Top 5 Kitchen Island Design Tips from our Staffordshire Show Room

When renovating your kitchen, adding an island can be a temptation – here are the top 5  design considerations to ponder.

Sandra of Staffordshire Kitchens at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors in Stafford has created this top 5 list of design considerations for kitchen islands.


Kitchen islands can be made to most shapes and sizes and can work well with both contemporary and traditional kitchens. We can help you design, supply and fit the kitchen island and kitchen that suits your home, your needs and the style that you desire.

One of the first considerations for kitchen islands is what do you wish to gain by adding an island? This can be broken down into 5 areas.

Function of the Kitchen Island

What do you want the function of your kitchen island to be – what is it’s purpose?

Kitchen islands can have multi purpose uses from creating additional work surface area, additional storage, additional under counter space for appliances, additional table, desk, breakfast bar area for multi purpose use, to defining the kitchen area in an open plan kitchen, dining and living room.

Not considering what the function of the island is may lead to adding an island that is just an ornament rather than adding true value, use and style to the space.

To ensure you get the kitchen design that meets your needs we offer kitchen design consultations in our Stafford studio  as well as home kitchen design consultations across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire, Sutton Coldfield, Streetley, Birmingham and Solihull. We can also create your kitchen in our 3D CAD design system so that you can visualise how your new kitchen and kitchen island will look and work for you and your home.

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Position of the Kitchen Island

Adding a kitchen island or u shaped island may be the perfect solution to create work surface area when considering the architecture of the space that the kitchen will inhabit.

If the building has long windows or full length windows these may take a lot of wall space and by adding a kitchen island of some shape or form this creates the much needed work surface areas and positions for sinks and may be appliances too. The addition of a kitchen island can create an architecurally pleasing space by maintaining the features within the building, as well as a pleasing practical and stylish space.

With our 3D CAD design system we can create your space and add the kitchen style and design to enable you to visualise how the kitchen island and kitchen will look in your home. By booking a kitchen design consultation in our Stafford studio we can also show you the designs on our large screen so that you can get a more accurate feel or what your new kitchen will be like before we fit it for you.

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Practicality of the Kitchen Island

Kitchen islands can have a variety of uses. Depending on the size of your kitchen space and the design layout of the kitchen, the island may be a plain work surface or may have sinks or hobs and even extractor fans placed in it. There are a variety of extractor hoods and lighting options that can be placed above kitchen islands which make the addition of a hob in the island a very practical solution. Therefore hobs no longer need to be placed on outside walls for the extractor fan to be situated on. It’s all down to personal choice and budget too!

If you need additional storage then considering adding open shelves under the work surface may be an option – having pets or small children or preferring a more minimalistic style – then adding cabinets may be a preferred more practical option.

Kitchen islands can be made larger and have  cabinets or shelves on both sides of the islands to maximise on storage space.

Breakfast bars may be added to the existing height of the work surface or made higher to accomodate breakfast bar stools or lower to create an additional table area suitable for use with dining chairs or normal height stools.

Our 3D CAD design will help you to select the best island and kitchen layout to suit you and your home. With large screen viewing available in our Stafford studio.

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Size of the Kitchen Island

The size of the kitchen island will be influenced by all of the other 4 design considerations – function, position, practicality and shape as well as the work flow in the kitchen and the space that the kitchen will inhabit itself.

Islands can be a small projection of one or two cabinets with a work surface the same size or one that overhangs slightly to create a small area to perch at, or a larger overhang to sit more comfortably at. Or islands can be much larger with under counter appliances such as fridges, freezers, chiller draws, dishwashers or wine fridges.

Creating the right kitchen island for your home, your needs and your style is what we specialise in at Staffordshire Kitchens based in Stafford at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors. Our 3D CAD design system enables you to visualise how the kitchen island and kitchen will look in your home.


Form of the Kitchen Island

The form or shape of the kitchen island will also be influenced by the other 4 design factors function, position, practicality and size. Contemporary kitchens tend to be very straight lined, however islands can be made with curved units at one or both ends dependent on the availability of curved units in the door selection made for the kitchen.

If curved units are not available then the edges of the work surfaces may be curved to reduce sharp corners.

