Elegant Navy and White Galley Kitchen

DaytonNavy & WhiteJamel W. New York, New York

galley kitchen with two-tone cabinets in navy and white
This galley kitchen kept the same layout, but well-designed cabinetry and decorative details give it a new, elegant look.

Interior Designer

“I love kitchen and bath design,” CliqStudios Pro Partner Jamel Williams shares. “That is actually how I became connected with CliqStudios. Before I even had a kitchen project, I always followed CliqStudios on Instagram.

“I’m a full service interior designer,” Jamel continues. “I normally work on residential projects, which range from updating furniture to full gut renovations.”

“When I met this client, he actually mentioned CliqStudios to me,” Jamel recalls. “I was quite excited to have the opportunity to use CliqStudios cabinetry.”

Jamel partnered with kitchen designer Ashley Thompson.

“It was great that Ashley could take her expertise of the CliqStudios products and offer unique and helpful ideas on the layout and sizing of the cabinets,” Jamel says.

galley kitchen with navy and white cabinets, stainless appliances and gold hardware
These homeowners love to cook, so they needed a kitchen with cabinet storage, professional appliances and style.

Maximizing a Galley Kitchen

“This was a new home for the client,” Jamel explains. “Initially, the space was two apartments, with two kitchens. The last owner removed the larger kitchen and kept the galley style kitchen instead.”

The dream for this project was to move the kitchen back to the original space. This would create a larger kitchen and an open floor plan.

“However, the homeowners discovered there were issues with moving the gas line,” Jamel says. “So they had to keep the galley kitchen instead. At that point, it became more of a challenge of how we could maximize the space.”

Jamel knew well-placed cabinetry was the solution.

navy and white cabinets with brass bar hardware and white pearlescent, herringbone backsplash
A pearlescent herringbone backsplash and brass hardware bring elegance to this kitchen.

“In this situation we needed all the cabinet storage space we could get,” he says. “I like to take the design from floor to ceiling, which some people are hesitant to do in existing spaces.”

“It almost seemed like the previous owner got stock cabinetry and placed it just wherever it fit,” Jamel recalls. “Everything was just kind of pick up and go and nothing was secured. The previous owner didn’t utilize the space to the fullest.”

“Being that CliqStudios cabinets are semi-custom, they worked out perfectly,” Jamel says. “We were able to adjust sizes as we needed.”

The result is well-placed cabinetry with a built-in look and plenty of storage.

white kitchen with navy base cabinets, microwave cabinet next to stainless dishwasher and wood floating shelves above the sink
The homeowners wanted to maximize counter space in this kitchen, so a base microwave cabinet was a must.

Kitchen Designed for a Cook

Because Jamel’s client loves to cook, there were a few things the design couldn’t compromise on.

“Having a pantry was important, as well as professional grade appliances in a residential size,” Jamel says. “I think the open shelving on the end is really cool because he can show off his cookbooks there.”

Blending styles both homeowners enjoyed was also a priority.

“The clients love white and blue and wanted a cohesive space with a clean, open airy feel, while being artsy and contemporary too,” Jamel says.

“I would say this design is a blend of two or three different aesthetics,” Jamel says. “The client’s vision is always primary to me, but I’m able to expand on it with trends and find other ideas to create a unique space.”

navy sink base cabinet with white apron-front sink, surrounded by white cabinets, stainless dishwasher and wood floating shelves above
The wood floating shelves and white apron sink bring in elements of farmhouse style.

Elegant Navy and White Galley Kitchen

“One of my favorite parts of the kitchen is the whole sink area with the reclaimed shelves and the navy apron sink cabinets,” Jamel says. “I also love the pantry and fridge on either end of the kitchen that frame the cabinets in. It has a beautiful, custom built-in finish.”

“I love the mixed materials and the navy and white cabinet design,” CliqStudios kitchen designer Ashley says. “It shows how you can use dark colored cabinets in smaller spaces and it can still feel really light and open.”

“I also love that Jamel used the brass hardware and fixtures,” Ashley continues. “It gives the kitchen a modern look. All the little touches like the wood shelves and the open shelving are so tastefully done.”

While beautiful projects like this inspire many remodels, Jamel recognizes the process can be challenging.

“I commend homeowners who have the courage to take on a renovation,” Jamel shares. “And those that introduce a professional. Because they allow themselves to step back and see another idea and how far the kitchen design can go.”

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Before & After Photos

narrow galley kitchen with limited cabinet storage and prep space
galley kitchen with two-tone cabinets in navy and white
white kitchen with navy base cabinets, microwave cabinet next to stainless dishwasher and wood floating shelves above the sink
navy sink base cabinet with white apron-front sink, surrounded by white cabinets, stainless dishwasher and wood floating shelves above
navy and white cabinets with brass bar hardware and white pearlescent, herringbone backsplash
galley kitchen with navy and white cabinets, stainless appliances and gold hardware

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  1. Brandy Perez Reply

    Great move the fridge to the window open up wall where stove is and white and grey

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