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Funky Kitchen Stools

By Philippa Baker, 4th June, 2013

If there’s a room that’s open for experimentation, it’s the kitchen. As a result of this, funky kitchen stools have soared in popularity and can be found in a wide range of interiors. Encouraging you to indulge your playful side, these engaging designs are the perfect solution when it comes to adding something special to your home. Stemming from the word funk, the cutting edge music genre born in 1960's America, it often goes hand-in-hand with retro. Indeed, the best designs are as fashion-forward as they are nostalgic. But what is it that makes a funky kitchen stool? There are two key components: shape and colour.

Crescent Red Stools at Kitchen Island

Crescent Bar Stool Red

Innovative Shapes

A kitchen stool with an eye-catching shape or unusual design is sure to make a statement. Ultimately it’s all to down to the materials used. Typically made from acrylic or ABS plastic, the process of heat moulding means they can be sculpted into a myriad of innovative shapes and styles which cannot be achieved with traditional materials like wood.

Available in high gloss or sleek matte finishes, these stunning seats are defined by their smooth clean lines and radiant sheen. With the absence of joints, they exhibit a chic futuristic design that’s visually impressive. A prime example is the iconic Drift, an archetypal funky design with retro Scandinavian style that has paved the way for a new generation of stylish kitchen stools.


"One thing worth bearing in mind is that the hard nature of ABS and acrylic seats means they’ll never match padded or cushioned stools in terms of comfort; however this is not their main aim. Though they’re often formed to cosset the natural shape of the body, they’re primarily chosen for their unique look."
ABS Plastic Red Coco Bar Stools

Gloss Coco Bar Stool Red

Pop Colours

When after a funky look, the brighter the better. Sure to catch the eye, vibrant pop colours made possible by modern materials are a must. ABS kitchen stools like the Gloss Coco (pictured above) are incredibly popular due to the rainbow of striking colours their facilitate, including yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, green and blue. Also much sought after are acrylic kitchen stools in glossy opaque or trendy translucent varieties. Similarly faux leather is another great choice for adding a spark to plain or neutral spaces is, as it can be dyed to a spectrum of shades.

If you’re feeling particularly daring, orange kitchen stools will strike a stunning contrast against black or white walls or cabinets. Creating a vivid accent, they can be paired with matching accessories and appliances, such as kettles, toasters and tableware. Yet vibrant seating will work just as well in colourful, retro themed interiors. Depending on the look you’re after, they can be used to contrast or complement their surroundings.

To summarise, when purchasing funky seating for your home you should seek out state-of-the-art shapes, striking colours, or a winning combination of the two!

But don’t take our word for it...feast your eyes on our most popular funky kitchen stools below

Last but not least, it’s worth remembering that all of our kitchen stools are crafted at the ideal height for use at the average worktop, making the buying process quick and easy.


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