible. It's an easy concept but one that takes work. While ensuring you have floor-to-ceiling cabinets and the like might make sense, this can exacerbate the general claustrophobic feeling of a galley-style kitchen.

    The way around this is to create the illusion of more space. This can be done best with lighting. Darkness and shadows only work against you when it comes to small spaces. Whether with a row of hanging lamps or numerous built-in lighting under cabinets, they all will help keep your kitchen from feeling like a cave. If possible, an actual window may be worth installing. It means less space but allows for natural lighting. Even better is to install a skylight. Not only does it open up the space even more, but natural light is also more pleasing to the eye than artificial light.

  • Option Two: Trade Space for Openness
    This is a non-intuitive option that can work well if storage is available elsewhere. Embrace the galley-style with shelving instead of upper cabinets. While exposing your items to view, it opens up more space to the eye and lessens the feeling of the area being cramped. Like in a restaurant, adding hooks to the shelves to hang items (knives and pots especially) can be a space-saver and add to the aesthetic.

  • Other Considerations
    A narrow kitchen brings with it a safety challenge. The reduced space increases the chance to catch oneself on cabinet handles and the like. To combat this, try to go with décor and appliances that have few protruding handles or none at all. This can give your kitchen a sleek, modern look which further helps to give the impression of more space.

    Your paint scheme and flooring are other ways to trick the eye. Light or cool hues reflect light better, which works in tandem with your lighting and windows. Use vertical stripes or patterns on the walls or horizontal stripes on the flooring. Both work to give the feeling of more space. Wood paneling can be an excellent choice for flooring by ensuring the planks go the length of the kitchen.

Studies have shown that kitchens and bathrooms are the two rooms buyers really focus on. These same studies show that remodeling dollars are best spent there. Therefore a careful look at your galley kitchen is critical to maximize your selling price. We're here to help you do just that. Contact us today.

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