Before & After: Opening Up a Galley Kitchen

House & Home

Many of you dream of taking a sledgehammer to one of your kitchen walls, opening the room up to the living or dining area. More light! Interaction with your family and dinner guests! (Personally, I'm the opposite; I actually built a wall to close off my kitchen.) But this kitchen definitely benefitted from the former frame of mind. The result?

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Definitely a light-filled, interact-your-heart-out kind of space.

The owners replaced the right wall with a substantial island that separates the kitchen from the living area, and they also tore out the old cabinets, using open shelving instead.

I love the tiling on the left wall, which defines that half as decidedly "kitchen" and looks so clean and bright. And it looks like the island extends even farther than the original wall, making the room feel bigger.

Read more in this slideshow at Canadian House & Home.

(p.s. The rugs are great, too. I think I've seen them at IKEA but can't find them on the website. Anyone know?)

Related: Screening Off and Open Kitchen

(Images: Donna Griffith/House & Home)