Put tall cabinets on one wall. If you're designing a galley kitchen as described above, it's preferable to go for a wall length of at least 12 feet so the sink and cooktop can be placed far enough away from each other.
Depending on the number of people in your household, this may not be a problem, but if you have small children or pets, you won't want them charging through the kitchen while you're holding a sharp knife or a pan of boiling water.
… or asymmetrical. You can opt for an asymmetrical layout instead, using various approaches. One involves focusing tall cabinets or a bank of appliances on one side of the room, with base and wall units on the other. Or you can go with a mix of tall and wall units along one side, with a single run of base units on the other if, for example, you have an open-plan space, as pictured here.
That means that if there's no possibility of opening up the space, it's potentially not the most sociable of arrangements. On the other hand, a galley layout in an open-plan space can offer the best of both worlds. (Read on for details about galley kitchens with islands.)