When space is at a premium and a layout needs to cater for several different functions, a well-considered single-galley design can be the answer – Angelica Hedges rounds up 10 inspirational one-wall kitchens.
1. This straight galley design from British Standard by Plain English creates distinct zones for the different functions – the washing and sink area is at one end of the scheme, with the cooking and extraction functions over on the far left, allowing for a spacious worktop in the middle. The off-the-peg wooden cupboards from British Standard work subtly with the paint colour Bath Stone by Little Greene, creating a natural toned workspace that blends with the wider living area it's part of.
2. From Design Space London, this single galley brings together varying neutral tones, which allow every zone in this space to mix together elegantly. The cabinets from Modulnova’s Moon Gola kitchen collection blend softly into the background, and have a lengthening effect on the rest of the space. In addition, this allows the central dining zone and chandelier to be the main focus of the kitchen, with it’s stronger colours standing out against the more muted scheme behind.
3. The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by DeVol Kitchens combines style with functionality in this spacious single galley design, with subtle monochromatic cupboard doors that contrast with the earth toned neutral countertop and bench. The kitchen layout flows effortlessly through the cooking zone and wet area, to include a cooker, dishwasher, and sink, with a freestanding Smeg fridge placed to the side. While seemingly simple, this one-wall kitchen is positioned to welcome light into the space and add to the open atmosphere.
4. In this apartment kitchen from Mowlem & Co, the space-saving quality of the single run design has been optimised to its full potential. The key utility areas in the scheme are in two zones either side of the fireplace, with the upper units reaching the ceiling to maximise storage. The worktops are Cameo White Corian, accompanied by glass splashbacks from Glassology. The lacquer of the flat panel furniture is painted in Farrow & Ball’s muted Mole's Breath, which allows the dining zone and fireplace to take centre stage.
5. This single line kitchen from Design Space London puts the emphasis on a seamless flow from the whole space to the kitchen zone itself. The cabinets are in a Pearl Grey lacquer with a stainless-steel plinth, fitting perfectly with the shelving component of the space, while the cabinets are also handleless for a minimalistic feel. Featuring a continuous steel worktop with a fitted sink, an induction hob and custom-made extraction above, this kitchen is a cool blend of style and functionality.
6. This Real Shaker Kitchen from DeVol focuses on storage and workspace for a decluttered look, with the straight run of Blue Shaker cupboards merging seamlessly with the rest of the narrow room. The Smeg cooker and double Belfast sink at opposite ends elongate this design, while cup handles in a warm finish contrast with the deeper colour of the cupboards, enhancing the high-contrast palette.
7. This entire one-wall kitchen from Ledbury Studio appears to be a statement piece in its own right with all the contrasting finishes on show, from the hand-textured sheet metal that forms the cupboards to the handles made from concave stainless steel. The Bianco Macaubas Quartzite worktops add drama, while gold leaf elements in the Verre Eglomise splashback reflect natural light around the room, boosting the sense of openness in this kitchen/living/dining space.
8. From the Light Kitchen collection by Modulnova, this one-wall kitchen by Design Space London is part of a sophisticated monochrome scheme, which is highlighted by sleek cabinets in frosted white glass to reflect a natural light back into the interior space. The natural flow is emphasised by the unobtrusive handleless design of the cabinets, while subtle shelving in a dark finish offers optimum storage.
9. From Pluck Kitchens, this one-wall design features seamless colour contrasts, with the Green Brockwell Moss Laminate and Sweet Chestnut finish creating a natural and homely atmosphere. With finger holes instead of traditional handles keeping the kitchen open and airy, the addition of open shelving and a single-door larder help to maintain a clean and minimalist feel.
10. The Sebastian Cox Kitchen from DeVol, shown here in a Regency London townhouse, features a copper worktop that spans the entire length of this single-wall kitchen, including an integrated sink and the back walls, which form a matt copper splashback. The warm metallic finish creates a striking contrast the walls and cupboards, lifting the mood in a room where both space and natural light are limited.