There are so many design options to consider when designing a kitchen that having a sit down consultation with our designer in our Stafford Kitchen Design Studio will help to ensure that we can create you the kitchen of your dreams that meets the needs of you and your family as well as the space that it is in.

For more information or to book your 3D kitchen design consultation please contact Sandra at Staffordshire Kitchens at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors tel: 01785 229306 email

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Renovating, building an extension or revamping your home or kitchen in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, West Midlands, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or London? We can help you create your ideal home with our interior design skills.

We can work with you & your architect to ensure your home has the right use of space & light & layout to avoid costly mistakes.

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We can design, specify, supply, fit & even project manage your homes transformation.

From planning, supplying & fitting kitchens, bathrooms, wardrobe layouts, built in units, extension layouts, whole house decor schemes, curtains, blinds, motorised tracks & blinds, flooring & lighting.

If you’re busy we can take a load off your mind & shoulders by project managing your internal changes for you whilst you relax & enjoy the process.kitchens, Staffordshire, Cheshire, planning, fitted, Solihull, German, SuttonColdfield, Lichfield, island, family, room

If you’re thinking of embarking on building an extension or revamping your home why not call us to see how we can help you to ensure your interior design will be one that you will love & your freinds will envy?

FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors for all your interior design needs across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Birmingham, Solihull, Sutton Coldfied & London.

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We are pleased to announce New Brands Available in our Stafford Interior Design Store/ Studio

2019 - FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors are pleased to announce that we now have the following new brands that we are working with in our Stafford Store / Studio -

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Fabulous Cole & Son quirky, contemporary, traditional wallpapers & soon to be launched fabric are sure to be a talking point in the interior design scheme of your home. Come and take a peek at them in our Interior Design Store/ Studio - easy to walk to in Stafford town centre.

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ROMO contemporary fabrics & wallpapers along with ZINC and Black Editions - sumptuous, stylish fabrics & wallpapers will add that glamourous unique feel to any home.

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Mark Alexander silks, wools contemporary luxurious fabrics provide a sumptous feel. Villa Nova - have a plethora of fabrics - we adore their wonderful childrens collection of fabrics & wallpapers.

Whether you're looking for contemporary or traditional or funky quality made to measure curtains or blinds in Staffordshire, Cheshire, Sutton Coldfield , Solihull, Birmingham, Manchester, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire or London then  book our interior design service & we can bring our fabulous fabric selections to you in the comfort of your own home.

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Colefax & Fowler well known for their stylish traditional fabrics & wallpapers including their brand Jane Churchill are also a new addition to our tool kit of products to create your gorgeous new interior from. Jane Churchill new collections are now available to touch, feel & see in Stafford at FunkyWunkyDoodahs Inspired Designed Interiors Unit 2 Gaol Mews just off Gaol Road.

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1838 Wallcoverings - offer both heritage & contemporary wallpapers including a new mural range ideal for creating your perfect feature wall in your Staffordshire, Cheshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire or London home.

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Finally Linwood  with their wide selection of fabrics ideal for curtains, blinds & upholstery as well as complementing Linwood Wallpapers have a unique style all of their own.

All these new brands of fabrics  & many more brands are available in our Stafford shop/  Studio ideal for made to measure curtains, blinds & upholstery.

If you fancy a fabulous bespoke sofa &/ or chairs - we can make those for you too from any of our fabrics at FunkyWunkydooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors - Nationwide delivery available too.

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These photos are a mere drop in the ocean of the types & styles of fabrics & wallpapers that we can access to create your unique interior that you will love & your friends will envy.

We can design your whole room or house as well as supply & fit & even project manage the transformation for you.

So if you want to work with an Interior Designer & Company that you can trust then call us on 01785 229306 or email to book your home design consultation.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.


What Inspires You?

What Inspires You?

Here Tricia Guild shares what inspired her to create her current Designers Guild Collection.

Vibrant colours, luxury velvets, graphic patterns & sumptuous plains. Fabulous wallpapers as well as fabrics! All available to touch, feel & see at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors – Unit 2 Gaol Mews, Gaol Road, Stafford, ST16 3AN. Fancy an Inspired Designed Interior that’s just you? Call us on 01785 229 306. Email


Inspirational Lounges for Autumn Winter 2018

After a long hot Summer, Autumn is starting to have that chill nip to the air.  Putting the heating on can still leave over neutralised looking homes feeling cool and chilly. Why not warm them up with a splash of spicy colour with richly coloured made to measure curtains, or an accent chair or new sofa?

