Top 5 Design Elements to Consider for Your New Kitchen.

Whether you’ve just moved house and can’t stand “her” kitchen or you’re renovating your home, here are 5 top design elements to consider when designing your new dream kitchen.

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Sandra at our Stafford kitchen design studio is happy to work with you on your design and create the kitchen of your dreams that you will love and your friends will envy. Eagerly awaiting our new kitchen showroom in Staffordshire – FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors can supply design and fit quality German made kitchens as well as British made kitchens. Here’s what Sandra has to share with you about kitchen design considerations.

Kitchen Design Tip 1 : Space planning –

The first consideration when investing in a new kitchen “is the current kitchen large enough for you?” If the answer is “yes” then that’s great news. If the answer is “no” – then how can you make the kitchen larger?

Could the kitchen be made larger by creating an extension, taking down a dividing wall to a dining room or utility room.

Or if removal of walls and or building a kitchen extension are not within budget, or not a practical solution for your home, would creating more kitchen storage , having a different layout and clearing worksurfaces make the kitchen feel more spacious?

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Kitchen Design Tip 2: Function –

This may seem like a straight forward consideration and a straight forward answer could be “to cook in”. But more careful consideration of how you, or you and your family wish to use the room will help to develop a new kitchen design that will work for everyone.

Is the kitchen simply for cooking in? A kitchen that can simply be a kitchen with a door closing it off from the dining room or rest of the house may work really well for single people or for couples.

However in family homes, the kitchen becomes more the heart of the home and opening the space to encompass a dining area and possibly a family space means that the  kitchen becomes a more functional and inclusive  area to all family members. So whilst the person is cooking they are able to keep an eye on younger children playing or encourage older children with home work or studying. For working people they may sit and work whilst watching the meal cooking to avoid cremating the food. Yes – we’ve all got distracted with emails and work and forgotten the dinner cooking away!

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Kitchen Design Tip 3: Layout –

The layout of a kitchen is influenced by many factors and considering these will help to design a clever layout that really works for you and your family’s needs.

For example – the position of the windows, the size of the windows and the view from the window will influence the layout. Traditionally the kitchen sink is placed under the window as much time was spent washing up and the person doing the dishwashing could enjoy the view of the garden. However with the advent of the marvellous dishwasher and the majority of homes using one – how much time is spent at the kitchen sink?

Could the view be more appreciated whilst sitting doing a few more emails whilst the dinner is cooking? Now we are not saying “do not put the kitchen sink under the window” – but what we’re saying is that we work with you to consider the layout and how you use your kitchen to create a kitchen that really works for you.

Some simple considerations on lay out are the proximity of the sink to the kettle (unless you have a boiler tap at the sink)  to the mug or cup, tea and coffee storage as well as the fridge. The proximity of dishwasher to the sink and the storage of plates and cutlery for speed of unloading the dishwasher. The position of the oven and hob near to the fridge , in relation to the good work surface area for hot saucepans and casserole dishes and utensil storage.

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Kitchen Design Tip 4: Practicality

By looking at the people, children and possibly pets that use the kitchen will all help to determine the influence on the practical aspects of the kitchen from function to durability to ease of cleaning. Slab or flat surfaced doors and draw fronts may be eaiser and quicker to clean than moulded door or draw fronts. High gloss may show finger prints more so consideration to the type finish is important. A matt finish or even finger print resistant finishes are available in many of the kitchen doors and draw fronts that we use as well as work surfaces. Granite is a popular choice but may require more polishing than quartz and may be less durable than quartz or ceramic work tops.

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Kitchen Design Tip 5: Look

Start with the end in mind.

The look or style of the kitchen may also be influenced by the house type or style of property, as well as the personal preferences of the people who live in the home. When designing a kitchen by starting with the end in mind we always consider your  personal style of furniture and how to blend and mix this with the kitchen style selected to create a cohesive and stylish home. The danger of not starting with the end in mind is the creation of a disjointed mish-mash of rooms with different styles and a home that does not flow well from room to room.

Traditional and contemporary kitchens can be made more interesting by adding a mix of open shelves, glass cabinets or display cabinets to break up blocky looking cabinets. They also add more depth to the kitchen making it feel larger too. Considering taking storage to the ceiling can be a good use of space – but careful kitchen design can make this look great as well as being functional and practical too.

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Are you planning your new dream kitchen? Then we’d love to hear from you. Whilst awaiting our new kitchen showroom in Stafford FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors can already design, supply and fit your dream kitchen. We can access samples and create images and layout of your kitchen design. We are the only Staffordshire supplier of quality German made kitchens. If you like our deisgns we can always arrange a joint visit to the London showroom to view a wide variety of quality German Kitchens. We also design, supply and fit quality British made kitchens too.

Based in Stafford FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors work with quality, experienced kitchen fitters and builders so that we can design supply and fit quality kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.

To discuss your project please call us on 01785 229306 or email us at inspire@fwdd.co.uk.

Renovating, Revamping Your Kitchen, Building an Extension or Moving House? What’s Your Vision?

Do you have an overall vision for your renovation or kitchen revamping project?

Whether you are renovating a whole house or one room, building an extension or revamping your home or kitchen it’s important to have an overall vision of what you wish your room or home to look and feel like whilst ensuring it has great function and works for you and your family too.

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If you live in Staffordshire, Shropshire, Cheshire, West Midlands, Lichfield, Sutton Coldfield, Solihull or London, we can help you create your ideal home or kitchen with our interior design skills.

So why use an interior designer?

We can work with you & your architect to ensure your home has the right use of space & light & layout to avoid costly mistakes. Plus look for alternative designs, materials & layouts to keep within your budget.

Have you ever spent hours and hours, days, weeks may be even months or years thinking about how to chage your home or kitchen? Then ended up with information over load resulting in no decisions being made and not even starting your project?

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Interior Designers Can Save You Time and Money.

We can save your time by producing design ideas that meet your needs saving you endless hours of searching on the internet for that illusive look and feel you’re trying to achieve. Importantly we can also guide you and look for ways to keep you within your budget too.

Are You Strapped For Time?

Many professionals whether single or couples or families are often strapped for time with busy working, social and or family lives. Juggling these can be a major operation on it’s own without throwing in the many hours or planning, decision making and project management involved in a renovation, extension or new kitchen project.

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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.

Creating Your Vision and Making It Your Reality

At FunkyWunkyDooDahs Inspired Designed Interiors 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 including supply and fit of curtains, blinds, motorised tracks & motorised blinds, furniture, flooring & lighting.

Want to know how we can help create your vision for your dream home or kitchen and make it your reality?

Then why not call Sandra at our Stafford studio / showroom 01785 229306 to see how we can work with you.

Based in Stafford we now design supply and fit kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms too across Staffordshire, Cheshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands.

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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 inspire@fwdd.co.uk

 

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.