Galley Kitchen Design in Classic European Style

Reno Q & A

with Geneviève Joyal

Galley Kitchen in European Style Galley Kitchen in European Style Q

None of the finishes in our galley kitchen correspond with the historical charm of our mature home. Surrounded by other rooms, this space receives very little natural light and the current fluorescents are an unflattering solution. The existing appliance layout is one of the few redeeming features... We seem to gravitate towards natural materials and, ideally, would like the new space to look as though it belongs – like it’s always been there. How do you suggest we revive this tired kitchen?
- Patrick


The faux beams make the windowless room seem darker and the ceilings lower than reality. By removing them and widening the opening that faces the den below we succeed in accommodating a proper breakfast bar and allow light from the adjacent room to flood in. White shaker cabinets, a foolproof solution when dealing with narrow spaces, are softened with an inset cove moulding and complementing crown for a timeless look. Reclaimed bricks were hand-picked, sliced and veneered to mimic the existing fireplace surround and exterior of the house. Due to its similar veining and tones, we opted for a carefully selected slab of Super White quartzite as a more resilient alternative to marble. The patina of the hardware, cinnamon stained hardwoods, traditional champagne faucet and cast iron sink are some of the details that infuse warmth and character. Layering natural materials along with aged finishes results in a classic European aesthetic perfectly suited for this home.

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