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Fabulous Spicy, Richly Coloured Fabrics by Designers Guild at FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors in Stafford.

To warm a room, colour addition need not be so bright, a touch of blush can create a calming yet warming lounge.

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Adding blush coloured fabrics warms up cool greys as seen with James Hare Ltd Fabrics – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors Staffordshire.

Who says blue can’t be warming? This rich cobalt blue by Designers Guild with it’s purple tones adds depth and warmth to this neutral room. Whether flowered or geometric, these patterns & colours add feeling & interest to this high ceilinged space. Which would you choose?

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Rich Cobalt Blue by Designers Guild – a warming blue addition to your home – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors Staffordshire.

If  you’re a nature lover & miss being out doors then why not bring the outside inside with fabulous blush toned leafy design wallpaper.

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Blush toned Osborne & Little wallpaper adding subtle warmth to a room – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors Staffordshire

Or for a more full, rich dramatic outdoors indoors look that evokes warmth Designers Guild have nailed it with this sumptuous wallpaper panel.

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Designers Guild Rich Wallpaper evoking warmth of the outdoors – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors Staffordshire

Splashes of rich purples & pinks as wall papers, curtains, upholstery or soft furnishings work well with cool greys or for a deeper richer look with black or navy.

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Warming Purple & Pink Colours by Designers Guild add depth to any lounge or space – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors


Back to black – mixing black with vibrant greens gives a fresh yet warming dramatic look to walls or curtains with these gorgeous papers & fabrics by Osborne & Little.


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Back to Black – mixed with vibrant greens for a fresh, yet warming dramatic look – Osborne & Little – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors Staffordshire


So if you fancy a new warming look for your lounge – why not pay us a visit at our studio – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors – specialising in creating rooms you will love & your friends will envy – at Unit 2 Gaol Mews, Gaol Road, Stafford, ST 16 3AN.

Call 01785 229306 to book your free one hour in store/ studio consultation.


Posh Designer Paint with the “metamerism” WOW factor!

Metamerism - Little Greene Paint Co Staffordshire

As Designers we simply love Little Greene Paint & Paper Company Ltd’s gorgeous paints & wallpapers. Little Greene’s paint may be referred to as “Posh Designer Paint” & it’s quality & finish certainly warrant the price tag! Especially as the paint is also designed to cover well, hold it’s colour over time & be durable whilst still maintaining very low sheen properties. High traffic areas such as halls & kitchens can benefit from the Intelligent Matt & Intelligent Eggshell ranges which are washable too.

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Little Greene’s paints certainly have the WOW factor due to it’s metamerism properties. The colour of the paint changes in different lights, growing deeper in shade and lighter in full sun. The image above shows one of the new 25 shades of green that will be available from Mid September. See how the colour deepens away from the light of the window? Simply gorgeous!

So if you’re looking to decorate & want to develop a colour scheme that you will love & will leave your friends “greene” with envy – then call in & see us at Unit 2 Gaol Mews, Stafford or phone us on 01785 229306 to book your free one hour in store colour consultation.

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Nature As Inspiration For A Tranquil Interior

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Whilst looking skywards from my sun lounger in France this week I was struck by how amazingly blue the sky was & how the light bounced off the wonderfully green leaves on the trees. “If only the sky could be like this all of the time how marvellous I would feel” was one of my passing thoughts.

Then it struck me as to how nature had inspired Tricia Guild to create the Giardino Segreto fabric & wallpaper range.Nature Inspired Interior FunkyWunkyDooDahs Ltd Staffordshire

So I’m in luck – fabulous fabrics & wallpapers to remind me of the wonderful Spring & Summer skies & foliage even in the depths of Winter.

Why not pop in and see this fabulous range for yourself & let us create your nature inspired designed interior – whether it’s a pair of curtains for your garden room or lounge or a whole redesign?

FunkyWunkyDoodahs – Inspired Designed Interiors – Unit 2 Gaol Mews, Gaol Road, Stafford, ST16 3AN.

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