So what do you do when your number one complaint is that the kitchen feels enclosed?
Here are two pictures that show how to open up a small galley-style kitchen.
The first picture shows how removing the wall cabinets and soffit from one side and adding accent lighting on artwork makes the room feel much wider.
This next picture takes the same concept a step further by removing the upper area of the wall completely creating an island. This is obviously the more expensive option since you might need to install a beam to support the ceiling in addition to the plumbing and electrical work required but the difference is significant.
Both scenarios would require a pantry or the ability to store less frequently used items nearby.
The second scenario provides more options in color choices as demonstrated by the navy walls that would never be attempted in an enclosed kitchen. The ability to add seating to the back of the island could eliminate the typical breakfast nook table providing a place to add storage cabinetry or build a pantry.